There is a vast shortage of places in state schools at the moment, and many parents are find themselves having to send their children miles out of town. This means earlier get ups, longer journeys, and having to make friends with people who don't live near by.
I suppose that is better than the situation some parents face; not finding a school place at all. There is also the chance that your children will end up in schools that aren't up to standards, or do not provide the kind of care they might need.
If you are in this situation, then you might be considering private school. But with all the choices out there, where is the best place to start? How do you make an informed decision?
This is what the Independent School Show is for. Over the last seven years the organisation has helped parents make that all important decision. This year's show will be held at Battersea Park on the 9th & 10th November. Tickets are £10 at the door, but entry free if you register in advance. A hundred and seventy-five schools will be in attendance, ranging from nurseries to sixth forms. So whether your child is taking their first steps or almost ready to fly the nest, you will be advised in all areas. Chat with school representatives, and get a better understanding of the sector. There will be talks on subjects such as single sex schools, entrance exams, private tutors, and bursaries.