Q: When To Start A School Search?
A: It is best to start the process of looking at schools about four years prior to entry. Most schools have a cut-off date by which your child must be registered. Some schools will take registration only up to a limited number, with names being placed on a waiting list if normal lists are full. There may be some places reserved for strong late applicants.
In the UK, preparatory schools tend to not have absolute cut-off dates while senior schools have dates that vary widely from three years prior to one year prior. For entry at 16+ years old, registration is usually required at least one year prior. However, schools have taken in students in special circumstances at short notice.
As a general rule of thumb, the earlier you start the process, the better your options and wider your choices.
Q: Will you guarantee admission to schools?
A: It is our job to advise families which schools would be suitable for their child having taken into account all considerations. We will help to ensure that your child is presented, openly and honestly, in the best possible light. We do not however, guarantee admission to any school because this is at the discretion of the admissions staff of the school. We are not recruitment agents and in particular, do not accept agency fees from any school.
Q: As a family, we are very private and low-key. Will our consultancy arrangement be confidential?
A: We take the duty of confidentiality seriously and respect the privacy of all our clients' affairs. Information obtained in the course of any consultancy is kept confidential and is not shared outside the scope of work.