Tuition Information 2020-2021

***LAST FEW PLACES for online tuition***

Perfect preparation for BRGS Entrance Exams

Tuition for current year 5 children started in October 2020 but it’s not too late for your child to join.  Click below to reserve a place to start immediately.

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PLEASE NOTE – due to COVID-19 all tuition is currently online. Sessions are fully interactive to ensure active engagement and my aim is to make learning fun and memorable.

Tuition Details

Our garden classroom

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 up to six children.

My pass rate for the BRGS entrance exam has been over 80% for the last five years.  I’m very proud of my students’ successes but more importantly I enjoy seeing my students enjoy their learning and grow in confidence and ability.  My focus throughout the year is on building the knowledge and problem-solving skills to equip them for not just for the test but for year 6 and beyond.  Sessions are fully interactive…. and FUN!

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 designed and developed 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. It’s hoped that sometime in 2021 the structure of tuition will change, and the first tuition session of every month will be in person in my purpose-built garden classroom with the remaining sessions that month will be online (these arrangements will be 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, GoFormative and a variety of fun online quiz sites such as Quizizz, Kahoot and Blooket, to get the most out of online learning.  A Google account is required to access Classroom.  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, any workbooks and other materials used used for homework, tests and marking.  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.  Fees are not refunded for missed sessions, but I’ll always ensure your child has access to any relevant missed material and they’ll always be able to access the homework for missed sessions, too. You don’t pay for sessions that 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.

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 by first clicking on ‘SEE TIMES’ for your chosen session.  Then look for the small rectangular white box showing the time of the session, and click on it to book.  There’s no fee to pay to book online and no need to book each week.  Leave your details and your child’s place will be reserved on that day and time for the duration of tuition.  

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multiple choice answer sheet for the 11+


January tuition: 6, 13, 20, 27 January (4 weeks)

February tuition: 3, 10, 24 February (3 weeks)

Half term – February 17th

March tuition: 3, 10, 17, 24 March (4 weeks)

Easter holidays – March 31st and April 7th
April tuition: 14, 21, 28 April (3 weeks)
May tuition: 5, 12, 19, 26 May (4 weeks)

Half term – June 2nd
June tuition: 9, 16, 23, 30 June (4 weeks)

July tuition: 7, 14, 21, 28 July (4 weeks)

August tuition:  4, 11, 18, 25 August (4 weeks)

September tuition dates TBC



January tuition: 7, 14, 21, 28 January (4 weeks)

February tuition: 4, 11, 25 February (3 weeks)

Half term – February 18th

March tuition: 4, 11, 18, 25 March (4 weeks)

Easter holidays – April 1st and April 8th

April tuition: 15, 22, 29 April (3 weeks)
May tuition: 6, 13, 20, 27 May (4 weeks)

Half term – June 3rd
June tuition: 10, 17, 24 June (3 weeks)

July tuition: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 July (5 weeks)

August tuition:  5, 12, 19, 26 August (4 weeks)

September tuition dates TBC

Tuition Location

Online/Rising Bridge Rd, Haslingden, BB4 5BL.