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Independent Schools' Bursars Association

Independent Schools' Bursars Association

ISBA originated as the Public Schools Bursars’ Association when its first general meeting was held on 26 April 1932 at Epsom College. The name was changed to the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association in 1983. The Association is a registered charity; the object of ISBA is the advancement of education by the promotion of efficient and effective administration and ancillary services at independent schools. In effect, the Association exists to provide support for bursars in independent schools and promote best practice. Although it is the school and not the bursar that is the member of ISBA, the bursar is usually the school’s nominated representative.



There are over 800 UK members with 30 overseas Associate Members. ISBA is one of the seven constituent members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and is represented on the Governing Council and a number of ISC Committees. In some cases the Association represents ISC at meetings with the DfES and HSE and provides advice on bursarial matters.


The conference centre was super, the facilities excellent, the food for our lunches and annual dinner was delicious and your staff were superb and could not have been more helpful.

You will be pleased to hear that the conference was a huge success. the RICC is a neat and compacy centre and everyone felt this was one of the best conferences they had attended.

Mike Lower

General Secretary

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