Attain is the leading education magazine for the independent schools' sector in the UK and the official magazine of IAPS - the Independent Association of Prep Schools. Whether you already have children at independent schools in the UK or are considering the sector for the first time, Attain contains a wealth of topical information. The magazine is published three times a year and distributed to parents and staff at schools across the UK and overseas. It is also available on subscription. Already an IAPS Parent? You are most likely to be reading Attain if you have a child at one of the 600+ IAPS preparatory schools across the United Kingdom. Your child's school is a member of a professional body which is a kitemark for excellence in all aspects of education. To be a member of IAPS, a school has to meet a wide range of criteria and parents can take comfort that they have chosen a first class school for their child. We hope you will find Attain useful for keeping up-to-date with news and topical issues affecting your child's school. If you don't see your child's school mentioned in this issue, encourage them to send us a news story via our website and we would be delighted to include it in a future issue of the magazine. Attain aims to assist parents in a variety of ways. When it comes to the difficult choices regarding senior school at the ages of 11 or 13, Attain is here to help with extensive online resources to aid parents in finding the right choice of senior school. Considering the independent sector? Deciding on a suitable prep or senior school is a very difficult decision for any parent. The independent sector offers some of the best educational opportunities available yet it can be a daunting experience to choose the right school. School fees, however, are far from inexpensive and we more than recognise the sacrifices many parents go to in order to afford to send their child to a particular school. Attain aims to cater for all parents, regardless of budgets, and help them in their search for a school. A member of staff or governor? Attain is proud of its position as the leading magazine for the independent sector. Since its launch in 2006, we have welcomed editorial contributions from the top Heads of all the major senior and preparatory schools across the country. We have run high-profile features with key politicians and educational professionals and, above all, stimulated debate about our sector. Independent schools are one of our greatest exports but their role, direction and contribution to society has never been debated more hotly. Attain should be seen as a critical friend, a resolute champion and - if you feel like putting pen to paper - a forum in which you can contribute.