Unbiased, Honest Schooling Advice

Understanding the UK Education system and choosing schools for your children can be baffling, exasperating and emotionally charged. Your time is precious, and so of course, are your childrens' futures. Let us help explain and simplify the process.

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Education consultations


We are often asked if we can provide specific schooling advice and although we do not provide education consultations ourselves, we do work with an excellent consultant Mel, who we are able to refer you to, who can assist with your school search and/or relocation. This is a fee based service and you would deal directly with Mel following referral. Mel can provide a fee quotation based on your individual requirements, with prices starting from £150.


Consultant Background

Mel is a well established and highly regarded professional education consultant, with a background in the City of London; having spent several years at a high end concierge service, advising high net worth individuals on schooling choices. She is a parent of school age children herself and understands the complexities and pressure of the decision making process, she has a huge breadth of experience offering bespoke advice on schooling and relocation within the UK.


Services

Whether you are the parent to a small baby and want to get ahead with registrations for private schools or you have an older child due to start school imminently and you don't know where to start, help is at hand. From setting out the very basics of the UK education system for non-British parents, who are relocating to the UK, to an in-depth analysis of your school admission chances; you will be presented with all your options in a simple, easy to digest manner, enabling you to make the right choices for your child. Mel never takes a fee from any school she recommends, enabling her to remain totally independent.

Available services include:

  • UK education system explanation (independent and state schooling)
  • State school admissions advice and support
  • Independent school selection and admission or assessment guidance
  • Benchmarking assessment papers in English and Maths for children aged 6-11 years (to ascertain readiness for selective school entrance exams or identify areas of development for external tuition)
  • Full review of education options for those relocating to or around the UK

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Frequently Asked Questions

Grammar schools are a form of academically selective state school which exist in certain parts of the UK (but not everywhere). As such, they are extremely oversubscribed and ‘in year admissions’ (joining at any time other than age 11 and age 16) are unusual and very selective. Our team can assist families in understanding the Grammar School admissions process at age 11 and the options available, but will also help families to consider other options when Grammar schools are full/not an academic option.
In short, yes. UK schools are very well equipped to support children with EAL (English as an Additional Language) and will offer additional classes to help. That said, most selective schools, especially independent schools, do require children to sit an entrance test if joining from age 7 onwards and this test will require a working knowledge of English and, if the children are older, a grasp of exam technique too.
No. You can only secure a place in a UK State School (primary or secondary) once you have a confirmed address in that area. Once you have that address, you complete an application form listing your preferred schools. If those schools have vacancies in the correct year groups, your child(ren) will be offered a place(s). If those schools do not have availability, the council cannot increase class sizes to accommodate your child, so will offer you an alternative in the town/borough where you live.
Day schools in the UK cost on average £13,000 per year at Prep Level (taking into account differences between rural/urban areas and a London-premium), and £20,000 per year at Senior Level. These fees are term time only, excluding extended day care, school trips, music lessons, uniform and (sometimes) lunches.
For those of you who are not familiar with the English education system, it will not be immediately obvious which year group your child will be in, if they were to move to an English school. We've built a tool that allows you to enter your child's date of birth and it will tell you which year your child would be in now and next academic year; try it here.

Mel works alongside Locrating as their official Education Consultant. Most people don’t understand the educational system in this country, especially if you perhaps haven’t grown up here (although 50% of Mel’s clients are British, so they don't understand it either!). Mel’s service can help users to do the following:

  • Understanding the complexities of the system itself - what happens when, what terminology is used and how to choose between the systems.
  • Clarify the differences between the State and Independent (fee-paying) schooling systems in this country so parents can understand WHY people choose to pay, what the perceived advantages of doing so are, what differences exist between the State and Independent Systems and how people move between them and 'mix and match'.
  • Independent school selection and admission or assessment guidance
  • What independent Options are available in a specific location or locations; how their admissions processes differ, what deadlines and timeframes you need to know, how to choose between schools and where do children go afterwards. Sometimes parents only want to discuss one sector, state or independent, but they want to compare and contrast the options in that sector within two different areas, sometimes parents have specific requirements, like wanting a certain language to be taught at a school or supporting a particular educational need or disability. You name it, Mel will cover it!


Next Steps

Consultations are only available to members; please contact us via our members helpdesk for further information and a fee quotation based on your individual requirements, with prices starting from £150.