With guidance and support from our expert 11+ tutors, your child will gain the skills and confidence they need to shine on assessment day.
Find a tutor to help your child excel at their 11 plus. At Mentor, we have a wealth of knowledge in how best to prepare your child for their entrance exam. Our approach inspires confidence and encourages children to discover a natural love of learning. The Mentor team of 11 plus tutors have experience with gaining entrance into some of London’s most competitive independent schools.
We recommend starting with an Academic Assessment that covers the same areas as the 11+ exam. Afterwards, you receive a detailed report providing insights on your child’s current and potential levels of attainment. We also arrange a follow-up call with an experienced teacher to discuss the results.
From there, we will create a plan to build on your child’s strengths and address any gaps. We then work closely with you to understand your child’s needs so we can find the best tutor for you.
In our experience, 10 – 20% of parents tell people that their child is really being tutored alone. But, in reality, 70 – 80% of children are being tutored. As such, if parents assume school preparation is enough, they are likely to find that other parents have stolen a march on them.
Tutoring must be tailored to filling gaps in the curriculum, gaining speed and gaining certainty around answers. It is not enough to choose a Primary school teacher. The 11 Plus is a specific test that requires bespoke tutoring. You need to find a tutor with experience in school entrance to the most competitive London schools. We can provide you access to the most effective tutors, giving your child the best preparation ahead of their 11 plus.
Our specialist team of 11 plus tutors have invaluable insight into the admissions process at various independent schools. Many are senior teachers and heads of department from some of London’s leading schools. They have personal experience of the demands of the latest exams, which now emphasise lateral thinking and problem-solving skills.
Audrey is a fantastic English teacher with a BA Hons (2:1) in English and Drama from the University of Warwick, alongside a post graduate diploma from the London Theatre school. She has amassed over 25 years' experience teaching and is a particularly successful school entrance specialist. Audrey's pupils have been awarded academic scholarships for Dulwich College, James Allen's Girls' School, St. Dunstan's College, Eltham College and Alleyn's School, Lady Eleanor Holles School as well as City of London School for Girls and Emanuel School. Audrey is also a sucessful actor.
Audrey loves tutoring and has a very intuitive and holistic approach to all her pupils. Excellent references from our parents and Audrey is continuously rated as a 5 star tutor by the families we work with. She remains one of our most popular and sought after tutors.
Dinah is an experienced, qualified teacher, teaching in London primary schools for 10 years. Dinah is a specialist in Literacy and English attainment in general. For example, in her last school, as Lead Practitioner in raising writing attainment, Dinah improved results across her whole school, from 43% to 75% in one academic year, boosting children across the entire academic spectrum. In respect of Mathematics, Dinah is well versed in plugging gaps and building confidence in her pupils.
In addition to strong classroom teaching experience, Dinah is also in demand as a private tutor, with many examples of tangible grade uplift and happy parents reporting increased confidence and enjoyment of learning. Dinah has worked with us to support Year 6 children preparing for entrance exams and SAT's as well as supporting pupils taking GCSE English Literature exams.
In terms of 11+ preparation, Dinah has over two years' experience of specific school entrance exams, as well as many years teaching Year 6 children in school. With several successes under her belt, Dinah can teach all the subjects required by 11+, including Mathematics, English, Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning.
Christopher is a dedicated and skilled private tutor with an MA (Hons) in Classics and Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and over 10 years of tutoring experience both in the UK, as well as in Italy, France, Dubai, Ukraine and Sweden. Christopher teaches English, French, Latin and Drama up to A Level & IB, as well as Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry up to GCSE.
Christopher is also an academic scholarship specialist with a particular track record at the Westminster Challenge and the Harrow Scholarship, as well as academic scholarships in general for all Independent school selective entrance. He has taught students at several top Independent schools, including City of London, Westminster, Eton and Harrow. In addition, Christopher has helped students gain Common Entrance to Cheltenham College, Ibstock, Dulwich, and City, among other schools.
