Archive for the ‘grammar school entry’ Category

CEM test instead of 11+

Monday, March 17th, 2014

If your child is going to sit the 11+ (11 plus) in the next few months or next year you might have heard about changes to the testing.  Over the last couple of years there have been calls to stop the 11 plus because some people think it favours children whose parents can afford tutoring. […]

The end of non-verbal reasoning tests?

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

We’ve recently heard that Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, in Cheshire is changing their entrance test. For students applying for entry in September 2015 (or beyond) they have decided to remove the non-verbal reasoning paper. This decision has been taken because non-verbal reasoning isn’t something that is taught as standard in schools. In our experience […]

The end of the 11+?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Chelmsford County High School for Girls recently announced they will be replacing the 11+ (11-plus) with a new selection system. The headmistress of the school took this step because she felt the existing 11-plus discouraged girls from applying because their parents couldn’t afford the tutoring required. The new test is designed to be ‘tutor proof’, […]

Secondary school – did you get your first choice?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

On 1st March Year 6 primary school children found out which secondary school they will be going to. Some local authorities report that over 90% of children were allocated their first place school. But data from 2011 shows those numbers vary depending on where you live. For many parents and children not getting into their […]

The end of tutoring to get into grammar schools?

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Competition for places at the 164 selective schools in England has always been fierce – with parents going to great lengths to help their child secure a place in their chosen school. A popular way to help children has been to employ the services of a one to one tutor or tutoring school to help […]