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King Edward VI High School for Girls

For 11+ entry, girls are examined in English and Maths, and there is also a Reasoning test. The school provides their own 11+ entrance exams rather than using the ISEB 11+ Common Entrance papers.

English

English is one of the first subjects to come under the microscope. Whether in pre-tests, 11+ or 13+ Common Entrance Exams, all children need to fe... (Show me more)

English is one of the first subjects to come under the microscope. Whether in pre-tests, 11+ or 13+ Common Entrance Exams, all children need to feel confident with their reading and writing skills and be able to transfer this knowledge across the subject spectrum. Grammatical errors stick out a mile so let's iron them out ahead of time and make sure they stick for life.

11+: Schools will vary in their requirements and it is always worth checking with them directly on the detail. As a guide, the English papers at 11 plus will be divided into three sections: a passage to read and answer questions on to assess comprehension, a grammar section to test punctuation and parts of speech, and then a composition section to show off their creative skills. Senior Schools may choose to examine with just two of these papers.

13+: For Common Entrance, our tutors break down the reading and writing elements into manageable exercises. Children develop skills at their own pace and, as confidence grows, they start to experiment effectively with all kinds of written language in their creative expression. Exercises in grammar and syntax ensure that each individual has a strong foundation for continued learning. Through reading extracts from an assortment of poetry, prose and plays, the aim is to encourage a genuine interest in a diverse range of literature and language. Our tutors place deliberate emphasis on enjoyment in each session; work is purposeful and a pleasure.

GCSE: English provides the foundation for success in all IGCSE subjects and almost all students attending independent schools will study for two qualifications: (1) English Literature and (2) English Language. Prep School Tutors have extensive experience of teaching towards both qualifications for numerous exam-board specifications. Armed with this knowledge and an understanding of their student’s learning style, Prep School Tutors are able to tailor their support sessions, helping to cover the content of the courses but also to help practise the examined skills as set out in the relevant assessment objectives.

In general terms, English Literature requires students to study a selection of prose, poetry and drama texts and demonstrate an understanding of a ‘writer’s craft’. A Prep School Tutor will ensure that their student has a robust understanding of their set texts, revising content where necessary in an interactive and engaging manner. Similarly, students will develop their ability to write sophisticated and logical commentaries on the effects of language, critically analysing the construction of meaning within their set texts with flair and individuality. Writing tasks are often performed in ‘real-time’ whereby students are provided with instant feedback from their tutor on the content and style of their writing using collaborative online tools. The skills honed through these collaborative writing exercises can then be confidently applied to exam-style, timed writing exercises and supervised coursework tasks.

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Paul

Subjects
English, History, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, QTS, MA History

Experience
Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School, extensive private tuition, 2 years as VSO teacher trainer in Nepal

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

Paul specialises in powering his students towards success in English. He kick-started his career teaching to GCSE and A-Level and has now been in the prep school environment for over 5 years, working at Barnardiston, an excellent and extremely popular Suffolk preparatory school, with close links to the top Cambridge schools. Here, Paul has had particular success in making literacy, notably poetry, more accessible to pupils of all abilities.

He has also tutored pre-test and 11+ English for entrance to the major Cambridge schools. This has included Verbal Reasoning and some interview technique as well as exam strategy. He is used to working with children who do not have English as their first language, accommodating their needs both in boosting confidence for oral communication and in improving their literacy skills ready for exam success.

Paul’s scholarship and 13+ students have won places to top public schools including Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Stowe, Oundle, The Perse, Westminster and Wycombe Abbey. His students have been prizewinners in exams for Rugby school and achieved distinctions in exams at Westminster. Paul has attended Common Entrance courses at Eton, which have served to inform his approach immensely. He has a calm, methodical approach, and is determined on personalising his sessions, tailoring each element to suit the individual needs of his students.

Paul firmly believes that through sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for English language and poetry, he can make a huge difference to students preparing for the literacy demands of Common Entrance and Scholarship papers.

Sophie

Subjects
English, Latin, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, Oxford University

Experience
Farleigh School, Hampshire; Sherborne Preparatory School, Dorset; Canford School, Dorset; Alleyn’s School, Dulwich College; extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

Sophie has 19 years experience teaching English and Latin at leading preparatory and public schools in the south of England. She has extensive knowledge of the transfer process at 13+, having held the role of prep school Director of Studies which involved liaising with senior schools and helping children prepare for interviews as well as overseeing their preparation for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations in all subjects as well as teaching her own. Sophie has prepared scholarship candidates for Eton; Harrow; Winchester; Marlborough; Wellington; Charterhouse; St. Mary’s, Ascot; Cheltenham Ladies’ College and many other public schools. She also has extensive experience of teaching children with learning support needs and was Head of Learning Support at a prep school for five years.

Sophie is in high demand as a tutor. Her students have enjoyed significant successes in their exams this year and this looks set to continue. Parents have been known to return to Prep School Tutor to seek Sophie’s support for their children once they have moved on to senior school, such is the rapport she is able to build with her tutees and the benefit they gain from her tuition. Sophie specialises in unknotting the difficulties that can so easily occur when Latin is taught in larger classes, and then moving forward through the syllabus at a pace that suits the individual. As an English teacher, her methods for helping children to generate ideas and structure longer pieces of writing are, she has been told, used by her students even once they have moved on to university! She also specialises in teaching reading techniques that allow exam candidates to maintain the focus they need to perform well in comprehension papers, even when under the pressure of an exam situation. Sophie has a proven track record of obtaining excellent results for pupils in both her specialist subjects. She does this by breaking down the curriculum into manageable sections, smoothing out any problem areas and reminding pupils frequently of the progress that they have made to boost their confidence.

Sophie has been extensively involved in the preparation of candidates for interviews and selection days at academically demanding public schools, including most of the London day schools; she excels at preparing even the most anxious for interview. She has undertaken considerable research into the different approaches to selection taken by different schools and the sorts of questions they ask. Sophie’s method is to equip candidates with the strategies they need to be able to think calmly under pressure so they can answer taxing questions without becoming flustered. She also works hard to ensure that candidates feel they have plenty to talk about by drawing out their interests and enthusiasms in her encouraging preparatory sessions.

Sophie’s aim as a tutor is to prepare her pupils so well that they approach examinations or interviews fearlessly and embrace both as an opportunity to demonstrate who they are and what they know. She aims to give her tutees a love of learning - and even rigorous assessment - that will last for the rest of their lives.

When not teaching, Sophie enjoys spending time, preferably outdoors, with her husband, young son and their Border Terrier, Rosie. She loves food and growing and cooking her own vegetables. A good weekend away would include a city break (she lives very rurally) with a visit to a great restaurant and a trip to the theatre.

Liz

Subjects
English, French, Latin

Qualifications
Oxford University: BA (Hons), MA and PGCE Teacher Training

Experience
Knightsbridge School, King’s House School, Epsom College, Bedford High School for Girls, Cheadle Hulme College, Devonport High School for Girls

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13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Liz is an immensely experienced teacher specialising in Latin, French and English. She has taught in Independent and Maintained schools, from years 5 to 13, and from Common Entrance through to Oxbridge Entrance.

Most recently Liz has been Head of Department in two London Prep schools, and on the Future Schools team, preparing pupils of all abilities for Common Entrance, CASE and Scholarship exams. Former pupils have gained scholarships to St Paul’s, Latymer Upper, King’s College Wimbledon and Hampton School, as well as places at schools including St Paul’s Girls’, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Downe House, Eton, Winchester, Harrow, Dulwich, King’s Canterbury, Tunbridge and Sevenoaks.

Liz has run enrichment and Scholarship classes after school, as well as extensive one-to-one tutoring, and has given much individual support to pupils at moments of need. Her friendly, common sense and encouraging approach enables students to achieve far beyond what they may think themselves capable of.