Christopher’s main skill as a tutor is to bring out the potential in each individual. Christopher believes tutoring should not only put the student in the best position to succeed in exams, but it is also an opportunity to instil a love of learning, something that is really important to us at Mentor. In his many years of practical experience teaching, he has supported many students improve their grades from Ds to A's, as well as helping them gain more confidence in themselves. Christopher’s recipe for success is to equip the student with complete knowledge of the syllabus and flawless exam technique, as well as boost their creativity, intelligence and self-confidence. Every lesson is a chance for the student to expand their knowledge of the subject and realise just how much they are able to achieve.
AniI is a professional tutor with a BA in Music from Oxford University and an MA from the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has 10 years of academic tutoring experience in Maths, Science, English, History and Music from Primary through to GCSE including Common Entrance. He has successfully prepared students for 7, 8 10 and 11 plus to most of the top London Independent Schools such as Emanuel, Trinity, Whitgift, Dulwich, Harrodian, Lambrook, St John's, Leatherhead, Ibstock place, Kings Wimbledon and Alleyn's. He helps students across all subjects including English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning with excellent results.
As a tutor Anil is flexible in his approach towards each student. Depending on their learning style and strengths and weaknesses in each subject area, he employs a variety of methods to facilitate learning, memorisation and critical thinking. He regularly gives students opportunities to summarise what they have learnt and test their understanding and memory, in order to foster deeper learning. AniI believes strongly that a positive, encouraging and supportive tutoring approach is critical to each student's success.
Anil has also worked as a mentor giving career advice to 15-18 year olds as well as providing Oxbridge interview preparation. In addition, Anil has tutored Music A-level, helped with degree-level assignments, and has taught cello and piano for over 10 years, both privately and in schools. Furthermore, AniI has several years of experience in working with autistic and disabled children as a charity worker with Cambridge Joint Play Schemes. Excellent testimonials from parents.
Nicola is a highly experienced, popular tutor and a qualified teacher with a PGCE (Secondary Maths specialism). Nicola has recently been teaching abroad but prior to this was Head of Mathematics at Hereward House school in Hampstead for twelve years. Her responsibilities at Hereward House included responsibility for 11+ and 13+ entrance exams and taking the scholarship classes for Eton, Highgate, UCS and Westminster, City of London, Mill Hill, Winchester and The King's School, Canterbury. Nicola now teaches the entire 11+ syllabus including English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, as well as 13+ Common Entrance and GCSE Mathematics. Nicola has also taught at St Paul's School, the William Ellis School and St Michael's Catholic Grammar School in Finchley, teaching mainly GCSE Maths.
Over the years she has developed a systematic and organised approach to entrance exams, with a large degree of success and has received consistently good feedback from Mentor parents and pupils. Nicola is able to successfully adapt her teaching approach to the individual’s most productive way of learning and help pupils successfully gain admission to their target schools.
Sophie is a qualified primary school teacher with over six years' teaching experience. Sophie qualified with a prestigious Teach First PGCE and has taught children between the ages of 5 and 11. She has particular knowledge of Year 6 SATS assessments. Sophie has a real depth of pedagogic experience across the academic range, helping children with English as a second language access the school curriculum as well as preparing programmes to extend gifted and talented children.
Sophie holds a degree in Classics from Warwick University. After university, she travelled abroad and tutored with families in Europe, including Monaco International School.
Sophie has excellent tutoring references and our parents are full of praise for her warmth, confidence boosting skills and academic attainment.
Robert is a highly qualified tutor with a BA in Philosophy and an MA in English & Drama from the University of Sheffield. Robert has been tutoring professionally for over 10 years and is an exceptional primary level tutor. Robert is also an accomplished school admissions specialist who has helped many children gain places to top schools including Eton (King's Scholarship), Westminster, Tonbridge, UCS School, King’s College Wimbledon, St Pauls, Latymer, Mill Hill, Dame Alice Owen's School, Alleyn's, Dulwich College, Highgate, Haberdashers' Aske's, and City of London School.
