Summer Courses

Intensive courses in:

  • Verbal Activity (includes Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Ability) and Non-verbal Reasoning – 10 day course
  • Essential Maths – 13 day course
  • Advanced Maths – 10 day course
  • English (Creative Writing and Comprehension) – 13 day course

Who is it for?  Students currently in Years 5 to 7

All teaching material is provided during the course and is included in the course fee. Any materials purchased pre-course cannot be refunded.

For further information on course content, fees and availability, or to book your child’s place:

Contact Head Office on: 020 8867 2727 (Monday-Friday 9.30am-1.30pm) or click here to email us.


Summer Course Content:

1) Essential Mathematics Course

This course is intended for children who have not completely mastered the basic elements of mathematics required for 11+ success.

It focuses on the relationship between number, decimals, fractions, percentages and ratios.

This is essential learning for the CEM 11+ examinations in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and for GL Assessment style 11+ Maths tests.

There will be a multiple-choice mock examination and follow-up session on the last day of the Essential Maths course. A personalised progress report will also be provided.

2) Verbal Activity and Non-verbal Reasoning Course

The course covers all the essential elements for Verbal Ability and Non-verbal Reasoning required by CEM in the Berkshire 11+ examinations, and Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal reasoning required by GL Assessment in the Buckinghamshire examinations.

This course is recommended for children who are not fully competent in Verbal Activity and Non-verbal Reasoning.

The following areas will be covered:

  • Verbal Activity

Verbal Ability comprises: comprehension, cloze, synonyms, antonyms and homonyms and syntax.

Verbal Reasoning comprises: basic logical/processing techniques and additional work on the English components of GL Assessment style verbal reasoning tests that also have relevance to CEM 11+ tests.

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

This will cover all the techniques required by GL Assessment and CEM style non-verbal tests. 3D rotation is specifically required by CEM and this will be covered in detail.

There will be a multiple choice mock examination and follow-up session on the last day of the Verbal Activity and Non-verbal Reasoning course. A personalised progress report will also be provided.

3) English Course

This is an advanced course and should be considered if children are facing a specific English examination in the 11+. It can also be a useful means of boosting a child’s English skills to a much higher level and making a pass score more likely in the CEM tests. If your child is sitting for a first division grammar school, this is excellent additional learning that can further enhance their performance.

The course comprises the following:

  • Creative writing, where children will write a number of stories and redraft each one during the course. Children’s English improves when they learn to use language creatively.
  • Extensive practise and instruction in comprehension skills. This will involve close study of prose and poetry.
  • Components designed to improve the children’s grammar, syntax, spelling and vocabulary
  • Extra full-length test practice materials designed to reinforce learning.

The mock examination will include a multiple-choice test, a written creative writing test and a follow-up session on the last day of the course. A personalised progress report will also be provided.

4) Advanced Mathematics Course

This is a challenging course and should be considered if children are facing a specific mathematics examination in the 11+. It can also be a useful means of improving a child’s mathematics skills so they can perform above the level of the required tests. It should be considered if your child is sitting for a first division grammar school.

The course comprises the following:

  • Coverage of algebra and mathematical instruments. At the end of the course children will be fully versed with algebra and even be able to do simultaneous equations and handle the complexities of scientific calculators.
  • A full revision programme of the core maths topics (number, decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios and probability)
  • Additional advanced Maths test materials devised for and only used on this course.

There will be a multiple-choice mock examination and follow-up session on the last day of the Advanced Maths course. A personalised progress report will also be provided.