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SATURDAY SCHOOL AND PRIMARY TUITION TERM DATES 


September 2017 – AUGUST 2018


Saturday School


Saturday 9th September to Saturday 14th October (6 weeks) Off 21st and 28th October.


Saturday 4th November to Saturday 16th December  (7 weeks)  Off 23rd 30th of December.


Saturday 6th January to Saturday 10th of February (6 weeks)  Off 17th of February.

Saturday 24th February to Saturday 24th March (5 weeks) Off 31st, March 7th & 14th of April.

There is a 3 week break due to inconsistency of school holidays across the boroughs.

Saturday 21st April  to Saturday 26th May  (6 weeks) Off 2nd June.


Saturday 11th June to Saturday 14th July  (6 weeks) Off 21st & 29th of July and whole of August.

Total of 36 weeks in academic year.

Primary Tuition Groups


 Tuesday 5th  September  to Tuesday 17th October  (7 weeks) Off 24th 31st October.

Tuesday 7th to Tuesday 12th December  (6 weeks) 19th, 26th December and 2nd January.

There is a 3 week break due to inconsistency of school holidays across the boroughs.


Tuesday 9th January to Tuesday 6th February  (5 weeks) Off 13th of February.


Off 20th, 22nd, 27th & 29th of December. 3rd and 5th of January.


Tuesday 20th February to Tuesday 27th March  (6 weeks) Off 3rd 10th April.


Tuesday 17th April to Tuesday 22nd May  (6 weeks) Off 29th May.


Tuesday 5th June to Tuesday 10th July (6 weeks) Off 17th 24th and whole of August.


Total of 36 weeks in academic year.

All students who wish to attend extra 11+ sessions in May and August  will need to book these separately.

Booking forms will be provided in November and we collect 6 extra payments from January until June to cover the extra costs.

Included is 11+ preparation and Mock exam/ assessments with reports and August revision sessions


Other Important Dates

Story Writing Workshops

February 16th, June 1st, August 10th 2018


Exam Preparation and Writing Techniques (Year 5) 

8th & 15th May 2018 

11+ Mock Exams 

Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning - 12th May 2018 
Maths and English - 19th May 2018 

11+ Revision Sessions 

Tuesday 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th August 2018 

 

All children in year 5, who are preparing for these exams, are expected to attend at least
4 of these sessions during these weeks
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SATURDAY SCHOOL
&
PRIMARY TUITION
TERM DATES 

SEPTEMBER 2017 to AUGUST 2018
Off from 20th and 22nd July until dates below. 

Saturday School

Saturday 9th September to Saturday 14th October  (6 weeks) Off 21st and 28th October.
Saturday 4th November to Saturday 16th December  (7 weeks)  Off 23rd 30th of December.
Saturday 6th January to Saturday 10th of February (6 weeks)  Off 17th of February.
Saturday 24th February to Saturday 24th March (5 weeks) Off 31st, March 7th & 14th of April.
* There is a 3 week break due to inconsistency of school holidays across the boroughs. *
Saturday 21st April  to Saturday 26th May  (6 weeks) Off 2nd June.
Saturday 11th June to Saturday 14th July  (6 weeks) Off 21st & 29th of July and whole of August.
Total of 36 weeks in academic year.

Primary Tuition Groups

Tuesday 5th  September  to Tuesday 17th October  (7 weeks) Off 24th 31st October.
Tuesday 7th to Tuesday 12th December  (6 weeks) 19th, 26th December and 2nd January.
* There is a 3 week break due to inconsistency of school holidays across the boroughs. *
Tuesday 9th January to Tuesday 6th February  (5 weeks) Off 13th of February.
Tuesday 20th February to Tuesday 27th March  (6 weeks) Off 3rd 10th April.
Tuesday 17th April to Tuesday 22nd May  (6 weeks) Off 29th May.
Tuesday 5th June to Tuesday 10th July (6 weeks) Off 17th 24th and whole of August.
Total of 36 weeks in academic year.

All students who wish to attend extra 11+ sessions in May and August  will need to book these separately. Booking forms will be provided in November and we collect 6 extra payments from January until June to cover the extra costs. Included is 11+ preparation and Mock exam/ assessments with reports and August revision sessions.



FAQ's below


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is private tuition necessary for preparing for selective tests?

How do I book an assessment?

How long will my child have to wait for an assessment?

What is involved with the assessment process?

What does verbal feedback at the assessment involve?

