Prep School - Centre for Excellence for 11+ Preparation
We are committed to our drive for academic excellence across all Prep School year groups and to ensuring that every child achieves their true potential by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6.
We will do this via the following:
- From the start of the academic year 2019/20 the curriculum for Year 2 upwards is being re-designed so every year group will include time specifically for elements related to 11+ Preparation.
- We have invested in a personalised, online system called BOFA which will allow pupils access at home to relevant maths, literacy, reasoning and problem solving questions; the strengths and gaps for each pupil enables the program to offer bespoke next steps for improvement, allows the parent to see the progress and gives the teacher the feedback to know which areas need additional attention.
- From the academic year 2018/19, we will offer three-day accelerated classes for Year 5 pupils towards the end of the summer holiday, ahead of the 11+ examinations in the first two weekends of the Autumn term.
- From September 2019, much of the Year 6 curriculum will be collapsed for the first two weeks of the Autumn term to allow relevant pupils to prepare for the 11+ examinations.
- From September 2019, we will be offering additional tutoring sessions for all pupils in Years 4 & 5. These will take place outside the school day, be led by our current teachers and at a significantly lower cost than external tutoring companies. Pupils will work in these small tutorial groups for 10 weeks per term.
- For the last two weeks of the Summer term (starting the academic year 2018/19), Year 5 pupils taking the 11+ examinations will take part in preparation lessons ahead of the summer holiday.
- New resources have been brought in for staff and pupils, to ensure a rigorous focus on the key demands of the 11+ examinations. These develop core skills in vocabulary and numerical understanding in a way beyond the standard test books obtained from retailers.
- The GL and CAT assessments taken in school will be used to identify where each child has potential gaps in their profile, or if they are placed within the “zone of possibility” – having a mark that has qualified for grammar school places in the past. According to a child’s profile, simple steps can be advised which over the course of the months that follow, will raise their ability in this area improving their overall intellectual capability.