Liz is skilled at breaking material down into manageable chunks and simplifying concepts in a memorable way. Parents and former pupils have commented on how well prepared and confident they felt for their entrance exams and what an excellent grounding they received for their Senior School studies, as a result of Liz’s experience in teaching study skills as well as the subject matter for exams.

Liz has recently resumed working in a Senior school setting, working intensively with Special Needs students, especially those with autism and processing difficulties, as they approach their GCSE exams.

Jon

Subjects
English

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, Masters in English Literature

Experience
Berkhamsted School, Dr Challoner's Grammar School

GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Jon’s first aim is to inspire a love of reading and writing in all of his students and his enthusiasm for reading and discussing literature from across the ages is both infectious and inspiring. With expertise and experience ranging from Greek Tragedy to modern fantasy, Jon has learning resources and reading recommendations to cater for and inspire any individual.

Jon began his teaching career at the highly regarded Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Buckinghamshire, before moving to one of the independent sector’s most innovative institutions, Berkhamsted School. Jon has been successfully teaching English Language and Literature at both iGCSE and A-Level for 6 years and continues to enjoy helping his students fall in love with English. With a passion in place, success often follows, and Jon has seen many of his students achieve exceptional grades at all levels; many of his students have gone on to study their chosen subjects at their first-choice, Russell Group universities.

Jon employs a patient and personalised approach to tutoring, coaching his students to develop their own critical voice as well as a logical and attractive writing style. His methods are designed to empower his students and instill in them the skills and confidence needed to approach analysis of both studied and unseen texts. Jon has an expert command of the English language and has taught the subject at A-Level throughout his career. He is dedicated to passing on his knowledge of English and, not only preparing his students for their examinations in English Literature and Language, but also demonstrating its value beyond the classroom and into the world of work and recreation.

Jon is a great believer in life-long learning and is currently studying and working towards his MA in English Literature with The Open University alongside his teaching responsibilities. He reads widely, often with an eye to using contemporary texts to inspire and challenge his students. Jon has also taught Classical Civilisation at GCSE and his love of history means he and his students often explore key contextual factors in literature and language to deepen their understanding and appreciation of its craft.

Jon firmly believes that the dedicated study of English Language and Literature will positively benefit any student’s life, not only ensuring their success in public examinations, but also preparing them for life beyond the classroom. With his guidance, students will develop a strong critical voice, explore their innate creativity and fine-tune an attractive writing style adaptable to any purpose. Furthermore, his students will also develop a confidence and self-awareness that will help them to approach any and all challenges faced during their educational years and beyond.

Juliet

Subjects
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
BSc Honours (First Class), PGCE University of Cambridge

Experience
Queen’s College Preparatory School; Private tuition for 14 years

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13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Juliet comes from a highly academic background with both parents having been professors at Oxford and Cambridge universities. She has also studied at both herself, completing her PGCE at the University of Cambridge. During this time, Juliet was awarded the British Psychological Society prize for the best undergraduate project in the country. She was also awarded a Wellcome Trust Scholarship for research and received a First Class Honours degree.

Juliet taught at Queen’s College Preparatory School in London, a highly sought after independent school for girls, and also has teaching experience at Eton College, Glendower Prep, Garden House, Summerfields, Headington, Tudor Hall and Stafford Prep. Having four young children of her own in the private system, she has also been fully involved in entrance exams as a parent. Her two eldest were awarded academic scholarships.

Juliet has extensive experience with private tuition for 14 years. She has been successful in helping children gain places to major British public schools such as: Rugby, Harrow, Downe House, Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, St Mary’s Calne, Benenden, King’s College and more. Many of these have resulted in academic scholarships and one of her students was awarded six academic scholarships. She has had further success with 11+ entry to highly competitive grammar schools such as Newport Girls, Haberdashers’ Adams, Queen Mary’s and Bishop Vesey’s.

As another string to her bow, Juliet works with children who do not have English as their first language, preparing them for pre-tests and Common Entrance exams. She has provided English courses online to students from Harrow Beijing.

She has helped prepare students for interviews with Heads of School and for assessment days. Her aim is to help the student feel relaxed yet confident in their own abilities and give them the opportunity to show off their talents. She is more than adept in providing advice on exam strategy and revision techniques.

In addition, Juliet has helped students preparing for GCSE and A-Level Biology exams and some have improved by up to four grades.

Juliet has taken recent courses for professional development on Dyslexia, Autism, Special Educational Needs, Bullying Prevention and Child Protection.

Juliet has a calm, methodical approach, which is tailor made for each child. She enjoys helping each student to increase their confidence in their abilities and to succeed in exams. She aims to make the sessions fun and challenging to ensure that each student can perform at their best during school and exams. Many parents have commented that their children may not have liked certain subjects before coming to Juliet or have moved from the bottom to the top set following tutoring. She takes pride in inspiring others towards success.

Jane

Subjects
English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique, ICT

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
St Paul's Girls' School, The English School, Kuwait

11+
13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Jane is a highly experienced teacher and an excellent communicator. She has worked at management level as well as in the classroom both in the UK, including St Paul’s Girls, and in British international schools. Her experience covers Reception all the way through to Year 13 but she specialises in the 11+ Common Entrance exams (100% success) and, more recently, the GL online assessments. She has 20 years experience preparing for examinations for entry to UK prep and secondary schools, as well as schools in the US and the highly competitive international independent schools in the Middle East. She is an expert in eLearning and online tuition having developed her school's eLearning strategy over the past few years.

A recent ISI inspection report mentioned her impact across the school and was particularly impressed by the confidence and independence of the children in terms of finding their own solutions to tasks and by the level of higher-order thinking that they employed. Jane sees the development of these skills as key to exam and general study success.

As well as using past papers and published resources, Jane devises a range of resources to engage pupils and she tailors them to each pupil's needs. She thinks it is important to set tasks into context in order to add another layer of meaning to the work. Jane is adept at breaking down tasks, questions and topics into their component parts and helping pupils to understand their structure. In fact, much work is done in analysing question types and finding both the similarities and differences between papers, believing that, if a child can identify a question type they will more quickly reach an answer.

Jane's last five performance reviews and lesson observations have all been rated 'Excellent' with comments on her attention to detail, diligence and approachability. A senior colleague described her to visitors as an 'inspirational teacher'.

Jane has also been a form tutor over the course of her teaching career, which adds another dimension to teacher pupil relationships. She enjoys developing these relationships and finding out about her pupils aside from their academic progress. Her mixed ability classes include pupils with a wide range of educational needs, and she is accustomed to differentiating in a number of ways: by task, by outcome, assessing for learning and one to one support.

Jane currently works in Kuwait and resides in Wales during the generous international school holidays. The time difference between the UK and Kuwait is just two hours. Her passions are travel, world food, collecting perfume, writing, reading fiction and political biographies, following international politics and movies.

Diane

Subjects
English, French, Latin, History, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
King's Ely, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, Notting Hill Prep, Qatar International School, Gulf English School

13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Diane has a wealth of experience in education having taught English Language and English Literature from 13+ through to A-Level. She is also qualified to teach History, French and R.E. to 13+ and GCSE as well as Latin to 13+ in readiness for Common Entrance.

Diane has taught at, amongst others, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School and Notting Hill Prep in London, where she was Head of English. She is well versed in expectations for entrance to both London independent schools and to other major UK public schools. Diane has successfully helped many students, some hopping a couple of grades higher than their predicted levels, to reach their target schools with confidence.

