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St Leonards-Mayfield School

11+ candidates will sit 11+ entrance exams in January of Year 6 (age 10-11) in Maths, English, Science, Language Aptitude and Reasoning. These are the school's own exams and not the ISEB 11+ Common Entrance Exams.

13+ candidates will either take the ISEB 13+ Common Entrance Exams or the 13+ Common Academic Scholarship Exam papers.

Verbal Reasoning

There is a growing trend to include verbal reasoning as part of almost every assessment. Schools use the results as a guide to potential so it is ... (Show me more)

There is a growing trend to include verbal reasoning as part of almost every assessment. Schools use the results as a guide to potential so it is worth having a handle on what to expect on the day. Don't believe anyone who says that it is not possible to prepare!

11+: Verbal Reasoning (VR) for pre-tests and 11 plus is comprised of up to fifty different question types including, for example, letter and number codes, identifying word endings and beginnings, odd one out exercises, analogies and number sequences. The more practice, the better as some papers can be long and time management is as much a concern as ability.

13+: Verbal Reasoning is not usually a requirement for 13+, however, for candidates coming from schools that do not prepare for Common Entrance, they may sit the school’s own papers. One of these may well be verbal reasoning.

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Paul

Subjects
English, History, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, QTS, MA History Propaganda and Persua

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

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.

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

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.

Sarah

Subjects
English, French, Verbal Reasoning

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, MA Education (Special Needs)

Experience
Windsor Park Middle School, Chase Academy Prep School

Sarah currently works as Head of English at a large middle school in Staffordshire where she prepares children for 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and pre-test exams to a range of schools, as well as preparing children for SATs tests. Sarah has amassed a wealth of teaching experience and has taught in a range of state and private schools over the past 9 years and has been judged to be a consistently ‘Outstanding’ teacher by Ofsted.

Sarah is currently studying for a Masters in Special Needs with a particular focus on literacy difficulties; she has a range of experience of working with children with additional needs and tailors all lessons to each child’s individual requirements.

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in French and Russian and a teaching qualification with French specialism; she has taught French to A-level and has helped to prepare students for Common Entrance. She has a real passion for teaching and helping all children to succeed; her enthusiasm and personalised approach to learning ensure that children not only enjoy their lessons, but feel confident and motivated to achieve their best.

Michaela

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

Qualifications
Teacher Training, BA Hons English and Special Needs

Experience
St Mary's RC Primary School, Extensive private tuition

Michaela has an impressive degree of experience with 11+ preparation, both through teaching in school and tutoring privately. She has a BA Honours degree in English Literature and Special Needs and is adept at tailoring her lessons to suit the individual. After completing her teacher training, Michaela became a Specialist Maths teacher and even worked with the Department of Education to develop resources for their new Maths curriculum. Michaela has also led the Science department through to Year 6 so can cover all Entrance exam subjects expertly. Michaela has a calm teaching style, with lots of enthusiasm to ensure that the children she supports feel confident to achieve their full potential.

Nicola

Subjects
English, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
GTP Teacher Training, MEd (Curriculum and Learning)

Experience
The Dragon School, Bishop's Stortford College, extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

Nicola currently teaches English and Drama at The Dragon, a large Prep School in North Oxford with a reputation for excellence across the board. She prepares pupils for 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and pre-test exams to top independent and public schools. She has taught up to A Level, with significant experience in GCSE and iGCSE more recently, and has a wide-reaching knowledge of her subject. Nicola also teaches Music theory and has cracked the formula for coaching Grade 5 theory and beyond! Enjoyment is at the root of her teaching philosophy; she strives to instill in her students a love and deep understanding and appreciation of literature. This is alongside developing pupils' ability to express themselves confidently and accurately in writing. In her spare time, Nicola is studying for a Masters Degree in Education; she is passionate about unleashing the academic potential of all of the pupils she teaches.

Kelly

Subjects
English, Maths, History, Geography, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
St. Aubyn's School, extensive private tuition

Kelly is a qualified teacher who has been tutoring for over 10 years. She has worked in a number of British independent and international schools across the 3 Key Stages, both in the UK and overseas. She enjoys preparing her students for Common Entrance exams at 11 and 13 plus and specialises in English, Maths and Science. Her approach ensures that tutees are confident with the exam materials and the best way to approach each paper. Kelly has experience tutoring up to GCSE in History, English and Geography and is familiar with the different exam boards. She has taught English as a foreign language and has worked with adult learners in business and informal contexts. She has also mentored students with additional learning needs and often worked with students to develop study skills and time management skills. She has a passion for teaching and aims to make sessions fun, personal and engaging for every student.

Deborah

Subjects
English, Verbal Reasoning

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, TEFL

Experience
Moorside High School, extensive private tuition

Deborah is an inspiring and dedicated professional. She has been Head of English and taught children across the age spectrum in her 12 years as a teacher. She has extensive experience helping students to prepare for exams at Common Entrance level. Her lessons are engaging, facilitate rapid progress and are personalised and differentiated to suit individual needs and to ensure that they are reaching their potential. Deborah shares her positive vision with her students, and motivates them by setting a clear path towards success.
Deborah is a highly motivated practitioner who is equipped with the ability to enthuse pupils whilst building their confidence and providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed to the best of their potential.

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.

Mia

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

Qualifications
CELTA teacher training

Experience
Extensive private tuition

Mia is an expert tutor having taught in the UK and abroad, including Monaco, Dubai, Russia, and Hong Kong. She specialises in English for Common Entrance, English Language and English Literature, TEFL, Sociology, and Psychology. Mia also advises students on UK Schools and University entrance, as well as interview technique, pronunciation and accent neutralisation.

Mia has recently returned from Hong Kong where she was a full-time leader of two Common Entrance courses, preparing students with the skills and techniques needed to succeed in 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance examinations. She holds a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA - Distinction) as well as a BSc in Social Policy, Criminal Justice and Psychology from the London School of Economics. She also achieved a Distinction in MA Screen Acting, Writing, and Directing from the University of the Arts London.

Angela G

Subjects
English, Maths, Religious Studies, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
Guildford High School

Angela has a warm and friendly demeanour. She is a highly experienced tutor, who has taught both across the 7-13 and 13-18 age ranges in the independent school sector. She has tutored towards 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance exams and similar assessments for many years. Both teaching in school and tutoring privately, she has had great success in helping students gain places at the independent schools of their choice. Angela enjoys working on a one-to-one basis and believes that this really helps boost the confidence of the child so they can show their full potential.

Cassandra

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

Qualifications
Teacher Training, BA Hons Education

Experience
Eton College Tuition Programme, English International School of Padua, St John’s C of E Primary, extensive private tuition

Cassandra is an experienced 11+ teacher and private tutor, specialising in entrance exam preparation. She has a first class degree in education and a wealth of experience in International schools. Cassandra is currently working on a private tuition programme with Eton College, teaching students in China and has prepared children for entrance to reputable private schools such as Christ College Brecon. She has a background in teaching pupils for whom English is an additional language and she has also taught Maths to an extended level.

Cassandra is an enthusiastic and dynamic tutor. She finds private tuition especially rewarding, as she is adept at establishing a positive working relationship with pupils. Cassandra believes that pupil motivation is key; she tailors each lesson to her pupil’s ability and interests to ensure that it is relevant and enjoyable, resulting in accelerated learning.

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