Truly Independent

Towards the end of 2018, The Roche School became a member of the Independent Schools Association.  Membership is officially conferred through the Head Teacher but all school staff members at The Roche School will now benefit from high-quality training opportunities and the best professional advice. Excitingly, our pupils now have access to an extensive programme of local and national sporting, artistic and cultural events in which we fully intend to participate since these are areas which are important to us and where we like to be innovative.


Pic: Ms Vania Adams (left) Headmistress of The Roche School with Ms Sue Manser (right) Regional Representative of the ISA London West region.

Founded in 1878, the ISA is one of the oldest of the independent schools’ organisations and since 2014 it has been a registered charity, proudly promoting its charitable objectives. The Roche School is just one of over 500 schools in the association which welcomes both primary and secondary schools in the independent sector. This week’s conference – held at Needham House, Hertfordshire – welcomed all Head Teachers new to ISA with a lively and relevant series of talks from professionals across the sector on every aspect of school leadership as well as plenty of opportunities to network and talk with fellow Heads.


From this point on, The Roche School will be inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). Inspection processes are rigorous but driven by a deep understanding and knowledge of the independent sector. We have experienced a wonderfully warm welcome from ISA and are looking forward to contributing to events as well as gaining from their expertise and support.