With regard to her teaching style, Diane suggests that some students feed from straightforward information and learning facts, devices and techniques. Others need a different approach, perhaps via examples (WAGOLL), via one-to-one help, highlighting text, discussions/reminders of techniques they must use. Diane produces her own resources based on need so that every individual can excel. Her lessons are carefully planned and include varied learning activities to maintain focus and energy.

Diane is positive and encouraging, whilst maintaining a highly academic approach, with a developed general knowledge, which supports and enhances her subject knowledge. She is a respected teacher who gives respect in turn to her students. She is particularly proud of the progress she made with a group of Year 9 students where motivation for learning was very low. Over the course of three terms, Diane managed them and they now are some of the brightest, most motivated and respectful students that she has taught. Diane says that this was a task comparable to turning the Titanic. However, unlike the Titanic, her class did not at all sink! They are enthused for learning and have a positive work ethos.

In the wider context of teaching, Diane is well aware of safeguarding. She is interested in the tenets of mindfulness: its worth and practice in education and, coupled with this Diane is also interested in the recent focus on emotional literacy and emotional intelligence. Diane feels that, as teachers, we must help to build the whole student, a well-rounded one, who can face the challenges of the modern world with a sense of strength, independence and confidence.

Louise

Subjects
English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
Handcross Park Prep School, Hurstpierpoint College Prep School, extensive private tuition

11+
13+

Louise is a dynamic and highly motivating tutor with an addictive enthusiasm for her subject. Having been Head of English at a leading South-East prep school, she has extensive knowledge of both the Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship syllabi, as well as many of the individual entrance exams for the top public schools. With 10 years of teaching experience, she is fully aware of what is needed for students to be successful in SATS, 11+, 13+ and CAS exams, and will work alongside your child to help achieve their goals.

Louise has a proven track record as an excellent English teacher throughout Key Stage 2 & Key Stage 3 and takes into account both the pastoral and academic needs of her tutees, genuinely caring about them as individuals. Her tutees are treated with respect and care which gives them the confidence to achieve well academically; Louise fully believes that confidence in one's ability is often the key to success.

Phil

Subjects
English, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
English Language and Literature BA, University of Leeds; QTS

Experience
Dulwich Prep London, Henry Cavendish Primary School, Kingsdale Foundation, online and face-to-face private tuition.

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE


Phil is an exceptional teacher and communicator, having taught at leading preparatory school Dulwich Prep London for the past 5 years. During his time in the school’s esteemed English Department, Phil taught across Key Stages 2 and 3. He has many years’ experience in preparing students for the 13+ Common Entrance examination and holds a 100% record of success at this level. An impressive number of students have attained A or A* grades under his guidance, many of whom have vastly exceeded expected levels. Phil has prepared students for entrance into top public schools including Eton, Westminster, Harrow, Winchester, Kings Canterbury, Marlborough, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and many others. Phil has worked with high achieving students to prepare them for scholarship awards into such top schools as Eton and Westminster. He has extensive experience in preparing students for the London Day School 13+ examinations, including for schools such as Dulwich College, Alleyn’s, Trinity and Whitgift. Additionally, Phil has taught Year 6 English, preparing students for 11+ pre-test exams. He has a keen understanding of syllabus and requirements across all of these levels.

In 2017 and 2018, Phil wrote and directed the main Summer Term theatre productions at Dulwich Prep - an immersive theatre piece and a full-scale musical, both of which were incredibly well received by parents and pupils alike.

As well as using past papers and published resources, Phil draws upon his wealth of experience and creative ingenuity to devise his own comprehension papers, model writing pieces, worksheets and multimedia presentations. He is passionate about engaging students in stimuli beyond the written word, by using the analysis of film, theatre, photography and art frequently in learning. This gives his students an impressive cultural engagement which sets them apart from their peers in understanding and engagement with the text. It also makes learning a great deal more fun and exciting!

Phil focuses on teaching students structured exam technique whilst also nurturing inspiration and passion for literature. He is passionate about tapping into every student’s full potential, understanding that a child needs to experience individual recognition and belief, in order to thrive. As a result of this approach he has seen students blossoming under his teaching; many students who have struggled with English in the past have discovered a confidence and passion for the subject under his care. Parents have commented that Phil’s teaching has been the “breakthrough” in their child’s learning they have been hoping for.

Phil brings a unique energy and excitement to teaching, aided by his extensive experience as a writer and performance poet. As well as performing across London’s top spoken word venues, his writing has been published in both written and filmic form (www.vimeo.com/shmaya). He is also a keen writer of prose, having written two novels for children and young adults. This passion for performance and the written word spills over into Phil’s teaching as he uses storytelling and poetry to inspire students, as well as guiding them in how to use creative performance skills in order to inspire confidence both in and outside the classroom. His skill as a writer and poet make him an expert in teaching creative writing and poetry analysis in particular.

Phil has a great deal of experience in preparing students for interviews and selection days at the top London Senior Schools, having in-depth knowledge of common interview questions and how pupils should present themselves. His experience as a performer enables him to coach students in the use of body language and vocal technique to help them “stand out from the crowd”.

Phil is a highly organised and motivated professional. He firmly believes that a well-ordered and focused teacher inspires the same attitude and approach in his students. To this end, he plans and prepares every lesson with clear goals and objectives in mind. He is a proponent of individualised learning, creating personal plans for students which include target setting and guidance in learning focus. This approach gives his students a sense of control and progression over their learning, as they begin to realise how far they have come.

Phil’s experience as a form tutor and Head of House gives him excellent interpersonal and pastoral skills. He has worked with students who have specific needs, including those with Downs Syndrome and those on the autistic spectrum, whilst also mentoring children with behavioural difficulties.

These varying facets of Phil’s practice and character set him apart as an engaging and effective teacher who inspires and motivates with great success in a tutoring situation. Tutees under his care gain confidence, skill and a keen sense of excellence. They have fun and discover a new passion for literature and learning due to his infectious energy and unique approach.

Phil has recently moved to Northern Ireland with his wife and two young daughters. In his spare time he enjoys running, eating out and drinking great coffee!

Penny S

Subjects
English, French

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
Bexley Grammar School, Lycée des Flandres, Extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A1
A2

Penny S is an energetic and engaging linguist. She specialises in French and Spanish with her predominantly secondary teaching career spanning both the private and state sectors. Recently, Penny has concentrated her language teaching on the prep school years, tailoring her methods to suit different abilities whilst keeping expectations high. She also teaches English and Verbal Reasoning towards 11+ entrance exams. Penny tutors a range of age - from 5 to 55! - and is fully versed in the requirements for 13+, GCSE and beyond! She has had significant successes this year with all of her Common Entrance students winning places at their first choice of public school.

Penny is a warm, friendly person with purpose in her step in all that she does. She is an exciting find for Prep School Tutor and a superb addition to the language team.

Angela C

Subjects
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, TESOL, Postgraduate Forensic Science

Experience
Christ Church Cathedral School, Hendon Preparatory School, Milton Keynes Preparatory School, EtonX

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

Angela is an expert in pre-test preparation to the highly competitive UK private schools. She has an excellent knowledge of the entrance exam requirements for British public schools, including Eton, Westminster, Wycombe Abbey and Sevenoaks. She has worked to prepare children in Maths and Science, through 13+ Common Entrance, 13+ Scholarship and also to success with GCSE particularly in the Sciences. Some students have been boosted from the bottom of their class to the top. Working on their confidence can be the key to see a major improvement in their performance. Angela tailors each lesson to a student's needs and individual learning style. She could not work harder in terms of preparation and dedication and will go to the nth degree to accommodate her students. She is a happy, caring and dynamic teacher who thrives on helping children to reach their goals.

