Schools Together

Welcome to the Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) website which celebrates and encourages partnership projects between independent schools, maintained schools and local communities.

This site showcases a sample of cross-sector collaborations from across the UK. It also provides advice about setting up successful partnerships and helps schools to find partners and ideas for future projects.

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Engaging in Partnerships

Schools have been engaged in partnerships for many years. The main motivation has been a desire to engage with other schools in the local community for mutual benefit.

Partnerships between schools have grown because more and more schools - maintained and independent - have had such a good experience with them. Teachers have shared training opportunities, observed each others’ lessons and exchanged teaching materials. Schools have supported each other’s curriculum development, careers advice, university preparation and subject specialist teaching. Sporting and drama facilities - where available - have been shared, with workshops and Saturday classes made available for children who are not pupils at the host school. Sharing these experiences is what this website is for, demonstrating the excellent work that is already going on and inspiring more schools to get involved. Most independent schools offer fee-reduced places through bursaries to make places more accessible to a wider range of children and a third of independent school pupils now receive a fee reduction.

Adding Partnerships

Schools can add details of their partnerships to this website. Please register and then follow the instructions to add project/s.

Facts and figures

According to the latest Census of ISC Schools, well over 1,100 schools are involved in partnerships and projects.  Did you know that 138 schools host joint drama events and 571 do the same in sports? In addition, 333 work on projects to improve the quality of teaching and learning and 169 support local students when they apply to university. The recent Census of ISC schools provides further information

Infographic showing ISC school partnerships