Revealed: the schools leaving Teachers’ Pension Scheme

Is your school on the list? Is your pension safe?

Charlotte Santry


Nearly 100 schools that are planning to leave the Teachers' Pension Scheme have been named in a list seen by Tes.

Around 5,000 teachers could be removed from the TPS by their schools amid concerns over rising employer contribution costs, which increased by 43 per cent from September.

This has led to threats of strikes from teachers in independent schools which, unlike state schools, will not get any support from the government to cover the rises.

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Between September 2018 and November 2019, 97 schools notified the TPS of their intention to leave the scheme.

The 97 schools are listed in a response to a Freedom of Information request, provided by the Department for Education.

The list includes many small independent schools but also bigger institutions such as Plymouth College, which charges boarders more than £30,000 a year and lists Olympic diver Tom Daley, comedian Dawn French and former Labour leader Michael Foot among its alumni.

Also on the list is Wetherby School in London, where Prince Harry and Prince William spent their early school days at its Notting Hill site.

The NEU teaching union has said it knows of five more schools planning to leave the scheme, bringing the total to 102.

The union today warned schools considering leaving the scheme to be careful about what this could mean for teacher recruitment, saying it could put them on a "slippery slope".

Here is the list in full:

Avenue House School Ltd
The Croft Preparatory School 
Plumtree School
St Christopher's School
Arnold Lodge School
Thetford Grammar School Foundation
Witham Hall School
Chepstow House School
Falcons Preparatory School for Boys
Falcons School for Girls
Hilden Grange School
Pembridge Hall School
Portland Place School
St Anthony's School
St Anthony's School for Girls
The Falcons School
Wetherby Kensington 
Wetherby Preparatory School
Wetherby School
Wetherby Senior School
International School of London in Surrey
Great Ballard School Ltd
Abercorn School Limited
Boundary Oak School
Heathfield Knoll School 
Brooke Priory School
Heywood Preparatory School
St Faiths at Ash School
Hatherop Castle School
St Edwards School
St David's Prep
Mead School
Cricklade Manor Prep
Westonbirt School
Westville House School
Greenbank School
Sunningdale School
Highfield and Brookham Schools
Rupert House School
Plymouth College 
Birchfield School
The Firs School
Rookwood School Trust Ltd
Sandroyd School
Marymount International School
Twyford School
Park School (Bournemouth) Ltd
Claires Court Schools
Prince's Mead School
Castle House School Trust Ltd
St Edward's School
Redhill High School
Dolphin School
Luckley House School Limited
Hanford School
Cheam School Educational Trust
Holme Grange School
Scarborough College
Wychwood School for Girls
Rydes Hill Preparatory School
St Peter's School
Sinclair House School
Holmwood House School Ltd
The Webber Independent School
Ealing Independent College
Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School
Wandsworth Preparatory School
Stoke College
Horris Hill School
Oswestry School
Edenhurst School
Sherborne House School
Elmhurst School
Bruern Abbey School
The Hampshire School, Chelsea
Sherfield School
The Gesher School
Farlington School
Castle Court School
Aldro School
The Royal School
Longridge Towers School
Beaudesert Park School Trust Ltd
St Margaret's School (Hampstead) Ltd
Cothill House
Ashdown House
Mowden Hall School
Kitebrook House School
Barfield School
Dulwich Prep Cranbrook
Steephill School
Lockers Park
Edge Grove
White Trees Independent School
Waverley School
Salisbury Cathedral School
The British School in the Netherlands


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Charlotte Santry

Charlotte Santry

Charlotte Santry is deputy news editor at Tes

Find me on Twitter @CharlotteSantry

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