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Testimonials

 2017

Great.  Thank you so much for your swift response.  Your website is wonderful and you provide a fantastic service!

The school representative was not remotely encouraging and put up every obstacle possible. ..... Without your advice, I doubt I could have prepared such a solid appeal case so I’d like to thank you hugely again for all your help.

Thank you for providing me with a consultation. I found your advice incredibly helpful. In particular, you have helped me map out my options clearly and while I still have a great deal of uncertainty to manage, you have provided me with some clear and practical guidance and information that I will use to navigate my way through to placing my son in a local primary school. We believe there are plenty of reasonable schools in the area and, while we don't know where we'll end up, we are going to make the best of it. Our hope is that we can find a local school (within 2 miles) that will take our son and will help him and us get a footing in the local community we are about to join. Wish us luck! Thanks again. Please do let me know if there's anything I can do to help or support you and what you do. You provide an incredibly valuable service. 

2016

Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and information via this blog. I have found it really useful and helpful in thinking about how to approach finding the right school for my daughter. A BIG thank you!

Thank you. You were up front about our chances from the start, which was oddly reassuring - you did not give false hope. The letter that you put together included much information that I would not have thought of using. Even before we went through to the hearing  the clerk said 'you did well there' -  he may say that to everyone but it was good to hear! I felt fully prepared going in   to the hearing and came out feeling that I had done all I could and that was down   to your guidance. I am grateful to you for your help and whatever the outcome I know that we did as much as we could. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone in a similar position.

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2015

A Brilliant service was received. I couldn’t fault your service

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Fabulous service. Gave me piece of mind, confidence and takes away my desire to drivel on about how fab my daughter is and keep to the facts.

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Everything was spot on. No improvements. I like the fact that emails are answered swiftly, I like the first meeting face to face and the run through on FaceTime. Worked very well. Timing was perfect to allow us enough time to hone our   message.

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it’s been extremely thorough and helpful. Feeling fully briefed as to what to expect in the appeal and helping us to prepare our case has been invaluable! Thank you!!

 

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Brilliant paperwork, great consultation, great at preparing questions, very intelligent support 

2014

I think I'm correct in saying that not five minutes into our telephone consultation, after looking at *******'s reports, SAT scores, etc, you correctly indicated that ****** may be Dyslexic. Peter thank you so much. ****** has been at his primary school for over six years, and not one member of staff there has ever picked up on, or suggested dyslexia may be the cause of his weakness with spelling and writing (moderate dyslexia diagnosed).

 

Peter you provide a wonderful service. We appreciated your honesty and doubts. You helped to pull together our case in a way we could never have done on our own. We then presented a good case that came across well. Simply we didn’t stand any hope without you, we felt we could not have done better for ****** which is the most important thing.

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Quote from regular Client Feedback Form on Panel arrangements, panellists and my service, to inform future appeal preparation. Details about individual panellists not included. This was a second appeal to another school:

 

Appeal Arrangements

  • Poor – Half an hour late in starting the panel
  • Panel looked harassed in the hot room

How could my service to you have been improved?

  • No improvements. The preparation given was absolutely first class and we were very well prepared for every question including the not very subtle approach by the chair to ‘trap’ us on the coaching (see above)

Any questions not prepared for?

  • None

Any other comments

  • Brilliant service once again. The advice given was worth its weight in gold – we felt completely prepared for the panel

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Thank you. The letter is amazing.

What a skill to be able to turn our ramblings into such an impressive, concise and focused letter. As others have commented, worth the fee for the peace of mind (and time saved) alone.  

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We were unsure what you could offer for an appeal to the *********** school, as it is non-selective. We now have a strong case and can look forward to the appeal with confidence.

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You have encapsulated the relevance of our son's dyslexia brilliantly in your letter. It almost looks an asset to the grammar school appeal. 

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What an amazing service. We found the consultation raised so many possibilities we had not thought of, and the letter appears to fit the bill completely. We are now far more at ease knowing that whatever happens at the appeal we will have done our best. The fee has paid for itself through peace of mind already!  

2013 

We found that both the face to face meeting and the telephone coaching were invaluable.  Both gave us confidence in our approach backed up with the extensive appeal letter. We both feel your service was excellent

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Peter – there was nothing that you missed. We had no idea how to approach this appeal and your guidance and knowledge not only saw us through the whole process but gave us confidence when appearing in front of the appeals panel – a huge ‘thank you’ from us for all you have done. We are really grateful for your help and guidance. You gave us the best chance of a successful outcome and ‘yes’ we have been successful and +++++ has been offered a place at the school. We are all delighted. Thank you Peter.

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Dear Peter    Just a brief email to thank you for generously sharing your knowledge and experience on your website. 

We have just completed a successful appeal to grammar school having had a very narrow miss on the 11+, largely due to some pretty traumatic mitigating circumstances.  Having to go through the appeal process when life is already treating you quite harshly is not easy but your site has been a source of valuable information and reassurance as we've gone through the process.  So thank you for making this freely available.

