Tuition Information 2022-23

Perfect preparation for local Grammar Schools’ 11+ Entrance Exams – combining learning and FUN!

There is just one vacancy left for current year 5 children – Wednesdays at 3.45pm. Book below or email me to be added to the waiting list for a different time slot or to be added to the summer students list.  Summer students attend lessons in the summer holidays on an ad hoc basis when my regular students are on holiday.

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.

My students’ pass rate for the 11+ entrance exam has been consistently around 90% for the last seven years, which is excellent considering students of all abilities are welcome to study with me.  I’m very proud of my students’ successes but more importantly, it’s really rewarding to see children enjoying learning and growing in confidence.  I focus on building children’s knowledge and problem-solving skills to equip them not just for the test, but for year 6 and beyond.

We meet for an hour weekly.  Currently, lessons are hybrid, comprising online and in-person tuition. 

The first meeting of each month is held at my office, and the remaining sessions of the month are online using Zoom and a variety of interactive programs. Lessons run throughout the year until the grammar school entrance exam, which is held in September of Year 6 (we don’t meet at half term or Christmas/Easter but we do meet throughout the summer holidays).  During that time, students study all the required aspects of a GL Assessment style 11+ test – namely English, Maths, and Verbal Reasoning.

Currently, lessons take place on Wednesdays or Thursdays at the following times – 3.45pm, 5pm or 6.15pm.

Knowing how dull online learning can be if not done properly, I aim to make all learning enjoyable and memorable.  When we are working online I use lots of interactive material such as online quizzes and games so that students are engaged throughout the session.  I’m a Certified Educator in both Formative and Quizizz learning platforms and use paid accounts for the sites I use to make full use of their features. I also use resources from a variety of  GLA 11+ providers including GL Assessment, Bond, CGP, LEAP, 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.

Technical information for online learning: I recommend a laptop/PC, headset and mic for online tuition, and a good internet connection, preferably wired (an ethernet cable plugged directly into the router) or working very close to the router if using Wifi.  If an ethernet connection is not possible I recommend that no-one else in the household uses bandwidth (e.g. for gaming, Netflix/YouTube, social media/general internet use) at the same time as tuition so as to get the best connection possible.  Online tuition via a tablet/phone is not recommended but is feasible if that’s the only option, provided the screen isn’t too small and your child has earphones and a mic to cut out background noise.

We use Google Classroom (which requires a Google account), Formative and a variety of fun online quiz sites such as Quizizz, Quizlet and Blooket, to get the most out of online learning.

During the summer holidays ALL NORMAL TUITION SESSIONS are in-person.  This gives students lots of mock test experience.  We look at how to develop test techniques, how to pace work for timed test sections and also how to deal with nerves and prepare mentally for the test.

I do some subject booster sessions in the summer holidays, too.  These are all online and are optional.

Tuition fees (£25 per week from 2022 onwards) are paid monthly in advance by direct debit before the 1st lesson of each month. Fees include all paper materials and also all access to online quizzes, activities, and any other materials 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 and can usually easily do this if we’re online that week.  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, although I usually take a one or two week holiday at some point between July and September, and there is no charge when I’m on holiday, although I’ll make sure there’s work set for students to do.

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.  


  • First click on ‘SEE TIMES’ below 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 when booking and there is no need to re-book a session each week, just the first one you’d like your child to attend. 
  • 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+


Tuition dates in red will take place in my office, and dates in black will be online but may be subject to change.

September tuition: 21, 28 September (2 weeks)

October tuition: 5, 12, 19 October (3 weeks)

Half term holiday  – October 26th 

November tuition: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November (5 weeks)

December tuition: 7, 14  December (2 weeks)

Christmas holidays – 21st and 28th December

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

February tuition: 1, 8, 22 February (3 weeks)

Half term holidays – February 15th

March tuition: 1, 8, 16, 22, 29 March (5 weeks)

Easter holidays – 5th and 12th April

April tuition: 19, 26 April (2 weeks)

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

Half-term holidays – May 31st

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

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

August tuition:  2, 23, 30 August (3 weeks)

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

Tuition dates in red will take place in my office, and dates in black will be online but may be subject to change.


Tuition dates in red will take place in my office, and dates in black will be online but may be subject to change.

September tuition: 22, 29 September (2 weeks)

October tuition: 6, 13, 20 October (3 weeks)

Half-term holidays – October 27th

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

December tuition: 1, 8, 15 December (3 weeks)

Christmas holidays – 22nd and 29th December

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

February tuition: 2, 9, 23 February (3 weeks)

Half term holidays – February 16th

March tuition: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March (5 weeks)

Easter holidays – 6th and 13th April

April tuition: 20, 27 April (2 weeks)

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

Half term holidays – June 1st

June tuition: 8, 15, 22, 29 June (4 weeks)

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

August tuition: 3, 24, 31 August (3 weeks)

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

Tuition dates in red will take place in my office, and dates in black will be online but may be subject to change.

Tuition Location

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