As you are no doubt aware, sending your child to an independent school offers a number of benefits that are sometimes not available from State education, mainly due to the fact that they are independent of local or central Government control.
Unlike State schools, independent schools obtain the majority of their finances from fees paid by parents, and receive income from investment, which enables them to be flexible in the way they operate.
In some cases, independent schools are run as charitable trusts, which operate under the control of a board of governors, as well as a bursar who is responsible for all financial matters, and often other aspects of school management.
The benefit of this is that independent schools are then free to appoint their own staff, which enables them to pick and choose the very best candidates for the job, based purely on their ability to educate.
Furthermore, independent schools are free to develop their own policies, which means they have the flexibility to not only adapt to changing circumstances, but also to respond to new initiatives.
As such, the resources at their disposal can be utilised or bolstered in order to meet particular needs, while facilities can be upgraded when required to stay fully up to date with modern standards, without relying on budget allocations.
Some of the other key advantages of independent education include:
Attention can be paid to children's individual needs
Academic results and teaching standards are consistently high
A high degree of specialisation
Flexibility within the curriculum
A wide range of extracurricular activities in a number of sports and pastimes
A particular cultural or religious ethos, in some cases
Retention of traditional values with contemporary approaches
Excellent facilities at all levels of the tier
Smaller classes, enabling more tailored and targeted teaching