This school community small ads classified trading site is owned and operated by Schoolstrader Limited. The site includes school open days, classified ads, small ads, free ads, school notices, school noticeboards and school advertisements. Schools use the site for school notices, school fund raising and to advertise school open days.

Schoolstrader Limited started its online small ads classified trading service for three schools in 2006; the Schoolstrader website now covers all 2,000 independent and 28,000 state school communities across the UK and The Republic of Ireland. An independent school is also known as a public school, private school, boarding school or prep school. These schools are generally members of one of the independent school trade bodies such as ISC, GSA, IAPS, BSA, ISBA and HMC. Open days are promoted on the site by schools.

The Schoolstrader business was created to meet the demand by school communities (parents, staff, alumni, students, friends and family) for a simple and free community trading website. Schoolstrader is now used by tens of thousands of people across the British Isles to buy/sell/rent everything from holiday homes, flats to rent, bikes and cars to pets, houses, boats, school uniform, textbooks and furniture. We also carry job ads.

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To use the site, users register under a school community, and then place ads or search for items under specific categories. The site is open to all. School communities are grouped by area, region and nation.

Placing ads is simple. Users chose a category, write a short piece of text, put in a price and then post the ad on the site. Ads will take up to three photos. Ads stay up for three months and we send automatic reminders. Ads may be removed or edited at any time using the My Ads function.

Finding ads is easy. Ads are laid out in date order under various categories. Users can search through the categories (eg. Music) and can also search using key words (eg. Flute). Once they find an interesting ad, they email the advertiser asking for more details.

People unconnected with a school may register on Schoolstrader as a "Friend" of their local school community - accordingly users need to be aware of this (whether advertising or responding to ads). 

To maximise coverage, users may place ads locally, regionally or nationally across our network. There is a special Open Days section which is used by schools for a fee.

Schoolstrader is not aimed at younger children; users must be aged 16 or over.

The site is free for private users, who may place private small ads free of charge.

The site is funded by carefully selected banner advertising by companies. There is also a paid-for Businesses section - a directory of local, regional and national businesses and services that have been posted on the site by the Schoolstrader team. Businesses are asked to contact for details of commercial advertising rates and should not advertise directly in our classified pages. See Advertising for further details.

Schoolstrader monitors its site and will remove any inappropriate or offensive ads. If you spot such an ad, please use the "Report Ad" link on the ad.