Grammar School Tutoring

Entrance Exam Preparation

Having over 21 years of experience in education, we are very proud of the fact that our tuition not only improves our students’ academic performance, but also builds their confidence and self-esteem.

Our students look forward to our lessons and enjoy the learning process. We try to keep sessions as relaxed and as fun as possible, and encourage participation within the group so that students have the best possible experience whilst preparing for the exam.

Tuition in small groups is usually more economical than employing an individual tutor. If your child learns best in the company of others, or enjoys having a little healthy competition around them, a small group works extremely well.

We work on a 1 tutor to 4 pupil ratio which allows us to keep our sessions as accessible as possible in terms of cost. A range of session times are available and can be booked on our ‘Events & Bookings’ page.

What is GL?

Every September, thousands of children across the UK sit 11+ tests to determine whether they’re suitable for a grammar school education – and many of these children will take tests developed by GL Assessment. ‘Our 11+ tests are used in around half the selective secondary schools and local authorities in England,’ explains Dr Ian Helm, who leads on the 11+ within GL Assessment. ‘We also provide one of the two entrance assessments used for admission to grammar schools in Northern Ireland. Schools’ and local authorities’ requirements vary, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all 11+ test. ‘Our customers tell us what they want to test, the required format of the paper and the length of the exam, and we design a test that meets their specific requirements while ensuring best practice is followed.

The content for the Wirral includes 3 aspects:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non verbal reasoning
  • Maths

Children are allocated a test centre being one of the four grammar schools. This is usually based on locality.

Schools We Prepare For

Upton Hall School

The entrance exam is a unique exam to Upton Hall. Girls wishing to attend tutoring for this exam will be familiarised with the many different verbal reasoning question types as well focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar. The closest matching commercial workbooks and tests are from GL assessment, CGP and Susan Daughtrey.

If you wish for your child to enter for both the Upton Hall exam and GL 11 plus exam, they will be required to study two different exam contents.

The pass mark is a standardised score of 236 from 2 multiple choice papers, 50 mins each (with a break in between). A standardised score uses your child’s age in years and months to convert from a raw score.

Paper 1 – VR paper

Paper 2 – English paper

St. Anselm’s College

The exam consists of 3 written papers Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English and a mental maths paper

English is 45 minutes long, it consists of a comprehension with questions that are not multiple choice and an essay on a given topic (about 20 mins on each section)

Maths is 45 minutes long, standard format, a lot of worded questions. The pass marks for Maths (written paper and mental maths test) and English (comprehension and essay) are 55%. The pass mark for the Verbal Reasoning paper is 85%. Historically, your child was required to pass 2 out of the 3 papers (with a minimum 3rd score). This could be subject to change.

Calday Grange Grammar School

Calday Grange Grammar School is a non-denominational selective state-funded grammar school founded in 1636, situated on Caldy Hill in the town of West Kirby on the Wirral peninsula. They currently offer a free, grammar school education to nearly 1400 students, with approximately 200 boys in each of Years 7 to 11 and a mixed Sixth Form of nearly 500 students. Access to the school in Year 7 is through an 11 plus examination coordinated by the local authority. GL Exam

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Admissions Policy

West Kirby Grammar School

West Kirby Grammar School (abbreviated to WKGS) is a non-denominational selective state-funded grammar school for girls with academy status in West Kirby on the Wirral Peninsula, England. The school currently has 1182 students, of whom most are girls (boys being admitted in the sixth form only). Girls are welcome to apply to WKGS from the Wirral, Chester, North Wales, Liverpool and Warrington. All Year 7 students need to pass the 11+, which is administered by the Local Authority. GL Exam

Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Wirral Grammar School for Boys was founded in 1931 as a maintained selective grammar school for boys aged 11–18. It is situated on a 9.1 acres site to the west of Port Sunlight at Cross Lane, Bebington. The school plans to admit 155 boys. Only boys who attain the required standard in the arrangements for selection by reference to ability and aptitude will be eligible to be considered for admission to the school. Admission to the school is determined by the Governors. The school’s assessment arrangements will be conducted by Wirral Local Authority. GL Exam

Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Wirral Grammar School for Girls has been a Grammar School educating girls aged 11-19 since 1931 and now have just over 1,000 pupils, 300 of them in the sixth form. In August 2011 they became an Academy. Their most recent OFSTED report judged us to be an outstanding school in all areas. The school plans to admit 180 girls unless the net capacity figure indicates otherwise. Only girls who attain the required standard in the arrangements for selection by reference to ability and aptitude will be eligible to be considered for admission to the school. Admission to the school is determined by the Governors. The school’s assessment arrangements will be conducted by Wirral Local Authority. GL Exam