Medway Test minimum score down on last year

The minimum score to be assessed as suitable for admission to a Medway grammar school was 483, down from 490 last year.

Continue Reading

Tutor View – Richard Gray, founder of Crystal Tuition

Attending a creative writing class and completing a 30-minute homework task once a week can see pupils go from being average KS2 writers to writing at KS3/GCSE level, says founder of Crystal Tuition Richard Gray. 

Continue Reading

Tribunal finds Reading School discriminated against visually impaired child

Grammar schools in England will have to ensure their entrance exams are accessible to disabled pupils, after a legal ruling found a visually impaired boy suffered discrimination when he was refused the opportunity to take the exam, The Guardian reports.

Continue Reading

Creative writing competitions to enter this month

Entering competitions can be a great way to prepare for the 11-plus writing task – and you might win a prize in the process. The publisher Pearson is the latest to launch a lockdown-themed contest – write a story about your everyday hero. Here are some others – including the Young Muslim Writers Awards and a competition looking for a story including a taxi cab!

Continue Reading

Tapping the social network for 11-plus advice

Numerous books have been written about the 11-plus and there are now consultants who dispense advice on grammar school entrance for a hefty fee. The continuing popularity of selective schools has undoubtedly spurned a lucrative advice industry in the UK.

But increasingly parents are taking to social networks to seek reliable real-time advice which has the added benefit of being free.

Continue Reading

Finding an English tutor for QEB, Tiffin, St Paul’s

My son is in year 4 at a private school. The schools I am targeting for him are as follows: QEB [Queen Elizabeth’s School], Tiffin, Wilson’s, Sutton Grammar School, Westminster School, St Paul’s, Dulwich College and the City of London School.  He is doing well in maths, science and other subjects but needs help with English.

Continue Reading

Which grammar schools have out of catchment places?

Can you apply for a grammar school place from anywhere? The answer is yes, if you apply for a school which does not have a catchment area.

Continue Reading

Tutor View: Ali Baig, North Finchley Tutors

North Finchley Tutors’ 11-plus course requires a commitment of 6 hours a week but the centre has a track record of getting children into the country’s top schools, including Henrietta Barnett School and Queen Elizabeth’s School.

Continue Reading

11-plus reading: Death Sets Sail by Robin Stevens

In the ninth and final book in Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike Series Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells head to Egypt for a cruise on the Nile with school friend Amina, boy detectives The Junior Pinkertons and Hazel’s father and sisters.

Continue Reading