Choosing the right school

Helping parents focus on what is important, when making decisions for their children.

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Learn how to let go of your own life story and put your child at the heart of your school choice

We believe every individual child has exceptional potential and that being in the right school gives them all the knowledge, life skills, opportunities and experiences they need to reach it.

We coach parents to let go of their own life story and to focus on their child’s talents and personality, so they go from confused and terrified of making the wrong choice, to making a confident school choice that is right for their brilliant, precious child.

A child in the right school will be happy. A happy child grows in confidence and achieves their true potential. Not just in academic grades, but also develops skills, passions and interests that will set them up for life.

A happy child is a happy parent!

A child in the wrong school can be unhappy, lose self-confidence and motivation and struggle to achieve anywhere near their potential.

Please get in touch to hear how we take parents from confusion to clarity

Our team of experienced and knowledgeable education consultants understand that choosing the right school for your child at age 5, 7, 11, 13 or 16 can be a confusing and time-consuming process for parents.

No two children are the same, so finding the right school option for your child can be challenging, especially if you have the needs of more than one sibling to take into consideration. Navigating your way through school marketing material and websites, as well as opinions gathered through conversation amongst friends over lunch or coffee, can make the process of choosing the right school seem overwhelming.

Our experts collectively have years of experience in offering impartial support and guidance to parents, not only to assist them with finding the right school solution, but also provide in-depth support throughout the application process.

Our aim is to empower parents by sharing our impartial knowledge and experience, so you have the reassurance that you are making an informed choice. We offer a range of one-to-one education consultancy services to offer you all the advice and guidance you need, to enable you to make the right choice.

Prep to Senior School Choices at age 11 or 13

School gate and dinner party banter can make the senior school choice process confusing for parents. We are fortunate to have diversity of choice across both state and independent sectors, but how do parents decide on the school that is best suited to the needs of their child?

Our team of friendly, professional consultants have years of experience in supporting parents with this decision. Our independent view-point can often bring clarity to the decision-making process. We regularly assist parents to:

  • Decide on their school search area. It must fit with both family and work commitments.

  • Consider the opinions of each parent, whilst keeping an open mind.

  • Review the academic and other attainments of your child to match these up to the right school and consider any additional support they may need.

  • Draw up a list of suitable schools; state or independent, budget, day or boarding, single sex or co-ed, academic strengths and interests of your child, any additional support your child may need and transport links.

  • Decide on their school search area. It must fit with both family and work commitments.

  • Send website links for review.

  • Make a short-list of schools to visit and assist with making visit appointments.

  • Preparing a list of questions which you may need to ask while you are there.

  • Help you to get a feel for atmosphere, ethos, educational philosophy of the Head, staff-pupil relationships and check the curriculum supports your child’s strengths and interests, as well as their future career ambitions.

  • Accompany parents on senior school visits, especially where English is not their first language.

  • Discuss pros and cons of each school after your visits. There may be a couple of front-runners that you feel need a second visit.

  • Assist with the registration, application and interview preparation process.

Supporting Special Educational Needs

It can be a very confusing, worrying and stressful time for parents if your child has a learning difficulty or special educational need. Finding yourself in this position and not knowing where to turn for support and guidance as to how to identify the right school to offer them support, while ensuring they fulfil their academic potential, can be a significant challenge.

Our team of experts understands the needs of parents faced with the sudden realisation that their child may have learning difficulties or special educational needs and we will be on hand support you, whatever your individual challenge might be.

Consultancy Advice For Children With Learning Difficulties or Special Needs

Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, ASD…….Our guidance and support services for parents, who suspect their child may have learning difficulties or special educational needs include:

  • A ‘listening ear’ to support and guide parents at this worrying time….
  • Advice on arranging educational assessment or medical evaluation as necessary.
  • Discussions to identify the right school to support your child’s individual needs.
  • Assistance with communication with the school, to ensure your child receives the support identified in their Individual Education Plan.

By asking you to complete a detailed brief in advance, we will ensure that your key individual issues are addressed and expectations met.

Success Story – Choosing the Right Day or Boarding School


With a son attending a day prep school in the Home Counties, this British family needed guidance on possible senior school choices for their son at 13+. Being first-time buyers, they were not familiar with the independent school system, so needed advice and support with the selection, planning, timing, application and preparation process.

Building on the advice they were given by their Prep School Head, our consultant helped the family to review the whole range of senior school options in their search area, as well as explain the application and entry process and help to prepare their son for entry tests and interviews. The boy required learning support for dyslexia, so we assisted the family in finding him a tutor, to help him with exam skills and techniques in preparation for the entry tests.

Parents were successful in securing a place at their first-choice senior school and their son is currently studying towards his GCSE’s. He is happy at school, both socially and academically and meeting his academic potential. His parents feel his needs are met and his talents are nurtured. He also plays for the school’s first football team.

Mother hugging her son.

Interested to see how we can help?

Connect with one of our consultants to talk about how we can help with finding the right education solution for your child.

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