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Thank you for this evening (FaceTime appeal preparation), your advice has been superb; whatever the outcome, you could not have prepared us any better - every area completely covered - bless you

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I found the whole service you offered, professional, friendly, reassuring and most importantly ... honest!  You were straight talking from the start and did not pay lip service for the sake of reassuring us.  You were easy to contact, prompt in your responses and your knowledge of the whole system was outstanding!  You made me feel as if ours was the only case you were working on, which is some feat, considering the workload I know you actually had.  I cannot praise higher the service we paid for and you delivered, higher than my expectations

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Thank you Peter, We really like this appeal letter. You've captured everything that we discussed about ****  in a logical and clear format and put forward a very moving document

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Such a wonderful website. It speaks of excellence through and through. Thank you for the fantastic content, layout and quality of information provided. How I wish I lived in Kent to make the most of your services. I just had to appreciate your brilliant work. Now I must find a similar site for Essex where I live!

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We cannot thank you enough for winning a place for **** at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys. Please feel free to quote us on anything or use our details as you do a FANTASTIC Job. The best money we have ever spent

 

We would never had known about the Chatham Grammar School had we not spoken to you and your advice has proved invaluable. "Thank you".

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2012

Well, J**** is two weeks in and absolutely having the time of her life. She couldn't be happier. She has already joined a club and made four good friends. Her enthusiasm is infectious. She has taken everything in her stride and chats about school the moment she comes through the door.

We both want to thank you again for everything. Having a contented child is all that matters & you helped us achieve it.

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I thought I'd keep you updated, as Amy had her taster day last Thursday at grammar school. She felt completely at home and throughly enjoyed her day. She is one happy bunny. Any reservation of her being the only one from her school were completed dispelled when her form teacher gave her a huge hug. I'm so pleased I persisted with the appeal and contacted you. I really couldn't have done it without you or your knowledge of the system. Thank you again

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Peter gave us professional and expert advice in a straightforward and honest way.  We were supported all the way through the process and Peter’s advice and assistance made all the difference.  We now have a place at the school of our son’s dreams and could not have got there without Peter’s advice – thank you

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Thank you so much for all your help. You are a true specialist in your field and I feel that the advice and guidance you provided Tom and I with was the best professional advice we have ever received. Our daughter is absolutely thrilled and is busy on the school website looking at the uniform list!! I can’t thank you enough.

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Your help is much appreciated and I wish to let you know the advice you give is greatly appreciated by many of my friends who were not as fortunate us and the most informative site I have ever had the pleasure to read about this subject.

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We are forever indebted to you

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Everybody says  education is one of the most important factors in  a child's life but let me tell you an educational adviser such as yourself has been the most important factor in ours as parents

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With very little, if any, help out there, you were our guiding light

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Letter in East Kent Gazette: “We were thrown a lifeline when someone gave us the details of Peter Read, an Independent Education adviser from Gravesend. I would like you readers to know just what a saviour he was to us”. (Successful ombudsman complaint)

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"What can I say; thank you seems wholly inadequate? Your advice and wisdom proved invaluable to us and when we despaired of ever achieving a positive outcome there you were gently guiding us with logic, a level head and endless amounts of patience. Your knowledge of the Ombudsman and educational system was paramount in securing a place for our daughter and it was this knowledge that turned a maybe into a successful definitely"

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Thanks for all your advice. Whatever the outcome, it was great being able to go into the hearing knowing what was going to happen, and having a well prepared arsenal of facts and positive stuff to say. We're very grateful.

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Once again, thank you so much for your help and support with Elliott - its been a long road but we are thrilled with the outcome, as is Elliott. We can't begin to tell you how glad we are we found your website

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I am writing to thank you for all you did for Jack. You may not remember him, but you organised and won his appeal this time last year. We are very grateful for all you have done. I just hought I would let you know how Jack got on in his 1st year. He really enjoys the school. Its ethos of hard work, varied subjects and lots of sport really suits him".

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I wasn't sure whether the telephone consultation service was worthwhile. Half an hour later, all my questions were answered, and I had a clear view of where to go next. In addition, Peter is taking on my appeal so I get my money back! You can't do better

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“I am so grateful I contacted you because I couldn’t have achieved the same result without your help.”

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2011

Thank you so much for all your expertise. Three sons all into grammar school, all with your support on appeal (including one Ombudsman!). The oldest has now gone on to University - success indeed

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" Thank you for turning a dream into a reality"

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Thank you for helping me through the appeal for my son, Anthony. I would not have felt confident without your professional advice that ensured I was fully prepared for the experience. Anthony is now enjoying his new school and is extremely happy indeed. Thanks again for turning a dream into a reality!

 

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“If any client of yours would like to speak to us as a family in “distress over school” we would be only too happy to recommend you as adviser, confidant and friend.”

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“without your knowledge, help and support through this traumatic time we, along with many other parents would have been at a total loss”

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"The effort you put in for individuals literally changes lives - getting them the right education to set them up for life. I am really grateful for what you have done for us so a big, big thank you". 
Adam Holloway, M.P. for Gravesham

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"What an amazing site. Thanks for all the free information and advice. It must take you many hours to keep up to date".

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