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 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
All you need to know about the 11+ change at some London girls’ schools
Ampersand Hotel, SW7 | 6th December 2017 | 10am-12 noon

With the announcement about the new structure of 11+ entrance exams at 12 top London girls’ schools, parents of Year 5s or below will be wondering how this will affect their daughters. Holland Park’s Director of Consulting, Camilla Smiley, will aim to demystify the news and ensure that parents feel confident in what it means. We will discuss:

– What is meant by ‘cognitive ability’ and how it is usually tested

– The objectives behind this move and why the schools think this will be a more effective test

– How girls can be preparing for the new test and whether 11+ preparation should be adapted

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

Decisions about senior schools are very important to get right; after all, children and schools are all unique. Senior schools are not “one size fits all” and children will only thrive in the right environment.

As former Head of Westminster Under and The Hall, Philip Lough has many years’ experience advising families about the best day or boarding school for their child. Philip will share his insights about what to consider – from identifying a shortlist of senior schools to making the best of open days and deciding whether boarding or day/single sex or mixed is right for your child.

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