Tutoring is de rigueur for those trying to get into the grammars and selective private schools in Buckinghamshire. If any parent tells you otherwise, it probably means they don’t want to share their tutor. Schools will tell you they actively discourage tutoring but listen to them at your peril too – your bright button will be up against other, much better prepared, bright buttons who are as familiar with past papers as they are with Harry Potter books. Group lessons from organisations such as Marie Redmond and TeachItRight run in local community centres most weeknights and on Saturdays. Sign up early to secure a place. Primary schools are not allowed to formally prepare pupils for the grammar school Transfer Test or 11+, so pupils are tutored outside of school throughout year 5, usually in small classes run by specialist local companies.
If you’re considering tutoring (note that many children in Bucks are also tutored for top-up learning, regardless of entrance exams), read our article on finding a tutor and check out our tutor agency reviews, including of Da Silva Tutors, Pegasus Tutors, Education Boutique, Bonas MacFarlane, Keystone Tutors and Griffin and Bell Education. Make sure your tutor knows the schools you’re applying to inside out and turns up with a steady stream of past papers. Some agencies also provide group tutoring and/or revision courses, and you could also consider one of the 10+ locations across the county for Kumon maths and English or one of the 8+ locations for Explore Learning maths and English. For SEN tutoring, we recommend SENSational Tutors.