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Is it risky to move to an independent school in the current economic climate?

Could be!  But only for the smaller schools, I believe.  So a Prep School with 100 pupils might struggle unless it has good reserves.  Check out the fee level: if they are charging good fees compared with other local schools (say within 10 miles), then they are more likely to be financially solid.  Get your sister to ring up, say she’s making a tentative enquiry on behalf of a friend moving to UK from Dublin, with five children.  Which year groups have waiting lists?  And what size are the classes?


What is the protocol about asking for salary information during the interview process? If not at interview, when should I ask?

Good independent schools will pay at least as much (and for fewer weeks in the year) as state schools.

You will be made a job offer (hopefully) and at that point will learn the salary. Some schools may tell you at interview, but not many.  Before the interview, work out your salary for next September.  Don’t forget to include the increment if you’re still working towards M6.  Find it on the TES website - Jobs/Salary checker

Consider this the minimum that you would accept, unless the school is so fabulous when you go there that it is worth a pay cut to experience.


Is it risky to move to an independent school in the current economic climate?

Could be!  But only for the smaller schools, I believe.  So a Prep School with 100 pupils might struggle unless it has good reserves.  Check out the fee level: if they are charging good fees compared with other local schools (say within 10 miles), then they are more likely to be financially solid.  Get your sister to ring up, say she’s making a tentative enquiry on behalf of a friend moving to UK from Dublin, with five children.  Which year groups have waiting lists?  And what size are the classes?


What is the protocol about asking for salary information during the interview process? If not at interview, when should I ask?

Good independent schools will pay at least as much (and for fewer weeks in the year) as state schools.

You will be made a job offer (hopefully) and at that point will learn the salary. Some schools may tell you at interview, but not many.  Before the interview, work out your salary for next September.  Don’t forget to include the increment if you’re still working towards M6.  Find it on the TES website - Jobs/Salary checker

Consider this the minimum that you would accept, unless the school is so fabulous when you go there that it is worth a pay cut to experience.