• How to improve reading skills

    June 29, 2015.

    Meeting Bear

    This week, we met Bear the dog, our beautifully understated village celebrity.  Bear was trained to be a guide dog but did not quite manage to graduate.  Consequently, he was adopted by our neighbours and has since become the most loved furry friend in the area.  Children will knock on Bear’s door and ask if he would like to come out and play, they make him cards for his birthday and greet him with big smiles and hugs.  Bear is as calm as can be and takes all this attention in his stride.  Thanks to his lovable ...

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  • 13+ Common Entrance is over: Let summer begin!

    June 13, 2015.

    13+ Common Entrance is over but school is not quite out.

    Now that the dust has settled on the Common Entrance results, the Year 8 students are in a period of long awaited limbo land.  Mostly, they are in the final year of their Prep School and have licence to kick back and cruise towards the end of term.

    How do children cope without structure though?  For many, school becomes a stream of videos in class, an afternoon ‘on the fields’ and, best of all, no homework!  To start with, the freedom is great as no one is badgering anyone ...

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  • 13+ Common Entrance: The results are in!

    June 12, 2015.

    Congratulations to all the Common Entrance students!

    Congratulations to all of our Common Entrance boys and girls on some fabulous results!  Top grades are one thing and we have plenty of those but more unique are the great many inspiring stories of improvement.  Here are a few favourites:

    Lovely young Ted, predicted D grades at best in February, has toiled harder than anyone, putting the hours in both at Easter and half term, most weekends and week day evenings as well. There were no guarantees though and the progress reports were somewhat shaky. Outstanding news then that Ted some how ...

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  • In the midst of Common Entrance?

    May 15, 2015.

    Well done to all the young people who have finally started with their 13+ Common Entrance exams.  The long awaited week(or so) of reckoning is now here and it’s time to show off!  

    Tough to kick off with Mental Maths Common Entrance but wonderful once it’s out of the way.  Some of you will have found the language side of things more irksome this week with Common Entrance French listening and speaking exams taking centre stage.  French listening might have felt doable as, like all comprehension papers, there is at least material there to hear and to ...

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  • Top 10 ways to make Common Entrance French Oral stick!

    April 27, 2015.

    Common Entrance French Oral is just round the corner so, with 2 weeks to go, this is an opportune moment to make sure what’s going in is really staying in.  

    1.  Blast one topic at a time 

    Focus on ‘School’ for 10mins, take a quick break then come back for another 10minutes on a different topic, like ‘Myself’.  By changing the theme and only allowing a fixed amount of time to really focus, this should help concentration.  Beware: a quick break is no more than 5mins!

    2.  Little and often

    Much better to plan three twenty minute or half ...

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  • How do Scholarship Entrance Exams differ?

    April 21, 2015.

    Scholarship entrance exams for 13+ are generally taken earlier in the year than Common Entrance.  Popular times for Scholarship exams are either in the Spring term of Year 8 (end of January, beginning of February) or in the first week of May.  Common Entrance would be in the first week after the summer half term, ordinarily the first week of June.  

    If a child succeeds with the Scholarship entrance exams and achieves an award, they will not need to sit Common Entrance.  If they are less lucky, usually they can still sit the Common Entrance Exams for a place at ...

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  • 11 plus Conference

    March 19, 2015.

    The 11 Plus Conference

    One for the 11+ private tutors!  There's a great deal to discuss in the world of 11+ so this is a great opportunity to take part, listen to the pros and share thoughts and ideas.

    1pm – 4pm, Wednesday 1st April 2015

    Nutford House, University of London, Brown Street, London W1H 5UL

    Bringing together teachers, head teachers, examiners and education industry experts in the area of the 11 plus preparation

    Providing a platform for discussion and debate in the future of the 11 plus

    Raising money for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. 

    Contact Cleo Watson:  07870559780 ...

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  • The Common Entrance Exam: what to expect

    March 5, 2015.

    Common Entrance Exam: What to expect

    Common Entrance Exams change frequently so, whilst past exam papers are useful, be aware that the format and style of question can shift from year to year.  Common Entrance papers are currently given a ‘level’ in some subjects.  Levels range from Level 1 to Level 3 with Level 3 as the most difficult. Levels were created both to reflect ability but also to give those with less experience in a subject the opportunity to perform without being overwhelmed.  For example, a bright child with only 2 years of French might take level 1.  The ...

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