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Helping families to keep afloat

There is something about children and water that just seems to naturally go together, like strawberries and cream or rhubarb and custard. Think of the perfect family summer holiday and almost always it will involve water in some way – be that relaxing by a pool or splashing around in the sea. To children water equals fun. However, water can also mean danger. Drowning is the third most common...

Moving from a state to an independent school

This is Vicky’s story and her advice for other parents embarking on the same journey. After a nervous wait, we were relieved when our eldest daughter got a place at the local “Outstanding” C of E primary school. Our son followed her there three years later and we thought our children’s primary school education was sorted.  Our daughter’s self-confidence and competitive nature saw her shine...

A parent’s guide to insurance for children at independent school

Protecting your child’s education Choosing the right school for your child is a huge decision – taking many hours of careful thought and research. You want to make sure you consider every option and look at every possible angle to find the perfect choice. After all, this is something that will affect the rest of their lives. Once you’ve secured that all important place, the next step is to secure...

A beacon of hope

After the death of her husband, a phone call out of the blue to Sally Longley was a moment of much needed light. Her story reveals how insurance provides far more than money. Protecting his family was extremely important to GP Jeffrey Longley. When his oldest son, David, was struggling at school due to his dyslexia, he and his wife Sally, took the decision to move him out of the state system to...

Protecting children online – what steps should parents take?

Despite most social media platforms stating that children under 13 can’t sign up, it appears that’s not the case. A recent article in The Telegraph highlighted the issue of children in the UK under the age of 12 accessing social media sites, reporting that half a million are using Facebook. Similarly, a study from regulator Ofcom (November 2017) found underage access was “on the rise” and half of...

Big hair, classic tunes and sunshine – the perfect equation for raising money

Helping other people is meant to be the key to finding true happiness. After volunteering for Child Bereavement UK at Let’s Rock on Clapham Common with my colleague Dawn on Saturday 28th July, I wholeheartedly agree! The sunshine and the 80s music from bands like Go West, The Boomtown Rats and UB40 created a brilliant atmosphere, with everyone determined to relive a bit of their youth and dance...

The changing face of independent education

It looks as if we are at a crossroads for private education in the UK. While the latest figures from the Independent Schools Council (ISC) show there are now more children in private education than at any time since records began in 1994, the same reports also show that there has been the lowest increase in fees since 1994 too. It is clear there is a strong demand for private education, but have...

Meet our newest member of the team, Daniel Burns

We’re delighted that Daniel has decided to join our team here in our unique offices on Dean House Farm in the tranquil Surrey Hills. As a customer services executive, he’ll be handling a whole range of queries on our personal lines. If you call or email us, Daniel may well be the one to answer your questions. To warm him up for his new role, we asked him a few questions of our own, so we can...

Katherine Norkett’s story

Katherine Norkett and her husband chose to educate their two daughters privately at Churcher’s College in Petershead, Hampshire. Katherine had experienced an independent education and she wanted her girls to have the same advantages she enjoyed. She was first prompted to investigate protecting her daughter’s school fees when her husband’s cousin died suddenly at the age of 48. Mr Norkett was the...

£3,000 that changed a life

The School Fees Charitable Trust helps parents when they need it the most In today’s world, £3,000 is rarely thought of as a life-changing sum of money, but grants of this amount or a similar size from the School Fees Charitable Trust can do exactly that. Changing schools at any time can be incredibly hard for children. Changing schools just before important exams, that have a huge bearing on the...