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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:11 pm 
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Hello ,

Newbie here . My Year 4 ( going to Year 5 in September 16 ) twin boys will be doing the KES ( Indy ) admission tests for Oct 2017 . Unfortunately we are based in Worcester , south of Birmingham - so are out of the loop regarding tuition classes or tutors and am finding the process quite daunting. :?

Moreover when I looked at a few websites , they specified that they will only take children in Year 3 and 4 and I am too late for the September 2016 Year 5 starters :shock: ?? They also say that they will only do weekday evenings and not weekends.

I am beginning to get really worried :( - Have I really missed the boat or is this anecdotal ?

I would be really grateful for any information regarding 1:1 or small group tuition classes in the South Birmingham area - please PM me as I do not want to break any forum rules .

Thank You in advance for any replies . :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:56 am 
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I wouldn't get too hung up on finding a Birmimgham tutor tbh, they're going to be more focused on preparing for the grammar school test than KES. KES is a fairly standard indie exam, if you need a tutor I suggest looking for someone local to you that tutors for RGS entry, they will probably follow a more appropriate programme of work. If your son is at a prep school he probably doesn't need a tutor as well btw and the school will already have a pretty good idea of his chances.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:03 pm 
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Thank You for your reply and to the PMs from Yamin 151 and nervousmum.

Actually , they are at a prep school but because this is Worcester , they are neither in tune with the requirements of the 11 plus nor have any intention to do any teaching around it , the thinking being that all the primary school children will automatically go to the Indy Senior School.

I don't know if this is good or bad but I have heard of Year 4 and 5 pupils talking about the 11 plus in Birmingham schools during their recess. Here , there is no such thing - most of their classmates or seniors have never heard of it !

Locally I have heard of a pupil accessing a tuition centre in Solihull twice a week , but I was hoping for something a bit closer in South Birmingham .


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