Independent Senior schools are fee- paying schools that are free from most state control. They therefore are not obliged to teach the National Curriculum However, they must be registered with, and meet certain regulations set by, the DfES (Department for Education and Skills). In Wales the schools are registered with the Welsh Office Education Department-WOED. Independent schools are also free to set the day and term lengths.
Admission to independent senior schools is generally based on performance in the common entrance exam and interview. Entrance if from age 11 or age 13 to either 16 or 18 depending on whether the school has a 6th form facility.
Independent senior schools generally have smaller class sizes and often offer a wide range of extra- curricular, activities, sports and music.
Independent senior schools can be boarding or day, single sex or coeducational
Annual school fees for an independent day school general range from £9,000 to £20,000 and up to £30,000 plus for boarding schools