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 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.
Schools must read and accept IAPS Booking Terms and Conditions before their sports booking is confirmed.
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.
The IAPS sports programme relies on host schools and volunteer organisers staging events on our behalf. We are delighted that every year more and more schools are interested in hosting events however due to this increased demand, we are unable to meet all hosting requests. Our aim is that over a 3-year period all schools who wish to host, will have the opportunity to, subject to the host school meeting all of the IAPS event requirements.