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Get your questions answered | Independent Schools Show next weekend

Last Updated on : 9th November 2021

With over 200 schools and 100+ speakers there is no better place to get your questions answered and discover the perfect school.

At the Show speak 1-1 with a wide range of school admissions teams about your child.

Please read on to understand how the talks programme at the Show addresses four key questions asked by many parents:

  • How should I pay the fees?
  • Would my child suit a really academic school?
  • How can my child’s educational needs be met?
  • London or Boarding?

13 – 14 NOVEMBER
BATTERSEA EVOLUTION, SW8 4NW

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How will I pay the fees?

 

How do you access the considerable financial assistance available in the independent sector?

Saturday

12:00 How to apply for bursaries & scholarships 
The Good Schools Guide’s  Scholarship & Bursary team explains how to use the Show to discover what is available and Dr Anthony Wallersteiner tells us about Stowe’s hugely ambitious new Change 100 initiative.

The conversation continues at 14:00 when The Good Schools Guide Forum is running a Scholarships & Bursaries clinic.

Most families of course are not eligible for bursaries. Sunday’s session will help you make sound financial plans.

Sunday

13:00 How to pay for your children & grandchildren’s education
Three directors of Brewin Dolphin will be explaining how thinking in the round about your income, savings and family support will help you manage school fees, house moves and retirement planning.


All weekend you can speak to Brewin Dolphin about your family’s school fee planning at Stand 402.

Saturday

12:45 Scholarships & bursaries widening access
Elaine Cunningham-Walker, Founder of GMA Education, will be leading a London Parents Forum on this vital topic.

 

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Would my child suit a really academic school?

 

London and the South East have some of the world’s most academic schools. How do you decide if your child should attempt the very challenging entrance tests and how do you know if they would thrive at one of these schools if they passed?

Saturday

11:00 How to manage the intense competition at 11+
William Petty, Managing Director, Bonas MacFarlane discusses the issue with the Director of Admissions, at Wycombe Abbey and a Headteacher of a London prep.

14:00 Meet Sally-Anne Huang, High Master, St Paul’s who is speaking in the ISC Leadership Theatre on ‘What makes a good head and how to spot one?’

Sunday

12:00 Busting the myths of the independent schools admissions process
Vicky Bingham, Headmistress, South Hampstead High School, GDST & Dr Andy Mayfield, Director of Admissions, St Paul’s School will discuss what independent schools are really looking for.

14:00 How to choose a school for your child
Barnaby Lenon, Chairman, Independent Schools Council (ISC)

Saturday & Sunday

12:00 Finding a good school in London Grace Moody-Stuart, Director, The Good Schools Guide

On both days the London Parent Forums will be helping parents think through school choices in North & East, Central, South and West London with leading prep and senior school heads.

 

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How can my child’s educational needs be met?

 

What started in elite Olympic sport is now commonplace across education, as parents and schools recognise that every child’s performance can be enhanced.

Saturday

15:15 Raising resilient children, able to cope with life’s knocks
Elaine Halligan, Director, The Parent Practice

15:00 Change is good? How to identify if a school move would help your child
Heads of through schools and stand-alone preps and seniors discuss the educational and social value of changing schools versus staying put.

Sunday

12:45 How to assess and then support your child’s educational needs
Sarah Warley, Founder, The Key Clinic and Desmond O’Connor, Educational Psychologist, discuss what can be achieved.


The Show has a great deal of information available for parents looking for SEN support.

Saturday

14:30 Next steps – exciting choices you might not have considered

Sunday

11:15 SEN: from getting a diagnosis to choosing the right school
Mary Pegler, The Good Schools Guide Education Consultant, will be discussing roadmaps with Tanya Moran, Headteacher, Abingdon House.

Saturday & Sunday

Saturday 15:00, Sunday 13:00
SEN: choosing the right school 
This Good Schools Guide Forum is a Q&A, providing a great opportunity to discuss your child’s needs with experts, head teachers and other parents.

 

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Should our child board?

Discuss this question with over 120 boarding schools at the Show

 

No commute, green space, activities and clubs to hand, friends on tap – urban children can benefit from a boarding education outside the city. But will it suit you and your child?

Saturday

13:00 The boarding advantage
Heads of three of the UK’s most prestigious boarding schools, St Edwards Oxford, the Dragon and Highfield School make the case for boarding.

15:00 Gavin Horgan, Head of Millfield School, incoming Vice Chair, Boarding Schools Association (BSA) explores how boarding supports modern family life.

Saturday & Sunday

12:00 Deciding between boarding and day
Chaired by London prep school heads who help parents every year with this decision, a panel of boarding and day senior school heads will be taking your questions.

16:00 Saturday & 14:00 Sunday The Good Schools Guide Forum explores Boarding in the 21st century
The days of big dorms, bare floorboards and spartan early morning swims are long gone. But boarding keeps changing. Now British boarding schools are world-beating, hugely international in outlook and recognised for the outstanding quality of their 24/7 education. But how well are they meeting the needs of UK families? Q&A with a GSG expert and a leading boarding school head.

 

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