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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.


“Black History Month is a global movement and an opportunity for the Welsh independent Schools Council to research, recognise and retell the history of people of African and Caribbean descent.
The contributions made by black people to the world have often been ignored or unrepresented over the years and the Black History Month objective is to change that by celebrating the achievement and contributions of the black community over the years to Welsh, national and world history and culture.”
“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.”

– Carol Moseley-Braun, politician and lawyer



WISC does a great job supporting schools in Wales, not least with the Welsh government and by organising splendid training conferences. Welsh independent schools benefit greatly from membership of WISC.
Barnaby LenonChairmanIndependent Schools Council

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