During Angela's NQT year, she had the highly unusual honour of being appointed as a head of department in a London Prep school. During this time she highlighted issues that caused changes in science departments across over 120 schools. She also ran scholarship clubs, booster sessions and gave up her lunches and time after school to help students gain entry to the school of their choice. Parents commented to the headteacher that they had never seen anyone so dedicated to helping the children pass their entrance exams.

She then went on to teach at a prep school in Milton Keynes. Here she ran intervention lessons for children who struggled with English and maths and extension classes for children who were gifted and talented. During her time here, the independent schools inspectors rated Angela as an Excellent teacher(the highest level given to a teacher at that time)commenting that they had never seen such empathy and solicitude in action before. They decided that the care she gave to children meant the children showed greater achievement. In her free time Angela also tutored local children through the local 11+ exams. Gaining families who would want her to tutor their children for many years.

All the previous hard work led to Angela being appointed as head of Science and PSHE at Christ Church Cathedral School In Oxford. Here she taught the children of many Oxford academics, even hosting talks given by some of Christ Church's leading academics to boost the children's career options and interests. Also running a leadership skills club to boost the pupils skills for future life and Interview technique. She helped pupils to gain entry to schools such as Eton, Harrow, Magdalean college school, Radley and Westminster. These also included scholarship places.

Angela then began tutoring children for entrance exams full time. Gaining an indepth knowledge of entrance exams for many of the top schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey, Sevenoaks, Charterhouse and the Perse.

She was also trained by Eton and taken on as a leadership tutor in their leadership course collaboration with EtonX.

Nina

Subjects
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, CELTA, MBA

Experience
Extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
A1
A2

Nina is an enthusiastic educator! She loves imparting knowledge to students and really wants to get them interested in the subjects they are learning. Nina’s areas of expertise are in Science and Mathematics where she teaches through Common Entrance and GCSE / iGCSE, through to A-Level. She is also somewhat pro at 11+ preparation. Nina has great experience and detailed knowledge of the requirements for pre-tests, 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and Scholarship exams to the top British public schools. She has taught from Key Stage 2 through to A-level both in schools and as a private tutor.

After completing degrees in Science and Business Studies, Nina worked for many years in Investment Banking and Consulting. She then lived abroad in parts of Europe and South America, where she worked as a teacher. Her interest in teaching and learning then encouraged her to obtain teaching qualifications. Nina has experience of teaching Science, Mathematics, Literacy and English and is patient and sympathetic to the needs of her students. Having lived abroad with children herself, Nina understands the challenges faced by students in different education systems aiming towards entrance to British Schools.

Diana

Subjects
English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
Cert.Ed, MA in Education, Ofsted inspector

Experience
Cayman Prep School and High School

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Diana is a dedicated teacher who is passionate about achieving excellence in education. She has considerable experience in her field, having worked in education for 25 years, recently gaining her Masters degree in Education from the University of Leeds. Diana taught at a British Prep school in the Cayman Islands, assisting the students with their 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance exams, as well as tutoring them to improve their grades in GCSE and A level. She believes in building the student’s confidence to allow them to become more inquisitive and knowledgeable about their learning. She has considerable experience with students who have dyslexia and ADHD.

Tom

Subjects
English

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, TEFL

Experience
Aldro School

11+
13+

Tom has extensive experience teaching English from Year 5 to Year 8, primarily at Aldro School in Surrey, where he taught English for seven years. He has an excellent track record at Common Entrance, helping his students gain places at top public schools including, Harrow, Eton and Charterhouse. Tom loves to share his enthusiasm for creative writing with his students and he has had particular success developing the skills in this sphere with his students from overseas. Key to Tom’s success is building a positive approach to learning, which makes the demands of Common Entrance and 11+ fun and engaging. Tom prides himself on his empathetic and caring approach. Tom is also TEFL trained and happy to teach EAL (English as an additional language) for anyone in need.

Maths

Maths is an essential life skill. Senior Schools look at Maths results as a key indicator of a student's potential academically. Let's grasp the ... (Show me more)

Maths is an essential life skill. Senior Schools look at Maths results as a key indicator of a student's potential academically. Let's grasp the nettle and get those number skills warmed up ready to take on any assessment in our path!

11+: Maths papers will generally home in on ‘the big four’ (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), and include questions on fractions, percentages, shape, area, graphs, money, measurement and time. The purpose of the examination is to identify those with mathematical potential, who can think logically; maths puzzles and logic problems are useful but Prep School Tutor specialists can provide more focused, effective methods of preparation for 11 plus.

13+: Maths can give some children the fear but, step-by-step, our tutors make the most problematic of problems manageable. Once confident that the foundation concepts are in place, tutors guide their students on to through the more challenging Common Entrance topics. This encourages them to self-assess and to become increasingly adept at applying their mathematical knowledge when both interpreting and solving word problems, which is the dominating question style for Common Entrance Mathematics. We encourage students to reason and form logical conclusions about unfamiliar mathematical concepts as they make the leap up from 11+ to success at Common Entrance and beyond.

GCSE: Mathematics is the building block of our society; without maths we’d have no architecture, engineering, medicine, science or technology. Our lives would be considerably poorer. Is it any wonder then that virtually all students in the UK study mathematics to at least GCSE?

In fact, a good pass in GCSE/IGCSE mathematics is often a requirement for further study, allowing access to Sixth form and University. For those students wishing to take a maths related subject at a more advanced level, GCSE mathematics is crucial and our tutors will help to address any difficulties now before they impact on later studies.

Greater emphasis than ever before is now placed on problem solving, interpreting results in a real life context and formal mathematical proof in the GCSE can be daunting for some. Our tutors know the best ways to encourage students to set out their reasoning logically and communicate their answers clearly thus gaining those crucial extra marks so often lost in exams. Building confidence is key to success and our aim is that students will be motivated to take on the challenges set before them and be fully prepared for the new style GCSE exams.

A final point worth noting is that, while many Independent Schools follow the Pearson Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics A syllabus, it is always worth checking with the school as the Edexcel GCSE exam contains an additional non-calculator paper.

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
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Anne

Subjects
Maths, Non-verbal Reasoning

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, BSc(Hons) Maths

Experience
St. Mary's School, Calne, St Mary's School, Cambridge, extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Anne has a wonderful way of making Maths learning colourful and fun, rather than frightening and onerous. She specialises in GCSE and iGCSE and has taught A-level and Further Maths for over 20 years, including preparation for the Oxford and Cambridge University exams. Many of her students went on to Russell Group universities, some going on to study Maths, especially further maths students.

She has a knack of breaking down any tricky elements and making them accessible for her students, instilling confidence where needed but ultimately aiming to stretch her students to their fullest potential.

Anne is a highly qualified mathematician who has worked with tutees preparing primarily for A-Level and GCSE exams but also for entrance examinations, including Common Entrance 11+ and 13+ to major public schools. Indeed, Anne has created and marked numerous maths entrance exam papers for 11+ and 13+.

Anne has also worked with children not necessarily focusing on exams but for whom Maths is a struggle and who need that extra input to fulfil their potential. She has a calm, reassuring manner and an understanding that mathematical principles, as well as fostering an enjoyment of mathematics, are key to success.

Richard

Subjects
Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
Qualified Teacher Status, studying towards MEd

Experience
Walhampton Prep School, Monkton Prep School & St. Andrew's, Turi (Kenya), Extensive private tuition

11+
13+

Richard has 16 years experience of Maths teaching in prep schools. He has prepared students for 11+, 13+ Common Entrance and scholarship exams. He also has extensive experience of testing for grammar schools. His most recent role as maths teacher and Head of Boarding gives him a versatile approach to private tuition and he is very strong in empowering and motivating his students. Parents all comment on his positive enthusiasm, unfailing energy and strong commitment. Richard has an excellent manner and has notable successes with a wide range of pupils. He specialises in those children who have dyscalculia and may have gaps in knowledge or are just lacking in confidence.

