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An Experienced Team

The core management team of The English Education has over thirty years of experience of leading and inspecting schools. The English Education school search and placement services is part of Constellation Group, an education consultancy formed in 2019 by former independent school Headmasters, John Milne and Jimmy Beale. We are education advisers, not agents. Our independent and expert assessment of a child’s individual needs, coupled with deep-rooted knowledge of the UK independent boarding sector, will lead to the right child being placed in the right school.


Jimmy Beale

Founder, Jimmy Beale, worked in the UK private education sector for twenty years, having gained his teaching qualification at Bristol University. He worked in both single-sex and co-educational day and boarding schools; his last two roles were as Deputy Headmaster of a large co-educational senior school, and then as Headmaster of a leading co-educational prep school, Taunton Prep School, where he was a Founding Member of the Prep School Baccalaureate curriculum and an Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) Inspector.

Jimmy retired from his role as Headmaster in 2013 in order to pursue a career in business, now leading the education services arm of Constellation Group.

John Milne

John spent almost twenty-five years in the independent school sector. He qualified as teacher in the UK and then spent eight years working in both British and American international schools in The Philippines, initially as High School Principal at the British School, Manila, before becoming the Principal of Brent International School, Manila.

Having returned to Bristol in 2005 to run Clifton College Preparatory School and act as member of the whole college (K-12) executive team, John moved into a business career in 2019, establishing Constellation Group in Bristol.

Why work with The English Education?

The English Education works with the finest associates and consultants and has created partnerships with highly trusted guardianship, visa support and tutor companies.

Central to our service is the quality of our assessment process; The English Education’s Lead Assessment Consultant, Alastair Montgomery, is the Former Director of UKiset (2014 – 2020) and he has specifically designed our own English Education Academic Profiling Test (APT) to meet the needs of our Member Schools.

Our school search and placement consultants are highly regarded former UK independent boarding school leaders, all of whom understand the need for high-quality, in-depth personalised service when supporting international families as they place their children at UK boarding schools.

Partnerships, associates and consultants