Whitepaper: The State of Independence

Business Rates and School Valuations


This whitepaper focuses on rating valuations and reliefs for independent schools in the wider context of the state of the sector.

For independent schools, there may be turbulent times ahead. They are under increased scrutiny regarding their charitable status, which puts extra pressures on finances from increased business rates as well as other issues such as teachers’ pensions and a competitive sector.

Evidence suggests pupil intakes are up, but this is alongside a rise in economic challenges, not least of which is the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. At a time when independent schools are facing rising costs, business rates are just yet another additional pressure faced by independent schools.

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