The Independent Association of Prep Schools

The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) is a schools association with around 650 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.

We believe that schools should be unfettered by government interference and with fewer financial and other resourcing constraints than state schools, to ensure that their educational provision is tailored to the needs of the individual children.


IAPS Sport

IAPS passionately believes in the importance of sport as part of an all-round education for its pupils. First and foremost sport is about participation and enjoyment. It should be seen as an important part, but only a part, of the personal development of each child. Many Olympic stars and national representatives in a vast array of sports began their careers in IAPS schools where their enthusiasm and talent were first nurtured. IAPS hosts a wide range of sporting events each year, which are hugely popular with pupils. Please note that all entries to IAPS sporting competitions are managed by the school. Parents are not able to enter their child individually.


Privacy Notice

IAPS is committed to protecting your personal data. Data will be processed for the purposes of responding to requests to enter and participate in IAPS sports events. The Association has a legitimate interest for processing basic and sensitive personal data and will only process and keep the minimum required data to organise and run events safely. IAPS will only share your data with third parties where necessary to do so to compete in an IAPS sporting event and to meet National Governing Bodies regulations. Further information is available here .


IAPS Booking Terms and Conditions

Schools must read and accept IAPS Booking Terms and Conditions before their sports booking is confirmed.


IAPS Complaints Procedure

IAPS is committed to providing high-quality services and events for its member heads, schools, parents and pupils. We make every effort to ensure our services are of a high quality and that our events are run professionally and to a high standard. However, if something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it; this will help us to improve every year. IAPS complaints procedure has been established to acknowledge your right to complain and have your concern investigated.