Private education: How can my child get a scholarship or bursary?

Along with advice on the options for scholarships and bursaries, at the Independent Schools Show in London (14 – 15 November), parents can find out about choosing the right school, what makes a great education and the choices for special needs pupils.

More than 200 private schools from across the country will be exhibiting at the show in Battersea Park, including the likes of Eton, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Radley, Gordonstoun, Bedales, Kingham Hill and Millfield.


Parents will also have the opportunity to hear from renowned voices within the sector at the Show’s Education Theatre, including journalist, author and school founder Toby Young who will be debating the merits of Free versus Independent schools with Harrow Head Master, Jim Hawkins. (For full list talks see below).

The show is free for everyone who registers in advance and usefully, there’s a crèche and soft play area for young children, allowing parents to spend as much time as they need to find the answers to their questions.

Parents can register for tickets at, which also provides a useful School Finder tool, helping parents shortlist which schools may be relevant for their children based on school type and location.

Full details:

The show runs Saturday 14 November from 10.00 to 17.00 and Sunday 15 November from 11.00 to 16.30.

Parking is free. Enter Battersea Park at Chelsea Bridge Gate and follow the AA signs

A full list of schools attending can be found at

The Education Theatre will feature:

– Alternatives to the Country’s Most Competitive Schools – Patrick Derham, Headmaster of Westminster School

– Free School or Independent School: Understanding the New Choices – Jim Hawkins, Head Master of Harrow School in debate with Toby Young, Associate Editor of The Spectator & Founder of several Free Schools

– An International Curriculum – Katy Ricks, Head of Sevenoaks School

– How to Choose the Right School – Ralph Lucas of The Good Schools Guide

– Getting Your Child Through the London Maze – Ben Thomas, Head Master of Thomas’s Battersea and Alison Flemming, Head Mistress of Newton Prep

– How to Spot a Great Education – Julian Thomas, Head Master of Wellington College

– Outside the Classroom: Top Schools Educate the Whole Child – Lucy Elphinstone, Head Mistress of Francis Holland, Sloane Square

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