For schools

Connecting with schools

As an independent educational consultant I am not affiliated with a particular local authority, solicitor’s practice, school or group of schools, nor do I receive any commission for introductions or recommendations. This means I can provide truly independent advice to help parents find the right educational setting for their child.

Visiting schools

My professional practice is informed by visits to many schools and post-18 providers right across England and Wales, both maintained and independent.

If your school has the expertise and resources to offer specialist provision for children and young people with additional learning needs, I would welcome the chance to connect.

Please get in touch – I am always keen to expand my range of recommendations for the parents I am supporting in their school searches.

Compiling referral information

By ensuring that all the paperwork setting out a child’s needs is clear, relevant and up to date, I help school admissions teams make appropriate decisions about whether to progress the referral.

In liaising with parents and schools during the school search process my aim is always to provide a personalised, professional service founded on compassion and clear communication.

Client Profiles

I am experienced in finding schools and post-18 placements offering provision for a wide range of needs, including:

  • Autism, autism spectrum conditions, Asperger Syndrome
  • Emotional, behavioural and/or social difficulties
  • Learning challenges such as dyslexia or SpLD
  • Sensory or physical impairment.

Lorna works hard to make sure that referral information is concise, current and produced by respected professionals. When paperwork is lengthy and out of date it’s hard for our admissions team to be sure that what we are offering is a good match. But there is no confusion about what Lorna’s clients require – everything is clear and really helpful.

Head of learning development, Berkshire

It’s very hard having to tell desperate parents that we do not have any student vacancies, so I am thankful to know that I can direct them to an independent adviser who can help find exactly the right match.

Headteacher, Surrey

Lorna offers a valuable service which is straightforward for everyone – legal professionals, parents and schools. She only introduces parents if the school has already indicated that on paper they can meet the need and they have space in the appropriate year group. This avoids wasting parents’ time and raising hopes unnecessarily. Lorna also clearly explains to parents that a placement can only be confirmed once the school has met a child and carried out their own assessments.

Head of admissions, Dorset


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