14-15 November 2020
Battersea Evolution
Independent Schools Show
The show helps thousands of families
Over 240 leading schools
Advice from education's
brightest thinkers
Plan the next steps for your child
Meet the leading schools
Meet the most respected heads
Make the right decisions for your child
Advance tickets are free (£15 on the door)

The Independent Schools Show helps thousands of families each year to plan the next steps for their children.

The show brings together the leading schools, the brightest thinkers and the most respected heads to help you make the right decisions for your child.

Independent Schools Show

14-15 NOVEMBER 2020

Independent Schools Show Parents Forum

Building up to the 2020 show this November, the Independent Schools Show is organising a series of Parents Forum events to help parents plan and support their child’s educational journey.

Forum events are free but attendees need to register in advance.

02 Reception Admissions - how to keep ahead in lockdown

Tuesday 16 June 2020  10:30am - 11:30am

Admissions have not stopped. This online event will help parents to understand how the leading London Nurseries and Pre-Prep/Prep Schools are managing the admissions processes for Reception 2020 and 2021 during lockdown.


  • Lucinda Byron Evans, Head Teacher, Young England Kindergartens
  • Sebastian Hepher, Principle, Eaton Square Schools
  • William Petty, Director, Bonas MacFarlane.


The impact of lockdown on:

  • Admissions Deadlines
  • Open Days
  • School Visits
  • Interviews & Assessments
  • Intakes for 2020 and 2021


03 What price an education?

Wednesday 30 June 2020  10:30am - 11:30am

Join us for our second webinar in the finance series where David Quintrell & James Alder, Directors of Brewin Dolphin, will be focusing on 

  • the choices available to pay for a child’s education,
  • the benefits of planning,
  • how to position your existing savings
  • how gifts from grandparents can cover fees whilst forming a part of wider family inheritance tax planning.


01 Lets talk about School Fees... Financial strategy to help families manage through the C-19 crisis


This highly informative online event took place on Wednesday 3 June 2020. It was designed for parents whose income has temporarily fallen because of the Covid-19 crisis. Get the advice you need to keep your child in independent education.

  • William Petty, Director, Bonas Macfarlane gave an overview of the different approaches schools have taken to fees and payment during the Covid-19 crisis.
  • David Quintrell & James Alder, Directors of Brewin Dolphin, discussed the merits of different financial strategies for parents looking to find ways to pay school fees.

Read more to watch the session again and download the handouts.


Parents Forum events from 2019 and earlier are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

The Parents Forum brings together the brightest thinkers from education, finance, property & law, alongside the most respected independent school leaders to help parents as they plan their child’s educational journey.

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Start planning your child's future

Scholarships and Bursaries: A Quick Guide

The Good Schools Guide's Susan Hamlyn has produced this guide to scholarships and bursaries - which can be worth anything from 5% to 100% of the whole school fee.

Questions for parents to ask schools

Each year Bonas MacFarlane help hundreds of families find the right school for their child. These are the questions they use as a checklist. 


There were 34 talks and workshops at the 2019 show. The sector’s brightest thinkers were discussing the trends, issues and choices that will affect your child’s future.

Watch the talks

Browse our video library of talks from previous shows.

Your questions answered

Our experts answer your education questions.

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Over 240 leading schools from the UK, Ireland, Denmark and the USA exhibit at the Show.

  Saturday 14 November 2020 10:00-17:00
Sunday 15 November 2020 10:30-16:30

  Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW8 4NW