Why does my child need to be assessed?

Is it better to have a full written assessment?

Do you have a waiting list and how long will it be before my child can start at the groups?

What is the difference between the Saturday School and The Primary Tuition Groups?

How can I tell if my child is achieving well enough to pass selective tests?

How do the selective tests differ across the boroughs?

How do you cater for children with special educational needs?

Can you cater for a child with severe learning difficulties?

Which material do you use?

Which subjects do you teach?

How many sessions a week do you advise?

How much does it cost?

Is there a reduction for attending more sessions?

Is there a reduction for siblings?

How much homework is set?

Will you be able to tell me what National Curriculum levels my child is working at?

How do you prepare the children for the 11+ exams?

How successful are the students that attend the groups in gaining selective places?

Why are these courses not included into group times?

When will my child sit the selective tests?

Which tests should my child sit?

When and how should we apply for the various tests?



Answer Section

Why is private tuition necessary for preparing for selective tests?

State schools and teachers are directed by the government to teach the National Curriculum. This does not include Non Verbal Reasoning or Verbal Reasoning – two of the areas regularly tested. The schools materials and directives for the teaching of numeracy and literacy are strictly controlled. They are all organised around covering level 3 during years 3 and 4 and level 4 during years 5 and 6. Teachers are allowed to extend the higher achievers to cover some of level 5 during year 6. Very rarely schools will run booster groups for the more able in the latter half of year 5 where they will study level 5 material. Unfortunately the children who stand any chance of passing the 11+ will need to have studied and taken on a good understanding of level 5 by the time they sit the exams. These are held during the first term of Year 6. How then, can a child be prepared if they only receive an education provided by the state? Many years ago I read an article in a broad sheet news paper which said that only children who received extra tuition could pass the 11+. That is even truer today. Teachers are told how, when and what to teach. Review and consolidation of key literacy and numeracy topics is lacking in most classrooms. An overload, through the demands of very interesting topics, makes it almost impossible to find the time to do the necessary review for concepts to be retained. Even if a teacher wanted to step out of the rigid straight jacket that they are forced to wear, there is just not enough time for them to do it. The timing of and the delivery of the National Curriculum ensures that your child is NOT prepared for the selective tests. I find it hard to believe that there are any children in our selective system that did not do preparation, this being either studying with a parent, a tutor, completing computer generated tasks, or in a private school that provides the right teaching and study materials.  

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How do I book an assessment?

You can complete the application form which is downloadable from our contact page and either send it with a cheque payable to J Stanton, or you can email it back to us and pay the assessment fee directly into our Primary Tuition Groups bank account. You will need to contact us for these details.  

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How long will my child have to wait for an assessment?

Assessments are generally booked within 48 hours upon receipt of the fee and take place within two to four weeks.

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What is involved with the assessment process?

The student is carefully taken through reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation tests. Their mental agility is checked along with their knowledge of math’s topics and the four rules of number. Assessments are carried out to determine which materials should be used for extending English, Mathematics and Reasoning skills.

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What does verbal feedback at the assessment involve?

At the time of the assessment, feedback is given in relation to the national curriculum levels that the child has completed and is now working on. The results of reading and spelling assessments are shared with all concerned. The materials that it is felt should be used are discussed and an explanation is given on how the materials should be used. Advice on useful websites is also given. A guide may be given, if requested, on the student’s ability in relation to preparing for future selective or SAT’s tests.

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Why does my child need to be assessed?

Each student entering our tuition groups needs to be assessed to ensure they are provided with a programme of study tailored to their needs. Students need to be ability grouped, as it is this careful grouping that brings great benefits. Students build their confidence by being encouraged to take risks, asking for help whenever they feel insecure and from learning to work independently whenever possible.

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Is it better to have a full written assessment?

Full written assessments are useful for giving feedback to a third party when the person attending the assessment would find this difficult to do. Many parents make notes during the assessment process, as this is usually all that is required.

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Do you have a waiting list and how long will it be before my child can start at the groups?

Yes, we have a waiting list each half term. Following a detailed assessment, students generally start at the beginning of the next half term. We keep assessments down to the amount of space we have by advertising only when we have vacancies coming up. The half term notice policy works well to keep us informed of when spaces are becoming available. Each half term has a different focus for English and Mathematics. It is easier to introduce a new student to the group at the beginning of a new focus.  

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Is their a difference between The Saturday School and The Primary Tuition Groups?

