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The COBIS membership application process is robust and thorough and schools are requested to provide comprehensive information about varied aspects of the school, staff, pupils and pastoral care.

All COBIS membership applications are processed via our new Patron's Accreditation and Compliance system. A visit is a compulsory part of this school improvement process.

Click here to view the Standards for The Patron's Accreditation and Compliance.

Schools that have been BSO inspected can also join COBIS. BSO schools will be required to submit their BSO report and an associated Action Plan. If successful, they will be granted COBIS Accredited Member status without submitting further evidence or organising a school visit.


How to apply


Please note:

An application fee of £295 is payable for all new schools applying to join COBIS.

Existing Candidate/Member/Accredited Member schools do not pay this registration fee.

Application Process

  1. 1. School chooses programme to follow – COBIS Compliance or Patron’s Accreditation.
  2. 2. School applies online and makes full payment for COBIS Compliance or COBIS Patron’s Accreditation.
  3. 3. School is given access to the Digital Workbook and completes School Profile (basic details)
  4. 4. COBIS will contact the school to confirm visit dates.
  5. 5. School (undergoing the full Patron’s Accreditation) will also confirm if they wish to include the optional accreditation units as part of the process.
  6. 6. Once dates have been agreed school is given full access to the Compliance/Accreditation tabs in the Digital Workbook and allocated a Lead Improvement Partner (LIP) to guide them through the process of uploading evidence against the COBIS Compliance/Accreditation Standards.
  7. 7. LIP maintains contact with school and organises calls/Skype interviews etc. before visit as well as visit schedule covering areas of focus agreed by Head and LIP.
  8. 8. Once the visit has been completed, the LIP and the team will draft the report. If the school is admitted to membership, the school will receive Membership documents plus a detailed report within 4 weeks of the visit. A Summary report may also be provided for public use.
  9. 9. The school will be sent a certificate confirming their member status.
  10. 10. The school is contacted annually by LIP / Director of Accreditation to provide support or request updated documentation.
  11. 11. 4 years after the visit, COBIS will contact the school giving them 1 year's notice to schedule their next visit. The review cycle is designed to be on a 5 year basis


Key Programme Facts:

Compliance: Mandatory Standards: 1-5 (+ potential Boarding)

Visit: 2.5 days by a Lead Improvement Partner (LIP)

Cost: £3775* + visit (LIP accommodation, travel etc.)

Please note this cost, along with the Application Fee, is payable up front. For budgeting purposes, this equals £755 per year.

Membership Status: COBIS Member – valid for 5 years

Patron’s Accreditation: Mandatory Standards: 1-5, 7&8 (9 & 10 optional) (+ potential Boarding)

Visit: 3 days by a Lead Improvement Partner and team of 3 Peer Accreditors (additional Peer Accreditors may be required if optional standards are chosen).

Cost: £8725* + visit (accommodation, travel etc. for visiting team)

Please note this cost, along with the Application Fee, is payable up front. For budgeting purposes, this equals £1745 per year.

Membership Status: Patron’s Accredited Member – valid for 5 years

Please note: Annual membership subscription fees (based on pupil numbers) are payable in addition. *All costs are subject to change.


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Please contact quality@cobis.org.uk for further information or call Sharon Gallagher (COBIS Accreditation Officer) on +44 (0) 203 826 7199

To find out more about the benefits of COBIS school membership, please contact Natalie Williams (COBIS Membership Officer) on members@cobis.org.uk

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