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Choosing a school

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Choosing a school
Making the most of open days
Attending the open days is an important part of choosing your child's school. You will tour the school, hear the head speak and meet some pupils and teachers.
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State school

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State Schools
School admissions, how to find the right school
State schools exist not only in a variety of forms, but with nuances between those. Some areas continue to have a selective system at 11; others do not.
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Independent schools

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Independent Schools
Preparing for interviews
The school interview is key to the private school admissions process. Research and preparation are essential. Read on for top tips for success from The Good Schools Guide experts.
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The Independent Schools Show

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