There is no denying that leading independent schools, most notably in London, are oversubscribed. Sadly, a growing number of paying parents lie awake at night in fear about their child’s future.  Simon O’Malley will discuss the options available when your child’s education doesn’t quite go to plan.


Simon OMalley

Simon O’Malley became Head at Thomas’s Battersea in September 2017. Previously, Simon was Headmaster at Wellesley House in Broadstairs, Kent. He grew up in Scotland and around the world and was educated at The Oratory, Reading, before reading English Language and Literature at Aberdeen University.  Simon began his teaching career at The Banda School in Nairobi, before moving to Beaudesert Park, Gloucestershire as Deputy Head in 1997 after three years at Newland House in Twickenham. His experience is grounded in the co-educational sector within schools that have high academic aspirations and a strong co-curricular outlook. He has been a governor of an independent school and led IAPS and BSA conferences and seminars.  Simon is married to Katy, who is also a teacher. They have two grown up children.

emily turner

Emily Turner, Co-Founder, angels&urchins

Emily Turner is the co-founder and Education Editor of angels & urchins magazine which has been providing indispensable advice to London parents for over fifteen years. With her Editor’s hat on Emily visits a range of schools and is in regular contact with Heads and Registrars about the changing face of education, both day and boarding. As a mother of four (the eldest of whom has just left school), she has first hand experience of the state and independent sectors, day and boarding, at both prep and secondary levels. She managed to end up with four children in four schools in different parts of the country so she has definitely stuck to her own advice - it’s about finding the right school for each individual child!

The full 2019 timetable will be published on Tuesday 8 October.