My wife and I were nervous about the 4+ assessment for prep school given the relatively few numbers of places available, compared to the number of applicants. It left us unsure whether our son was suitable or prepared. Fortunately, my wife found Sabine, who was incredible. She visited our home and my son immediately gravitated towards her five her warm nature. She assessed him through a number of education techniques and gave us a very comprehensive account of his strength and weaknesses. Sabine gave us the assurance we were not wasting our time applying for prep schools. We cannot recommend Sabine highly enough.
~Shazia and Nabeel
Just wanted to share our news that our daughter got her place in Glendower. We are absolutely delighted! Thank you so much for your input and guidance.
Chloe is a godsend. She makes learning fun through a magical combination of kindness, fun and never-ending encouragement. I doubt anyone else would have coaxed such a positive response (and result) from our daughter.
Chloe has done a marvellous job in tutoring my son in English in preparation for his 11+ exams. He went into the exams with confidence, knowing exactly what he needed to do in order to achieve high marks in both his comprehension and creative writing papers. Chloe was consistently kind, patient and encouraging with my son – even on the days that his enthusiasm for tutoring was a little low!
Chloe also assisted us in preparing Joseph for his 11+ interviews, again building his confidence and highlighting exactly which sorts of questions might come up so that he could talk through his answers with her beforehand. I would highly recommend Chloe’s tutoring to anyone seeking an 11+ tutor. She has been a delight to work with.
We could not recommend Chloe more highly. She worked with our daughter for two years to help her prepare for 11+ exams. She got offered places in all the schools she applied for including Wycombe Abbey, her first choice. Chloe made the whole process fun, stressless both for us and for our daughter. She was looking forward to her sessions with Chloe and her confidence built up gradually. As parents, we valued Chloe's advice who was knowledgeable and had a clear understanding of each school's expectations. We have heard horror stories about the 11+ process but for us it was a smooth experience thanks to Chloe's support.
Chloe works with two of my children. Chloe was a god send to my eldest daughter and her 11plus maths! In Flora’s own words, “Chloe teaches me maths, she doesn’t just tell me about maths.” Flora’s confidence is maths has soared and even with the 11plus over, Flora wanted to keep on seeing Chloe to help her grow in her learning and love of maths.
My second daughter, Violet is highly dyslexic and knowing that Chloe was a SEN teacher, I asked Chloe if she would help Violet with her maths. When Violet finished her first session with Chloe, Violet skipped out of Chloe’s house stating that she had loved her hour session. This was music to my ears and brought tears to my eyes as very, very rarely do I hear these words come from Violet’s mouth in regard to her learning.
Chloe is an outstanding maths tutor. She is exceptionally patient and knows how to bring the best out of her students and what gaps need to be filled.
My daughter thrived under her guidance and got into all her schools at 11+, including an academic scholarship. This would 100 percent have not been possible without her skill and expertise. She also recommended my daughter go to the Key Clinic. This has been transformational in more ways that I can ever put into words. I am eternally grateful for all her help and support.
~Anoushka, South Kensington
Chloe was a great help in preparing my daughter for her 11+. I would highly recommend her.
Chloe's advice on secondary schools in London has been incredibly useful for my family. I cannot recommend her insights, both well-researched and candid, highly enough.
Chloe Berry and Sabine Hook are the wizard’s of the London/ UK school system. They are both experienced consultants and qualified teachers with a wealth of experience of both the independent and state school system. They are the power houses behind SH Nursery Consultancy which provides support to parents trying to navigate nurseries, schools and the general education system. Not only did they help me find a brilliant prep school for my little girl (against all odds and considerable time pressure), they are a wealth of information and knowledge.
~Miriam Cooper of Mimi's Bowl
Sabine has a lovely, approachable manner and we have found her to be highly knowledgeable about pre-school teaching. She has provided us with invaluable advice and tools to help get our child ready for school since her current nursery is great with pastoral care but not very academic. Our child has progressed very rapidly with her phonics and numeracy skills by just implementing a few of the play-based suggestions Sabine made.
~Mr & Mrs L, South-East London.
Thank you Sabine! Your feedback on our son’s 4+ assessment has been so valuable. We are implementing your activities and are already seeing an improvement in his counting and number recognition. Speaking to you has made us feel much more confident about the forthcoming assessments and how best to handle them.
