The London Parents' Forum is Bonas MacFarlane's programme of talks, lectures and workshops.

The Forum gives parents unique access to the leading thinkers and most respected heads in British and US education.

Recent and upcoming London Parents' Forum events are listed here:

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Applying to highly selective US universities

Online Event - Wednesday 14 October, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

With over one million international students applying to the US for university each year, competition for places at top universities is at an all time high. 

This online event is designed to help British and international students who are applying to US universities.

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We will be joined by admissions teams from Tufts University, Northeastern University and Tulane University to discuss each of their schools as well as what makes an application truly stand out from the crowd. 

  • Paul Burgess, Director of International Admission and Global Initiatives, Tulane University
  • Sayaka Smith, Assistant Director of Admissions, Tufts University  
  • Brendan Graham, Senior Assistant Director, Northeastern University
  • Jamie Boygo, Specialist US College Consultant, Bonas MacFarlane

The London Parents Forum is organised by Bonas MacFarlane in partnership with the Independent Schools Show.

Into Boarding Prep Schools

Online Event - Wednesday 7 October, 10:30am 

Choosing a school is one of the biggest decisions parents will make for their child. Bonas MacFarlane director, Will Petty, introduces eight leading boarding prep schools. In an hour you will visit see them in action, get exclusive insights and have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a highly efficient way to focus your search and find the school that is the right fit for your child.

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Participating schools:

  • Aldro
  • Beeston Hall School
  • Cottesmore School
  • Hanford School
  • Highfield & Brookham Schools
  • Lockers Park
  • Old Buckenham Hall
  • Orwell Park School

The London Parents Forum is organised by Bonas MacFarlane in partnership with the Independent Schools Show.

Into UK Senior Schools

Online Event - Tuesday 22 September, 10:30am 

Choosing a school is one of the biggest decisions parents will make for their child. Bonas MacFarlane director, Will Petty, introduces six leading schools within easy each of London. In an hour you will visit see them in action, get exclusive insights and have the opportunity to ask questions. This is a highly efficient way to focus your search and find the school that is the right fit for your child.

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Participating schools:

  • Felsted
  • Lancing College
  • New Hall School
  • The Royal Masonic School for Girls
  • Mayfield School
  • King's, Ely

The London Parents Forum is organised by Bonas MacFarlane in partnership with the Independent Schools Show.

How to apply to NYU

Online Event - Wednesday 22 July, 10:30am 

This online event was designed to help British and international students who are applying to or starting at US universities this autumn. Admissions Director Lisa Mortini, from NYU, one of the US universities most popular with international students, discussed in conversation with Charles Bonas, Director of Bonas MacFarlane, how to make a good application and stand out from the 85,000 other applicants.

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SPEAKER

  • Lisa Mortini, International Admissions, NYU

TOPICS:

Lisa also discussed the impact of lockdown on admissions:

  • How will COVID19 impact students at US universities this Fall?
  • Should 2020 entrants defer for a year?
  • How safe is it to study in the US?
  • Will admissions officers make allowances for lockdown when judging applications?
  • Will there be fewer international applicants this year?

The London Parents Forum is organised by Bonas MacFarlane in partnership with the Independent Schools Show.

SENIOR SCHOOL ADMISSIONS 

Online Event - Thursday 25 June 10:45am 

Schools are closed but admissions have not stopped. This online event for parents was an opportunity to understand how open days, school tours, interviews/assessments and registration are working under the current circumstances, and to remind parents that they need to be mindful of the fast approaching deadlines.

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Speakers:

  • James Dahl, Master of Wellington College
  • Dr Andy Mayfield, Director of Admissions, St Paul's School
  • William Petty, Director, Bonas MacFarlane

Topics covered - the impact of lockdown on:

  • Admissions Deadlines
  • Open Days
  • School Visits
  • Interviews & Assessments
  • Intakes for 2020 and 2021

The London Parents Forum is organised by Bonas MacFarlane in partnership with the Independent Schools Show.

RECEPTION ADMISSIONS - HOW TO KEEP AHEAD IN LOCKDOWN

Online Event - Tuesday 16 June 10:30am 

Admissions have not stopped. This online event will help parents to understand how the leading London Nurseries and Pre-Prep/Prep Schools are managing the admissions processes for Reception 2020 and 2021 during lockdown.

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Speakers:

  • Sebastian Hepher - Principal, Eaton Square School
  • Lucinda Byron Evans - Head Teacher, Young England Kindergartens
  • William Petty - Director, Bonas Macfarlane

Topics to be covered - the impact of lockdown on:

  • Admissions Deadlines
  • Open Days
  • School Visits
  • Interviews & Assessments
  • Intakes for 2020 and 2021

The London Parents Forum is organised by Bonas MacFarlane in partnership with the Independent Schools Show.

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