Finding the best school for your child

We have helped hundreds of families gain entry to their choice of the best British junior and senior schools. We are typically asked to advise on London day schools and major boarding schools but we also love recommending less well known, hidden gems. We charge a simple hourly rate and can provide as much or as little guidance as you need. In 2017, we won the award for, ‘Excellence in Family Support’ from Relocate Global for our School Placement Service. 

We look at a range of options based on your child’s educational needs and goals, along with their suitability for a school’s ethos and culture. By matching your requirements with those of the school, we help to ensure a happy, productive and successful education.

A bespoke service that guarantees success

Katie Haigh, Director of Education

Katie Haigh, Schools Placement Consultant

 Our service extends far beyond simply finding and recommending a school for your child. We guide you through the entire applications process. If your child needs to learn English as a foreign language, requires tutoring for re-takes, or is applying to a school mid-year, we will organise this, so that their application stands the best possible chance of success.

You will probably have already studied countless glossy brochures and the Good Schools Guide; we provide more accurate, personalised advice on choosing a school and applying successfully: is the school’s personality a good fit? Will your child be happy at this school, and are the school’s values congruent with your own?

What should your child expect? From entrance exams and selection criteria to their first day, we will ensure you are fully prepared. Do you require an introduction? Where appropriate, we will introduce you to the School’s Registrar to ensure the best possible chance of making a good impression.  We pride ourselves on honesty and independence, so you can trust us to provide you with the information you need to make a decision. We never take introductory fees from schools. 

Schools Consultancy centered on the needs of your child

Our consultants spend a great deal of time visiting London schools. They are fully qualified to offer detailed, up to the minute advice. The process is friendly and straightforward; after a face-to-face or telephone consultation which fully explains the application process, we provide you with a full written report that will outline your options. After you have made your choice, we will help you with all the steps necessary for a successful application.

Before your consultation, you may wish to read our Schools Guide or advice about how to prepare your child for school entry. Parents of children coming to a British school from overseas may also be interested in our Boarding Schools Plus programme. Our other guides, Choosing between Day School and Boarding School, and Choosing between State and Independent School, may also be useful. We also think that Kathryn Watson’s ‘Parent’s guide to choosing a Boarding School’ offers some invaluable insight.

 

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One of Simply Learning Tuition's private tutors

INITIAL CONSULTATION

We get to know your child. By learning what they need from a school, we will be able to recommend the best possible fit.

Simply Learning Tuition's academic assessment

SHORTLIST AND EXAMS

After preparing a shortlist of schools, we can introduce tutors to help your child prepare for entrance exams. SLT will also assist with any application administration which can be particularly useful for families applying from overseas.

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VISITS AND INTERVIEWS 

Over-coaching can be detrimental to your child’s interview technique, but we believe that practice always makes perfect. We ensure that your child is fully prepared to demonstrate their best side during the entrance interview, and give you the opportunity to visit the school and meet key members of staff.

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ONGOING SUPPORT

Choosing the best school is only the beginning. We can help to foster the ongoing relationship between school and student; introducing mentors or subject tutors to ease the transition to the new school.

Boarding School Preparation 

The transition from family home to boarding school is a major change in anyone’s life. We provide mentors and tutors to help smooth the transition through English language preparation, academic coaching, and moral support.

Boarding School Plus Programme

A “boarding school plus” mentor will help your child to settle into and get the most out of their time at a UK boarding school by supporting them before and during their studies.

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A mentor will visit your child in your family home before school, typically for one to two weeks toward the end of the summer holidays. This provides an opportunity to prepare academically, develop English language skills and answer any question; no matter how big or small. What might a typical day will look like? How easy will it be to make friends? What will the food be like? What if I’m not sporty? What cultural differences should I know about before arrival?

The mentor also welcomes a child to their school; a friendly face that provides continuity with the home environment. They can help your child throughout their time at school and support both him/her and you with gap year, GCSE, A-level and University decisions. Mentors play a unique role for their students – much like a career coach in later life – that is very different to a teacher, guardian or parent. They are someone that your child can relate to but independent of their immediate school or domestic context. Please contact us if you are interested in working with a mentor.

English Language Preparation

Even the brightest child can face challenges adapting to a different academic curriculum and approach to learning, and getting used to spoken English at a UK boarding school. Receiving help with their English will help them excel in their academic studies.

