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Bluecoat school- liverpool

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Elg82 · 29/02/2024 10:42

Hi, does anybody have experience of the Bluecoat school 11+ exam. We are looking at this for my daughter. She is currently in year 4 at school. I would say she is above average and has a strong affinity to English and Maths. Is there any specific book we should be reading/ maths studying. I’m not sure.

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GemmaLouiseBull · 02/03/2024 12:25

I have tutored a number of students for BC. It’s very competitive to get into and - as far as I am aware - the school has a good reputation.

I can’t comment on Maths - I’m an English specialist - but in Year 4, I recommend focusing on building the key skills in vocabulary, comprehension and creative writing. CGP, Bond and Galore Park offer a wide range of resources. You may also want to look at Atom online as they provide a huge amount of questions and papers.

Best of luck with your preparations 🙏🏻

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Sab2013 · 18/03/2024 23:40

Hi

My daughter got a place in the September 2024 cohort . She did a few month ( March-July ) of weekly tutoring (2 hours a week) in year 5, attended the exam in September . Over the course of these few month , she also attended a few mock exams. She is in top set in her class and always did well above average in school tests.

If your child is only in year 4, start with bond books , even if it is just a few 10mins tests each weekend . Gradually introduced full test papers ( we personally did not do any prep at this stage as I thought it was too early ).

Starting from January when she is in year 5 , get a private tutor ( we used a local tutoring school which was great ).

Starting from March when she is in year 5, sign up for mock exams . Depending on the exam results , get specific 121 tutoring on certain math or English topics . What I found is most kids would be familiar with the topics however some struggle with speed and concentration in a test environment.

I appreciate tutoring can be really expensive , so the alternative is guiding your child with bond test papers and only signing up for mock exams . Believe me mock exams really help ! If your child consistently scores above 80% in mock tests , there is a good chance she will get in.

Good luck .

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Elg82 · 19/03/2024 07:42

Thanks for your advice. It’s really helpful.
just to clarify. Did you use the bond test paper as the mock exams?
I’ll look at that next year when we move closer to the test date. Thanks

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Sab2013 · 19/03/2024 08:38

Elg82 · 19/03/2024 07:42

Thanks for your advice. It’s really helpful.
just to clarify. Did you use the bond test paper as the mock exams?
I’ll look at that next year when we move closer to the test date. Thanks

I booked the mock tests with the tutoring school . It is organised by them , usually takes places on weekends in a secondary school hall which helps with nerves on the day of the of the exam because by September , the child would have already experienced the exam atmosphere if you like and will have an idea of their time keeping.

I did buy full bond test papers but she never went through them at home in one go as you can imagine they get distracted easily in the house with other things so for home practise we only did 10mins math tests and one piece of reading comprehension at a time. After she started the weekly tutoring , we rarely did any bond books at home , just concentrated on whatever was assigned as homework by the tutor .

I hope this helps .🙂

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Elg82 · 19/03/2024 09:05

Oh wow, I never knew this was a thing!!!
Blinkin heck!! I just though a few private lessons would be it 😳😳
If you don’t mind, could I have the name of the tutoring school that you used. That would be great.

Its a lot to think about!

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Sab2013 · 19/03/2024 09:37

Elg82 · 19/03/2024 09:05

Oh wow, I never knew this was a thing!!!
Blinkin heck!! I just though a few private lessons would be it 😳😳
If you don’t mind, could I have the name of the tutoring school that you used. That would be great.

Its a lot to think about!

Ah I know what you mean , we didn’t know where to start either at the time , now have been through the process , I believe things will fall into place .. don’t worry too much , if your child is above average , they just need to get familiar with the concept of the exam , a few months of concentrated effort should do 😀

The one my daughter went to is called Accelerate on Allerton road .

Cheers.

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Northsouthdivide1 · 23/03/2024 11:22

Hi just looking at this - what is the name of the tutoring school offering mocks please? Didn’t know this existed either!

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Sab2013 · 23/03/2024 14:28

Northsouthdivide1 · 23/03/2024 11:22

Hi just looking at this - what is the name of the tutoring school offering mocks please? Didn’t know this existed either!

I hear there are a few that offers this , we were recommended Accelerate on Allerton road by friends . We ‘ve been very happy with them , but I guess you can ask around 😀

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tonyr72 · 10/04/2024 06:59

Hi.
If you are still looking for help with Bluecoat prep, I run mock exams similar to the actual tests and can advise you.
25 years of doing this
Please Just WhatsApp me on
07950 152232.
Good luck in any case.
Tony

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Elg82 · 10/04/2024 17:03

Thanks, I’ll keep your details x

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