~Mrs Husain NW3
We were so lucky to meet Sabine after having a horrible experience with a nursery in 2014. My son was just turning 2 at the time and we were really panicking about not choosing the right nursery for him. We understood that nursery is so important as the first step of education and will result in a happier and more successful child. Sabine met with our son and understood immediately what we were looking for and after a while my little son was in an amazing nursery which he was happy and confident in. Now we live in Dubai and returning to London soon. Sabine again helped us to find a primary school and a nursery for our second child. We fully trust her and we now have places for both my kids in amazing schools. We can not recommend her enough and are so grateful for all her help and continuous support.
~Ozge and Cem Orekli W12
"We got in touch with Sabine when we started looking for schools for our daughter, who was at the time just over one year old. We were almost panicking as friends were telling us we were so behind in choosing a school for her. Sabine was what we needed to stop worrying and start finding our feet in the complicate (at least for us!) British school system. She was highly professional and knowledgeable, she gave very valuable input but without influencing decisions that must be taken only by parents. I would definitely recommend her and not hesitate to resort to her for any further advice."
~Mrs Elisei SW6
"For a foreigner or someone who is not familiar with the complexities of the English educational system, Sabine provides a much needed clarity and has been ever so helpful in guiding us through the different options helping us to find what is right for us and our child.
We are most grateful!"
~Carolina Wishard SW1V
"I contacted Sabine as I needed early years advice regarding my 2½ year old son.
Sabine was helpful, informative and I highly recommend her for the excellent pre-school advice that she gave me. This has noticeably had effective results and he is a very confident young boy."
~Deborah Butler W14
"As expats, the London school system and application process seemed daunting. Sabine has had a huge impact, helping us understand the system and select great schools that would be a good fit for our family. She made sure we were in the best possible position in the process, with continued, detailed support throughout the initial application phase and beyond. Sabine is a pleasure to work with - very experienced, rational and warm! We would highly recommend her to anyone seeking to navigate the London school system for their family."
~Mrs Shike W9
"We cannot thank Sabine enough for the solid, sage advice and counseling she has provided us. She was referred to us by a friend when I was 6 months pregnant with our first child in 2014. As expats, we were completely unsure of how to decipher and navigate the English school system, and having heard horror stories from friends in other "competitive" cities like LA and New York, we were very concerned about making any missteps or missing any deadlines. Sabine patiently walked us through the different types of English schools, all the way up to university, so that we understood what we were working with, and explained what required nearer-term application and what would wait. She then carefully listened to our preferences, and compiled a workable list from us to choose schools for nursery and Reception applications.
But most of all, Sabine put our minds at ease, and held my heavily-pregnant hand to whittle down my options, fill out applications, and get everything ready to go before birth. She was even able to squeeze in a nursery visit 6 weeks before I delivered! She also handled compiling and mailing all the applications for us so that we could concentrate on being brand new parents.
Sabine later served as an amazing sounding board, happily answering questions about the various school options, and guiding me as to when and how to approach the nurseries regarding tours and waiting lists. The nursery where I had my pre-birth visit was by far our top choice, and when we had to make our final decision and put down a deposit, Sabine helped me confirm my instinct that this school was indeed the one for us. Most importantly, since starting in April, our son has absolutely adored this nursery, and we have been thrilled with the caring and ever-cheerful staff, excellent curriculum, and lovely parents' community. Our younger child will be attending the school as well next year. We could not be happier there, and we owe it all to Sabine!
I know that I can trust Sabine's judgment and advise 110%, and when the time comes for Reception, I am sure she will once again have incredible insight and guidance as to our options. We are so, so grateful to Sabine, and words cannot adequately express how much we recommend her!!!!"
~Mrs S Rifaat SW7
"Sabine was most helpful in spending time with our daughter and reviewing her strengths and weaknesses so that we could work on both parts to improve her learning ability and confidence"
~Mrs Sandford SW6
"Sabine has been a big support in finding us places in the best schools and nurseries but also advising on what the best fit would be for our family. Coming from Russia, we were keen to have the best quality advice and help in managing the London school system and Sabine provided this. She also worked hard to secure us a fantastic nanny for our son. We are delighted with her service and would thoroughly recommend her."
~ E Sinayuk, NW1
"Sabine’s incredible knowledge and passion for children’s education is very impressive. She guided our family throughout the entire nursery school and pre-prep application process and continues to be a sounding board for us! We are so grateful for all of her help and support."
~ Mrs Triebel, W8