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The curricula of different countries vary, so some countries teach – for example – trigonometry earlier than others. These differences can be identified early and addressed before arrival to ease a child’s academic transition. UK boarding schools teach in a very different way to many other schools. They are far less structured and formulaic than your child may be used to and emphasise skills like independent thinking.  In addition, even students at top of their English language class struggle with the English spoken in boarding schools. Slang, the speed of speech, and presentation skills prove particular challenges.

 

A “boarding school plus” mentor will create a personalised programme for the one or two weeks they spend with your child, to prepare him/ her for their boarding school. Your mentor can also provide academic and English language support on an ongoing basis.

We can put you in touch with Simply Learning Tuition’s network of specialist tutors, if your child requires subject-specific support or has special educational needs.

Case Studies 

Jack

Sometimes a school’s relatively rigid timetables can disengage certain children, and a period of more flexible home schooling can get them back in the groove. Jack, 15, is an example. He had previously been expelled from...

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Sometimes a school’s relatively rigid timetables can disengage certain children, and a period of more flexible home schooling can get them back in the groove.

Jack, 15, is an example. He had previously been expelled from a school and was struggling with the routine and boundaries at his new school. One of his challenges was that he had been diagnosed with ADHD, and it was affecting him quite considerably. He needed more support than the school was able to offer. And to provide that support he started a part-time home schooling program.

This programme was delivered by three tutors, who each specialised in different subjects. This team was able to support Jack in his academics and act as mentors encouraging him to stay on track. However, one of the key things they also did was cut the length of Jack’s lessons – making it easier for him to concentrate throughout and avoiding the temptation to lose track.

His academic results improved a great deal (he achieved As and Bs in his GCSEs). He’s since transitioned back into school well, and remains focused on his studies with no reports of bad behaviour.

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Sergei

Some students can struggle in the English schooling system if they are at the wrong school, particularly if English is not their first language. Sergei is a prime example.

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Some students can struggle in the English schooling system if they are at the wrong school, particularly if English is not their first language. Sergei is a prime example.

Sergei was a Ukranian student who was not happy at the boarding school that he was attending in London. His family came to us in the summer term of year 11 searching for a school for Sergei to start at in September. He was a very bright student who had not been supported enough by his previous school. English was not his first language and he was struggling with his confidence.

We searched extensively over the summer for a new school for Sergei. As well as this, we had regular contact with the student, finding out exactly what kind of school he himself wanted. We counselled Sergei to aim high and not be put off by his experience at his previous school. We arranged visits to a wide variety of the UK’s best sixth form colleges. After extensive consultation with Sergei and his parents, in September he enrolled in a London Sixth Form College with a superb reputation. He is thriving in his new school and performing superbly in his exams.

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David, Katy and Emma

Transitioning from one school system to another can be tricky, but these three children exemplify how smooth the transition can be when it is properly managed.

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Transitioning from one school system to another can be tricky, but these three children exemplify how smooth the transition can be when it is properly managed.

All three children were in the Welsh schooling system and the family wanted to move to the British system. It was not an easy assignment as all three children were at different ages and required three different schools. They came to us towards the end of the summer holidays and needed places at school as soon as possible in the London area.

There was not enough time to immediately find schools for the new school year, so we provided homeschooling for a term in order that the children should not fall behind and would be in the best position for the entrance exams that they would have to sit. We then helped them liaise with a variety of schools, making sure that each school matched the specific needs of the child. All three children succeeded in getting into the school of their choice and are doing extremely well.

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Asmah

It can be difficult to move from one country to another, often help is required with negotiating the vagaries of the British school system.

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It can be difficult to move from one country to another, often help is required with negotiating the vagaries of the British school system.

Asmah was attending a well known and prestigious London pre-prep school. However, English was not her first language so she was placed in a lower year group than would be normal for her age. The family did not want this situation to continue. Therefore the client came to us in September, with the school year already having started, urgently looking for a new school.

We immediately started short listing and visiting schools, as well as providing remedial homeschooling to bring Asmah’s English up to the level required for the assessments that she would have to sit. We visited a broad variety of different schools, prioritising those who could offer Visa support. We managed to secure Asmah a place in a very well regarded prep school in the correct year group for her. She is flourishing in the new environment and recently told us that she is enjoying school for the first time.

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