In my part of the country, there seems to be a pretty even divide between two groups of independent schools. The first group tend to be small, and they're generally fairly friendly places to be, but because of financial pressures resources are limited, and salaries are very low (much lower than state sector). The second group are bigger, longer-established, and have lots of money. However, they expect to own their staff, with multiple late evenings and weekend work - so even though the salary is higher, the hourly rate is no better. Has anyone found an independent that manages to combine a reasonable salary with a working week that isn't 60 hours plus?