Here at Education Advisers we have a dedicated team of consultants who specialise in finding the right school for your child. We understand the importance of the school experience in shaping the lives of our children and we will guide you through the maze of hundreds of private prep schools to find the one that fits your child and your aspirations perfectly.
A free 30 minute consultation
We use this time to find out about you, your child and your aspirations and to help you establish your exact requirements. Many parents know they are looking for a good Preparatory school with good academic track record and an all-round approach, but there are many other areas to consider, such as the different curriculum options, the extra-curricular strengths and the aspirations of the peer group. Some prep schools are specifically preparing children for boarding, others are preparing children for local grammar schools. We use this consultation to help you to understand exactly what it is that you are looking for. We will also have a frank discussion with you about the ability of your child and the likelihood of them gaining a place in a highly selective school. The educational landscape of schools in London is different to the home counties and the North of England. We can advise you on the level of competition and the types of schools available.
NOTE: We do not make specific school recommendations at this stage.
Firstly, we will clarify your priorities and make sure we understand your aspirations and the needs of your child. Your child’s education is likely to be at least a fifteen-year journey and needs a carefully constructed flightpath. We will talk you through all of the key options to ensure that your child starts their educational journey in the right direction. See our Education for Life Strategy to understand which of our service approaches best suits your aspirations. It is essential for us that we understand the needs of your child both academically and socially, and that we know what is important to them at the time of transition.
If your child is over 7 years old we can offer them our bespoke assessments so we can fully understand their ability level and how they are likely to get on with an entrance assessment for a selective school. We will make contact with up to 20 schools that could potentially fit your criteria. We will firstly ascertain if they have spaces available and then discuss with them how well they can meet your child’s needs and if they could potentially consider your application.
We will then come back to you with a relevant list of schools, including inspection reports, website links and other useful information such as the gender breakdown and past experiences of other clients. We are also able to offer our own experiences of the schools from previous visits. We will help you to organise visits to your preferred choices and equip you with a tailor-made questionnaire to ensure you come away with all your questions answered. Finally, we will help you with the admissions process and assessments and can also introduce you to a private tutor if needed. Our service is only complete once your child successfully starts the chosen school, although we often build on going relationships with our families and like to keep in touch to find out how your child is getting on. In many cases families come back to us for guidance on schools for siblings, or for assistance on future stages of their child's education.
Note: We are totally independent so we will make contact with all schools that may be an option for you; we don’t limit to only a select few.
We do charge for our placement service and will be able to discuss this with you after an initial consultation. If you would like a discussion on choosing the right type of school for your child, please call us on +44 (0)1622 813870 or complete our enquiry form.