What is the 11 Plus – what you need to know if you live in Norwood, Lewisham, Thornton Heath, Beckenham or Bromley

Are you searching for a private tutor to help your child navigate the 11 Plus? Look no further than Geek School Tutoring! Our expert educators have helped countless families prepare for this critical exam.

Unfamiliar with the 11 Plus? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. This article will demystify the process and help you understand what to expect. Contact us today to learn more!

Even if you live in Norwood, Beckenham, Bromley or the surrounding areas and keep hearing about the 11 Plus, don’t worry, we are the 11 Plus tuition experts your child needs.

What Does the 11 Plus Test Consist Of?

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The 11 Plus (or 11 +) test for grammar schools varies in content from one local authority to another. Independent schools also decide what they want applicants to be tested on, so their tests aren’t the same, either. Most 11 Plus tests only have the core subjects (English and maths) tested with one or the other of verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning thrown into the mix. Some schools, such as Newstead Wood School, and local authorities, such as Wandsworth, only test children on verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

For the independent schools, the 11 Plus exams will usually consist of at least two of these subjects (usually the core English and maths), but many schools now include three or all four subjects.

It can get confusing with all of these different options available to schools when testing children. It’s therefore helpful to have an 11 Plus tutor who has experience working with the schools or local authorities for which your child will sit their exam. At Geek School Tutoring, we pride ourselves in being able to offer in-depth advice to parents for both the exams and the books and resources children need to work through to be in with a chance of making a success of their exams.

Here is a list of the closest grammar schools to our tuition centres in Norwood, Beckenham and Bromley:

  • Wilson’s School (boys)
  • Nonsuch High School for Girls
  • Wallington County Grammar School (boys)
  • Wallington High School for Girls
  • Sutton Grammar School (boys)
  • Greenshaw High School (mixed) – this is a partially selective school
  • Newstead Wood School
  • St Olave’s
  • Chislehurst and Sidcup School
  • Townley Grammar School

Who Determines the Admissions Procedure for Grammar Schools?

Even though most grammar school exams are organised by the local authority the school falls within, each school decides its own admissions procedure, including the style and content of the actual exams; catchment area policies; the pass mark threshold; the procedure for allocating places; etc. There are so many parameters which parents don’t really need to get too bogged down with. It’s more important to focus on ensuring that your child can score the highest they are able to in the exams themselves, then work through all the red tape later.

In some areas, schools located in close proximity to each other may seek to collaborate on a common entrance procedure and/or a common set of exams, such as the 11 Plus. This concept has been implemented by several educational institutions, most notably the Sutton grammar schools consortium and the North London Collegiate school group, who utilise shared exam papers to assess their students before making a decision on the best places to enrol them based on the eligibility criteria mentioned above.

Who Sets the 11 Plus Exam Papers?

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Many schools use external examining bodies to set their exams – GL Assessment is a very popular provider, especially for verbal and non-verbal reasoning. The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University – known as CEM, is another popular choice for many local authorities, such as Bexley. Many independent schools write their own exams or use a combination of both.

If you live in or near Norwood, Lewisham, Thornton Heath, Beckenham and Bromley and are looking for an experienced private tutor who can help your child get into a good grammar or independent school, call Joycellyn on 02086583239 to discuss your child’s needs today.