Whether you are moving from abroad to London, or you are already in London and your children are to start school soon, finding places in London schools can be a daunting prospect.
The main challenge in finding schools in London is the lack of places: most schools are unable to offer places to all the children who apply.
This results in a complex process for parents and schools alike, with multiple applications made by families, schools trying to remain transparent and fair in how they allocate the few places they have, and managing waiting lists which are as secret as the Google algorithm!
A German family was telling us the other day "In Germany it is so easy, you apply to the school which is nearest to your home, and they give you a place - they have to. Period." We wish it could be that simple in London! And if you are reading this, you probably do too!
If you have already done some research online, including on forums, you will surely have found A LOT of information, and this can be overwhelming.
Every child is different, and the choice of schools will be paramount to their success in school and at a later age. So the pressure is high, and many parents find it difficult to cope with.
To give you a head start, you will find below the methodology that we use when helping clients find a school in London, whether that is a private school or a public school.
Step 1 – Think about which type of school your child will attend
The main question you will have to answer first is:
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