What is the 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 8 Plus test, according to our structured program and the 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 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.
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.
How is the course delivered?
Students receive 2.5 hour lessons every Saturday, and the sessions are split in half for Maths and English. Lessons are in small groups of 6 per tutor. Managing tutors are very competent and possess over 10 years of entrance exam experience. All classwork, homework, mock exams, assessments, online practice questions/assessments are included.
As a summary students receive:
- Homework following the 11+ syllabus
- 1.25 hour of Maths face-to-face lesson per week in small groups (maximum 6 per tutor)
- 1.25 hour of English face-to-face lesson per week in small groups (maximum 6 per tutor)
- Regular feedback on your child’s progress and recommendations from our expert course leader
- Mock tests every 4-6 weeks
- Marking service and personalised feedback on completed homework
- Interview practice and feedback
How do I get started?
Free assessments are available for all new students
Contact us now to book a free assessment or free trial.