Hetty Palmer

Education and Schools Consultant

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. The enormous responsibility we encounter as parents is challenging and it can feel overwhelming when faced with the incredible choice of schools available to your family. 

I understand these pressures only too well. I work independently for families, advising on Pre Prep and Prep Schools in the Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex area.


I provide trustworthy advice and will answer any specific questions around education and the Prep School system. I offer guidance and information to support you in your quest to find the perfect school for your child.


My extensive knowledge of the schools in the area enables me to provide relevant, unbiased information surrounding the different personalities and ethos of the schools and headteachers. I can also use my network to put you in touch with current parents, which ensures that you get real time, genuinely informed opinions.

Specific requirements

With experience of working with children with a range of specific learning difficulties, I am also well placed to advise on individual schools and their SEN provision.


If you are relocating from abroad, a different area of the UK or just moving out of London, I have a number of contacts in the property market, from estate agents to buying agents, to help you with your move.


Navigating school visits and open days can be daunting and stressful I am here to assist with the logistics, helping you to book visits and introducing you to Admissions Secretaries. I can also offer my more involved support with application forms, contacting schools on your behalf or accompanying you on school visits.


I offer a one to one consultation, either in person or via video link, where I will discuss, in depth, your family’s requirements, getting to know and understand your child. I will then produce a shortlist of schools best suited to your child’s needs and your family circumstances. Following on from this you will receive a detailed, bespoke school information pack.  We can then explore any further services you may require and I can tailor these to your specific needs. The cost will depend on the level of my involvement.

Hetty Palmer
BA (Hons) PGDip PGCE
Hetty Palmer

Since completing a PGCE in 2005, I have spent a number of years teaching in both the state and independent sectors. I have also worked for the Independent Schools Council as a School and Parent Advisor, advising parents on their school choices and liaising with schools and the Department for Education. 

This experience, as well as having navigated the system with my own family, means that I truly understand the process from all angles and can offer a wealth of invaluable expertise to support you and your family. I am here to alleviate the pressure and to empower you to make the right choice for your child. I can be there for as little or as much of the process as you require, so that you can be confident in your search for the best Pre Prep or Prep school for your family.


Please contact me either at hetty@hettypalmer.com or call me on 07787 512 736, it would be great to hear from you.