Once you have decided on your shortlist of schools, the first thing to do is familiarise yourself with their specific admissions processes. Request a prospectus, visit their website, and ask them any questions you may have.
Most schools require you to complete a registration before applying, and pay a non-refundable fee, which can be up to a few hundred pounds. While it is common for parents to apply for a number of schools, bear in mind that this can get quite expensive!
It is essential that you visit the schools in question before deciding to apply, but in some rare cir-cumstances schools will demand registration fees before you visit.
Meanwhile, many competitive schools, in the London area especially, require registration a few years before application.
Therefore, we advise to register and apply as early as possible to make sure you avoid disappointment.