Year 6 Independent School Course

This course is an extension of our Year 5 programme for those sitting for Independent schools

The core course covers Advanced Mathematics, English and Creative Writing.  Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning can be added if required. Limited places are open to external students provided they are at the appropriate standard.


  • Lessons are are  3 hours (or 4 hours if including Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning) held once a week
  • Courses usually run for 11 or 12 weeks from late September to December each year.
  • For autumn 2021 the lessons will be on Sunday morning.


Admission Criteria

  • Existing students enrolled in Year 5 are automatically eligible
  • External students will be admitted on assessment (usually we recommend they sit one of our summer mock exams).


Course Features

Creative Writing and English

The lessons will focus on the core elements of creative writing and comprehension. These will include:

  • Standard Comprehension questions – reviewing the different types of questions that can occur and how to respond to them to gain full marks
  • Standard Comprehension Mocks – under timed conditions (in-class and at home)
  • Story Planning – how to develop ideas, characters and settings
  • Literary Techniques – how to introduce descriptive devices and figurative language into stories
    Identifying different question styles – how to respond to different styles of question
    Dialogue – how to introduce and punctuate dialogue effectively
    Vocabulary – the importance of powerful verbs and adjectives in any sentence
  • Non-Fiction – how to respond to different styles of non-fiction essays
  • Creative Writing Mocks – under timed conditions (in-class and at home)

Advanced Mathematics

  • This will focus on the challenging parts of independent schools’ past papers. Any child enrolling should have core competency in maths up to 11 plus standard.
  • The lessons will go into more depth on maths topics including algebra, sequences, shapes, area, volume and time, as well as introduce entirely new topics like logical reasoning, permutations, pathing and bases. There will be also be class activities and reviews of the most difficult questions from the homework papers.
  • The advanced mathematics course will not only help prepare students for the unique elements of independent school maths exams, but also provide a good bridge to secondary school maths.

Course Fees

Course Fee Excluding Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning  £1200

Course Fee Including  Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning  £1400