Solving your Independent Education Questions

The articles below will give you an overview of some of the standard answers to education questions. For a fuller picture come to the Independent Schools Show 2017 on November 11-12 and speak to the schools in person.

Boarding

The UK has the world’s most famous boarding schools, many of which are exhibiting at the Independent Schools Show. The Show is an excellent opportunity to meet the world's leading schools, discuss entrance requirements, fees and bursaries, think about taster days,…

Curriculum choices

What do independent schools teach? This is not a straightforward question. Independent schools are precisely that, independent and self-managing. Schools determine their own programmes of study and which qualifications and examination boards to use. Just as each school has a…

How to choose a school

Your child is unique, as is each school. Establishing the right match for your child is one of the most challenging decisions a parent can make. Simply making the decision of private or state is a conundrum in itself, so…

League Tables & ‘Value Added’

Why do some independent schools absent themselves from league tables and what is "value added"? Many parents will be using tables to evaluate the schools present at the Independent Schools Show.  With this in mind, we have provided this guide…

Navigating the Entry System 11+, 13+

Most senior schools assess entrants, and these assessments can be incredibly competitive. This introduction will give you an idea of the standard procedures.

Navigating the Entry System 16+

This is, without a doubt, the fiercest entry point particularly when seeking an upward move into one of the top schools. For example there are only a handful of places available in the Lower Sixth at Eton, with over 50…

Navigating the Entry System 3+ 4+

The epithet, 'the early bird catches the worm' is ripe when trying to find nursery and prep-prep school places. What follows is a brief overview of the key entry points in independent education, but do remember that there are always…

Navigating the Entry System 7+ 8+

Most London independent schools assess entrants, and these assessments are incredibly competitive.

The world's most competitive schools

Why is London so particularly competitive? In part it is simple demographics. With a population of 8,546,761 London has grown 16% in a decade, adding a million new people since 2004. There are now 2,117,000 children under the age of…