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Insight Press 4th February, 2016
School Registration: How soon is too soon to plan your newborn’s education?
Question: Do we need to map out our unborn son’s education?
The Telegraph, 4 February 2016 – Read the article in full here.
It’s wise to think ahead, so check with each school to avoid a rush
First of all, congratulations. This is an exciting but bewildering time and it’s good to be prepared.
To a certain extent, your friends are right. Places at some pre-prep schools are so keenly sought, particularly for boys, that registering within 24 hours or so of the birth is essential – and even this will not guarantee a place.
Some of the most selective independent prep and pre-prep schools in central London advise registering your child at birth, because they are so popular. It seems mad, but a day or two can matter.
However, don’t panic, London’s schools are better than ever and you will find a school that is right for you and your son. The important thing to do is arm yourself with information and visit as many potential schools as possible. Compile a shortlist – and register sooner rather than later at those pre-prep schools that you like.
We often have soon-to-be parents seeking advice and support. It is wise to think ahead. Notice the senior schools to which pupils transfer from your chosen prep school; the admissions processes and expectations of these senior schools will undoubtedly be well known by the prep school.
However, this doesn’t mean you are tied down to one route from 0 – 18. We often help families who have decided to take a different route for senior school, once their child’s styles of learning and talents outside the classroom have become apparent.
Vivienne Durham, schools advisory director at Enjoy Education and former head at Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park
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