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INDEPENDENT

Our team of experienced experts share a passion for supporting parents with finding the right education solution for their child. We see our role as that of enabling parents, so they feel confident that they are making informed, objective decisions about the right school or university, for both their child and their family unit as a whole.

EDUCATION

Our diverse team of experts offer parents both from the UK and around the world advice in all areas of education. We offer parents support and guidance with making the right choices at all stages of education. Often we work with a family over several years, offering step-by-step support as each important education decision approaches.

CONSULTANTS

As education consultants, we foster close working relationships with 100’s of British schools and Universities, maintaining a busy programme of year-round school and university visits, to keep our knowledge up to date. Sharing this knowledge and experience with parents is what enables our clients to feel confident that they are making the right decisions for their child.

Our core values

Empowering Parents

Our team of experienced, professional consultants empower parents to make informed decisions through their knowledgeable, up-to-date guidance.

Putting The Child First

Our focus on each child’s interests and strengths as an individual, enables parents to secure the right school or university solutions at the right time.

Reassuring Ear for Parents

Our independent perspective helps parents get to the nuts and bolts of what’s important when making decisions for their child(ren).

Friendly & Approachable

Our ethos is to encourage parents to pick up the phone and chat to a friendly consultant in confidence.

Working with Families

Our consultants build confidence through information, advice and guidance, nurturing parents towards the right choices and solutions for their children.

Building Relationships

Once we’ve helped a family to find the right solution for one dilemma, we continue to maintain close contact, often over several years, supporting parents as each education decision-time approaches.

What UK school year will your child be in, when applying to join a school for the new academic year in September?

The UK school year runs from 1st September to 31st August. One of our most frequently asked questions is:
What UK school year will my child be in, when applying to join a school for the new academic year in September?”
You can add your child’s date of birth below to find out, as well as information about age-related key decisions.
Please get in contact with us to find out more.

Your Child's Date of Birth*

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Year


Find your Entry Point

Find which year your child will enter school.

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YOUR CHILD WILL START IN

NURSERY


ENTERING RECEPTION IN

September

Many independent schools have a pre-prep department where children can start schooling in nursery.

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YOUR CHILD WILL START IN

RECEPTION

Compulsory UK Education Begins

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 1

PRE-PREP

Second year of pre-prep or primary school.

Things to think about

How do I support learning at home?
How do I encourage my son to read more?
What extra-curricular clubs and activities should we try?
Should my bright child move up a school year to be more challenged?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 2

PRE-PREP

Third year of pre-prep or primary school.

Things to think about

How do I encourage my child to read?
Should my bright child move up a school year to be more challenged?
What extra-curricular clubs and activities should we start?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 3

PRE-PREP/PREP VIA 7+ ENTRY TESTS

Last year of pre-prep or first year of prep school, depending on day or boarding type of school.

Things to think about

How do I choose the right prep school, if I need to move on after pre-prep?
Do I want my child to board in future and at what age?
Should we return to the UK or relocate to the countryside, out of London?
When should I move between state and private schools?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 4

PREP VIA 8+ ENTRY TESTS

First year of prep school for many boarding prep schools.

Things to think about

Starting to think about possible senior schools for entry at 11+ and 13+.
Boarding vs. day.
What are the benefits of flexi or weekly boarding.
Do I need a tutor and how do I find one?
Does my child have learning difficulties and how to I have these assessed?
Should we return to the UK or relocate to the countryside, out of London?
When should I move between state and private schools?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 5

PREP

Second or third year of prep school, depending on type of school.

Things to think about

Finalising senior school choices for 11+ or 13+ entry.
Which senior schools shall I register my child with?
Understanding the entry process for senior schools.
What should I ask when visiting and senior school?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 6

PREP

11+ entry tests for grammar schools.
11+ entry for London day and independent day and/or boarding schools which start at year 7.
Last year of primary school.
Pre-tests for some senior schools with entry at 13+.

