About ISM

The professional journal for management and staff…

Fourteen years of service

Independent Schools Magazine was founded in 2007 by Kimble Earl and Jeff Rice, both of whom had considerable experience in education publishing.

Since those early days, ISM has stuck to its core philosophy of ‘Strength Through Truth’ and thereby earned ongoing respect as the professional journal most avidly read by heads, senior staff, and opinion-formers.

At the helm now are:

Editor & Publisher – Kimble Earl

Sales – Sean McKeon

Creative – Andrew Wicks

Sector background

The UK’s 2,000+ independent schools vary in size from 50 pupils to 2,500. The majority are non-selective, many run on a not-for-profit basis.

Independent schools serve around 550,000 pupils, an increasing number of whom receive financial support. Many work in partnership with their state counterparts on projects such as applications to university, careers advice, or by supplying teaching resource.

Independent schools save the state sector £3.5bn+ per year through parents (who pay taxes to support state education) not taking up state school places. The sector contributes £1 billion annually to education exports, is respected across the world and is attractive to overseas companies re-locating families to the UK.

ISM in 2021

ISM is printed on responsibly-sourced paper by Micropress in Suffolk, an independently-owned firm established for over 40 years. It is carefully paper-wrapped and despatched by Central Mailing Services of Birmingham, and delivered via the Royal Mail. A free e-version of ISM is available immediately upon publication to e-subscribers, and to a wider audience via this website, where ‘pdf’ or ‘Flipbook’ versions can be freely downloaded.