Choosing the right independent school is not an easy task – There is an abundance of information to consider.
Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a blanket “good” school, the real question to consider is whether a school is good for your child?
Take advice from the experts, we have analysed hundreds of schools and have the methods, tools, tips and tricks ready at our disposal to help you get ahead of the crowd to make a smart and less stressful decision. Reading this exclusive 44 page guide will make sure you choose the right school for your child and have the best chance of getting accepted.
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What’s in the Guide?
SECTION 2: Researching Schools Like the Experts Do
SECTION 3: Become a World Class Detective When Visiting Schools
SECTION 5: Financially Planning for Private Schooling
1. Finding the REAL Factors for Success!
Don’t be tempted to just look at one of the many lists out there detailing “important things to look at when choosing a school”. Yes these are a good starting point, but only scratch the surface of what you need to consider to select a winning school. These lists are built on generalisations of what is good for every child, you want to choose a school that’s perfect for YOUR CHILD!
In this chapter we go through various questions you should ask yourself and your son or daughter, in order to build up a clear picture of exactly what it is you’re looking for. Most parents have a good idea of the main factors they require in a school. However, it’s all the small details which can make or break the overall quality of a school.
It’s almost impossible to cover everything you need to analyse off the top of your head. By using the information contained here you will put yourself leaps and bounds above the average parent. Make sure you choose a school that is outstanding in ALL the factors that matter to your child’s success, not just the big box ticking categories.
2. Researching Schools Like the Experts Do.
At My Top Schools our team has researched hundreds of schools to the highest degree of detail. In this section we share all of our sources, knowledge, methods, tips and tricks for unearthing the most important information that you simply can’t find elsewhere.
Choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever have to make. Therefore it makes sense to take advice and learn from educational consultants who have done this for years hundreds of times over.
In this chapter you’ll learn methods of unearthing information that we can almost guarantee no other parent is using. You will easily cut through the clutter and quickly get an accurate and invaluable account of the quality of any school you want to research.
3. Become a World Class Detective When Visiting Schools or Attending Open Days.
When you go to visit a school they will usually give you a guided tour, perhaps allow you to sit in on some lessons and also ask questions of teachers and pupils. This is a great way to get a feel for how the school operates, the teaching style and general atmosphere of the institution. What can be difficult to separate is the fact from the theatre as the school is definitely in ‘presentation mode’. This section arms you with the tools to do just that!
There are ALWAYS tell-tale signs you can pick up on which will reveal just how good or bad a school really is. The trick is knowing what to look out for and that’s exactly what you’ll learn in this chapter. After reading this advice you’ll definitely be the most perceptive and shrewd parents on any school visitation or open day.
This is one of the most invaluable and highly praised sections of the guide. Don’t be content to plod along with the crowd, make sure you are a step above the rest and get a true understanding of a school’s value to you.
4. Pass Entrance Exams With Ease and Ace Admissions Interviews.
Most schools will have an entrance examination followed by a structured interview. Preparation for these stages of the application process is absolutely vital to success. You don’t want to be let down at this late stage after so much work and preparation…
Many people think that doing well in an entrance exam or interview is simply down to intellect. Sadly this just isn’t the case, every year we see hundreds of cases of smart pupils failing entrance exams. Conversely we see hundreds of average pupils gaining entrance to highly selective schools. The reason being is that you need to prepare for the specifics of the entrance process for private schools.
This chapter takes you through exactly what topics are in the examinations, what materials you should use to prepare and if private tutoring is likely to help your child pass. Also included is an in-depth view into what the admissions interview process involves, what sort of questions are asked, how to dress, what to bring with you, how to prepare and vitally – what the interviewer is looking for.
5. Financially Planning for Private Schooling.
So you’ve done your budgeting, and know what tuition fees you’re able to afford. However, have you added up all the additional costs which can come with private education?
There are a lot more expense on top of just paying the listed fees that many parents overlook. This section details various costs to consider which may be incurred on top of tuition fees.
Making sure that you have fully budgeted for what an independent education is going to cost you means there are no nasty surprises around the corner.