The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS)
The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) is a schools association with 700 of the world’s leading prep schools in membership.
Schools must reach a very high standard to be eligible for membership, with strict criteria on teaching a broad curriculum, maintaining excellent standards of pastoral care and keeping staff members’ professional development training up to date.
Although each of our schools is independent, and has its own ethos, they are all committed to delivering an excellent, well-rounded education to the pupils in their care.
The Independent Schools Council (ISC)
The Independent Schools Council brings together seven associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors.
Through our member associations the ISC represent over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas. These schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children each year.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)
The Independent Schools Inspectorate is a government approved independent inspectorate for independent schools, quality assured on behalf of the Department for Education. This remit extends to independent schools which are full members of the associations which form the Independent Schools Council (association independent schools).
ISI’s mission is to ensure that children and young people in independent schools and colleges at home and overseas stay safe and receive high quality, effective education and to encourage schools to improve, through the provision of world-leading, evidence-based inspection and improvement services.
The Forest School Association (FSA)
The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and ‘quality Forest School for all’.
In November 2017, Spring Grove School achieved two ‘firsts’ after being recognised as the first independent school in the UK, as well as the first setting of any type in Kent to be approved by the Forest School Association (FSA) as a recognised Forest School Provider. This outstanding recognition came following a rigorous review of Spring Grove School’s Forest School provision and programmes in line with the FSA’s six core principles.
The Woodland Trust are the country’s largest woodland conservation charity with over 500,000 members and supporters and more than 1,000 sites, covering over 26,000 hectares, all over the UK.
Spring Grove School has earned The Woodland Trust’s Green Tree School Scheme’s Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards. The scheme rewards schools for completing environmental projects and encouraging outdoor learning.
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is a registered charity existing to champion learning outside the classroom (LOtC).
They believe that every child should be given the opportunity to experience life and lessons beyond the classroom walls as a regular part of growing up. These experiences expand the horizons of young people, opening their eyes to the wonders of areas such as art, heritage, culture, adventure and the natural world. The LOtC ensure that more young people have access to these life changing educational experiences by providing support on the ground, facilitating the sharing of best practice and promoting the benefits of LOtC in raising attainment and aspirations.
Learning through Landscapes
Learning through Landscapes is the UK charity dedicated to enhancing outdoor learning and play for children. Their vision is that every child benefits from stimulating outdoor learning and play in their education. They aim to enable children to connect with nature, be more active, be more engaged with their learning, develop their social skills and have fun!