Tuesday 24 September 2019

Aptitude testing

State secondary schools applications close on the 31st October 2019 for September 2020 onwards. Many schools – especially academies and free schools – allow some pupils entrance based on aptitude, often in the arts or music – accompanied by a reference from their current school. There does seem to be some leeway here for schools … Read More

Wednesday 10 July 2019

What we did on our holidays.

Most independent schools have closed now for the summer, and the state schools are entering their final few days of the school year. However, holidays don’t spell inaction within the schools – refurbishments, staff training and pending public examination results keep the schools busy. Applying for school places can become a slow process, expect longer … Read More

Monday 3 December 2018

How outstanding is Outstanding?

The integrity of the gold standard of English state education – the OFSTED “Outstanding” rating – has been brought into question. The head of OFSTED has commented that these top-rated schools are a “blind-spot” in the education system as they are inspected so infrequently.   The decision by the government in 2011 to exempt outstanding schools … Read More

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Client feedback

Very kind feedback from an Australian client who has moved to Manchester. The girls started at school today.  I can not thank you enough for all your help, work and guidance with schooling for the girls. We are super excited (along with a lot of nerves this morning) to start at the school. I am … Read More