Holland Park hosts a calendar of events across the academic year. We offer popular exam preparation courses during the autumn and spring months, geared towards those sitting their 7+, 8+, 11+, Pre-Test and 13+ exams. We also attend exhibitions such as the annual Independent Schools Show in London in November.

This year, we are proud to introduce our Insight Sessions, hosted by our Director of Consulting, Camilla Smiley, featuring interesting industry insiders, including school and nursery headteachers. For more information about these and other upcoming events, please see below or contact us by phone or enquire here.

14th September 2017
Preparing for the 11+ and Pre-Tests, with Camilla Smiley
Ampersand Hotel, SW7 | 14th September 2017 | 10am-12 noon

The majority of girls and boys at school in London will face major exams in Year 6. For many top day schools 11+ (Year 7) is their biggest entrance point. For those that are looking to move at 13+ (Year 9), they are increasingly likely to face Pre-Tests in Year 6 at the same time as those taking 11+.

We want you to feel fully prepared when it comes to this crucial point. We will guide you through the whole process, from choosing the right schools for your son or daughter, interpreting the different assessment requirements and timeframes, to preparing effectively in English, Maths, Reasoning and Interviews.

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20th September 2017
Insight Session: All you need to know about University Applications, with Sally Markowska
Ampersand Hotel, SW7 | 20th September 2017 | 10am-12 noon

Whether your child dreams of Vet Sciences, Visual Arts or Viking Studies, university applications are daunting. How can you guide your son or daughter as they make critical decisions about their next steps?

Sally Markowska, Sixth Form Head of Year for two decades at Latymer Upper School, will take you on a whistlestop tour of the UCAS process. She will demystify the jargon (Predictions? Deferred entry? Conditional offers?) and equip you with practical tips to ensure that you feel confident and comfortable at this crucial juncture in your child’s education.

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24th October 2017
Preparing for a successful Oxbridge Interview, with Dr Sara Gordon
Ampersand Hotel, SW7 | 24th October 2017 | 10am-12 noon

For centuries the Oxbridge interview has been surrounded by mystery, creating many an urban legend. Thankfully, your interviewer will no longer be trying to trip you up or catch you out.

Dr Sara Gordon, who interviewed History candidates at three different Oxford colleges, will give you her advice on making an outstanding impression in your short interview. With twelve years’ experience behind her, Dr Gordon will share her fascinating insider understanding of the system and tell you her top tips for gaining that elusive and exclusive Oxbridge offer.

Students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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14th November 2017
How to choose a Prep School, with ex Head of Westminster Under School Philip Lough
Ampersand Hotel, SW7 | 14th November 2017 | 10am-12 noon

The London prep school landscape has changed hugely in the past two decades, with new schools proliferating and a much more diverse choice than parents faced previously. Every school promises individual attention, extra-curricular opportunities and outstanding leavers’ destinations.

Amidst this noise, how do you find the school where your child will thrive? Philip Lough will look at the different criteria that you should consider and suggest how to narrow your search. He will share his insights and nuanced understanding of the London prep schools to help you identify the ‘right’ school for your child.

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6th December 2017
Final preparation for the 11+ in January - how you can help your child
Ampersand Hotel, SW7 | 6th December 2017 | 10am-12 noon

With the 11+ exams around the corner, Year 6 parents all over London are wondering how to spend these precious final weeks. Camilla Smiley, our Director of Consulting, will talk you through a strategic approach to the holidays to ensure that your child goes into the exams feeling rested but focused.

What tweaks can you make at this late stage to maximise your child’s chances of success? You will leave the sessions equipped with lots of ideas and practical tips to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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23rd January 2018
How to choose a Senior School, with Philip Lough
Ampersand Hotel, SW7 | 23rd January 2017 | 10am-12 noon
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