It is a daunting task having to invest in your children’s education and select which independent school you think will be right for them. There are around 700 independent senior schools within the UK, of which there are day schools, boarding, or both. There are boys or girls only and co-educational, all with different numbers of students and subjects available. It is no wonder that it is an intimidating prospect for any parent to have to navigate the UK’s world-class school network.
Crescent Educational Consultancy can offer assistance presenting appropriate schools at all three stages (Pre-preparatory, Preparatory, and Senior school). Younger aged students, will usually only be required to be interviewed before an offer is made to join the school. However, for the majority of older year students (usually 7+ years old), the independent schools may begin requesting entry tests before providing this offer. We can provide the tuition to ensure that your child performs and is able to be admitted into the school. Usually, these tests focus on English, Maths, and potentially general knowledge. Often, if students perform well in these entrance exams they are entitled to a scholarship and/or bursaries so it is in everyone’s best interest that your child’s potential is maximised. Nonetheless, this is dependent on each individual independent school and we can help provide guidance on all stages of the application process.
In terms of selecting a school suitable for your child, it is important to acknowledge the age range, gender, religious ties, range of subjects, and future objectives. This will require research and potentially a visit to the potential school/ schools. All consultants have a professional educational background, with direct contact with the British educational system enabling them to effectively help you select a suitable school for your child. What researching a school on the internet doesn’t offer, is an insight into the general atmosphere of local independent schools, their image, SEND support, and potential issues with bullying or quality of teaching. Crescent Educational consultants have extensive knowledge of local independent institutes around the Somerset area and beyond, so can help answer these points.
For parents of international students who are attracted to the prestigious independent institutions, we can offer guidance to ensure that your child is placed at the school best suited for them. Crescent Tuition also provides a school preparation course, offering a comprehensive overview of what to expect moving to a UK independent school, introducing students to both the academic and pastoral life.