Contact us now for FREE expert advice on selecting and applying to the best UK Independent schools, Colleges and Universities
Debrett’s Education understands that choosing the right school can be daunting and the applications process can be overwhelming. Our highly experienced consultants are here to guide and, if necessary, take care of this for you. Our initial consultation is completely free of charge or obligation, and aimed starting to find the best solution for your child. Ready to find out more?
or call us on +44 (0)203 848 9201 // +44 (0)758 726 7267
Free initial consultation
An opportunity for you to tell us where you are with the process and to find out more about UK Independent (Private) Education application time lines etc.
We aim to answer as many questions as we can, impartially, and to help shape your thinking to allow you to move on to make informed decisions.
There are a range of reasons why, after our initial chat you would still like to explore some more options in greater depth; you might have already selected a number of top schools and would just like an impartial view for example.
We offer a consultation meeting to help you to fine tune what it is that you are looking for and/or to answer as many questions as you may have. The meeting can be virtual or face to face in our office or somewhere more local to you.
Full bespoke school placement service
This service is at the core of what we do. Ideal for families who want us to help them identify and apply to, the top boarding or day school options for their child/ren. We work with you to identify your priorities not only in terms of your child’s ability and aspirations but also always bearing in mind what will work best for you as a family; distance from home for example or whether you might need boarding.
We build a profile of your child to determine the best fit and then approach those schools on your behalf. We work with you through the whole process and will stay with you until your child is placed.
Why Debrett’s Education?
Impartial expert advice from experienced consultants
The UK Independent or Private school system, with its rich cultural diversity and blend of long-standing traditions, excellent teaching and state-of-the-art facilities, ranks as one of the best in the world. Our Founding Partner, Sioban O’Connor, has over 30 years of experience in UK independent boarding and day schools and can also honestly claim that she has been involved in independent education for almost all her life and from all angles; as a pupil, teacher, Deputy Head, Headteacher and parent.
She and her team have extensive knowledge of UK Independent schools and their different curriculums and have many years of experience in dealing with all ages and stages in a young person’s school career.
We recognise that every child is different and what is right for one, may not be right for another, sometimes even in the same family. It is vitally important that you are equipped to make the right choice and to understand which school will be the best fit for your child.
Our affiliation with Debrett’s Ltd is important to us as for over 250 years, the Debrett’s name has been synonymous with charting and guiding generations through the minefield of life’s complex traditions, behaviours, rites of passage and social and business etiquette, and is the ‘go to’ reference for anyone who wants to know just how things should be done.
Where we believe we differ from our competitors is that first and foremost, we work for our families and not for the schools – We don’t limit the number of schools that we approach, nor do we have agency agreements with schools. We do, however , have great relationships with schools and find that Heads and Admissions Departments appreciate that we understand the way in which schools work, what the expected standards are so when we approach them, they know that we have really thought about the fit.
We love our work – there is nothing better than finding a place for a child, who sometimes may have had a bad experience in a school or where perhaps there is a bit of anxiety about the process of making a change and supporting the whole family through that process and guiding everyone through to a successful placement.
Looking for a school or college but don’t know where to start?
Our initial consultation is completely free of charge or obligation – so speak to us today or request a call back
or call us on +44 (0)203 848 9201 or +44 (0)758 726 7267
Sioban has been a rock of support and encouragement for us these past few months. We finally accepted - quite late in the day - that our daughter's current school is not the right fit for J. We were overwhelmed with the prospect of finding a new school that could properly support our daughter academically whilst providing the right balance of pastoral care. I underwent extensive research into education consultants and after our first phone call, knew I had found someone I could trust in Sioban. Sioban spent the time getting to know us as a family and more importantly J. as a person and consequently was well positioned to find a school that we believe will help J. thrive academically and help her become a confident young woman. Having been through this process recently myself, I know how daunting the prospect is of putting one's faith in a stranger to manage the future of our most loved one and can hand on heart say we would not be on our road to happiness without Sioban.
We went to Sioban when we had nowhere else to go, we were desperate to find an appropriate school for our daughter and had come to a dead end. Sioban put our mind at rest and found a school that was perfect for us. I wish we had turned to Sioban first and years earlier. Since placing our daughter, she has kept in touch and advised us on how to approach certain aspects of schooling. I have no hesitation in recommending her services. She is a caring and understanding individual who appreciates that all children have individual needs. She is also widely connected and understands the capabilities of each school.
I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me when my daughter was struggling at her school at the time. It was so such a support to me that you listened to the problems we were having and your knowledge about the other schools that were on offer was fantastic. All the organising of visits and talking to the schools about our requirements on our behalf helped us make a very successful informed choice of which school to move to. A. gained the grades she needed to get to the university she wanted which she would not have done without your help and advice to go to a school which she achieved in. She is in her second year at - university studying languages where she has this year achieved a first in German and Dutch and a 2:1 in Russian. Thank you again and I would highly recommend you and the service you provide to anyone looking for a new school.
We are from Bermuda and wanted help and guidance both with the process applying for boarding schools in the UK for the 6th form and selecting a suitable school for our son to do his A levels. We had an introductory interview with Sioban, with our son. We left it a little late but Sioban immediately put our mind at ease and guided us seamlessly through the whole process, finding for us a number of excellent schools which were well matched to my son’s abilities and interests and provided invaluable help with liaising with our short-listed choice schools and dealing with their requirements, including personal statements. We felt fortunate to have worked with Sioban, who is very knowledgeable, warm, friendly and caring - she kept in contact well after we had secured a place at a great school just to check up on us - and would highly recommend her to assist anyone looking for help, guidance and reassurance when looking for the ideal school for their child. “.
Admissions Officer (Lower Sixth entry) at Tonbridge School
Sioban has previously approached Tonbridge and owing to her insight, careful preparation and wisdom as an ex-Headteacher, we were delighted to offer places to her clients. Sioban is always calm, well prepared and most importantly kind. Her candour gives me confidence to work with her, in addition to her perceptive comments and knowledge of which school fits well for each client.
I have had the pleasure of working with Sioban for a number of years, since she first started working as an Education Consultant. In that time, Sioban has been thorough and detailed with her knowledge of students that she has recommended to me. She really understands the needs of the child and carefully selects schools that she knows have the relevant support for that child to flourish. Her passion in finding the right school is second to none and she works tirelessly with the families and schools to achieve that aim. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Sioban and I hope to continue working with her in the future.
Sioban has introduced a number of students to Lime House School which have resulted in very successful placements. Sioban 's knowledge of the educational system and the ability to place students in suitable establishments is testament to her professionalism and empathy she shows for each of her students. The continued support she offers her students is exceptional: from the initial introductions to the school to leaving the educational establishment and moving on to higher education should that be appropriate. Sioban is always keen to make firm and lasting relationships with any of the education bodies she works with and this is much appreciated by those schools. I have always found Sioban to be honest and hardworking. She is a credit to her profession and has played a pivotal part in the lives of so many students.