One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. | Benjamin Disraeli

What We Do

Our Educational Consultants provide a thorough and bespoke service for families seeking advice regarding any aspect of their child’s education.

Consultants are able to provide support and guidance with:


  • Nursery, School and University Selection
  • Application Processes
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment preparation at every level (including 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+)
  • Careers Advice
  • SEN Advice


Where guidance is required, our experienced consultants are able to give families a broad view of the most suitable Nurseries, Schools and Universities to target, also providing a clear plan as to how to tackle the admissions processes for each.

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Our team has had the pleasure of supporting many students gaining entry to some of the top Schools and Universities in the country. We have seen younger students gaining entry to prestigious schools such as Alleyn’s, Cheltenham Ladies College, Colet Court, Downe House, Dulwich College, Eton, Francis Holland, KCS Wimbledon, Latymer, Marlborough, St Paul’s and St Paul’s Girls’, Thomas’s, Westminster Under, and Wycombe Abbey, and have seen older students admitted to Universities such as Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial College, KCL, LSE, Oxford, and UCL, as well as many more.

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"I was going to write to you in any event to say that Sarah has been brilliant. She has provided an outstanding service, of the highest standard and advice that has been invaluable. She has been available at all hours and always provided rapid and helpful responses. Furthermore, she was able almost miraculously to step in and resolve a las- minute crisis just before the deadline for filing T’s form – only because she is so conscientious and reads her emails at all times, and has enormous experience. We have all been immensely impressed and are very, very grateful. We feel we owe her a deep debt of gratitude."
Mr S

Nursery and Schools Advice

Whether or not a child is well suited to their Nursery and School can be a strong deciding factor in their academic performance and emotional well-being over many years. If a child attends an institution that meets their needs both academically, socially and emotionally, they are far more likely to have a positive view of education, and will almost certainly thrive in all areas of their school-life. Whatever your situation, our consultancy services strive to match your child to the Nursery or School that most accurately meets their specific requirements.

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st paul's, colet court school sign

Based on a number of criteria, we manage the various application processes and help steer your child along the right path by recommending the schools that fit their precise needs. We can provide clear guidance and comprehensive support with the rigours of the 4+, 7+, 8+, 10+, 11+ and 13+, 16+ examinations, and also offer services that help to prepare children for interviews. With strong links and personal relationships with head teachers and registrars at many schools in the UK, our Nursery and Schools Advice Consultants, Jane Ritchie, Wendy Challen, Rosamond Bowman, Jeremy Edwards, Charlotte FaberElizabeth Hill, George Marsh, Lucy Watts, Susie West, Sally Hobbs, Dianne Barratt, Peter Clare-Hunt and SEN specialist, Sophie Irwin, can give much-needed insight into the suitability and admission requirements of many of the top establishments in and around London.


Nursery and School Interview Prep


This would involve a one-hour session with one of our Consultants. The Consultants spend 45 minutes with the student and 15 minutes feeding back to the parent(s). This is for students applying at 4+ through to 16+ level.

Our Interview Prep offering is available in a four hour package which is recommended by our consultants. For those with more specific requirements, a bespoke package can be created.


Interview Prep
  • Offers reassurance for students and their parents
  • They experience realistic interview role-playing
  • They develop an understanding of what is expected
  • Students become confident with the process
What is included?
  • General tips based on diagnostic analysis by consultant
  • How to conduct oneself
  • Academic questioning
  • Reflection on current affairs
  • Building confidence
  • Review of progress and methods to improve

Nursery and Pre Prep 

Read our Choosing Nurseries and a Pre Prep Interview guide – authored by Sabine Hook


Senior School and Sixth Form

Read our Senior School Selection and Interview guide – authored by Sally Hobbs


How Does It Work?


We ask the family to complete a pre-consultancy questionnaire detailing their specific requirements. This enables our consultants to think about suitable Nurseries or Schools for the student.


We recommend a standardised test, especially if applying from overseas, to gauge the needs of individual students, and to ensure that they are considering the best possible Schools to meet their requirements.


One of our consultants would then visit the family, spending around 1 hour talking with the parents/guardians and student. This meeting is of vital importance as it should work to give us a clear idea of the specific needs of the family and student in question, and will inform the guidance subsequently provided.


Informed by the test results, parental aspirations and student aspirations, a shortlist of 3-4 Schools will be produced and meetings with the schools will be set-up.


One of our consultants would then be happy to discuss each School in more detail after your visit and answer any questions you might have.


The consultant will have a final meeting with the family to review the options and select the top 3 choices.



Ivy Education will support the final stages of enrolment and securing a place.

"Just letting you know that M got in to Colet Court, we found out today and are over the moon, as I’m sure you can imagine! Thank you so much to you and your team for all your help along the way; please do thank George for us too."
Mrs Y Chiswick

Careers & Universities Advice

Applying for university is a huge milestone in any student’s life, and choosing the right institution while managing the application process can be highly challenging for all involved.

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Oxbridge college with students

We understand that it is vitally important that students and families alike are well informed about the Universities being considered, but also about the suitability of the courses on offer with regard to the long-term and career goals of the individual. Our Careers and Universities consultants, Sarah McWatters (UK), Oya Christie-Miller (US) provide comprehensive advice for students at every stage of the application process, and also give guidance to students with their subject choices at secondary level and University.


Application and Interview Resource

This is for students targeting Ivy League, Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities. This would involve a 1.5-hour session with one of our Subject Specialists. The Specialist would spend 75 minutes with the student and 15 minutes feeding back to the parent(s).


UK University – Application and Interview resource

Read our downloadable UK – Getting Into University resource – authored by Sarah McWatters


How Does It Work?


Subject choices at GCSE, A Level, International Baccalaureate and University.


Guiding students towards the University best suited to their career aspirations and personal preferences. Our consultants specialise in UK Universities.


Including apprenticeships, internships and sponsored degrees.


Including Personal Statement support, provision of a reference and interview preparation.

Our Consultants

Our educational consultants work hard to form a clear picture of each student’s academic needs, offering support and advice that is based upon many years of experience in UK and US education systems. Depending on the stage of the student’s academic career, their short term and long term goals and the specific requirements of the family, our consultants draw on their vast experience to match each individual with the Nurseries, Schools and Universities best able to help them realise their potential.

To find out more about any of our consultants just click on their name below to view their full profile.



SCHOOLS                                         CONSULTANTS




"Sarah has been a great help and has given I. lots of extremely helpful advice which has even lead to her changing her mind on the course she now wants to do at University."
Mrs T Clapham
"Jeremy was fantastic and answered all our questions diligently. There is nothing further required at this stage, but we will surely be in touch if things change"
Mr I