His first teaching post was straight from university where he ventured to Kenya and taught at St. Andrew’s School, Turi. Leaving the grassy plains of sub-saharan Africa he ventured into the grassy plains of the Cotswolds. Here he taught maths from years 4 to 8, preparing pupils of all abilities to top public schools (Westonbirt, Radley and Marlborough College) and for a number of competitive grammar schools as well. Next was a move onto the city of Bath and a six year period at Monkton Prep School. As a maths specialist, he was tasked with ensuring the children were prepared for success to senior schools (Monkton, Prior Park, Canford, Marlborough, St. Mary’s Calne and King Edwards VI). His recent stint on the south coast at, Walhampton Prep, a well renowned prep school has given him a further 7 years of excellent maths teaching to years 5 through to 8. During this time, he has successfully prepared pupils for 11+, 13+ and Scholarship to some of the top boarding and day schools in the UK.

Richard is well versed with transition from prep school to senior school. He has been the central point of contact in his current school for advising on senior school choices. Richard’s strong holistic background has also led him to be an experienced and knowledgeable pastoral leader. He has extensive experience of teaching children Maths with English as a second language. He also tutors children on interview technique, verbal reasoning, revision techniques and exam preparation.

Richard is well versed in the challenges that young people face in the classroom and his knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication make him a superb tutor.

Juliet

Subjects
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
BSc Honours (First Class), PGCE University of Cambridge

Experience
Queen’s College Preparatory School; Private tuition for 14 years

11+
13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Juliet comes from a highly academic background with both parents having been professors at Oxford and Cambridge universities. She has also studied at both herself, completing her PGCE at the University of Cambridge. During this time, Juliet was awarded the British Psychological Society prize for the best undergraduate project in the country. She was also awarded a Wellcome Trust Scholarship for research and received a First Class Honours degree.

Juliet taught at Queen’s College Preparatory School in London, a highly sought after independent school for girls, and also has teaching experience at Eton College, Glendower Prep, Garden House, Summerfields, Headington, Tudor Hall and Stafford Prep. Having four young children of her own in the private system, she has also been fully involved in entrance exams as a parent. Her two eldest were awarded academic scholarships.

Juliet has extensive experience with private tuition for 14 years. She has been successful in helping children gain places to major British public schools such as: Rugby, Harrow, Downe House, Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, St Mary’s Calne, Benenden, King’s College and more. Many of these have resulted in academic scholarships and one of her students was awarded six academic scholarships. She has had further success with 11+ entry to highly competitive grammar schools such as Newport Girls, Haberdashers’ Adams, Queen Mary’s and Bishop Vesey’s.

As another string to her bow, Juliet works with children who do not have English as their first language, preparing them for pre-tests and Common Entrance exams. She has provided English courses online to students from Harrow Beijing.

She has helped prepare students for interviews with Heads of School and for assessment days. Her aim is to help the student feel relaxed yet confident in their own abilities and give them the opportunity to show off their talents. She is more than adept in providing advice on exam strategy and revision techniques.

In addition, Juliet has helped students preparing for GCSE and A-Level Biology exams and some have improved by up to four grades.

Juliet has taken recent courses for professional development on Dyslexia, Autism, Special Educational Needs, Bullying Prevention and Child Protection.

Juliet has a calm, methodical approach, which is tailor made for each child. She enjoys helping each student to increase their confidence in their abilities and to succeed in exams. She aims to make the sessions fun and challenging to ensure that each student can perform at their best during school and exams. Many parents have commented that their children may not have liked certain subjects before coming to Juliet or have moved from the bottom to the top set following tutoring. She takes pride in inspiring others towards success.

Casey

Subjects
Maths

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher training, BSc (Hons) Economics

Experience
Woodbridge School, Cranmore School, extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

Casey has experience teaching Maths in the independent sector from Year 4 through to Year 10. On top of his scheduled teaching, he provided before-school 11+ preparation for students working towards 11+ entrance exams. He also offered private tuition at the weekend, tutoring senior school students who were preparing for their IGCSE exams. Casey understands what is required to excel at 11+ and 13+ and is well versed in the initial stages to success for IGCSE.

Casey is passionate about simplifying mathematical concepts and growing confidence in children. He takes great pride in the progress of his tutees, and puts their success at the forefront of his tutoring. Casey helps tutees identify key information in questions, and decide upon the best methods available to solve problems. His simple, methodical approach enables students to tackle problems one step at a time.

Casey has an incredible ability to encourage students and build their mathematical confidence. He believes that all students can master the basic skills in arithmetic and problem-solving. He adapts his approach to the individual needs of his students to improve their understanding at their own pace. Above all, Casey is passionate about Maths, and likes to make the learning experience as fun as possible.

Mark

Subjects
Maths, Science , Interview Technique

Qualifications
BSc (Hons) Science with Education, QTS

Experience
British School of Xativa, Extensive private tuition

GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Mark has taught in school and tutored privately towards IGCSE Maths and Science (Edexcel for both) for over 15 years both in the UK and, more recently, in Spain. His specialism is Chemistry, which he happily teaches through to A-Level and, after 20 years in the Chemicals industry prior to teaching, he knows what he is talking about!

He has been Head of Science at secondary level and successfully tutored students privately from leading public schools, including Latymer and Queen Elizabeth for Boys in North London.

His calm and sincere form of teaching always relaxes and builds enthusiasm and a desire for knowledge whatever the student´s level. He is able to engage with his students and to motivate them to do well in exams.

He adapts his lessons to suit differing learning styles and abilities, which he feels is essential to encourage the student to feel confident and competent. Mark has a highly motivational and friendly technique to teaching Maths and Science and will engage all types of students to enable improvement and success.

Mark has also worked with special educational needs (SEN) and, though tough, found it highly rewarding. This experience has given him a deeper level of understanding for the varying needs of an individual.

Mark is a keen tennis player and loves football, cycling and swimming as well as keeping up to date with the latest films.

Jane

Subjects
English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique, ICT

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
St Paul's Girls' School, The English School, Kuwait

11+
13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Jane is a highly experienced teacher and an excellent communicator. She has worked at management level as well as in the classroom both in the UK, including St Paul’s Girls, and in British international schools. Her experience covers Reception all the way through to Year 13 but she specialises in the 11+ Common Entrance exams (100% success) and, more recently, the GL online assessments. She has 20 years experience preparing for examinations for entry to UK prep and secondary schools, as well as schools in the US and the highly competitive international independent schools in the Middle East. She is an expert in eLearning and online tuition having developed her school's eLearning strategy over the past few years.

A recent ISI inspection report mentioned her impact across the school and was particularly impressed by the confidence and independence of the children in terms of finding their own solutions to tasks and by the level of higher-order thinking that they employed. Jane sees the development of these skills as key to exam and general study success.

As well as using past papers and published resources, Jane devises a range of resources to engage pupils and she tailors them to each pupil's needs. She thinks it is important to set tasks into context in order to add another layer of meaning to the work. Jane is adept at breaking down tasks, questions and topics into their component parts and helping pupils to understand their structure. In fact, much work is done in analysing question types and finding both the similarities and differences between papers, believing that, if a child can identify a question type they will more quickly reach an answer.

Jane's last five performance reviews and lesson observations have all been rated 'Excellent' with comments on her attention to detail, diligence and approachability. A senior colleague described her to visitors as an 'inspirational teacher'.

Jane has also been a form tutor over the course of her teaching career, which adds another dimension to teacher pupil relationships. She enjoys developing these relationships and finding out about her pupils aside from their academic progress. Her mixed ability classes include pupils with a wide range of educational needs, and she is accustomed to differentiating in a number of ways: by task, by outcome, assessing for learning and one to one support.

