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11 Plus Courses
Our Buckinghamshire and Berkshire 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 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.
- Information about the Buckinghamshire Transfer Test (11 Plus)
- Information about the Slough Consortium 11 Plus
Independent school entrance
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 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 cover?
- 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 resource pack fee.
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 (from September 2019)
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)
Year 5 – 9.30am-12.00pm (from September 2019)
Stoke Poges (near Slough):
Year 4 & 5 (separate classes) 9.30am-12.00pm;
Year 4 & 5 (separate classes) 12.30-3pm
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 4-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.
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 tests.
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.
Our 11 Plus courses prepare students for entrance to these schools
FAQs about our 11 Plus tuition in Buckinghamshire & Berkshire
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.
Yes. All members of our team are fully qualified primary teachers with extensive experience of 11 Plus preparation.
No. All members of our team are qualified and experienced primary teachers.
Our 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 (£95 for Year 4 and £140 for Year 5).
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.