Types of membership

Types of membership

The ISBA is a charitable company limited by guarantee. The ISBA's articles of association allow for two categories of membership open to educational charities and independent schools, namely full membership and associate membership.
 

Full members

Full members are members of ISBA for the purposes of the Companies Acts and therefore have the right to vote at its general meetings. Full membership is open to any charity or other organisation which:  

(a) is separately constituted under its own governing document;

(b) is (or has a governing body or member of staff who is) in full membership of any one of the associations that are constituent members of the Independent Schools Council; and

(c) either:

        (i) runs a single independent school in the UK (provided that where a charity or other body runs a pre-preparatory, preparatory and/or senior school under the same Department of Education registration number it shall be treated as running a single school); or

        (ii) runs more than one independent school in the UK under different Department of Education registration numbers, none of which is constituted as a charity or organisation in its own right.
 

Associate members

Associate members enjoy most of the privileges of full members, but are not members of ISBA for the purposes of the Companies Act and do not have the right to vote at general meetings or to propose candidates for election to the Executive Committee. Associate membership is open to:

(a) an independent school in the UK which is not separately constituted under its own governing document;

(b) a charity or other organisation which operates one or more independent schools, none of which is situated within the United Kingdom;

(c) a charity or other organisation which runs one or more independent schools in the United Kingdom, but is not in full membership of any one of the associations that are constituent members of the Independent Schools Council;

(d) a charity or other organisation which runs more than one independent school in the UK under different Department of Education registration numbers, all of which are separately constituted under their own governing document; or

(e) any other school, charity or organisation which the full members elect pursuant to Article 6.4(b) on the recommendation of the Executive Committee.