Competitive north london parents wont recommend an 11+ tutor!(31 Posts)
I live in Islington and ds goes to a local state school. I would like to get him into a decent secondary (doesnt exist locally!) so I'm planning to send him private (Highgate would be ideal as its near us, but I know there are very few places) so I know I'll have to tutor him.
Yet when I asked some of the other parents at his school if they could recommend a tutor they all clammed up - competition it seems. Is this common, it seems depressing to me?
Any ideas on how I can find a good tutor with experience of getting state kids into north/central london private schools?
I'm not proud of this but I did this to a friend of ds's - I don't like the mother much and we'd gone to a lot of effort to find a tutor so I was damned if I was just going to give her the number. not nice, I know/
We googled to get ours. Could you ask the school (I did mind you and they didn't know of anyone).
Look on www.elevenplus.co.uk in your "area" part of the forum, people can't openly advertise tutors but lots of advice to help find one, also whats needed for each schools exams.
I was very happy with Fleet Tutors dd1 got a D in her mock GCSE maths, so I got one of their tutors (first ever tutor), and she managed a C (one mark off a B!)This on top of some terrible stress on the day of one of the exams.
He was a lovely chap, really knew his stuff. We are south London, but they would give you someone local to you, and tailor to your needs, so I would expect they would give you someone who knew the local school entry requirements.
Thanks all - I thought going through an agency would be a bit of hit and miss and I didnt want to upset DS by trying out a few tutors before finding the right one.
The school were very unhelpful when I asked, their philosophy seems to be very anti-selective or private schools.
Hi Naxa. Can you CAT me? I might be able to help.
This sounds like the making of a newspaper article.
Do these people actually exist?
ooh very cloak and dagger
I have use personaltutors website,but not sure they cater for 11plus
I'm in your area and recommended a tutor to ControlFreaky. The tutor was/is used by a few people we know, but not by us, we didn't use one. As far as I know she was very pleased with tutor and her child got in to a very good school.
I haven't been on here much over the summer so not sure if CF is around, maybe you could give her a shout. I would recommend the woman but I cannot now for the life of me remember any of her details.
Actually Naxa I know of an agency we have found excellent.
They have a web site:-
It is a not for profit cooperative, Over the years we have used five different tutors from them and they were all very good. One or two good might have been luck, but a such a run suggests they have good quality control.
They are based in Muswell Hill, so very much your area.
In your area another independent Parents use for boys is City of London School.
Good idea to enter him for several exams (tho' not TOO many!) as the practice very useful. Schools VERY reluctant to recommend tutors because:-
1. If it doesnt work out THEY get blamed
2. Being willing to recommend a tutor can be construed as admitting that the school is not up to snuff, and would be so construed by some people.
3. Sometimes, in Islington, the objection IS political...
As to the parents.....not recommending. They could be afraid of being held responsible too. I only recommend the agency and not an individual tutor for that reason.
Have you got a local Kip Mcgrath Centre?
Lots of kids round here have had lots of success with their 11+ tuition.
cam someone recommend a good tutor for haberdash school , am staying in North West London.
looking for 1 to 1 tutor...
i know that tutor emails cannot be posted on this forum.. is there some way i can get a private message ....
I do think it is important to use a tutor who is familiar with the school/exam that you want to sit for. Having just gone through the 11+ process for girls London Indies have realised (quite late) that some exam papers are very different than others!! Maybe that sounds naive but didnt realise that until a month before the exams!
I am looking for a tutor for 11+ for south herts schools.
My email is pbrighton0 at gmail dot com.
I take no issue with your decision to get a tutor for your ds (each to their own), but I do take issue with you saying that there are no decent secondary schools in Islington.
My ds goes to one, and though not perfect, it is I believe decent and offers a good education and in my experience, has many dedicated hard working teachers doing their utmost to get the best from their students.
In what way are they not decent?
Or do you really mean they are full of children you would rather your ds not mix with?
Actually, sunflower the original posting - which is now really old - did not say there were no good secondary schools in Islington, just that they didnt rate the schools in their immediate locality.
Also Islington secondary schools have been going through a process of real improvement, so a school that might not have been "decent" three years ago would require a second look now (!).
I know a number of good concientious (sp?) people in Islington who have worked hard to drive up standards.
You could try Dame Alice Owen.
I'm seeking a recommendation of a good tutor for my dd, to give her a chance at the City of London School. Unfortunately, I feel the same as the original posting ... not exactly spoilt for choice in Islington.
Ring Tavistock Tutors. very good
07772 848 159
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My warning lights are flashing red at the mention of Tavistock. Do NOT use them if you have your child's best interests at heart. I've heard scare stories about T from both sides. A friend asked for an English tutor and got someone who hadn't studied English A-level and who apparently hadn't even read the text they were looking at. Another friend's son signed up for their agency (he hasn't even finished university yet) and apparently they didn't interview him, didn't check his references and then asked him to teach economics A-level even though he's doing geography at university and only had economics AS. And he has ZERO teaching experience. I think very much a 'bargain' agency that picks up the tutors who can't find work elsewhere but I'd rather not part with even £30 for that sort of service, thanks! Wouldn't be at all surprised if 100lilgreen didn't have a vested interest... I fully agree with the secrecy of other parents, had an absolute nightmare sifting through websites and trying out tutors for my kids. Was on the brink of tears. I heard about Hippocrene Tutors by twisting the arm of a very close friend and subsequently found out other friends were using them too EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN'T MENTION IT. It's since become a bit of a cult because we all rave about them. I think they're big on entrance exams and we all had good results. IF you can get a tutor that is, I know for some subjects their tutors are have to be booked months in advance which is the first time I've heard of that happening (??) but they want to stay a small team apparently. I've heard mixed things about Bright Young Things .. but by and large they're meant to be very good and I found the office staff to be charming but I think they take on so many tutors it's still a bit hit and miss. I'd steer clear of Fleet personally, heard some uninspiring comments. Check ads in local newsagents too, you might pick up a good tutor for cheaper rates. Can anyone recommend a tennis coach in NW3 area?
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