2024 Parent Summit

Registration is now open for the 2024 ACEN Parent Summit, now in its third year, aimed at parents and carers of African Caribbean children currently attending or interested in applying to independent and/or grammar schools.

Saturday 9th March 2024
9.30am to 4.30pm
Wimbledon High School, Mansel Rd, London, SW19 4AB

The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to understand the admissions processes for the 7+, 11+ & 13+ entry points.

Admissions guidance, advice, and information on bursary and scholarship applications will be provided directly by a selection of schools themselves.  In addition, Black families who currently have children in independent and/or grammar schools, alongside a panel of current students, will share valuable insights into their recent experiences of successfully navigating the admissions process, the transition, and settling into their settings.

We are unable to facilitate children below the age of 7 on the day and we ask that this is strictly adhered to, so all attendees and facilitators can participate in this information event with minimal disruption. However, students aged 7+ are welcome and they will be provided with the opportunity to participate in activities and workshops on the day, which will include tips and a taster of the topics and techniques that selective school exams require. This includes online testing provided by Paideia, an expert exam support company, the report of which will be provided to parents/carers.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided for all attendees. 

Tickets are £11.95 per adult, and children (7+ only) are free. Families in receipt of pupil premium are also welcome to attend for free. 

If you have any questions, please email the Parent Summit event manager Serena deCordova at serena@aceducationnetwork.com

Event Contributors, Supporters & Sponsors
Millenial Psychology
This event has been made possible by support and sponsorship from

Wimbledon High School
Wimbledon High Junior School

Kings College School Wimbledon
Alleyn’s School
The American School in London
Cambridge Tutors College
Channing School
City of London School
Croydon High School
Donhead Preparatory School
Haberdashers Askes School for Boys’
Royal Grammar School Guildford
St Paul’s Girls’ School


Millennial Psychology
Paideia London
JR Tuition



Start Time Session School/Organisation Speaker Name Children’s Activities 
09:30 30 Registration & refreshments Children join
10:00 10 Introduction to the event ACEN Aisha Sanusi Director ACEN

Shola Apena Rogers Director ACEN

10:10 10 Welcome Wimbledon High School Ben Turner, Senior Deputy Head Wimbledon High School GDST
10:20 20 7/8+ advice for independent school entry Wimbledon High Junior School Claire Boyd Head of Junior School Wimbledon High School GDST Children’s activities
10:40 35 7/8+ independent school experiences – Q&A Wimbledon High School

ACEN Parent and Student

Claire Boyd Head of Junior School

Junior School Parent

Junior School Student

11:15 30 Break Children join
11:45 20 10/11/13+ advice for independent school entry King’s College School Wimbledon Caroline Roberts Director of Communications, Admissions and Marketing Children’s activities
12:05 25 10/11/13+ expert preparation guidance Paideia Isabelle Waring

Founder & CEO of Paideia

12:30 45 10/11/13+ independent school experiences – Q&A King’s College School


School Rep, Student & Parent

Caroline Roberts

Isabelle Waring

Senior School Parent

Senior School Students

13:15 60 Lunch Children join
14:15 20 11+ advice for grammar school entry Sarah Sword Sarah Sword Deputy Head Pastoral Eaton Square Senior School  

Children’s activities

14:35 25 11+ expert preparation guidance JR Tuition Rita Ofodile
15:00 45 11+ grammar school experiences – Q&A School Rep, Student & Parent Rita Ofodile

Grammar School Parent

Grammar School Students

15:45 15 Close ACEN Serena deCordova ACEN Children join
16:00 30 Networking Children join

Timetable subject to minor revisions