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7 February, 2019

During this panel discussion we talk through the key considerations when selecting a school for your child to move on to. The seminar is led by Keystone's Founder, Will Orr-Ewing who is joined by Director of Education, Ed Richardson as well as Dee Francken, an experienced Education Consultant. During the discussion we look to answer your questions on assessing which prep school or senior school is most suitable for your child.

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4 October, 2018

During this panel discussion we share our top tips on the 7+ and 8+. Keystone's Founder, Will Orr-Ewing is joined by Ed Richardson (our Director of Education) and Lucy Watts, who was formerly headmistress of Eaton House School. After 25 years at Eaton House, Lucy now helps place children in UK schools, advises on entrance exams, and undertakes 7+, 8+ and pre-test interviews.

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11 September, 2018

During this parent event Keystone’s Founder, Will Orr-Ewing, and our Director of Education, Ed Richardson answer your questions and address all aspects of the 11+ entry process.

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8 February, 2018

Keystone's founder Will Orr-Ewing is joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson and Grace Moody-Stuart, Director of the Good Schools Guide consultancy. They discuss how parents can approach selecting the right school for their child.

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14 September, 2017

Diana Stewart-Brown, head of Keystone’s Singapore office, considers why overseas parents are attracted to UK independent schools. A few parents have recently questioned the merits of UK boarding schools in comparison to international and local schools in Singapore. Why, they ask, is British education seen as the ‘gold-standard’ across the world, especially while Singapore tops the global education rankings.

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12 June, 2017

Over the last decade, gaining entry to UK independent schools has become increasingly competitive. Below, Diana Stewart-Brown discusses some of the biggest factors.   Changes to independent school admissions.  In recent years, many of the top UK independent schools have introduced pre-tests and discontinued the age-old practice of registering children at birth.

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8 June, 2017

Choosing a prep-school in London is often a daunting process and whilst you likely have some fundamental pre-requisites set in stone, we have listed a few points below which you might not have considered.   Does your child fit the academic mould? Consider whether your child will need a good SEN department or particular support as a gifted, talented and able student. Look out for small class sizes, excellent pastoral care and enrichment classes outside of the curriculum.

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31 May, 2017

When Keystone offers advice on choosing schools, we aim to recommend schools which will best prepare a child for adult life, both academically and socially. Gender is one of the most politicised topics of our day, and one that of course bears on schools that limit themselves to just one gender. Single-sex schools are of the opinion that gender matters.

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24 May, 2016

The wide variety of different schools can often be overwhelming and one of the toughest decisions is whether to opt for day or boarding. Listed below are five reasons why parents choose day schools instead of boarding schools.  1. Expense  Boarding schools now come at a vast expense. An analysis by the Good Schools Guide shows that the average annual cost is £27,600, before allowing for any extras. In comparison the average day schools cost £11,709 per year.

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18 December, 2015

We recently wrote about how parents can best compare schools according to their academic merit. Of course, most parents will want to choose schools according to a broader range of merits than the purely academic. What should they do? A family conversation We would recommend that parents start by sitting down and contemplating a few fundamental questions.

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2 December, 2015

We are often asked by parents which League Table is the most trustworthy. Although we are firmly of the belief that a school cannot be judged on academics alone, we thought it might be helpful to answer some common questions regarding league tables in the post below. What is the most useful academic measure? The two most popular comparative measures are GCSE and A level results.

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29 May, 2015

Boarding schools are exceptionally expensive, but if you are in the lucky position where it is an option, is it the right choice for your child? Each child is different and whilst some children thrive at boarding school, others loathe being away from home. Either outcome could have a lasting effect so sending your child away from home is something to consider carefully. We thought we would offer a brief overview of some of the advantages and disadvantages of boarding school.

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Knight Frank
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Times Educational Supplement
The West Journal