Next: Milan 30 September - 1 October

Listen to the big names
of British education

Within the independent sector, the diversity of choice can be bewildering. Where do you start?

Since the Show began, we have been proud to invite distinguished heads of famous schools and leading educationalists to speak on various aspects of the sector as a whole. Our two-day programme will address many of your questions.

The Education Theatre: Independent Schools Show


Last year, in response to parental feedback we introduced smaller, specialist-led discussion groups. Due to the success of these informal sessions they are now a permanent fixture in the show and this part of the show will be even more informative.

The full programme will be published here shortly.

Speakers 2015 include:

Ben Thomas - Headmaster of Thomas's, Battersea
Dr Katy Ricks - Head of Sevenoaks School
Jim Hawkins - Head Master of Harrow School
Patrick Derham - Head Master of Westminster School
Julian Thomas - Master of Wellington College
Lucy Elphinstone - Headmistress of Francis Holland School
Toby Young - Associate Editor of The Spectator, founder of several Free Schools
Alison Fleming - Headmistress of Newton Prep
Ralph Lucas, Editor, Good Schools Guide
Charles Bonas, Founder, Bonas MacFarlane
Janey Devonshire, Founder, Teenagers Translated

REGISTER in advance to receive free tickets for the Show and the weekly Independent Schools Show UPDATE. Forthcoming topics include:

  • How to choose a school? Single Sex or co-ed?
  • League tables, value added
  • Is boarding right for your child?
  • There’s a world outside the M25
  • Navigating the entry processes
  • Curriculum choices
  • The modern day independent school - myths, benefits, future directions



Written by Charlotte Cavendish, a senior consultant at Bonas MacFarlane, London's leading educational consultancy, the pre-Show UPDATEs are designed to help you become a school choice expert.

In this section you can find out everything you need to know to prepare for the London Show. 

If you haven't visited the show before, do also explore the public London Show Guide. This includes instructions on getting to Batterea. There is one free parking place for each exhibitor and there are 1000 pay & display places nearby.

You will be sent the exhibitor manual towards the end of the Summer.

In this section you will find everything you need to prepare for the British Boarding Schools Shows

Thomond Final-logos-LOWIf media would like further details on any topics surrounding independent education or to request an interview with any of the Show’s speakers please contact Milly King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0203 7286 100.

British Boarding Schools Show, Dubai


Friday 17 March
Saturday 18 March

Tickets are FREE if you register online

Sheraton Hotel, Mall of the Emirates


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