What is the 7 Plus/8 Plus Preparation Programme?

Competition for Year 7 places at good secondary schools is becoming more and more competitive, so it may be a good option to get in early by applying for a prep school. This may give your child a greater chance of admission for the main school when the time comes around.

As with 11-Plus preparation, we aim to get children as started as early as possible, to give them the greatest chance of passing. For this reason, admission to these courses start from Year 1, with preparation following a structured program designed to develop and increase the skill-sets and experience needed for such assessments.

Our aim is to provide knowledge and instruction in all topics and areas, as well as regular exam practice and interview experience. Bear in mind however, many children will not be able to achieve the high results required for admission (depending on how soon preparation begins, the natural abilities of the child, and the increasing levels of competition) and so we carry out ongoing assessment in order to let you know as soon as possible how likely it is for your child to pass and under which circumstances success will be most likely. We operate a strict policy whereby we only continue tuition for children who are suitable in terms of ability, potential and personality. We provide feedback on these issues and will be in a position to comment on this after 4-8 weeks of instruction (depending on the level and age of child). We prepare for entrance examinations at most schools in London and the surrounding counties, so please specify your choices when completing the online registration form.

Each week we teach different topics from the 7 Plus/8 Plus test, according to our structured program and the 7 Plus/8 Plus syllabus. Students are instructed in techniques to show them how to answer questions in the correct way, giving them the means to handle any new type of problem as they progress. Sample 7 Plus/8 Plus questions are used for practice and to check learning, with weekly homework based on what has been covered in class. Parents can monitor progress easily and will know in advance the topics being taught each week.


Our 7/8+ Results:

Our 7+/8+ course prepares for the schools below:

Having tutored over 750 students successfully, we hold a strong track record for 7+ and 8+ exams and have succesfully assisted students for the schools below:

  • Bute House
  • City of London Boys and Girls
  • Colet Court
  • Dulwich School
  • Highgate School
  • Kings College School
  • Latymer Prep
  • Notting Hill and Ealing High
  • Putney High
  • Redcliffe School
  • Wetherby Prep
  • Westminster School

You can find more detail on our most recent results in the links below.

7 Plus and 8 Plus Results 2020

7 Plus and 8 Plus Results 2019

7 Plus and 8 Plus Results 2018

7 Plus and 8 Plus Results 2016


How is the course delivered?

Children are welcome to join us at any time of the year as all courses are designed to cover the entire syllabus, irrespective of the start term. Ideally however, children should be enrolled as early as possible in order to get the maximum benefit from the classes. An early start ensures that your child will get adequate practice before these exams, removing the panic of last minute preparations and cramming.

The 7 Plus/8 Plus Preparation Programmes are available for students in year 1 to year 2 and can be taken in two ways: We offer structured, versatile online courses, with top quality physical materials supplied to support hourly lessons given each week, in each subject. We also host weekly classes at our central London school venue.


Online courses

The online option is controlled by our course managers, with instruction given by experienced teachers, who follow our programmes closely, ensuring the best service possible. Students take live online classes with a tutor in small groups of 2 students. This ensures a dynamic environment for children to learn and also allows for each child to receive enough attention.

We make use of an online interactive whiteboard alongside online video calling via Google Meet or Zoom. This tried and tested method is very easy to use – thanks to our years of experience working with students internationally, we now have a track record of effective online tuition with children from of all ages in many subjects.

Advances in digital technology have been empowering for the educational sphere and children are usually more engaged and get more attention from our online classes than they would anywhere else (including school!)

  • Your child will receive 40-90 minutes of tuition each week, split in to two lessons lasting at a maximum of 45 minutes each.
  • Lessons are taught live by experienced tutors in small groups of just two children.
  • All class books, mock exam papers, assessments are included within the materials cost.
  • This course is 15 months long and starts from September y1 until December y2.
  • Children are welcome to start at any time in the course, however, we recommend children start from the beginning to gain foundation skills

Our online 7+/8+ program costs £320 per month.


Weekly Classes at School

Our physical classroom classes run in a similar format – utilising our unique programmes – albeit with larger group sizes than our online option.

The maximum class size is usually 10, with numbers usually varying between 5-10 students. However at current, due to the current coronavirus situation, our lessons are currently suspended and classes are only delivered online by live tutors and students are in groups of 2 – 4 children. This enables the teachers to give one-to-one support whilst maintaining the group dynamic which adds support and encouragement from peers. Children tell us they like meeting other children from different schools who are also sitting the exam – working in a group helps children to become more comfortable and confident in a shorter time-frame. Each week’s classes runs for 60 minutes (online) and is divided into topics: half the session is dedicated to maths and non-verbal reasoning, with the second half focusing on English and verbal reasoning. Timing/technique sessions are held in a larger group to provide an exam ‘atmosphere’ and to enable your child to learn to focus under timed conditions.

We usually offer Saturday morning classes (10.15am – 12.45pm) and Saturday afternoon classes (1pm – 3.30pm) held in Sloane Square (SW3 2QT).

  • Your child will receive 2 ½ hours of tuition each class. All class books, mock exam papers, assessments are included within the materials cost.
  • This course is 15 months long and starts from September y1 until December y2.
  • Children are welcome to start at any time in the course, however, we recommend children start from the beginning to gain foundation skills

We currently have 4 spaces in our Year 1 class for 7+ and 3 spaces in our Year 2 class for 8+.
Click here to reserve a space in our 7+ or 8+ classes.

UPDATE: Due to the escalation of the coronavirus, physical classes have now been suspended and we recommend all children join us in our online classes.


Booking Information

Click here to reserve a place on our 7 Plus Course.

To book your child’s place you will need to complete the online registration form. Fees can be viewed here or for enquiries/further info please contact us prior to booking. Once you have submitted your registration form, you will receive an email explaining how to pay (please allow at least 48 hours after submitting the form). Once we have received your payment we will send a second email confirming your child’s place and providing further details about the 11 Plus course.