Could I take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for all their hard work. This year has been incredibly challenging. As a teacher myself, I understand completely how teaching has had to adapt. The zoom lessons, have been fantastic. I know nothing can replace face to face teaching, but your staff, especially Anne have been amazing. We have been very impressed with the way you effectively and efficiently dealt with lockdown and virtual teaching. Regardless of the results, I know Zak has learned so much and has developed in many ways. Thank you again and we wish you all the best.
Year 6 parent, Slough (2020)
Preparing Your Child for the 11 Plus
Our 11 Plus Tuition Courses have been designed to prepare pupils for all aspects of the 11 Plus exams in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. The Buckinghamshire test is provided by GL Assessment and the test for the Slough Consortium, Reading and Kendrick Grammar Schools is provided by the CEM.
Our courses are relevant to students preparing for independent school entrance. Many of our past students have performed exceptionally well in their independent school entrance exams and Common Pre-Tests in preparation for Common Entrance.
What You Can Expect for Your Child on Our 11 Plus Tuition Courses
We develop pupils’ knowledge so they’re equipped to answer a broad range of challenging verbal, mathematical and non-verbal reasoning questions.
What Do the Courses Cover?
Verbal reasoning (the production of words, relationships between words, letters and numbers)
Mathematical skills (numerical reasoning)
Basic skills (addition, multiplication, division and subtraction)
Mental maths development
Problem solving techniques
Extracting information from graphs and tables
Foundation algebra concepts
Fractions, decimals and percentages
Ratio and proportion
Area and volume
2d and 3d shapes
Logical deduction skills
Mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation and reflection
Identifying relationships, similarities and differences between figures
Identifying sequences between shapes
When your child enrols on our 11 Plus tuition course, we will:
Ask them to complete an assessment to understand their current level of ability
Recommend key areas for improvement based on the assessment results
Provide you with a personalised Tuition Plan – detailing your child’s specific targets
Term-time lessons last for 2 and a half hours and the course is divided into three terms, each comprising approximately 11 lessons. If your child misses the start of a course, they are welcome to join at a later date (subject to availability).
All of our 11 Plus Tuition Courses are thoroughly planned by Marie Redmond MEd and taught by her and a small team of first-class fully qualified local primary teachers. We use traditional teaching methods and the finest resources available so that your children are as prepared as they can be on the day. Educational games and activities are incorporated so that pupils enjoy their lessons and remain engaged throughout. We believe strongly that preparing your child mentally for sitting the exam is a key part of their success – which is why we work hard to build confidence and exposure to exam conditions.
We have small class sizes, which means that your child will have valuable one-to-one attention with their fully qualified teacher. In the 2019/20 academic year, our average class size was just 7 students; that’s less than half the size of most independent school classes. Discover the proven benefits of small class sizes.
Assessment and Progress Reports
Based on the outcome of your child’s initial assessment, we will create a Tuition Plan that sets their individual targets for verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning. All lessons throughout the course are then designed to develop these areas. We continually monitor your child’s progress and reassess them at half term and at the end of term. This means that we can check they’ve achieved their individual targets and revise their Tuition Plan to ensure that it suits their needs and challenges. You are welcome to get in touch with us at any time during your child’s tuition, to gain feedback on their development.
Marie Redmond Tuition ‘Bag of Knowledge®’
At the start of the course, your child will receive a Bag of Knowledge® containing their class and homework books. From September 2021 this will include selected Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® resources, in addition to books that are carefully curated each year from a wide range of reputable publishers. All our students are presented with their books in a Marie Redmond Tuition® rucksack, featuring an electronic thesaurus, notebook and a pencil case containing pencils, an eraser and sharpener. The cost of your child’s Bag of Knowledge® is covered within the monthly course fees.
Marie Redmond’s Superbrain®
We are excited to introduce our exclusive range of Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® resources. Using the knowledge gained during her ten years of preparing students for the 11+ and independent school entrance exams, Marie Redmond MEd has written a range of instructional verbal reasoning books. The books are provided exclusively to Year 5 students attending our Easter and summer holiday courses, as well as those enrolled on our Year 5 term-time courses starting this month. Our range of books will be expanding over the academic year and Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® vocabulary cards will be given to all our students in the autumn term.
To help reinforce skills taught during the 11 Plus tuition course, we’ll provide homework at the end of each lesson – with reviews of each topic in the following session. This gives pupils the opportunity to ask any questions on areas they may have struggled with. As reading comprehension and vocabulary are such important parts of the 11 Plus exams, we recommend that parents encourage their children to read as wide a range of fiction and non-fiction books as possible.
The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club
Sharing our enjoyment of books is a fantastic way to encourage reading and therefore develop vocabulary and comprehension at home. The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club is an excellent platform for discussions about books, opportunities for creativity, promoting reading for pleasure and it allows time for some much-needed social interaction! Open exclusively to our term time students in Years 4 and 5.
Creative Writing Course
The virtual creative writing course is exclusive to our Year 4 and Year 5 term time students and is taught by our experienced teacher, Anne, who has an immense passion for reading and writing and leads our Book Club, in addition to teaching 11+ courses. This option is particularly useful for boys preparing for Reading School but is open to all our students.
