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11 Plus Courses
Our 11 Plus courses for Year 4 and Year 5 pupils are led by exceptional, fully qualified and experienced primary teachers and take place in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and Stoke Poges (near Slough).
Preparing your child for the 11 Plus
Our 11 Plus courses have been designed to prepare pupils for all aspects of the 11 Plus exams in Buckinghamshire and Slough. The transfer test for the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools is provided by CEM and the test in Buckinghamshire is provided by GL Assessment.
Independent school entrance
Our courses are relevant to students preparing for independent school entrance. Many of our past students have performed exceptionally well in the independent school entrance exams and Common Entrance.
What you can expect for your child on our 11 Plus 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 focus on?
- Verbal reasoning (vocabulary: the production of words, use of words and relationships between words)
Mathematical skills (numerical reasoning)
- Basic skills (addition, multiplication, division and subtraction)
- Mental maths development
- Problem solving techniques
- Extracting information from graphs and tables
- Fractions and ratios
- Foundation algebra concepts
- Spatial awareness
- Logical deduction skills
- Mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation and reflection
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 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. 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® Resource Pack
At the start of the course, your child will receive a 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. The cost of the resource pack is fully covered by our annual book fee.
11 Plus Mock Exams
Get exam ready with Marie Redmond Tuition® GL and CEM-style 11 Plus Mock Exams for the Buckinghamshire, Slough, Reading and Kendrick exams. Students who sat our mock exams in 2018 said they were very similar to the actual GL Assessment and CEM tests, which made them feel prepared and confident when sitting the exam.
Days and times
There are a selection of 11 Plus courses to choose from at our centres in Amersham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and Stoke Poges. Lessons take place on the following days during term time:
Year 5 – 4.30-7.00pm
Year 5 – 4.30-7.00pm
Year 5 – 4.30-7.00pm
Year 4 – 4.30-7.00pm
Year 5 – 4.30-7.00pm
Year 5 – 4.15-6.45pm
Year 5 – 9.30am-12.00pm and 12.30-3pm.
Year 4 – 3.30-6.00pm (from September 2019)
Stoke Poges (near Slough):
Year 4 & 5 (separate classes) 9.30am-12.00pm;
Year 4 & 5 (separate classes) 12.30-3pm
Sundays (from September 2019)
Year 5 – 9.30am-12.00pm
To help reinforce skills taught during the 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 exam, we recommend that parents encourage their children to read as wide a range of fiction and non-fiction books as possible.
We offer competitive prices and flexible payment options, which you can see on our fees page.
Our 3-day 11 Plus Easter Course takes place in Amersham and Stoke Poges. Our 5-day 11 Plus Summer Courses take place in Amersham, Beaconsfield 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 Centre is conveniently located for residents of Amersham, Chesham, Little Missenden, Great Missenden, Little Chalfont, Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter. The Beaconsfield Centre is close to Seer Green, Jordans, Tylers Green, Penn, Wooburn Green, Bourne End, Cookham, Marlow, Loudwater, Hazlemere and High Wycombe. The Stoke Poges Centre is close to Gerrards Cross, Hedgerley, Fulmer, Slough, Farnham Common and Farnham Royal.
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