Everything you need to know about UK Independent Education

Our Services

A bespoke service, designed around you

It all starts with a chat

The team at Debrett’s Education are committed to offering expert, impartial and bespoke advice. We don’t consider ourselves as ‘agents’, we are not working for schools or any other interested party, we are working for you, our client, and your children.

If you would like to find out more about more about the types of schools available and how the process might work for you and your child, please call us on +44 (0) 2038 489 201. Our initial consultation is free of charge or obligation and one of our consultants will be happy to help.

Consultation Meeting

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 schools and would just like an impartial view for example.

To that end, 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.

The length of the meeting and the areas for discussion will be agreed in advance and followed up after the meeting with a report and next step strategies as appropriate.
Should you then decide that you would like us to help you with a full school placement search for you, the cost of the meeting will be deducted from the placement fee.
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Standard school Placement

As the title suggests, this service is the core of what we do. This particular option is for families who want us to help them find a number of schools options for their children.

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.
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Relocation Placement

Again, as the name suggests, this service is aimed at families who may be returning or relocating to the UK and are unsure where to start in terms of schools for their children.

In our experience, many families want to identify the school first and then find somewhere to live but similarly, it may be that work has determined where you in the country you need to be but the school and living situation is not so clear.

Whichever the case, our team is on hand to help you through that process and together with our relocation associates, we can help make the move as painless as possible. As with our Standard Placement we work with you through the whole process and will stay with you until your child is placed.
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Additional services

Debrett’s Education uses and strongly recommends The Academic Profiling Test and sees this as a vital part of its consultancy service. The APT has been created to provide a comprehensive assessment of a student’s academic skills and is a collaboration between experts in assessment, former headmasters and educationalists, using the highest quality teacher-written test questions and adaptive technology.

The APT is an evaluative measure that can be used to demonstrate performance to future schools or monitor academic progress, or even as familiarisation for other reasoning-type tests such as UKiset, ISEB Pretest or 11+/13+ entrance examinations. It allows our expert consultants to offer high quality advice based around objective data, allowing for better decisions to be made when considering which school is the right fit for a child, or when piecing together a tutor support programme.
Academic Profiling Test + follow-up consultation
Entrance exam administration/invigilation (Remote or in person at our offices)
Accompanying school visits
Personal statement preparation
Interview practice
Careers Guidance – meeting and comprehensive report

Other Debrett's services

The following services are provided by Debrett’s Education Associates. Please ask for details.
Private Tutoring
Entrance Exam Preparation
Educational Psychologist Assessments
Guardianship
School Fee and Financial Planning
Visa Application Assistance
Relocation Assistance
Summer Schools

What people say about Us

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L.M
Parent, London
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.
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Dr S. C
Parent, London
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.
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A.G
Parent, Kent
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.
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A.W
Parent, Bermuda
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. “.
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Veryan Larmour
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.
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Lou Wivell
Former Director of Admissions at Kingsley School
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.
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Jackie Fisher
Director of Boarding, Lime House School Carlisle
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.
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