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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?


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.


Uncover Archive Press Stories For Free that Would Otherwise Remain Buried. Learn simple to use (but little known) search engine tricks to find information about schools that other parents simply NEVER see.

There is an abundance of coverage for local schools in newspapers that gets buried away over time (both good and bad). We show you how to quickly surface years of goings on at any school which can be very revealing!

The majority of schools of course have some form of bad or potentially negative press in the archives. However it’s always best to make sure there’s nothing of real concern you should know about.


How to Get an Unbiased Account of the Quality of Teaching at ANY school. Learn how to quickly access information on the quality of teaching in any school from the comfort of your Laptop/Tablet.

No we’re not talking about independent inspection reports here, this source of information is invaluable to getting a fly on the wall understanding the quality of individual teachers and schools overall.

This untapped goldmine gives you direct access to parents’ and pupils’ opinions on every school in the country – A must have for anyone wanting to see past the glossy brochure version presented to you on open days!


Get Your Hands on Official Inspection Reports Independent inspection reports of any school are available for free online, we show you where to get these instantly.

These reports are great, but if you don’t know how to read between the lines properly vital facts can evade you quite easily. Learn how to understand the language, terminology and structure of reports in this section.

Understanding the jargon in government reports can be the difference between making a good choice, and making the right choice.


See Past the Marketing Spin Schools Present to You You need to remember that for almost all independent school recruiting new pupils is the lifeblood of their funding/income.

Because of this, most schools now employ a marketing officer to make sure all promotional materials and the school website displays exactly what they want you to see. We teach you how to put the dampeners on this ‘sheen’ and get a grounded understanding of each school you’re considering.


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.

Make Hidden Observations Other Parents Won’t Notice A trained eye can spot small tell-tale signs that reveal an abundance of information about how schools really operate. We teach you what to look out for in no uncertain terms.

After reading these tips you will be able to very accurately gauge the level op pupil behaviour and attitude, staff and teaching practices, operations and facility levels.


Killer questions to Ask Key Stakeholders A trained eye can spot small tell-tale signs that reveal an abundance of information about how schools really operate. We teach you what to look out for in no uncertain terms.

– Questions to ask the head teacher.
– Questions to ask current pupils.
– Questions for class teachers.
– Questions to ask your guide/admissions officer.


In-depth information on key trip up points before proceeding to an application Sometimes after visiting a school parents are so impressed with what they see that they’re ready to make an application. This is great, however there are some key points to check on before putting pen to paper. These areas usually aren’t broached on a guided tour or open day booklet, so make sure you ask the questions before proceeding.

– Special Entry Requirements/Pre-Requisites.
– Academic Pupil Grouping.
– Class Sizes.
– Homework Policies.
– Performance Management.
– Disciplinary Policies.



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.

Passing Entrance Examinations With Flying Colours After reading this chapter you will be ready to ace any school’s entrance process and be thoroughly knowledgeable in:

– What level of tutoring your child may need (or not).
– Which practice papers to use to get the best results.
– Running mock exams to get your child ready.


Impressing in One to One Interview Assessments Most schools have a combined entrance assessment process between a formal written exam and a verbal interview. Many children who are academically capable trip up at this second stage, make sure that you make the right impression and secure that place!

– What to expect from admissions officers.
– The interview structure laid out in full.
– Example questions that are often asked.
– How to prepare and practice for interviews.
– How to dress and conduct yourself on the day.


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.



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