Robert believes that children learn best when they are happy, engaged and trust their teacher. Robert's tutoring approach therefore focuses on building relationships with his pupils and tailoring his tutoring methods to them as individuals. He aims to spark enthusiasm and encourage independent learning.
Having experienced one-to-one tuition himself, Robert is familiar with the many positives and potential pitfalls tuition can bring. He also has lots of experience with children with special educational needs including dyslexia, ADHD and autism spectrum disorder.
Margaret is highly qualified professional tutor with over ten years' experience teaching children on a one to one basis. Margaret holds a Master's degree in Pharmacy from The University of Kent and she demonstrates great range and expertise as a tutor, helping children both with selective entrance exams at 7+ and 11+ and she also teaches Maths, English and all the Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, from primary level up to GCSE/ IGCSE, Biology, Chemistry and Maths up to A Levels. Margaret has been rated as a five star tutor by all the families she has worked with, and is consistently one of our most popular tutors.
Margaret holds a formidable track record of her 7+, 11+ and 13+ students gaining entry to top independent schools including: Channing, Eton, The Forest School, Francis Holland, Godolphin and Latymer, Henrietta Barnett, Latymer Upper, Emanuel, Highgate, St Pauls, Westminster, North London Collegiate, Notting Hill and Ealing High School, Queen's College and Wycombe Abbey. Furthermore, A Level students Margaret has taught have gained entry to: Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial and Kings College London. She has also taught pupils online within the USA, Russia and China in helping them prepare for UK assessments.
We find Margaret to be a very methodical and conscientious tutor who is always reliable and friendly. Margaret has held several positions at independent and state schools in London and has also tutored several undergraduates whilst doing her Master's at University. She is very familiar with all the UK examination boards including EDEXCEL /AQA / OCR / CEM / GL.
Saskia is a fully qualified primary teacher with a PGCE and a BSc in Psychology from the University of Bristol. Over the past five years Saskia has worked in both primary SATs year groups where she spent two years teaching in Year 2 and three years in Year 6. As Head of Year 6, Saskia oversaw the attainment of the year group, who last year continued the trend of achieving significantly higher results than national average in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and mathematics. In her role as class teacher and head of year, Saskia worked hard to ensure that each child in her class and across the year group made progress in their studies and were equipped with the academic and social skills to succeed in the future.
In her role as the school’s Mathematics Lead she was responsible for overseeing the mathematical curriculum, assessment and attainment of the children from Reception to Year 6. The reflective approach to maths significantly contributed to the success in KS2 mathematics exam results, which showed 95% of students working to the expected level or to a greater depth than national standard last year. Saskia's approach to teaching combines a rigorous academic focus based on a knowledge-rich curriculum and excellent subject knowledge, with an emphasis on developing children’s social and emotional skills to develop their confidence and resilience to excel in their studies and enjoy their learning experiences. Saskia understands the demands of the classroom on students, and how important it is for educators to know each child as an individual in order to support their specific needs and develop their unique skills.
Saskia has led training for staff in order to develop their understanding of the principles of working memory and cognitive load in order to help support children’s learning. As a result of her interest in child psychology, she is now embarking on a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice at UCL.
A graduate in Classics from Oxford University, Thomas has significant tutoring experience in London, bringing a youthful presence and energy to the Mentor team. He is an organised and enthusiastic tutor who understands the importance of building a good rapport with students. Thomas has taught several pupils for 11+ preparation with excellent success and has helped many younger children with Maths and English, due to understanding the appropriate level for 7+ tuition. Thomas aims for academic excellence whilst enthusing pupils in their subject and he has received excellent references and feedback from parents.
