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Interview preparation, mentoring and support

Preparing for pre-testing and the interview element to the entry processes for prep school candidates at age 11 or 12.

Identifying their strengths and having the confidence to talk to adults about them, coming across as confident, but not arrogant, can be tricky for youngsters who are faced with an interview for entry to UK day or boarding schools. The aptitude test that we utilise can be used to identify learning gaps, demonstrate current performance to future senior schools or monitor academic progress, as well as familiarisation for other reasoning-type tests such as ISEB Pretest or 11+ entrance exams.

It tests academic potential by looking at core cognitive skills in English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal processing and the detailed feedback report is shared in person with you by one of our trained experts who will talk you through areas that need more support ahead of interviews or tests.

Likewise, the interview process for sixth form entry at age 16 can be challenging for those who, though academically talented, struggle with how to convey their wider contribution to the school community.

Music, sport, drama, The Arts, community service, leadership, commitment to house activity – it is essential that candidates convey their full contribution and commitment to school life as a whole.

From arranging one-off practice interview sessions either face-to-face or by video call, to inclusive packages where we work with youngsters over several weeks to help them to prepare for that all-important interview, we have a range of bespoke consultancy services and private school advice to prepare your child or teenager.

Mentoring and long-term guidance

examples of recent situations where we have offered sixth form and private school advice and support are:

  • Teenagers who are struggling to settle into boarding life.

  • Those who are faced with handling difficult peer relationships.

  • Teenagers finding it tricky to give adequate focus and attention to their studies for GCSE, A Level or IB.

  • Those struggling to set and achieve academic goals.

  • Teenagers teetering on the edge of suspension or expulsion from school.

For parents facing these situations, home can become a place of confrontation and worry, not knowing where to turn for private school advice. Often the first reaction is to look towards a move of school. However, in our experience, getting to the bottom of what is going wrong and why, is often a better long-term solution for all. Moving school should be the last decision, after investigation, consideration and thought has been given to all the options.

Our team of education consultants offers expert private school advice and an experienced support system to assist teenagers and their parents in finding the right long-term solution. Through our termly mentoring service, we help families in the following ways:

  • Set up regular video call mentoring sessions with teenagers to set goals, discuss how things are going at school and suggest solutions to any issues of concern.

  • Feedback to parents if lines of communication are tricky, acting as an independent, listening ear.

  • Support teenagers with planning study and revision schedules.

  • Support teenagers with goal setting in all areas of school life – academic, social and behaviour.

  • Communicate with school key staff such as House parents and tutors to investigate and find solutions to issues, adding an independent, mediatory element to the support structure surrounding the teenager.

  • Discuss potential careers, university and sixth form opportunities to give a purpose to education and hence motivate towards achieving more.

  • Advise parents on alternatives to the current school including sixth form colleges, should this turn out to be the best solution. Often reviewing alternatives to the current school can be the best motivator to stay where they are.

When it comes to mentoring, the needs and aims of each family are different. If you feel this service could be useful to you, please get in touch for an informal, confidential chat about your situation so we can discuss how one of our team of experienced consultants can help.

Parents in these situations often feel lonely as it can be tricky to share the difficulties you are facing with friends or relatives. We are good listeners, so I reassure you, you are not alone. Chances are whatever your concern, our consultants will have seen it all before and hence will support you in finding the right way forward for the family as a whole.

Short courses – 11+, EAL, exam revision, retakes, UCAS and careers

There are key stages throughout a child’s education when they may need additional support with their learning, to allow them to meet their true potential.

  • International students who need to study an intensive academic English course, before joining a UK boarding school.

  • Parents seeking a tutor or intensive course, to prepare their child for the 11+

  • Teenagers studying for GCSE, A Level or IB may need an intensive revision course at Easter, to prepare for those all-important exams.

  • Re-taking A levels and searching for the right tutorial college.

  • Finding a summer course to learn English as an additional language.

  • Finding a pre-boarding preparation course or foundation course for university.

Whatever short-term educational or holiday course programme you are looking for, our consultant experts can advise you on making the right choice.

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