Students attend one creative writing lesson per week on Zoom, which lasts for 45 minutes. During every lesson they participate in a fun writing skills warm-up activity which might focus on grammar or a literary device, they might read and analyse a writing example or use a story prompt, and then work on creating their own text.
Every week there is a focus which can include story settings, characters, openings, events / problems and resolutions. Students practise writing in a variety of formats such as stories, plays, newspaper articles and letters. They are taught to use a variety of literary techniques and we show them how to draft their work, as well as reviewing and editing.
Homework is set every week. Students build upon the tasks in their lesson to create their own text. The texts are then reviewed at the start of the next lesson.
One lesson per week on Zoom, lasting 45 minutes. Tuesdays at 4.30pm, 5.30pm or 6.30pm.
Fee (including books): £16.20 per lesson.
Parents can select this option on their registration form, or contact us to join.
Days and times
There are a selection of 11 Plus Tuition Courses to choose from at our centres in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Peter, High Wycombe, Reading (Winnersh), Slough, Stoke Poges and virtually. Lessons take place on the following days during term time:
We offer a straightforward monthly payment plan, which you can see on our fees page.
Our 4-day 11 Plus Easter Course takes place in Amersham, Beaconsfield and Stoke Poges. Our 5-day 11 Plus Summer Courses take place in Amersham, Beaconsfield, High Wycombe, Reading and Stoke Poges. The holiday courses concentrate on exam techniques and skills gaps, with educational games playing an integral part so that children remain engaged throughout. The 11 Plus Summer Courses include a mock exam on the final day.
The Amersham 11 Plus Tuition Centre is conveniently located for residents of Amersham, Chenies, Chesham, Little Missenden, Great Missenden, Little Chalfont, Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter.
Competition for grammar school places is fierce, which is why more children than ever are having tuition before sitting the 11 Plus exam. We’ll give your child the best possible chance of securing a place, by taking the time to get to know them and understand the learning techniques that work best for them.
It depends on their current ability and how much support you feel they need. Most children start preparing for the 11 Plus in Year 5 – but some parents choose to start in Year 4. If you’re not sure when your child should start, please get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to advise.
Marie and her team of first-class, fully qualified primary teachers deliver lessons that are interactive and challenging, with an element of fun to keep your child engaged in the right way. We believe strongly that preparing your child mentally for sitting the exam is also a key part of their success – which is why we also work hard to build confidence and exposure to exam conditions.
With extensive experience of preparing children for the 11 Plus and teaching the curriculum in local schools, as well as preparing your child for exam conditions, we offer a winning combination.
Our 11 Plus tuition classes are limited to between eight and ten pupils (nearly half the size of most independent school classes). This ensures that our pupils receive valuable one-to-one attention with the teacher.
We welcome all levels of abilities – because we believe every child should have the same opportunities and can benefit from 11 Plus tuition.
All children complete an assessment when they first join one of our courses to give us an understanding of their current ability and the appropriate level of challenge they need. We then assess them twice each term – at half term and at the end of term. This means that we can check they’ve achieved their individual targets and devise a Tuition Plan that suits their needs and challenges.
We will create a Tuition Plan based on the outcome of your child’s assessment. This sets their individual targets for verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning (key topics of the test). All lessons throughout the course are then designed to develop these areas.
We continually monitor their progress and reassess at half term and at the end of term. You are also welcome to get in touch with us at any time during your child’s tuition, to gain feedback on their development.
As reading comprehension and vocabulary are such important parts of the exam (verbal reasoning accounts for up to 50% of marks), we recommend that you encourage your child to read as wide a range of fiction and non-fiction books as possible.
Ensure that your child completes the homework provided to them at the end of their lesson – we review it in the following session, which gives them an opportunity to go through areas they may have struggled with.
There is an annual resource pack fee, payable at registration.
At the start of the course, your child will receive their resource pack, containing their class and homework books, carefully selected from a wide range of reputable publishers. All of our students are presented with their books in a Marie Redmond Tuition® rucksack, featuring an electronic thesaurus, note book and a pencil case containing pencils, an eraser and sharpener.
Other materials, such as worksheets and games are included in the price of the course. Stationery is also provided during lessons.
At the beginning of each academic year, there is an option to pay a year in advance with a 12% discount. Alternatively, you can pay termly in advance and receive a 10% discount or pay by monthly instalments. If you have more than one child attending our courses during the same term, you are eligible for a 5% sibling discount on our term-time courses – on top of any other discounts you may receive.
The Government closed the Childcare Vouchers scheme to new entrants on 4th October 2018. If you joined the scheme on or before 4th October 2018 and are still eligible for Childcare Vouchers, you can continue to use them – like many thousands of parents across the UK. You remain eligible for Childcare Vouchers if you stay with the same employer, they continue to run the scheme and you do not take an unpaid career break of longer than a year. You can find out more on the Government website. If you did not join the Childcare Voucher scheme, or are no longer eligible, you can use the new scheme, which is called Tax-Free Childcare.