Every child is different so there's no one-size fits all answer when it comes to selecting the right school. However, choosing a school doesn't need to be a headache and Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council, will help steer you on how to make the right decision.

Many parents make the mistake of taking advice from other parents at the school gates and in the playground, however what might be perfect for one child will not necessarily work for another. Look at a number of schools and read about them on their websites and in school guides but also visit them and go in with an open mind and ask lots of questions.

Barnaby Lenon

Head Master of Harrow from 1999 to 2011, Barnaby Lenon taught at Eton for twelve years, was Deputy Head Master of Highgate School from 1990-95 and Headmaster of Trinity School, Croydon from 1995-99. He has been a governor of twelve schools and is currently a governor of the Chelsea Academy and chairman of governors of the London Academy of Excellence in Newham, the first Free School to be set up for sixth formers and the first sponsored by a consortium of independent schools.   He is Chairman of the Independent Schools Council, a Board member of Ofqual, and a trustee of the New Schools Network.