The NLCS 4 Plus assessment is a key entry stage for the school. The assessments are rigorous and highly competitive. The girls will all progress through to the senior school at the end of Year 6. As such, this is an excellent way to avoid the pressure of the 7+ or the 11+.
Our experienced tutors include Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 teachers and former teachers from a range of schools in north London, including NLCS, UCS, Highgate and Channing. In short, we are well versed in the application process for these experts have helped us create this programme. Here at Mentor, some of our own staff were previously staff members at NLCS or were there themselves as children. One of our tutors even passed the NLCS herself at 4+ before becoming a tutor of pre school and KS1 children.
You can book our 4+ preparation and assessment package here.
Firstly, all 4 Plus assessments are not the same. For example, the NLCS assessment has important differences to the Channing assessments. The NLCS assessment has a blend of group and individual elements and in particular they are looking for ability to work well under pressure through testing areas like perseverance. Teamwork and kindness is important but at Channing they have much more craft based, even cooking based, play and this sort of collegiate activity is absolutely central. We deeply understand all the relevant schools and how their assessments differ.
Critically, there is a two stage assessment for NLCS. The first stage is more group focused than the second. However, there is group and individual elements to both stages.
Most years we have between 3-5 children who we have assisted to get into the school. Last year we had 4 offers for NLCS. Typically, the offer rate for NLCS is around 10%. Our rate is around 60%. We have a rule that we only help a maximum of ten girls each year for the NLCS 4+ assessment. If we helped everyone, then practically we would be helping no one. So book quickly here!
We start with an assessment of where your child is, based on our knowledge of what NLCS are looking for in successful applicants. We do this through a review of the nursery report; a personality questionnaire; a test conducted in conjunction with Cambridge University by our teachers; and full mock assessment with a 4+ specialist teacher which replicates the NLCS approach.
We will then give you detailed feedback on your child’s performance. We tell you what exercises you should expect and what they are looking for with each exercise. In short, we will give you the inside track on the day. We tell you how your child did and give you some exercises you can do with each exercise to assist her to give of her best on the day. We will be open and honest with you and tell you if we believe your child is on track for a positive assessment.
We then work with you over four different sessions to help prepare your child. Two of these sessions are with just the child and two are with the parents in the room. We see ourselves as helping coach and support parents to help their child pass the 4+. We use a range of experts for this, including teachers, teaching assistants, registrars and play specialists – all the people involved in the assessment.
After this we do another mock assessment. This can be either an individual assessment or a group based assessment as appropriate.
Our full Preparation and Assessment Programme is £1500. You can book here.
Application Deadline: 4th November 2022
First Stage Assessments: Monday 9th – 11th January 2023
Second Stage Assessments: Thursday 19th – Tuesday 24th January 2023
Offers notified: 30th January 2023
While we do the individual assessment dates on an ad hoc basis around you, we need to create cohorts of children for the group assessment dates. We do these later in the year to give children the time to develop more of these skills. By this stage families have usually been working with us for six to nine months and so their children are well prepared. The Mentor Group Mock Assessment dates for 2023 are:
23rd September (Dulwich area)
14th October (Hampstead area)
28th October (Dulwich area)
4th November (Hampstead area)
18th November (Dulwich area)
9th December (Hampstead area)
Our Pricing for our 4+ Assessment Day
We charge £300 for the full assessment.
If we do a second assessment that is priced at £200.
We strongly recommend that you book both assessments for NLCS as it best replicates the assessment you will have. Please book here.
Firstly, we have a strict rule that we only help ten girls each year for NLCS 4+ entry. If we helped more then there would be no benefit for those we have helped. So please do not delay in booking. If you would like to find out more please call us on 020 8883 2519.
Book here for either our full coaching and mock assessment package (£1,500), or just for our double mock assessment with feedback package (£750). If you are unsure yet but want to reserve a slot with us you can just register (£100) and we will make sure you are in our cohort (once we have 10 girls targeting NLCS we take no more girls for that school). After you have booked, our courses manager, Hannah, will be in touch to arrange from you the pre-work that we need from you and to book in your first Assessment dates.