Jane currently works in Kuwait and resides in Wales during the generous international school holidays. The time difference between the UK and Kuwait is just two hours. Her passions are travel, world food, collecting perfume, writing, reading fiction and political biographies, following international politics and movies.

Piers

Subjects
Maths, Geography, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training UCL, Masters in Education

Experience
The Hampshire School, Chelsea, Beachborough School, Private tuition

11+
13+
iGCSE

Piers is an inspiring Geography and Maths teacher who instils the positive mindset needed in all learners. He is passionate about his subject and encourages learning through positive and interesting methods. As well as being teacher trained, Piers is currently completing a Masters in Educational Leadership. Piers has always had a love for learning and encourages his students to feel the same through creative and thought-provoking learning.

Piers has been a Head of Geography for over five years, firstly at The Hampshire School, Chelsea a Preparatory School in Chelsea, London before moving to Beachborough School, a Preparatory School in Buckinghamshire. Here, he has prepared students for numerous entrance exams, including 13+ and Scholarship to schools such as St Paul’s, Godolphin and Latymer, Westminster, Eton and Stowe. His students achieve consistently excellent results with Senior schools commenting on how well-prepared his students have been for their exams. Piers has also taught Geography to GCSE students with great success and is familiar with both the GCSE and iGCSE specifications.

As a further string to his bow, Piers has also taught and tutored Mathematics, preparing students 11+ and 13+ exams with clear success; his students have been offered places at leading senior schools, with many being awarded a Scholarship.

On top of his teaching expertise, Piers has also been heavily involved in preparing candidates for interview with their senior schools of choice. Competition is fierce but Piers, through his research, preparation and experience has an excellent understanding of the interview requirements of many of the leading senior schools, including the format and the types of questions that are asked. Piers encourages students to be confident within themselves and to talk expressively, allowing his students to show their prospective schools the best person that they can be.

Piers has a love for travel and exploration and looks to make the most of life through his friendly and energetic nature.

Angela C

Subjects
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, TESOL, Postgraduate Forensic Science

Experience
Christ Church Cathedral School, Hendon Preparatory School, Milton Keynes Preparatory School, EtonX

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

Angela is an expert in pre-test preparation to the highly competitive UK private schools. She has an excellent knowledge of the entrance exam requirements for British public schools, including Eton, Westminster, Wycombe Abbey and Sevenoaks. She has worked to prepare children in Maths and Science, through 13+ Common Entrance, 13+ Scholarship and also to success with GCSE particularly in the Sciences. Some students have been boosted from the bottom of their class to the top. Working on their confidence can be the key to see a major improvement in their performance. Angela tailors each lesson to a student's needs and individual learning style. She could not work harder in terms of preparation and dedication and will go to the nth degree to accommodate her students. She is a happy, caring and dynamic teacher who thrives on helping children to reach their goals.

During Angela's NQT year, she had the highly unusual honour of being appointed as a head of department in a London Prep school. During this time she highlighted issues that caused changes in science departments across over 120 schools. She also ran scholarship clubs, booster sessions and gave up her lunches and time after school to help students gain entry to the school of their choice. Parents commented to the headteacher that they had never seen anyone so dedicated to helping the children pass their entrance exams.

She then went on to teach at a prep school in Milton Keynes. Here she ran intervention lessons for children who struggled with English and maths and extension classes for children who were gifted and talented. During her time here, the independent schools inspectors rated Angela as an Excellent teacher(the highest level given to a teacher at that time)commenting that they had never seen such empathy and solicitude in action before. They decided that the care she gave to children meant the children showed greater achievement. In her free time Angela also tutored local children through the local 11+ exams. Gaining families who would want her to tutor their children for many years.

All the previous hard work led to Angela being appointed as head of Science and PSHE at Christ Church Cathedral School In Oxford. Here she taught the children of many Oxford academics, even hosting talks given by some of Christ Church's leading academics to boost the children's career options and interests. Also running a leadership skills club to boost the pupils skills for future life and Interview technique. She helped pupils to gain entry to schools such as Eton, Harrow, Magdalean college school, Radley and Westminster. These also included scholarship places.

Angela then began tutoring children for entrance exams full time. Gaining an indepth knowledge of entrance exams for many of the top schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey, Sevenoaks, Charterhouse and the Perse.

She was also trained by Eton and taken on as a leadership tutor in their leadership course collaboration with EtonX.

Ben

Subjects
Maths, Science

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, Oxford University

Experience
Haselmere Prep School, The Royal Junior School, Amesbury Prep

11+
13+
iGCSE

Ben is a whizz at Maths for pre-tests, 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance. He has a great deal of experience with Science as well, excelling at Scholarship level. Ben understands the high expectations of public schools and how to steer his students towards success. He is a highly motivated tutor who has a strong belief that all children can succeed if the correct approach to their style of learning can be found. His Psychology degree from Oxford University and his broad teaching experience has given him insight into respecting the individuality of every child and of adapting his teaching to each child’s personality and ability.

Ben has been Head of Science in two popular UK Prep schools and has a thorough knowledge of the curriculum for the 11+ and 13 + Common Entrance exams. He has taught and tutored both Science and Maths, helping children to win places and scholarships to prestigious schools such as St. Catherine’s (Bramley), St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Winchester and Charterhouse.

By engaging children in their own learning and by making tuition as enjoyable as possible, Ben believes that he can help them to grow in confidence and to reach their potential. His style of tutoring allows them to focus on exams without anxiety, helping them to understand questions and avoid errors. Most importantly, it can build up children’s belief in their own ability to succeed.

John

Subjects
Maths, Science

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, Cambridge University

Experience
Great Conard School, extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
A1
A2

After studying Physics at university, John decided that teaching Science was the way forward. He was awarded his PGCE from Cambridge University and taught Science to Years 6-8 in Suffolk. Following this, John taught all three Sciences as well as Maths in a number of different schools. Students ranged from Year 1 all the way to A level. More recently, he has focused on tutoring individuals, guiding students of all ages with their Science and Maths, but with a particular focus on 11+ and Grammar School entry exams. He works with purpose to improve the skills of his charges so that they succeed with entrance to their first choice school. John has a fun, encouraging manner and instils in his tutees a great sense of confidence going forward.

Nina

Subjects
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, CELTA, MBA

Experience
Extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
A1
A2

Nina is an enthusiastic educator! She loves imparting knowledge to students and really wants to get them interested in the subjects they are learning. Nina’s areas of expertise are in Science and Mathematics where she teaches through Common Entrance and GCSE / iGCSE, through to A-Level. She is also somewhat pro at 11+ preparation. Nina has great experience and detailed knowledge of the requirements for pre-tests, 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and Scholarship exams to the top British public schools. She has taught from Key Stage 2 through to A-level both in schools and as a private tutor.

After completing degrees in Science and Business Studies, Nina worked for many years in Investment Banking and Consulting. She then lived abroad in parts of Europe and South America, where she worked as a teacher. Her interest in teaching and learning then encouraged her to obtain teaching qualifications. Nina has experience of teaching Science, Mathematics, Literacy and English and is patient and sympathetic to the needs of her students. Having lived abroad with children herself, Nina understands the challenges faced by students in different education systems aiming towards entrance to British Schools.

Tamsyn

Subjects
Maths, Non-verbal Reasoning

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
King's College Junior School

11+
13+
GCSE

Tamsyn is a highly qualified specialist Mathematics teacher who, after 12 years teaching and tutoring experience, is still fresh and enthusiastic in her role. Having taught for 6 years at King's College Junior School, Wimbledon Tamsyn is adept at guiding individuals through 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and 13+ Scholarship for entry into highly academic schools. Tamsyn also teaches GCSE and iGCSE Mathematics. She works keenly with pupils who struggle with their confidence and ability in Mathematics and effectively builds enthusiasm and confidence in them.

