The Society is an Association of the Heads of just over 100 well-established Independent schools.
It is one of the constituent organisations of the Independent Schools Council and it is represented on many other educational bodies.
The Society was formed in 1961 when a group of Heads decided they needed a forum in which to share ideas and experience. Since then the Society has grown substantially in size, reputation and effectiveness. The Society now represents schools throughout England and Wales with some additional overseas members.
Within the membership there is a wide range of educational experience. Some schools are young, some have evolved from older foundations, some have behind them a long tradition of pioneer and specialist education; a number are at the leading edge of education in music, dance and the arts; and several are well known for their effective support for those with specific learning difficulties.The great majority are co-educational but we also have some boys' and girls' schools. Many have a strong boarding element, others are day only. Some have specific religious foundations and some are non-denominational. All offer a stimulating sixth-form experience.
Care for the individual pupil is at the heart of all Society schools and the Society itself provides a supportive network for its member Heads.