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Tiffins 11+ tutors

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saya Fri 11-Nov-11 21:21:15

I've been told there is a really good tutor preparing children to Tiffin 11+ exam, her name is Mrs.W...I would be grateful if anybody who knows how to contact her can share it with me..Many Thanks

gethelp Fri 11-Nov-11 22:16:41

I'd be very surprised if anyone does help you, the competition for places with her is pretty hot!

gethelp Fri 11-Nov-11 22:18:52

I'll see what I can do, I'm not in the race! Do you live in RBK?

saya Fri 11-Nov-11 22:23:51

Yes, I live in Kingston, I am not an immediate competition..would appreciate if you could help..Thanks

corlan Sat 12-Nov-11 12:38:09

How old is your child?

If you haven't put registered them with Mrs W by the time they are 6 months old you have no chance wink

saya Sat 12-Nov-11 17:33:26

5 and 4

harrassedswlondonmum Sat 12-Nov-11 18:27:31

As I understand it, Mrs W does not work miracles, she pre-selects the children based on a test, and only takes on the ones who do very well. The children who got in to Tiffin from my son's year 6 were all naturally very bright, and none had been to Mrs W.

stillfeel18inside Sat 12-Nov-11 18:49:25

I have her number and can pm you with it ("old Mrs W" anyway - I know there's also a daughter who teaches the same). People do put their kids down for her v young but if you can tell her your kids are very bright (with NC levels maybe) then she might take them as obviously every child she gets into Tiffin is good for her reputation. We didn't use her in the end but lots of friends did. pm me if you have any questions.

toutlemonde Sat 12-Nov-11 19:06:26

Can I hijack (a bit) and ask how people are getting on getting their kids ready for the Tiffin test next week? Don't send me over to 11+ forum!

AmazingDisgrace Sat 12-Nov-11 23:52:09

Mrs W is retiring isn't she? I've just looked on the 11+ forum and that's what they are saying there.

thanksalot Sun 13-Nov-11 13:33:39

I tried said tutor for a few weeks with DS1. Wasn't impressed at all, so gave that up and helped the poor lad myself (successfully). Doing same with DS2 for next week.

I'd be very interested to know what the success rate is for this tutor given that she only takes on the best from the start. I know far more kids that went to her and failed than went to her and passed.

legallady Sun 13-Nov-11 20:53:49

I do feel the need to defend Mrs W and daughter - and no I'm not related in any way but have used the daughter for two children and waiting for the call for the third. They do invite your children to sit a test before they accept them. Of course this could be to improve their odds of success, but I do believe the explanation they give for this. They explain that if your child doesn't get about 75% in the pre test, they are unlikely to get into Tiffins without a huge amount of work and that this isn't necessarily in the best interests of your child. They are also flexible and will take nerves into consideration when looking at test results! Anyway Barbara (the daughter) has always said that the best thing you can do for any of these tests is read, read and read some more!

Heatseekingmiss Mon 14-Nov-11 09:11:27

Just wanted to say, there must be 2 well-known Mrs W's tutoring for Tiffin. Our one doesn't have a daughter, doesn't screen children by doing a test (but does like a good long chat with parent to assess basic suitability of child for grammar entry), and is lovely. We have exam on Weds, so fingers crossed, but I honestly believe that with the numbers applying now and the maniacal lengths some people will go to... it's nigh on impossible!

thanksalot Mon 14-Nov-11 09:28:27

Heatseekingmiss, I've not heard of your Mrs W, only the other one! Good luck for Wednesday.

TheWomanOnTheBus Mon 14-Nov-11 10:10:50

Registering at six months. shock Am I alone in thinking this is crazy?????!!!!

legallady Mon 14-Nov-11 10:49:26

I think the 6 months comment was a little tongue in cheek wink, but in all seriousness to stand any chance of getting on her books, you are probably looking at registering at least two years (if not more!!!!) in advance. Personally I don't see it as a problem. You have nothing to lose by registering and if when it comes to the time you think it isn't right for your child, then you don't do it. If you haven't registered, then you won't have the option hmm I would agree with the earlier poster, however, that Mrs W and daughter don't do anything magic, they just give some technique and lots of papers to practice. There are lots of tutors (and parents) who do exactly the same smile

TheWomanOnTheBus Mon 14-Nov-11 10:58:13

duh blush

salsakitty Mon 14-Nov-11 14:34:02

Can someone please give me details of these 2 Mrs W 's for tutoring my DD. We live in Brentford/Ealing border and would like to get DD assessed to see if Tiffin is a viable option. She's in top sets for literacy and maths but I know that means nothing when it comes to Tiffin standards. DD in Year 5.

toutlemonde Mon 14-Nov-11 18:20:51

Why is it that we can have discussion of the day about John Lewis but when people are talking about 11+ tutors its all 'Mrs W', 'Mrs D', nudge nudge, wink wink, have to do it by PM?

Mary and Barbara Walsh - a couple of people who tutor already-likely-to-pass bright Surrey children for 11+ exams at tiffin (as far as I can gather from google).

corlan Mon 14-Nov-11 18:47:34

toutlemonde you realise you're going to have to leave the country and take on a new identity now don't you? grin

toutlemonde Mon 14-Nov-11 19:16:03

There are people with flaming torches banging on the door screaming "you've told everybody! how will my little araminta get in now?!"

Time for a quick exit.

MaeMobley Mon 14-Nov-11 19:20:19

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Heatseekingmiss Tue 15-Nov-11 10:56:59

My Mrs W is handed down from mother to daughter, sister to sister and occasionally friend to friend.. BUT ONLY if the children aren't the same age!!! Only torture, or possibly major bribery, could make me reveal more!

AmazingDisgrace Tue 15-Nov-11 11:09:25

I'm not sure the elderly Mrs Walsh would appreciate her telephone number being posted on here or any public message board? Poor woman's going to get inundated.

salsakitty Tue 15-Nov-11 11:30:07


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