Departmental advice setting out requirements for the registration of independent schools.


Independent school registration

Ref: DfE-00167-2019PDF, 324KB, 30 pages

Revised independent school standards

PDF, 116KB, 3 pages


The first document is advice for proprietors and prospective proprietors of independent schools in England that are not academies or free schools.

It may also be of use to:

  • governors
  • headteachers
  • teachers
  • parents

The second document details a revised set of independent school standards that came into effect from 5 January 2015. They relate to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the Independent School Standards’).

Note that some of these standards apply to academies and free schools as well as independent schools.

An application form with submission instructions is also available.

Published 1 December 2013
Last updated 21 August 2019 + show all updates

  1. Independent School Registration guidance updated to reflect the current policy, including sign posting to the relevant guidance and legislation that is already published elsewhere.
  2. Updated ‘Independent school registration’ to clarify definition of full-time education and to emphasise that schools must not operate prior to registration.
  3. Updated the registration advice to include the 2014 regulations.
  4. Added ‘Revised independent school standards’ detailing changes to the independent school standards from 5 January 2015.
  5. First published.