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About best-schools.co.uk and Education Advisers Ltd

Education Advisers Ltd is an education consultancy which operates 9 separate websites, of which 8 cover private school choice. Our biggest website, www.best-schools.co.uk, provides information, advice and services to parents and students seeking a private education in the UK. We provide a search facility to help you find a school/college either near to you or in a particular area, plus advice about how to choose the right school. For those parents needing more guidance, we offer a bespoke consultancy service to find the school/college which is a perfect fit for your child. The initial consultation is always free for the first 30 minutes.

The Education Advisers Consultants

As a team of British educationalists we are proud that the private schools in our country remain world leading institutions. Between us, we have taught, worked and forged friendships both in the UK and beyond, and it is our privilege to work in a sector which welcomes and connects the world’s youth. Our commitment is to ensure that every child, wherever they are from and whatever their academic level, enjoys a life-changing, positive experience in the best-fitting UK private school.

We achieve this goal by offering expert, impartial, and personal advice.

Les Webb

Les Webb FCII – Managing Director


Les enjoyed a long and successful career in financial services before founding Education Advisers in 2004. Les offers the team an encyclopaedic history of schools, governors, heads and owners within British private education. He occasionally takes on client cases these days, and mainly deals with our school marketing consultancy, and advising on education-related investments and acquisitions.

Mary Murayama

Mary Murayama MA, QTS – Joint Managing Director


After reading German and History at Oxford, Mary spent several years in Japan where she taught English and advised Japanese students on study abroad programmes. She has undertaken projects in Europe and Africa for schools and parents. She joined Education Advisers after spending many years as a teacher and leader of Modern Languages and international programmes at a large grammar school.

Mary oversees the company's strategy and the team's day to day activities. She has visited, and helped children enrol into, a vast range of schools and colleges. Mary holds overall responsibility for our school consultancy and enrolment services.

Michael Fanya

Mike Fanya MA – Academic Director


Mike has had extensive experience in senior management roles in both the state and independent sectors. He has been a Chief Examiner with the AQA Examining Board, and a member of the University of Surrey Council. He is a governor of a Surrey prep school and has organised educational conferences and worked closely with universities in promoting Higher Education seminars.

Mike primarily deals with our university advice cases, and also supports our private school applicants with his 40 years'+ of admissions interview experience.

Sioban O'Connor

Sioban O'Connor BA (hons), QTS, MA (Ed), NPQH, Assoc. CIPD – Education Consultant


Sioban has over 30 years' experience in teaching and leadership roles in private day and boarding schools. She currently still examines GCSE and A-level papers for a leading UK exam board, and acts as a governor for a state school in special measures.

Sioban is our specialist in prep school enrolments, and advising parents of children with SEN. As an experienced school leader, she is equally adept at counselling families towards making the right senior school choice.

Duncan Quirk

Duncan Quirk BA, Director of Marketing


Duncan joined Education Advisers from the UK's largest private provider of 6th form and international pathway courses. He previously taught English in Korea and the UK in language schools, a private prep school, and university.

Duncan visits schools on a regular basis to provide the best possible service to our clients. Like all our team, he also takes an active role in advising families on school options.

Ryan Crittenden

Ryan Crittenden BA (hons), Education Consultant


Since joining almost directly after graduating in Media and Journalism, Ryan has developed a wealth of private school knowledge and advised countless families on private school and college enrolments.

Ryan also keeps our websites up to date, manages our online presence and social media campaigns, and ensures we are kept up to date with school and industry developments.

Heather Clanfield

Heather Clanfield Cert Ed, QTS, NASC, Office Manager


Heather is a fully qualified teacher and has taught in both the state and private sectors as well as being a former Director of Admissions at a state boarding school. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of UK independent schools and many years' experience of helping parents find the right school for their child.

Heather regularly consults families on school choice, whilst managing the company's Finance and Accounts. Heather is also responsible for compiling our annual league tables.

Pratima Parmar

Pratima Parmar BA (hons), Education Consultant


Pratima joined us after a career in advertising and research, and has first-hand experience of the considerations parents need to make when choosing private schools.

Her primary focus is mentoring our students and working with families to find the best-fitting school options. Pratima plays a key role in managing summer school enrolments, and supports our communications with schools.

We also work with a small number of carefully selected joint venture partners including website developers, guardians, private tutors and international consultants.

If you wish to discuss your children’s education, you are in very safe hands with any of our expert advisers. We also offer university advice – see www.universityadvice.co.uk

Please phone us to discuss your needs. You are welcome to visit us at our 2 offices in Kent and Surrey

Les Webb

Managing Director
Education Advisers Ltd

The Old Stables, Home Farm,Wateringbury, Kent ME18 5NN

Tel: +44 (0) 1622 813870 or +44 (0) 1622 812852

Email – info@educationadvisers.co.uk