Tamsyn tailors each tutoring session to the specific aims and ability of the pupil, taking great care to ensure her lessons are relevant and productive. She is a naturally dynamic and positive tutor and her enthusiasm for Mathematics is contagious even for the most resistant! Her aim is to help all her students reach their academic goals, but also to help them enjoy the process of getting there and really understand and appreciate the wonderful world of Mathematics!

Non-verbal Reasoning

Non-verbal reasoning looks easy at the start; the examples given before the assessment begins are usually straight forward enough. Scratch beneath ... (Show me more)

Non-verbal reasoning looks easy at the start; the examples given before the assessment begins are usually straight forward enough. Scratch beneath the surface, though, and these assessments can prove to be pretty tough as the questions quickly increase in complexity. Schools look at the scores gained as an indicator of a student's academic potential, so it is worth practising before the assessment day for a student to feel fully prepared and confident. Don't believe anyone who says it is not possible to prepare!

11+: Non-verbal reasoning (NVR) - both for pre-tests and 11 plus - is a more visual assessment with questions based around shapes, patterns, symmetry and sequences. Some children find these light relief after the challenges of more wordy English and maths papers. However, others find these papers less clear. Either way, practice with the types of questions remains key to success. Prep School Tutor can provide practice materials and help children to identify the different types of questions used, and understand where patterns lie. Achieving familiarity with these types of questions can quickly build a child's confidence and help them to avoid panicking when they see some question types not covered as part of the normal school curriculum.

13+: As for verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning (NVR) is not used for 13+ Common Entrance, but can be a component for candidates sitting a school's own equivalent papers for 13+ entry. Tasks are on visual assessment with questions based around shapes, patterns, symmetry and sequences. Some children breeze through, but others find these papers less than clear. Practice can make all the difference and give candidates confidence in what can be a highly stressful situation.

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Anne

Subjects
Maths, Non-verbal Reasoning

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, BSc(Hons) Maths

Experience
St. Mary's School, Calne, St Mary's School, Cambridge, extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Anne has a wonderful way of making Maths learning colourful and fun, rather than frightening and onerous. She specialises in GCSE and iGCSE and has taught A-level and Further Maths for over 20 years, including preparation for the Oxford and Cambridge University exams. Many of her students went on to Russell Group universities, some going on to study Maths, especially further maths students.

She has a knack of breaking down any tricky elements and making them accessible for her students, instilling confidence where needed but ultimately aiming to stretch her students to their fullest potential.

Anne is a highly qualified mathematician who has worked with tutees preparing primarily for A-Level and GCSE exams but also for entrance examinations, including Common Entrance 11+ and 13+ to major public schools. Indeed, Anne has created and marked numerous maths entrance exam papers for 11+ and 13+.

Anne has also worked with children not necessarily focusing on exams but for whom Maths is a struggle and who need that extra input to fulfil their potential. She has a calm, reassuring manner and an understanding that mathematical principles, as well as fostering an enjoyment of mathematics, are key to success.

Richard

Subjects
Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
Qualified Teacher Status, studying towards MEd

Experience
Walhampton Prep School, Monkton Prep School & St. Andrew's, Turi (Kenya), Extensive private tuition

11+
13+

Richard has 16 years experience of Maths teaching in prep schools. He has prepared students for 11+, 13+ Common Entrance and scholarship exams. He also has extensive experience of testing for grammar schools. His most recent role as maths teacher and Head of Boarding gives him a versatile approach to private tuition and he is very strong in empowering and motivating his students. Parents all comment on his positive enthusiasm, unfailing energy and strong commitment. Richard has an excellent manner and has notable successes with a wide range of pupils. He specialises in those children who have dyscalculia and may have gaps in knowledge or are just lacking in confidence.

His first teaching post was straight from university where he ventured to Kenya and taught at St. Andrew’s School, Turi. Leaving the grassy plains of sub-saharan Africa he ventured into the grassy plains of the Cotswolds. Here he taught maths from years 4 to 8, preparing pupils of all abilities to top public schools (Westonbirt, Radley and Marlborough College) and for a number of competitive grammar schools as well. Next was a move onto the city of Bath and a six year period at Monkton Prep School. As a maths specialist, he was tasked with ensuring the children were prepared for success to senior schools (Monkton, Prior Park, Canford, Marlborough, St. Mary’s Calne and King Edwards VI). His recent stint on the south coast at, Walhampton Prep, a well renowned prep school has given him a further 7 years of excellent maths teaching to years 5 through to 8. During this time, he has successfully prepared pupils for 11+, 13+ and Scholarship to some of the top boarding and day schools in the UK.

Richard is well versed with transition from prep school to senior school. He has been the central point of contact in his current school for advising on senior school choices. Richard’s strong holistic background has also led him to be an experienced and knowledgeable pastoral leader. He has extensive experience of teaching children Maths with English as a second language. He also tutors children on interview technique, verbal reasoning, revision techniques and exam preparation.

Richard is well versed in the challenges that young people face in the classroom and his knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication make him a superb tutor.

Juliet

Subjects
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
BSc Honours (First Class), PGCE University of Cambridge

Experience
Queen’s College Preparatory School; Private tuition for 14 years

11+
13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Juliet comes from a highly academic background with both parents having been professors at Oxford and Cambridge universities. She has also studied at both herself, completing her PGCE at the University of Cambridge. During this time, Juliet was awarded the British Psychological Society prize for the best undergraduate project in the country. She was also awarded a Wellcome Trust Scholarship for research and received a First Class Honours degree.

Juliet taught at Queen’s College Preparatory School in London, a highly sought after independent school for girls, and also has teaching experience at Eton College, Glendower Prep, Garden House, Summerfields, Headington, Tudor Hall and Stafford Prep. Having four young children of her own in the private system, she has also been fully involved in entrance exams as a parent. Her two eldest were awarded academic scholarships.

Juliet has extensive experience with private tuition for 14 years. She has been successful in helping children gain places to major British public schools such as: Rugby, Harrow, Downe House, Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, St Mary’s Calne, Benenden, King’s College and more. Many of these have resulted in academic scholarships and one of her students was awarded six academic scholarships. She has had further success with 11+ entry to highly competitive grammar schools such as Newport Girls, Haberdashers’ Adams, Queen Mary’s and Bishop Vesey’s.

As another string to her bow, Juliet works with children who do not have English as their first language, preparing them for pre-tests and Common Entrance exams. She has provided English courses online to students from Harrow Beijing.

She has helped prepare students for interviews with Heads of School and for assessment days. Her aim is to help the student feel relaxed yet confident in their own abilities and give them the opportunity to show off their talents. She is more than adept in providing advice on exam strategy and revision techniques.

In addition, Juliet has helped students preparing for GCSE and A-Level Biology exams and some have improved by up to four grades.

Juliet has taken recent courses for professional development on Dyslexia, Autism, Special Educational Needs, Bullying Prevention and Child Protection.

Juliet has a calm, methodical approach, which is tailor made for each child. She enjoys helping each student to increase their confidence in their abilities and to succeed in exams. She aims to make the sessions fun and challenging to ensure that each student can perform at their best during school and exams. Many parents have commented that their children may not have liked certain subjects before coming to Juliet or have moved from the bottom to the top set following tutoring. She takes pride in inspiring others towards success.

