Is your head swimming with questions about the process of applying for secondary school? Fret no longer !

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Is your head swimming with questions about the process of applying for secondary school?

What type of school is right for my child?

How do I understand Ofsted reports and league tables?

How do I fill in the admission form?

How do I prepare my child for admissions tests?

The good news is… there’s no need to panic!

The School Run has  got all the answers for you…

I know first hand how stressful it is making the most important decision in your child’s academic journey so far… selecting and getting them into the secondary school of your choice.

If you’re anything like me when I was considering options for my son you’ll be feeling lost about where to get the best advice. How can you tell a good school from an average school, how do you decide if a school is the right environment for your child – academically and socially, what are your chances of getting in to the school of your choice, are there tips and tricks on filling in the application forms?

The good news is you don’t need to worry. There is help available

I highly recommend the  book, A Parent’s Guide to Secondary School,  as it has all the answers you need. Published by the leading provider of information to support parents of children aged 3-11, this book is devoted to helping parents and children as they move up to secondary school – guiding you through every aspect of this important period – so that when September 2012 comes around, you can send your child off with a smile on both your faces!

Written by education expert, Dr Kim Thomas – with input from teachers, top education lawyers, child psychologists and parents – this essential guide will tell you everything you need to be doing from today to ensure your child gets into the school of their choice and is ready for next September…

  • Understandthe different types of school on offer – from comprehensive to selective, faith schools to academies
  • Choose the best school– how to use a scorecard to select the right school for your child’s individual needs
  • Prepare your child for admissions tests – reasoning and musical aptitude tests
  • Appeal the decision – what to do if you don’t get your first choice
  • Settle your child into secondary school – how to ensure a smooth transition

A Parent’s Guide to Secondary School gives you everything you possibly need to know about this vital next stage of your child’s education. What’s more, you can order it from TheSchoolRun today on a 30-day, risk-free home trial.

The coming days, weeks and months will have a huge impact on the next 5 years of your child’s life, and beyond…

With Kim’s book at your side, you’ll be fully prepared to give them a stress-free start!


If you’d like my advice on handling the emotional, social and academic side of handling this very important transition you can invest in my “Making The Big Leap” CD and workbook to help you and your child prepare for this new stage in their education.





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Here is an excellent guide to guide you are a parent

“The expert advice and practical tips contained in these pages will help to ensure that you are able to help your child to prepare for this exciting new chapter in their life, and that they begin secondary school feeling confident and supported both practically and emotionally.” Dr Kim Thomas, author.

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