Writing -

  • Composition – Letter Writing, Formal and Informal Letters, Fiction and Non-Fiction, Media-based texts (Newspaper articles), Persuasive Writing (Leaflets and Brochures).
  • Spelling and Handwriting – Prefixes and Suffixes.
  • Punctuation and Grammar – Language Structure, Paragraphs, Speech Marks, Sentences, Apostrophes, Comparatives and Superlatives.
11+ Preperation -

Selecting a secondary school for your child can be a daunting task for both parent and child. Most schools, whether they are selective or for streaming purposes, do require the child to sit an exam before they start. As you will be aware, it is important that your child is well prepared for these exams.


Verbal reasoning tests are used by some schools to measure the potential academic ability of your child at age 11. The tests largely challenging the child in their ability to problem solve, whilst working within a specific time setting and framework, and how effective they are processing verbal information.

An 11 Plus verbal reasoning test can often differ from school to school as they are written by the school and cover a wide range of question types , which typically involve the following:

  • Process verbal information
  • Logical thought application and problem-solving
  • Search and apply patterns and rules
  • word definitions
  • Spelling
  • Maths skills   

Non-verbal Reasoninglargely not part of the primary curriculum in most schools but is however used in examinations for to determine the more able pupils. The child's ability to apply skills within Non-verbal Reasoning are often an indication of their aptitude  in a range of subjects including Maths, Science, and Design and Technology.

Non-verbal Reasoning examine the child's skills to determine  patterns and shape rather than words and sequences. They test will challenge the child to problem solve, whilst working within a specific time frame , and examine how they process information through the method of  graphics or pictures.
Non-verbal Reasoning tests involve:

  • Processing information through graphics and pictures.
  • Using an awareness of space– how objects relate to each other in space.
  • Following and finding patterns and rules
  • Applying skills in Maths to include– rotation, reflection and symmetry.


Literacy -

  • Comprehension – Ordering and matching information, expressing opinion, comparing text.
  • Literature – Fiction and Non-Fiction, Poetry, Understanding characters.
  • Language – Structure and Variation, Similes, Metaphors and Personification, Alliteration Assonance, Onomatopoeia, Connectives and Clauses.
  • Verbal Reasoning.


  • Problem Solving

  • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Place Value

  • Negative Numbers
  • Number Patterns

  • Money
  • Time

11+ EXAM -

This exam is specifically for Children sitting: 11+ entrance examinations for independent, Grammar and selective schools.

It is becoming increasingly more difficult and demanding for your child to gain a place at selective schools, whether they are fee paying or non-fee paying. Competition is fiercer than ever before and this is why it is key that your child is fully prepared and confident in their abilities before they sit the exams.