Yes, in that they cater for a different age range. The Saturday School caters for students from the age of 5 to 16 years across key stages 1, 2, 3 and GCSE.  All of the students at The Primary Tuition Groups attend Tuesday evening and are between the ages of 8 to 11 years old and are working on key stage 2. Some of the key stage 2 students who are preparing for their selective tests attend one of the evening groups and the Saturday session. If a student’s circumstances change, arrangements can be made between the two companies for the student to transfer from one to the other.  

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How can I tell if my child is achieving well enough to pass selective tests?

Parents are regularly told that their child is doing well by the class teacher in their infant and junior schools but school targets laid down by the government are very different to the levels that a student needs to be working at in order to be on target to pass the 11+. The minimum acceptable level laid down by the government is for each child to reach level 4 by the time they take their year 6 S.A.T.S in May of year 6. In order to pass the selective tests in Bexley, Kent, Saint Olaves or Newstead Woods a student needs to have a very good grasp of level 5 material at the beginning of year 6. For the secondary system private schools entrance exams, in these boroughs, the levels tend to be slightly lower but even there, the students need to have made a good start on level 5 material. This material is not yet part of your child’s curriculum in the state system, as it is very rare for level 5 material to be offered prior to year 6 and then it is only offered to the most able students.  The only way a parent can find out exactly how their child is doing is to sit down with them and start working on material that is levelled. This can be found on the internet. Parents can also start sitting with and going through 11+ papers with the child. The only problem with this is that if you start on material that is too difficult then their confidence will be knocked and they will resist your attempts. Therefore it is better to go to the specialists in this area who know exactly how to assess your child and how to set the work so that the child is carefully prepared rather than discouraged.

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How do the selective tests differ across the boroughs?

The tests differ, not only in the subjects tested but also how they are marked. Kent has four areas with three that are marked and one that is used for appeals. Bexley has, new this year (2013) four areas tested in two combined papers.   Both St.Olaves and Newstead Woods sit two tests but both of these are different. The private schools again differ. As parents, it is important that you keep a close eye on the boroughs websites to see what they intend to do in the year your child is preparing for the tests. Unfortunately they do not tend to release the information until three to four months prior to the test dates. Marking differs, in that some selective tests group the results and find an average mark, where as others demand a pass mark in each subject. Therefore children may pass in one borough but not be successful in another. Our advice is that you prepare your child for all tests in your area because they will be required to have strong literacy, mathematics and reasoning skills in order to survive in any of these grammar schools.    

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How do you cater for children with special educational needs?

When children are assessed, a special educational need may be identified. If we have the specialist provision to help the student then they can enroll for a place in our groups. Students with traits of dyslexia, dyspraxia, mild autism and Aspergers have all been taught successfully in our groups. We also cater for extremely gifted children who are working far in excess of their years. The small ability groups and the individualised programmes of study, designed using a broad range of resources, work well for all of our students.

One experienced teaching assistant once commented after working for us for a few months, “You don’t really have any children with special needs in your school, do you?”

I replied, “Oh yes we do but you just do not notice them. This is because they are placed with students with similar ability. They work on what they need to rather than having to struggle and receive extra help to do work that is inappropriate for them.”

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Can you cater for a child with severe learning difficulties?

No. These children need to have a one to one approach with a specialist teacher. These specialists can build a special relationship alongside a program of study tailored specifically for each child. We do not provide this one to one service but we have connections with teachers that do.

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Which material do you use?

Our resources are drawn from a broad bank of material, and once the assessment is complete, then the resources that best suit each child's needs are advised. At times students move from one scheme to another as the needs arise. Here is a list of just some of the materials we use. The Bond Assessment Papers, Letts Success Papers, Haydn English, Basic Skills Mathematics and English by Collins, Peak Mathematics – (Old scheme pre Nelson) Internet resources, First Aid Readers, Read With Me Reading scheme,  11+ papers by Letts, Bond, Alpha and The A Plus Series. GCSE Greer and past exam papers.

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Which subjects do you teach?

We offer Mathematics, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning in the Primary section ages 5 to 11 and English and Mathematics in the Secondary section ages 11 to 16. The focus differs in relation to where the children are in their education. For example, during year 5 the focus changes to ensure each student is well prepared for the exams they are to be taking in year 6. In year 6 the emphasis changes for the students to prepare for their leveling tests in relation to their Standard Assessment Tasks (SAT’s.)