Flora is a bright, dynamic tutor who holds a 1st class BA (Hons) in German and English Literature from the University of Durham and an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She has a wide range of tutoring experience and specialises in preparing children for the 7+, 9+, 10+ & 11+ London school entrance exams. Flora has success in guiding pupils into highly selective schools such as Alleyn's, Dulwich College, Emanuel, Woldingham, Streatham & Clapham Girls' School and Francis Holland, as well as preparing children for their interviews at Dulwich College and Wimbledon High School. She helps pupils across all school entrance subjects including English, Mathematics, Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning.
In addition to her school admission experience, Flora also has several years of German tutoring under her belt, having spent her University Erasmus year in Freiburg where she gave lessons to pupils up to 17 years of age in English Language and Mathematics, all conducted in German. With Mentor, she has a track record of success with pupils working towards GCSE German and comes highly recommended as a German tutor.
Flora’s approach is to consider her pupils current attainment and confidence and to map where they need to get to. Flora combines this with a great deal of positive energy and good lesson planning. Feedback from parents suggest that children enjoy their lessons, build confidence and focus on their studies. Flora holds a coverted 100% 5 star reviews from our parents and is one of our most popular tutors. Flora is smiley, warm and friendly in person and builds rapport quickly with her tutees. In her spare time she is an accomplished musician who enjoys playing the piano and cello.
Aoife is a fully qualified Primary School teacher with a PGCE and a BA (Hons) in English and Theatre Studies and Masters in Actor Performer Training at Rosebruford College . Aoife has 6 years' primary classroom experience across Key Stage 1 and Key 2 and is particularly well versed in KS2 SATs assessments.
During her time as a Year 3 class teacher, Aoife taught Mathematics using the Inspire Maths (Singapore) scheme. This is particularly useful for developing techniques around Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning and therefore in improving 11+ exam success.
Aoife has a track record of improving academic attainment, but also building children's self-esteem and confidence, which she views as a vital part of the learning process. She is a dedicated professional who works extremely hard to ensure that all her pupils made the best possible progress. Her outstanding practice is rooted in creativity and innovation. Many excellent testimonials from our parents.
Natasha is an outstanding, passionate, results driven primary school teacher. She has a QTS, PGCE and a BA in English Literature, and over nine years teaching experience in a London primary school. She has been a successful Key Stage 1 Phase Leader and a Science Subject Leader. Natasha is very experienced with working with younger children to improve their Maths and English. She can swiftly identify any gaps in children’s learning and use creative teaching approaches to overcome any difficulties children may have in order to reach age expectations and beyond.
During Natasha’s time as a Phase Leader, she led various initiatives successfully at her previous school. This includes improving the teaching and learning of phonics and reading for a low attaining and challenging cohort of children. Natasha ensured that there was quality, systematic teaching and learning, which meant that the initial 0% pass mark significantly improved within six months to 79% of children passing the phonics screening. Natasha’s formal lesson observations by Ofsted and the Senior Leadership Team have been graded outstanding.
Furthermore, she has experience working with a wide variety of children; including children who have special education needs such as Dyslexia, Speech and Language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and Global Delay. In addition, Natasha is qualified to effectively support children who are learning English as an additional language and she is TEFL trained.
Mabel is a fully qualified primary school teacher with a PGCE specialising in Early Years and Key Stage one. She graduated from Queen Mary's, University of London with a First Class degree in English Language and Linguistics and also holds a Masters (Msc) in Primary Education from the University of Greenwich. Mabel has spent several years as a KS1 Class Teacher in London, where she specialises in building confidence and proficiency in literacy and numeracy. Mabel likes to be well prepared and is always updating her teaching tool kit with the latest teaching resources and planning effectively for each lesson.
We find Mabel to be a thoughtful and kind primary school teacher who goes above and beyond to build confidence and get the best out of her pupils. Her teaching approach is very positive, considerate and highly personable. We find her to be very good at building rapport and engagement quickly with children. Mabel has a 100% track record with our parents of five star reviews and comes highly recommended.
