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In order to meet the needs of increasing numbers of enquirers who are interested in the state sector only, The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants has a service with its own expert in state school education – Elizabeth Coatman. You can read about Elizabeth here. This service (The SSS) will advise and support parents who are committed to state sector education only.

What does the service consist of? 

All GSGEC services aim to be as flexible as possible to meet whatever educational needs parents and children have. In order to keep the fees as low as possible, the new State School Service (SSS) offers parents a choice of one telephone consultation and three pre-agreed packages:

State School Advice Call

We offer two tiers of advice service telephone call with Elizabeth Coatman – our specialist state education expert.

  • Up to 30 minutes’ call with Elizabeth – fee £60.
  • Up to 60 minutes’ call with Elizabeth – fee £160, includes up to 2 hours’ preparation

30 minute call

This call could cover, eg:

  • basic questions about state education
  • weighing up state v independent schooling
  • admissions arrangements for state schools in general
  • how to go about researching schools

60 minute call

This call could cover, eg:

  • suggestions of areas/towns that would meet a client’s specifications, eg areas of London; within commuting distance of London; availability of grammar schools
  • discussion of up to 4 schools named by a client
  • schools with specific specialisms, eg IB, bilingual
  • detailed explanation of several issues related to state schools.

NB Neither of these services can make recommendations of specific schools.

We suggest that when booking this call with our administrator, clients should outline their concerns so that we can advise whether a 30 or 60 minutes’ call would be most helpful and to ensure that Elizabeth can be well-prepared in advance for the consultation. The price recommended will take into consideration the amount of research required beforehand.

Upgrading

Having spoken to Elizabeth, clients may well want to upgrade to one of our State School Service packages – see below. Upgrading will mean you would not be charged separately for the introductory phone call, which would now be included in the package.

State School Service Packages

All packages to include if required:

  • initial talk of up to 60 minutes with Elizabeth Coatman or assistant
  • research into likely schools
  • available places
  • catchment areas
  • admissions criteria
  • written report(s) by email
  • follow up talk

We offer two versions of the State Schools Service:

A) London and B) Outside London

A) London

London State School Service 1

This package covers up to 4 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools OR primaries in one local authority.
Fee:  £300

London State School Service 2

This package covers up to 8 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools OR primaries in two local authorities.

Fee: £500

London State School Service 3     

This package covers up to 12 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools OR primaries in three local authorities.
Fee: £650

London State School Service 4

This package covers up to 8 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools AND primaries in one local authority.

Fee: £500

London State School Service 5

This package covers up to 16 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools AND primaries in two local authorities.

Fee: £750

London State School Service 6

This package covers up to 24 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools AND primaries in three local authorities.

Fee: £1000

B) Outside London

State School Service 1

This package covers up to 4 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools OR primaries in one town/area/local authority.
Fee:  £225

State School Service 2

This package covers up to 8 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools OR primaries in 2 towns/areas/local authorities. 
Fee: £425

State School Service 3     

This package covers up to 12 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools OR primaries in 3 towns/areas/local authorities. 
Fee £575

State School Service 4

 This package covers up to 8 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools AND primaries in one town/area/local authority.

Fee: £425

State School Service 5

This package covers up to 16 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools AND primaries in two towns/areas/local authorities.

Fee: £650

State School Service 6

This package covers up to 24 hours’ consultation/research/feedback etc on state secondary schools AND primaries in three towns/areas/local authorities.

Fee: £850

Further assistance for Package 6 clients

In exceptional cases, if the geographical area clients are considering is exceptionally large or has an exceptionally high number of possible schools, which makes research considerably more time-consuming than is normal, clients will be advised that additional hours charged at £40 per hour may be necessary. This will always be estimated – and clients alerted – before any fee is charged.

NB This division of time in these packages is not rigid. Clients for any of these services can use the time allowed however they find most useful. In order to make the most efficient use of the time allowed for each service, our administrator, Shari Lord, will run through a brief questionnaire with each client before connecting them with the consultant. If clients want school options in and out of London they will be charged at London rates.

The consultant for The SSS is Elizabeth CoatmanThe Good Schools Guide Education Consultants expert on all matters to do with state education. Elizabeth is supported by the entire team of consultants, in particular, our experts on school appeals.

NB This service is not likely to be able to help with enquiries about children with Special Educational Needs unless they are very straightforward.

NB2 This service only deals with state education. No questions regarding the independent sector will be dealt with under this service.

Contact us at: consultants@goodschoolsguide.co.uk or 0203 286 6824 or +44 203 286 6824 from overseas to speak to our administrator.

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