How We Work

Our Expertise

Whether you just need unbiased advice, or you are new to the independent schooling system and need our full support in choosing the right boarding school placement for your child, you can rely on our knowledgeable team to guide you towards a decision that makes long term sense for your family.

Our educational consultants can help you:

Navigate the selection process

There are thousands of boarding schools in the UK alone, and not all of them have an innate understanding of the needs of Armed Forces families. After listening closely to your requirements, we will pull together a shortlist of schools/colleges that we feel will be the best fit for your child. All the schools we represent have been personally vetted by our Managing Director, Colin Fleetwood.

Get a feel for each setting

Helping military families find the right school inevitably involves visiting suitable schools/colleges with our clients and playing devil’s
advocate during every viewing. We can arrange your appointments, then accompany you to each visit to ensure you get as much value as possible from your experience (and can run any queries past us on the day).

Choose the right school

Once we have collected information on your preferred schools and visited each of the front runners, we will help you come to a
final decision. There will be a lot to consider – as well as academic provision, you will need to think about the school’s transport links, its extra-curricular facilities, its pastoral care provisions, and everything in between.

Negotiate term fees

The costs involved in placing your child with an independent boarding school will also have a bearing on which school/college you
eventually settle on. Reassuringly, CSF Educational Consultants has negotiated impressive discounts for military children at many of the schools we represent. We can explore the various scholarships and bursaries on offer, too.

Apply for the Continuity Education Allowance

Applying for the Continuity Education Allowance (CEA) can also bring down the cost of your placement considerably. We can advise on whether you are eligible for the CEA, and even help you complete all the forms correctly, so your application has the best chance of success. More information on the CEA can be found here.

Best-in-class aftercare

Our involvement will not end on your child’s first day in their new school setting. We will be on hand to address any teething issues, answer any post-placement queries, and liaise with the school on your behalf if any problems arise. Parents have found our ongoing support to be invaluable as they and their children complete the transition into their new arrangement.

  • I cannot recommend using Colin’s services enough! Nothing is too much trouble for Colin and his detailed knowledge of what each and every school could offer was invaluable. I’d have been completely lost without him and look forward to tapping into him again when I need to place my daughter too.

    Mrs C – Akrotiri
  • Thank you so much for your time and words of wisdom informing us of the many options and differences of boarding schools in the UK. Your knowledge and experience of a range of schools helped us enormously and you made us aware of many factors we hadn’t considered. Your guidance has paid off as our children are extremely happy.

    Richard & Karen – Episkopi
  • With Colin's help and support we found the perfect school for our daughter. When we came to see the school, he collected us from the airport and took us to the school. He organised  everything for us including advice on getting CEA. I cannot recommend the service highly enough and several of our friends are now using the service.

    Mr L – Bulford
  • Colin assisted me greatly in finding a suitable boarding school for my son from start to finish. He guided me through the process, physically attended 3 x different schools we were considering across UK and offered me fantastic unbiased advice drawing from his vast knowledge, skills and experience from working with HM Forces children in Germany.

    A. Harries - Gutersloh
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