Jane

Subjects
English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique, ICT

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
St Paul's Girls' School, The English School, Kuwait

11+
13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Jane is a highly experienced teacher and an excellent communicator. She has worked at management level as well as in the classroom both in the UK, including St Paul’s Girls, and in British international schools. Her experience covers Reception all the way through to Year 13 but she specialises in the 11+ Common Entrance exams (100% success) and, more recently, the GL online assessments. She has 20 years experience preparing for examinations for entry to UK prep and secondary schools, as well as schools in the US and the highly competitive international independent schools in the Middle East. She is an expert in eLearning and online tuition having developed her school's eLearning strategy over the past few years.

A recent ISI inspection report mentioned her impact across the school and was particularly impressed by the confidence and independence of the children in terms of finding their own solutions to tasks and by the level of higher-order thinking that they employed. Jane sees the development of these skills as key to exam and general study success.

As well as using past papers and published resources, Jane devises a range of resources to engage pupils and she tailors them to each pupil's needs. She thinks it is important to set tasks into context in order to add another layer of meaning to the work. Jane is adept at breaking down tasks, questions and topics into their component parts and helping pupils to understand their structure. In fact, much work is done in analysing question types and finding both the similarities and differences between papers, believing that, if a child can identify a question type they will more quickly reach an answer.

Jane's last five performance reviews and lesson observations have all been rated 'Excellent' with comments on her attention to detail, diligence and approachability. A senior colleague described her to visitors as an 'inspirational teacher'.

Jane has also been a form tutor over the course of her teaching career, which adds another dimension to teacher pupil relationships. She enjoys developing these relationships and finding out about her pupils aside from their academic progress. Her mixed ability classes include pupils with a wide range of educational needs, and she is accustomed to differentiating in a number of ways: by task, by outcome, assessing for learning and one to one support.

Jane currently works in Kuwait and resides in Wales during the generous international school holidays. The time difference between the UK and Kuwait is just two hours. Her passions are travel, world food, collecting perfume, writing, reading fiction and political biographies, following international politics and movies.

Louise

Subjects
English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
Handcross Park Prep School, Hurstpierpoint College Prep School, extensive private tuition

11+
13+

Louise is a dynamic and highly motivating tutor with an addictive enthusiasm for her subject. Having been Head of English at a leading South-East prep school, she has extensive knowledge of both the Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship syllabi, as well as many of the individual entrance exams for the top public schools. With 10 years of teaching experience, she is fully aware of what is needed for students to be successful in SATS, 11+, 13+ and CAS exams, and will work alongside your child to help achieve their goals.

Louise has a proven track record as an excellent English teacher throughout Key Stage 2 & Key Stage 3 and takes into account both the pastoral and academic needs of her tutees, genuinely caring about them as individuals. Her tutees are treated with respect and care which gives them the confidence to achieve well academically; Louise fully believes that confidence in one's ability is often the key to success.

Angela C

Subjects
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, TESOL, Postgraduate Forensic Science

Experience
Christ Church Cathedral School, Hendon Preparatory School, Milton Keynes Preparatory School, EtonX

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

Angela is an expert in pre-test preparation to the highly competitive UK private schools. She has an excellent knowledge of the entrance exam requirements for British public schools, including Eton, Westminster, Wycombe Abbey and Sevenoaks. She has worked to prepare children in Maths and Science, through 13+ Common Entrance, 13+ Scholarship and also to success with GCSE particularly in the Sciences. Some students have been boosted from the bottom of their class to the top. Working on their confidence can be the key to see a major improvement in their performance. Angela tailors each lesson to a student's needs and individual learning style. She could not work harder in terms of preparation and dedication and will go to the nth degree to accommodate her students. She is a happy, caring and dynamic teacher who thrives on helping children to reach their goals.

During Angela's NQT year, she had the highly unusual honour of being appointed as a head of department in a London Prep school. During this time she highlighted issues that caused changes in science departments across over 120 schools. She also ran scholarship clubs, booster sessions and gave up her lunches and time after school to help students gain entry to the school of their choice. Parents commented to the headteacher that they had never seen anyone so dedicated to helping the children pass their entrance exams.

She then went on to teach at a prep school in Milton Keynes. Here she ran intervention lessons for children who struggled with English and maths and extension classes for children who were gifted and talented. During her time here, the independent schools inspectors rated Angela as an Excellent teacher(the highest level given to a teacher at that time)commenting that they had never seen such empathy and solicitude in action before. They decided that the care she gave to children meant the children showed greater achievement. In her free time Angela also tutored local children through the local 11+ exams. Gaining families who would want her to tutor their children for many years.

All the previous hard work led to Angela being appointed as head of Science and PSHE at Christ Church Cathedral School In Oxford. Here she taught the children of many Oxford academics, even hosting talks given by some of Christ Church's leading academics to boost the children's career options and interests. Also running a leadership skills club to boost the pupils skills for future life and Interview technique. She helped pupils to gain entry to schools such as Eton, Harrow, Magdalean college school, Radley and Westminster. These also included scholarship places.

Angela then began tutoring children for entrance exams full time. Gaining an indepth knowledge of entrance exams for many of the top schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey, Sevenoaks, Charterhouse and the Perse.

She was also trained by Eton and taken on as a leadership tutor in their leadership course collaboration with EtonX.

Nina

Subjects
English, Maths, Science , Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, CELTA, MBA

Experience
Extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
A1
A2

Nina is an enthusiastic educator! She loves imparting knowledge to students and really wants to get them interested in the subjects they are learning. Nina’s areas of expertise are in Science and Mathematics where she teaches through Common Entrance and GCSE / iGCSE, through to A-Level. She is also somewhat pro at 11+ preparation. Nina has great experience and detailed knowledge of the requirements for pre-tests, 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and Scholarship exams to the top British public schools. She has taught from Key Stage 2 through to A-level both in schools and as a private tutor.

After completing degrees in Science and Business Studies, Nina worked for many years in Investment Banking and Consulting. She then lived abroad in parts of Europe and South America, where she worked as a teacher. Her interest in teaching and learning then encouraged her to obtain teaching qualifications. Nina has experience of teaching Science, Mathematics, Literacy and English and is patient and sympathetic to the needs of her students. Having lived abroad with children herself, Nina understands the challenges faced by students in different education systems aiming towards entrance to British Schools.

Diana

Subjects
English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
Cert.Ed, MA in Education, Ofsted inspector

Experience
Cayman Prep School and High School

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Diana is a dedicated teacher who is passionate about achieving excellence in education. She has considerable experience in her field, having worked in education for 25 years, recently gaining her Masters degree in Education from the University of Leeds. Diana taught at a British Prep school in the Cayman Islands, assisting the students with their 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance exams, as well as tutoring them to improve their grades in GCSE and A level. She believes in building the student’s confidence to allow them to become more inquisitive and knowledgeable about their learning. She has considerable experience with students who have dyslexia and ADHD.

Tamsyn

Subjects
Maths, Non-verbal Reasoning

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
King's College Junior School

11+
13+
GCSE

Tamsyn is a highly qualified specialist Mathematics teacher who, after 12 years teaching and tutoring experience, is still fresh and enthusiastic in her role. Having taught for 6 years at King's College Junior School, Wimbledon Tamsyn is adept at guiding individuals through 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and 13+ Scholarship for entry into highly academic schools. Tamsyn also teaches GCSE and iGCSE Mathematics. She works keenly with pupils who struggle with their confidence and ability in Mathematics and effectively builds enthusiasm and confidence in them.

Tamsyn tailors each tutoring session to the specific aims and ability of the pupil, taking great care to ensure her lessons are relevant and productive. She is a naturally dynamic and positive tutor and her enthusiasm for Mathematics is contagious even for the most resistant! Her aim is to help all her students reach their academic goals, but also to help them enjoy the process of getting there and really understand and appreciate the wonderful world of Mathematics!

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