For an inspiring two days, whatever your role, the SIMS Independent and International Conference provides the ideal opportunity to hear from industry experts and meet other independent and international schools to find out how they’re managing today’s key challenges.

This year’s conference theme is Inspiring Together. Every day you inspire thousands of pupils across the world which inspires us to create solutions for driving excellence in schools. Our conference will allow you to share experiences and ideas, taking inspiration from each other.

Inspirational speakers

Our conference provides the ideal opportunity to hear from industry experts about key issues of today and to hear first-hand from a wide selection of independent and international schools who share their experiences of using SIMS.

Elective programme

We want everyone to come away having learnt something new, whatever your role, and however unique your school. Reporting, inspections, assessment, timetabling and the future of SIMS are just some of the topics covered in our programme of over 35 electives.

Networking and entertainment

This year’s event includes a black tie gala dinner followed by entertainment from British Comedy Award nominee, Milton Jones. Milton regularly appears on BBC’s Mock the Week.


Our wide range of inspirational speakers at this year’s conference include:

Deborah Fisher
Head of SIMS Independent

Pete Cohen
Leading keynote speaker and author

Milton Jones

Matt Fawcett
Technical Project Manager
Winchester College

Stuart Swann
Sheffield High School for Girls

Mike Forrest
Wisbech Grammar School

Andrew Greenaway
Stamford Endowed School

Jane Jarrett
Reading Blue Coat School

Kate Bevan
Danes Hill School

Victoria Cetinkaya
Information Commissioner's Office

Samantha Nicholls
Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring, Durham University

Katie England
Leicester Grammar School

Pavla Mastaskova
SIMS Development Manager
St Bedes College


The conference app

Our conference app will provide you with your agenda, elective schedule and allow you to take notes throughout the conference. We will be publishing all sorts of additional content on the app before the conference begins – you will be able to meet our team, contact other delegates, read blogs and enter our competition. You may even decide to post a selfie on our ‘selfie wall’, something that proved very popular last year!

To use the app, search for Capita CS events in either the App Store (for Apple devices), the Play Store (for Android devices) or use the web version - you will receive login details two weeks before the conference.

Join us for a packed programme of keynote speakers, school platform presentations and over 35 elective sessions

  1. Check in and registration


  2. Welcome drinks and social gathering for checked in delegates


  1. Registration and refreshments


  2. Conference programme starts


  3. Lunch


  4. Afternoon programme including electives


  5. Drinks reception


  6. Gala dinner


  7. Entertainment


  1. Conference programme including electives


  2. Lunch


  3. Platform presentation


  4. Conference summary


Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions or need any further information please feel free to
get in touch.

Q. We prepaid for our school places via Annual Maintenance – do we still need to book our places online?

A. Yes please as your online bookings capture the detail we require in order to provide you with the best possible conference experience; your personalised conference agenda, your dietary requirements and any special requests you may have. We also require this information to meet our Health and Safety obligations.

Q. What are the options and costs for attending the conference?

A. All of this information and more can be found in our conference brochure via My Account.

Q. What if I need to change my booking details once I have submitted my booking – can I do this via My Account?

A. Unfortunately not yet, so please email if you need to make any changes


Mini bus shuttle schedule

Monday 13 March – 1 x 16 seater circling
1500 - Egham to Beaumont Arrive 1515
1540 - Windsor Riverside to Beaumont Arrive 1555
1615 - Egham to Beaumont Arrive 1630
1700 - Windsor Riverside to Beaumont Arrive 1720
1740 - Egham to Beaumont Arrive 1755
1815 - Windsor Riverside to Beaumont Arrive 1830
1845 - Egham to Beaumont Arrive 1900
Tuesday 14 March - 16 seaters
0810 - Windsor Riverside to Beaumont Arrive 0825
0840 - Egham to Beaumont Arrive 0855
1715 - Beaumont to Egham Arrive 1730
1715 - Beaumont to Windsor Riverside Arrive 1730
Wednesday 15 March – 16 seaters
0810 - Windsor Riverside to Beaumont Arrive 0825
0840 - Egham to Beaumont Arrive 0855
1415 - Beaumont to Egham Arrive 1430
1415 - Beaumont to Windsor Riverside Arrive 1430
Note all arrival times are approximate and subject to traffic. Each vehicle will have the SIMS Independent logo in the front window.