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11+ Easter Courses


Dear Members,


I am transitioning back from maternity leave this week and I wanted to let you know that Griffin + Bell will be hosting an Easter 11+ course as usual at the Camden Arts Centre from Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th April (10am -  1pm each morning).


Griffin + Bell has run numerous 11+ courses over the past four years. Participants have been tremendously successful, with the pupils who attended gaining places at St. Paul’s, City, North London Collegiate, Westminster, Eton, Winchester, South Hampstead, Habs, Frances Holland, Highgate, Channing and Latymer Upper, among others.


This course is the first in our annual cycle - it is suited to those in Y5, who are preparing for 11+ or pre-tests in Autumn 2017 - January 2018. It will provide an opportunity for students to revise core material, attempt more challenging topics as a group, and get to grips with the tips and techniques that will stand them in good stead for the school entrance process.


Sessions will be led by myself and other experienced school entrance tutors, and will cover English, Maths and Reasoning. This time the course is 4 mornings rather than 3, to allow us more time to cover interviews in addition.


As part of the course, each child will have the opportunity to sit a timed paper in both English and Maths, and will be given detailed written feedback to take away. This can be super-helpful for parents wondering which schools might be appropriate for their child, and whether extra tuition or parental support is needed in certain areas.


The cost of the course is £350, inclusive of VAT.


In order to book your place, or if you have any questions, please contact us on 0203 5350 835 or email


Places do tend to sell out quickly, so get in touch early to avoid disappointment and feel free to forward this message to friends.


For 11+ parents, I also wanted to mention that I have started a blog which has several useful posts on this topic - particularly this one about the best resources to use at home when preparing for top schools.


Our new video learning site ( which we have just launched also contains many videos by me and other top 11+ English tutors, including topics such as metaphors, quoting, story-structure and writing arguments. Do check it out. More on that soon!


Best wishes,


Victoria Smith




+ 44 (0)203 5350 835







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