Independent school registration

Departmental advice setting out requirements for the registration of independent schools.



The first document is advice for proprietors and prospective proprietors of independent schools in England that are not academies or free schools.

It may also be of use to:

  • governors
  • headteachers
  • teachers
  • parents

The second document details a revised set of independent school standards that came into effect from 5 January 2015. They relate to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the Independent School Standards’).

Note that some of these standards apply to academies and free schools as well as independent schools.

An application form with submission instructions is also available.