Gavin holds a first class Honours degree in History from University of London along with a Master of Philosophy in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge. He has amassed over 3000 hours of tutoring experience with considerable success. In addition, Gavin has successfully prepared pupils for entrance exams for the leading private schools in London and the UK across both the 11+ to 13+ admission process. Gavin's tutees have gained successful admission into selective schools such as Alleyn's, JAGS, Trinity School, St Paul's, Royal Russell, Dulwich College, Epsom College, Whitgift, Charter House, Wimbledon High School and Putney High School.
Gavin is an outstanding entrance exam specialist who helps pupils understand the appropriate exam requirements and interview techniques. He plans his lessons meticulously and takes pride in ensuring that his tutees know where they are at in the stage of their academic journey and how they can reach their end goal. In addition to this, Gavin is a proficient English, History and Politics tutor across GCSE and A-Level, where he regularly tutors pupils to obtain A grades by deepening their understanding of texts, along with helping them ensure they can identify, analyse and evaluate knowledge that is used effectively to push through multiple grade boundaries.
Melsada is a fully qualified teacher with a PGCE and QTS, a Bachelor's degree in French and over 16 years of versatile teaching experience. Melsada is a creative and forward thinking teacher who has a proven track record of raising attainment levels in numeracy, literacy, drama and science from KS1 through to KS4. She has shown thorughout her career that her innovative approach to teaching gives students not only academic success, but also raises her students’ confidence and self-esteem.
Melsada enjoys teaching a wide range of primary school subjects, inculding English, Maths, Drama, Science, R.E., Philosophy and Art. At GCSE, she specialises in English Literature and Drama and typically helps students advance from level 6 to level 9.
Melsada also has a great deal of experience preparing students for 11+ entrance exams and 98% of her students have been offered a place at their first choice Independent or Grammar school. Her techniques are flexible and personalised to maximise her students’ full potential. She believes in a holistic approach to education that engages her students and develops them into autonomous learners.
Phil trained as a primary school teacher through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme for high achieving graduates, and gained his PGCE through the prestigious UCL Institute of Education.
Phil is passionate about making an impact on pupils’ academic progress. He has worked as a Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 teacher for 6 years at Kelvin Grove Primary School in Sydenham, London, where he is now a part-time specialist teacher of SEN and a part time tutor. As a result, he has an in-depth understanding of both the KS1 and KS2 primary curricula. He is a highly skilled primary mathematics teacher, who has been trained in the Maths Mastery style of teaching popular in league topping regions such as Singapore and Shanghai.
Phil has a wealth of experience in private tutoring, having tutored a vast number of pupils over the past 7 years. In particular, he has experience in 7+, 8+, 9+, 10+ and 11+ to many of London’s top independent schools including Alleyns, Dulwich College, Dulwich Prep London, Emanuel, JAGS, St Dunstan's, St Paul's, Thomas’s and Westminster. He is quick at understanding the needs of each pupil and likes to work with parents to create a mid-term plan to ensure sessions are focussed, goal-orientated and relevant to the family’s longer term aims. He understands that each pupil learns in a different way and is adept at tailoring his teaching practice to best suit each individual pupil.
Phil has wide ranging experience of SEN (Special Educational Needs), including dyslexia, dyscalculia, ASD and ADHD. Not only has he taught pupils with these specific needs, but has also undergone extensive training to understand each area of SEN and how to best support pupils with specific needs. In addition, he has supported many pupils with EAL (English as an Additional Language) and, as such, has an array of ideas and resources to support pupils who are new to English.
The engaging tuition sessions are designed to instil a sense of self-confidence in your child. We equip them with the knowledge and level of focus they need to prepare them for their entrance exam and interview.
Available for online or at home tutoring, all our tutors come with invaluable experience, are reference checked and have up-to-date DBS certificates. Wherever possible, we match you with a tutor who has taught at the school that your child is applying to.
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