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Introduction to Welsh Independent Schools Council

The Welsh Independent Schools Council (WISC ) is the umbrella body representing Independent schools in Wales.  The majority of children in Welsh independent schools are in WISC schools.  WISC therefore speaks for the sector as a whole.  WISC is strictly independent of all political parties.

An independent school is a school that is independent in its finances and governance; it is not dependent upon national or local government for financing its operations nor reliant on taxpayer contributions, and is instead funded by a combination of tuition charges, gifts, and in some cases the investment yield of an endowment.  It is governed by a board of directors that is elected by an independent means and a system of governance that ensures its independent operation.  By virtue of being independent, Independent schools offer a high quality of education within a framework where the focus is on the development and care of the individual.  Pupils are encouraged to develop to their full potential, to participate in a wide range of activities within the school and to contribute to service in the wider community.  Independent schools are inspected by Estyn Independent schools in Wales offer a high quality of education within a framework where the focus is on the development and care of the individual.



WISC operates alongside the Independent Schools Council (ISC) to represent specific concerns for independent schools in Wales. The Welsh political scene and inspection regime is different from that across the rest of the UK so WISC provides support for Welsh independent schools tailored to their specific needs. WISC’s newsletters and conferences are very well received by members and WISC has developed close links into the Welsh Assembly, relevant Welsh Standing Bodies and Estyn in order to ens…

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