Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that school is about children. In deciding whether or not to invite your child home for tea, the other parents will definitely be looking at you – and more particularly your clothes and car – to decide whether your child is ‘suitable’ to grace their house and play with their child. For goodness sake don’t blow your child’s credibility by failing to dress for the school run – professional make up and manicure, a full head of highlights and smart (but not TOO smart), expensive (but not TOO expensive) clothes are essential. At the time of writing, Boden and Crew for example, mingled with the odd designer accessory (fake is fine, it almost gives you more street cred for not-giving-a-damn) is preferable to wall-to-wall Burberry which immediately flags you up as (God forbid) ‘new’ money. Get it right and your child will be surrounded by friends, get it wrong, and he’ll be identified as Billy-No-Mates the outcast before you can say “head lice”!…
….And the vehicle -a four-wheel drive urban attack vehicle is essential for negotiating the finer points of the school car park, enabling you to look down on all those around you and ensuring that you park across two spaces leaving absolutely no doubt whatsoever about your right to be there.
Having equipped and asserted yourself appropriately, you’ve clearly identified yourself as one of the ‘Yummy Mummies’ (staff room-speak) and Stage 2 is now a doddle. You have now qualified for membership (or at least can therefore be considered for membership subject to further vetting of the size of your property, family background and cake-making skills) of that all-powerful no-go area for the meek and trembling -the PTA. Incidentally the more trendy schools will have moved on from the notion of a Parent Teacher Association to a more inclusive PSA – Parent Staff Association, or even a ‘Friends of the School’ type arrangement. It all sounds warm, friendly, wrap-around, but beware, this is no place for friendship. The PTA (or otherwise) is seen as a direct route to a) the Head’s office (and therefore his/her psyche), b) entitlement to park in the ‘Visitor Only’ parking space and c) a guaranteed seat in the front row for all school shows, concerts and nativity plays in perpetuity….
We offer a range of services to suit all families. Whether you are relocating five children from overseas or whether your first child is as yet unborn we can help and support you in making the right choice for your children’s education. Below are our most popular services. All prices are inclusive of VAT.
The Welcome Meeting is a face-to-face meeting with an expert education consultant. It is offered to clients who would like an introduction to the English education system in general, The Good Schools Guide, our services and all the different ways we can support you in your search for the best schools and, perhaps, a new home.
We have been very impressed with the Good Schools Guide. From our first contact with administrative team, it was clear that we were dealing with a professional organisation. They were very helpful finding the right package for our needs. Thereafter, their experienced consultant asked insightful questions and was able to understand our individual education needs almost immediately. Her knowledge of the local school environment and how best to navigate it have been invaluable. She has gone beyond the professional expectations we had of an education consultant. We have a very comforting sense of having found a partner in the…
While there is no such thing as the “perfect” school and a good school for one child will not be a good school for another, there is no question that UK schools have a deserved world-wide reputation for all-round excellence. The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants regularly help children to gain places at all the top schools in the country.
An education consultant is an independent consultant who helps parents / guardians decide on all aspects of their children's education. The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants has two education consultants specialising in Kent - Catriona Prest and Bernadette John.