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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, either independent mainstream or independent special schools. WISC therefore speaks for the sector as a whole while being strictly independent of all political parties.

The Welsh Independent Schools Council acts as a consultative and advisory body for independent member schools in Wales and became fully operational on 1st September 2004. On the 10th November 2010 WISC was incorporated. We want to help you find the information that you need. For parents there is a complete, searchable database of all our Welsh independent schools with links to the school websites (“Find a School” search), also some guidance on making the right choices about independent school in “Choosing a School”. Member schools can log into the Member zone for relevant information.

For further details about the work of WISC, please click here…


WISC Annual Conference – 10th/11th October 2024

We are pleased to announce that this year’s annual, overnight conference is being held in North Wales at The Quay Hotel, Deganwy on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October 2024.

For further details see the Members Zone, or contact our CEO, Emma Verrier.

For details about last year’s  conference click here …  




Being a member of WISC has given Howell’s School access to an incredibly useful range of educational information, advice and training. Regular emails keep us up to date on any new developments including safeguarding and examination board updates and the response to any educational issues is timely and supportive. WISC is a great organisation to work with and has been an invaluable partner for us over many years.

Regular attendance at the WISC conference is a highlight for us. The two days is al… Read more

Rachel Eling- Howell’s School

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