Back To School

For more details on how we are preparing for a safe return to school this September, read our Back to School Guide.

Centre for Excellence for 11+ Preparation

We ensure that every child achieves their true potential by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6.

Centre for Excellence for 11+ Preparation

We ensure that every child achieves their true potential by the time they leave us at the end of Year 6.

Over 71% of our Year 6 students who sat the 11+ exam in September 2019 secured offers of a place at grammar school.

Preparation for 11+ has always been a tradition at Hydesville and each year a significant number of pupils secure places at our local grammar schools. We understand that such places are not suitable for all pupils, so our regular tracking and monitoring enables us to support all pupils on the journey to success.

We are committed to driving 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.

How do we prepare our pupils for 11+ success?

Curriculum

We have built preparation for 11+ success into our curriculum throughout our Prep School, with our experienced teachers delivering specific 11+ preparatory work to pupils from Year 2. Our Year 5 pupils taking the 11+ examinations will take part in preparation lessons ahead of the summer holiday during the last two weeks of the Summer term. For our Year 6 pupils, much of the curriculum will be collapsed in the first two weeks of the Autumn term to allow relevant pupils to prepare for the 11+ examinations.

Extracurricular

We offer additional tutoring sessions for all pupils in Years 4 and 5. These take place outside the school day, are led by our current teachers and are charged at a significantly lower cost than external tutoring companies. Pupils work in these small tutorial groups for 10 weeks per term. As well as this, we run 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.

Additional Resources

Additional resources have been brought in to ensure a rigorous focus on the key demands of the 11+ examinations. These resources develop core skills in vocabulary and numerical understanding in a way beyond the standard test books obtained from retailers.

We have also invested in a personalised, online system called BOFA, which gives 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.

In addition, 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 that will raise their ability in this area improving their overall intellectual capability.

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