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How many sessions a week do you advise?

For most students one session of two hours per week is enough but some children may benefit from attending two sessions per week. Children who are preparing for the selective tests sometimes take up this option. 

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How much does it cost?

Sessions cost from £31.40 per 2 hour session for primary students. Sessions are paid for at a rate of 3 sessions per month with 12 equal monthly payments a year of £94.20. Each child has to have an assessment prior to starting in one of our groups and this costs from £70.00. For full details see the booking forms within our downloads section, which is available on our Contact/Find Us page.

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Is there a reduction for attending more sessions?

Yes. Please see the Group Information Pack for details on our Contact Us page.

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Is there a reduction for siblings?

There is a reduction of £10.00 for each sibling off the price of the assessment. There are no other reductions available.

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How much homework is set?

Reading homework is set every week along with a maximum of 50 minutes per subject area. The Key Stage One students get less homework but are encouraged to play on the educational websites advised by our teachers during the week too. 

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Will you be able to tell me what National Curriculum levels my child is working at?

Yes, all of the material used at the assessment gives an indication of the levels that the child is working on. We can also give a clear indication of spelling and reading ages.

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How do you prepare the children for the 11+ exams?

The children are working on areas that may come up in their 11+ exams and internal tests in our groups each week. A focus on serious test preparation takes place during year five. There are four main areas that are tested across the boroughs and we prepare for all of them. The English paper includes comprehension tests and a written paper. The other tests are for Non Verbal reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics. We also run Storywriting workshops three times a year and these provide preparation for the story writing papers. These are open to all year 4, 5 and 6 students.   The children are ability grouped across the age groups in order for each student to work at the level they need to. This is irrespective of age so we do not work on exam techniques and strategies within the groups. Even so students who are to take these exams do need to do this preparation. An 11+ preparation course is provided during the May/June half term week. This includes exam technique, strategies, review and mock exams. A full written report is completed for each student identifying all of their strengths and weaknesses.  All of these papers have been specifically written for our own students and they are also diagnostic tests in that they identify the areas that each student needs to cover more of. The courses are open to students who are not in attendance at our groups but spare places go on sale after our own students have had time to book. These courses are all run out of term time and incur an additional cost. Please see the website downloads on the Contact/Find Us page for up to date prices.

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How successful are the students that attend the groups in gaining selective places?

Our students attend the groups for many different reasons and come from right across the ability range. For the strong student, who works hard, we have a very high success rate. For the above average student, who works hard, a large number of them are successful. A student who is deemed average in year 4, with very hard work, can pull themselves into the above average section and will often do very well. All students, who wish to pass these selective tests, need adult support. It is only with considerable help, from ourselves and their supportive families, that they can be encouraged to put in the hard work and time necessary to be successful. For students who have this support, and are diligent in their approach, the rewards can be very high. Even if they do not gain a selective place they usually tend to do very well. In our secondary section the students who are not in a selective system are encouraged to strive to keep up with the students who are. Expectancy for students to always give of their best is extremely high and it is this high expectancy that leads to the wonderful results that we see our students achieving. We are very proud of all of them.

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Why are these courses not included into group times?

To reorganize the groups to allow all of the year 5 children to be taught together would remove the weekly ability group’s structure. It is this structure which enables us to provide a secure learning environment for all of our students. Some of our student’s educational needs are such that they will not be ready for these exams. By having the courses held separately and apart from our group sessions, we can offer some protection for these students' self esteem. Parents can be advised not to place the children on the courses or facilities can be put into place to support them if they do choose to attend.

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When will my child sit the selective tests?

Most of the selective tests are held in the autumn term when the children enter year 6. The earliest being for Bexley and Kent grammar schools, which are held in September. St Olaves and Newstead Woods are held in November and some of the private sector entrance exams are held in January.

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Which tests should my child sit?

Once a student has been assessed we can advise on this. This will be related to where you live and the ability that the student is demonstrating at that time. As each student progresses the advice will be updated according to their progress.

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When and how should we apply for the various tests?

From 2013 all children will need to apply to sit all of the borough's tests. children will not be entered automatically for their own borough's exams. Your schools should keep you informed but it is important to check each borough’s website to find out when to apply. Start checking from mid May. Registration generally takes place during June. Be aware that some registrations close early in July.    

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Call us now on 020 8300 7548 or email us at jp.stanton200@mail.com. Text us a message on 07930974808 but please note mobile voicemails are not reliable.