Things to think about

Do I need a tutor and how do I find one?
How do I prepare my child for NVR, VR tests?
How do I prepare for interviews?
Should we return to the UK or relocate to the countryside, out of London?
When should I move between state and private schools?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 7

PREP/FIRST YEAR SENIOR

Common Entrance curriculum starts at prep school.
First year for some senior schools with entry via 11+.
Some international pupils start at prep school for two years, if applying to senior schools for 13+ entry.

Things to think about

Pre-tests for some senior schools with 13+ entry.
How do I prepare my child for NVR, VR tests?
How do I prepare for interviews?
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Should I start some flexi, weekly or full boarding to help my child settle later?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 8

PREP

Common Entrance year or 13+ entry tests - final year at prep school.
Second year for some senior schools if entry via 11+.
Occasional place entry via 12+ in some schools.

Things to think about

Preparing for 13+ entry tests
How do I prepare my child for NVR, VR tests?
How do I apply for a scholarship?
How do I apply for a bursary?
How do I prepare for interviews?
Study and exam skills
Planning an effective revision timetable.
Should we return to the UK or relocate to the countryside, out of London?
When should I move between state and private schools?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 9

SENIOR SCHOOL

First year for schools with only 13+ entry.
Third year for schools with entry at 11+ and 13+.

Things to think about

Some schools start GCSE courses.
Expanding creative, sporting and artistic talents.
Take up a new musical instrument.
Learn a new language.
Settling into senior boarding school life.

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 10

SENIOR SCHOOL

GCSE or IGCSE year 1

Things to think about

Choosing the right subjects for GCSE or IGCSE.
Dual award or triple award sciences?
Do I need to study a second language?
How do I find a tutor?
What is Duke of Edinburgh Award or CCF?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 11

SENIOR SCHOOL

GCSE or IGCSE year 2
Pre-sixth form preparation course for one year for overseas applicants.
One-year GCSE course for overseas applicants.

Things to think about

Study and examination skills.
Goal-setting and mentoring.
Will I achieve good enough results to stay at my current school for sixth form?
Should we return to the UK or relocate to the countryside, out of London?
When should I move between state and private schools?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 12

SIXTH FORM AT SENIOR SCHOOL OR SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

A Level – Year 1
IB Diploma - Year 1

Things to think about

IB vs. A Level courses.
Choosing the right subjects for sixth form.
Initial career planning.
Pros and cons of changing school for sixth form.
Dates and deadlines for applying for sixth form places.
Moving from single sex to co-ed school.
Moving between state and private schools
Returning to the UK from international school overseas.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
How do I apply for a bursary?

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YOUR CHILD WILL START

YEAR 13

SIXTH FORM AT SENIOR SCHOOL OR SIXTH FORM COLLEGE

A Level - Year 2
IB Diploma – Year 2

Things to think about

Deciding on university course choices and careers.
Exploring degree apprenticeships or internships.
How do I write an effective personal statement?
When are the UCAS deadlines?
How to prepare for a university Interview?
Applying to a US university
Do I take a gap year?
How do I find effective work experience?
Study and exam skills
Planning an effective revision timetable.
Where can I find an Easter holiday revision course?

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YOUR CHILD WILL ENTER HIGHER EDUCATION OR TAKE A GAP YEAR

Things to think about

What shall I do during my gap year?
Settling into university.
What if my results don’t go to plan?
How do I manage UCAS Clearing?
Where and when can I re-take?

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YOUR CHILD WILL ENTER HIGHER EDUCATION

Things to think about

Career planning for graduation.
Second degree courses, for example law conversion, medicine, master’s courses.
Writing an effective CV.
Applying for internships and jobs.

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How can our team of education consultants help you?

Whether you need to consult us face-to-face, by telephone or Skype, require a package covering all aspects of applying to a UK school or University, or just need to read a few free tips from our blog, we can help you.

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