Debrett's Education

Sioban O'Connor

Debrett’s Education team has extensive knowledge of Independent Schools in the UK and their different curriculums and the expertise to help you find the best school for your child. Founding Partner Sioban O’Connor has over 30 years of experience in UK Independent Schools and can also honestly claim that she has been involved in Independent Education for most of her life and from all angles; as a pupil, teacher, Deputy Head, Headteacher and parent. She and her team are committed to and passionate about supporting families and young people find the best fit school, college or university.

As former teachers, school leaders and parents the team have seen at first hand the transformative power of a great education. They recognise that every child is different and what is right for one, may not be right for another, sometimes even in the same family. It is vitally important that you are equipped to make the right choice and to understand which school or university will be the best fit for your child. If you are curious to know what a UK Education can provide for your child, whatever their age or stage, Debrett’s can help you decide where the best establishment will be, not only academically but also socially and emotionally, for whatever their future has in store for them.


Where Debrett’s believe they differ from their competitors is that first and foremost, they work for families and not for the schools or universities. They don’t limit the number of places that they approach, nor do they have agency agreements. They do however, have great relationships with schools and find that because of their background experience, Heads and Admissions Departments appreciate that they understand the way in which schools work, what the standards are and therefore when they approach them, the schools know that they have really thought about the fit.


Your initial enquiry is completely free of charge, and Debrett’s are always happy to try to answer any questions you may have no matter what stage of the process you are. They will give you as much advice and guidance as possible for your particular circumstances, as well as tell you more about who they are and how they might be able to help you.


For over 250 years, the Debrett’s name has been synonymous with charting and guiding generations through the minefield of life’s complex traditions, behaviours, rites of passage and social and business etiquette, and is the ‘go to’ reference for anyone who wants to know just how things should be done. Similarly, the UK Independent or Private school system, and our universities, with their rich cultural diversity and blend of long-standing traditions, excellent teaching and state of the art facilities, still rank amongst the best in the world.

What we like about them

  Initial enquiry free of charge
  Sioban has over 30 years experience in UK independent schools as a teacher, Head and parent
  Have a great relationship with schools' admission departments

In their own words

We love our work – there is nothing better than finding a place for a child, who sometimes may have had a bad experience in a school or, where perhaps there is a bit of anxiety about the process of making a change and supporting the whole family through that process and guiding everyone through to a successful placement. We recognise that it is a big commitment on all sides, not just financially and that is all the more reason to get it right. What we offer really is a bespoke service, tailor made to suit the whole needs of the family but always in the best interest of the child.” The team at Debrett’s Education


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