My tuition sessions are for current year 5 children only, and tuition takes place in small groups. Group sessions allow children to work both collaboratively and individually (depending on the material) and my students enjoy the camaraderie of small group sessions, with many past students making friends within their groups that they carry forward into high school. Groups are usually up to six children.
My pass rate for 2017 was 80%. In 2018 my pass rate was 80% and in 2019 that rose to 85%. I’m very proud of my students’ successes and enjoy seeing them grow in confidence and ability over the year.
We meet for an hour weekly (during term time and throughout the summer holidays) until the grammar school entrance exam which is usually held in September of Year 6. In that time students study all the required aspects of English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning. I aim to make learning fun and memorable, and use resources from a variety of 11+ providers such as CEM (Durham University), Bond, CGP, NFER Nelson, and First Past the Post as well as material I’ve devised myself. This variety ensures your child will be more than ready to tackle 11+ style questions in whichever format and style they are presented in the test. My students have also found the skills developed over the year invaluable for year 6 and SATs work.
All tuition sessions are currently fully online due to COVID-19. From September 2020 the first tuition session of every month will be in person in my purpose-built garden classroom and the remaining sessions that month will be online (these arrangements may change as they are subject to lockdown restrictions).
I recommend a laptop/PC, headset and mic for online tuition, and a good internet connection, preferably wired (ethernet cable plugged directly into the router) or sitting very close to the router if using Wifi. Online tuition via a tablet is feasible, provided the screen isn’t too small and your child has earphones and a mic to cut out background noise. We use Google Classroom and GoFormative to get the most out of online learning so a Google account is also required. Some suggested technical requirements can be found here.
Tuition fees are paid monthly in advance by direct debit before the 1st lesson of each month. Fees include all materials, online quizzes and activities, workbooks used for homework and tests. Fees are not refundable for missed sessions, except for 2 weeks’ holiday per year. You don’t pay for sessions I cancel, or for weeks that we don’t meet (Christmas, Easter and half-term holidays). We do meet throughout the summer holidays, but if you have holidays booked during that time (up to two weeks) there’s no fee to pay for those weeks. I also run optional mock test sessions (extra to normal tuition) during the summer holidays should you feel your child would benefit from them.
If your child is unable to attend a scheduled session (due to holidays, illness or a prior engagement), I will try to accommodate them in an alternative session, but this is not always possible – in which case I’ll ensure your child has access to the material they missed.
For term dates see below.
Please contact me by emailing [email protected] if you’d like more information. Booking online is the easiest way to see real-time availability for dates and times. Just sign up for tuition on your chosen session leaving your details and your child’s place will be ongoing throughout the year – there’s no need to book your child onto the lesson every week.
PLEASE NOTE – the first tuition session may show as September. It’s fine to book onto that but we won’t be starting tuition until October.
August lessons: 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th
September lessons: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.
October lessons: 7th, 14th October.
(NEW INTAKE will start 21st October 2020 – dates to follow)
August lessons: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
September lessons: 3rd, 10th, 17th and 23rd.
October lessons: 1st, 8th, 15th October.
(NEW INTAKE will start 22nd October 2020 – dates to follow)
Online and Rising Bridge Rd, Haslingden, BB4 5BL.