Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
They'll pass with flying colours
I consider myself lucky that I skipped year six; it meant I never had to face the prospect of taking any 11 plus exams. Although it is not a requirement, and state schools do no expect children to have taken these tests, many private schools and most grammar schools require children entering secondary education to pass with flying colours.
It can be a stressful time for children; at ten and eleven, the pressure not to fail can feel enormous. But if they want to get into the most highly acclaimed schools it is a necessary evil.
A lot of parents get extra tuition to help out but, after a long day t school, the last thing a child is going to want to do is sit down with yet another teacher and muddle over more sums. Everyone needs a break.
The Holiday Learning Club understands that. Instead of overworking kids during term time, they give tuition over the summer holidays in one week slots. They cover the four key areas - maths, English, and verbal & non-verbal reasoning. Using a personalised learning programme designed by Andrew Baines, they will ensure that your child excels in their exams.
On the first day, they will assess your child's strengths and weaknesses, then focus on helping them master the areas that they struggle in. Although there will be study, the Holiday Learning Club strongly believe that for children to achieve their best, they also need to be exposed to fun stimulating and physical activity. The day will be split up between work and play, creating an engaging environment for your children to learn in. At the end of the course, they will receive a certificate to celebrate their progress.
Places are usually £250 per week, but if you book before 7th July, then it is reduced to £200. The dates are 28th July - 2nd August, 5th - 9th August, and the 12th - 16th August. The club is held at Laleham Lea Prep School on the Wallington/Purley boarders, and lasts between 9am-3.30pm.