If I haven’t answered your question here, please get in touch.

How does your school search process work?

After receiving an initial enquiry I will ask you to sign and return a copy of my terms and conditions, then arrange a free 20-minute telephone consultation. Depending on what stage you are at, this may cover all you need to know in order to make progress, for example by consulting a solicitor or obtaining diagnostic assessments.

If we decide that my school search service would be helpful, I will send a letter of engagement outlining the support I can offer your family. I will ask you to send me all relevant paperwork including a current EHCP (or equivalent), and any diagnostic assessments and school reports which are recent and relevant. These are treated in strictest confidence, in line with Data Protection principles.

Having considered all the information you have shared with me, I will then compile a shortlist of schools or colleges with children / young people of similar profiles, taking into account:

  • the primary need and any additional input your child is likely to require
  • their age and peer group
  • their strengths and interests
  • your preferences regarding the type of provision
  • your home location.

How long will a school search take?

Typically I spend 15–20 hours on a school search, depending on the complexity of the child’s needs and the quantity of diagnostic reports and other information to be read.

Selected schools will then take up to three weeks for their admissions team to decide whether or not they can meet the identified needs, and have space for your child in the appropriate year group. I will send you details of positive responses, which will be conditional on assessment by the schools, so that you can make arrangements to visit.

Do you need to meet my child?

No – I select suitable schools based on conversations with parents and careful study of diagnostic assessments, school reports, etc. However, I do sometimes join parents taking their child on a school visit.

Which areas do you cover?

I travel widely from my base in North Hampshire to visit schools in London and across the UK.

Do you specialise in finding schools for particular needs?

I have supported parents of children with a very wide range of learning challenges, including autism spectrum conditions, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, OCD, as well as complex learning difficulties and physical or sensory impairments.

Do you carry out assessments yourself?

No, but if you don’t already have the evidence necessary to support an EHC plan I can recommend appropriate diagnostic professionals, such as an educational psychologist, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist or physiotherapist.

How much should I expect to pay?

After an initial free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss whether you are at a stage to benefit from my service, my time is charged at £75 per hour.

A school search typically takes 15–20 hours and I provide an itemised activity report with my invoices.

We visited your suggested school today and think it is extremely well-suited to my daughter and her needs. It is a school designed specifically to meet the needs of pupils who have a similar profile to my daughter… I won’t list everything we liked about the school since we do not have the time!

Parent of 14-year-old

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