The Organisers Schools & Education team have guided many students and their families though the tutoring and interview processes to ensure they are well prepared and in the best position to gain a place at the school, university or college of their choice.
Once they are there, we can help to ensure they achieve their full academic potential by matching them with the ideal tutor for their needs. That may be tuition for a degree course, A Levels, GCSE’s, common entrance or simply English language assistance for those coming from overseas.
As ever, we want our clients to have complete peace of mind, which is why we meet all the tutors we use, insist they are have undergone a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check and vet them by vigourously following up their references.
We have been matching tutors to both overseas and British-based students since 1998 and tailor the level of support offered according to each student’s needs. For instance, some parents are happy for their child to receive real-time internet coaching, others prefer to take a tutor away on holiday with them so their child has a more intensive experience.
The competition for a place at the top schools is such that even the brightest pupils have extra tuition to ensure that they are ready for their entrance exams.
The more selective independent schools prefer to take pupils who are well-rounded as well as being academically strong. If your child is invited to interview, they will be asked about their interests outside school. We can arrange for your child to receive guidance from one of the UK’s top school interview coaches so they are calm and confident enough to impress on the day.
Exams and admission to independent British boarding schools, London day schools, universities and colleges
Age 4: Pre-preparatory starts in the independent sector.
Age 7-8: Preparatory (Prep) school starts with children working towards their Common Entrance exams, which are either the 11+ or 13+. Girls’ prep schools traditionally finish at age 11 in year 6 and boys at age 13 in year 8. Co-ed schools vary, finishing either at age 11 or 13. Most independent schools are selective and competition is fierce so students usually receive academic and interview tutoring long before they take their Common Entrance exams.
Age 11: Independent girls’ schools start in year 7.
Age 13: Move to many boys’ and co-ed independent secondary schools. Girls’ boarding schools which start at 11+ usually have a second intake at 13+.
Age 16: GCSE examinations are scheduled to take place throughout May and June at the end of year 11. Tutoring at this level can be very valuable as students often feel under a lot of pressure to achieve high grades.
Age 16+: After GCSE’s, boys and girls join the sixth form to take A-levels and AS-levels. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is also studied for at this stage. The students need to achieve high exam grades to ensure they win a place at the university or college of their choice.
STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) is a maths exam taken by students applying for the University of Cambridge. Other universities may ask students to take STEP as part of their offer.
Age 18+: After A Levels, students may attend university or college. Competition is high and many students opt for one-to-one interview coaching and help with the application process. Undergraduates and postgraduates often choose further tutoring to help them get the most from their course.
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Tutors
Not all children are the same. We can match tutors to students who have a learning difficulty or physical condition which makes study more difficult.
Call +44 (0)20 7078 7554 or contact us to talk to one of The Organisers®.