GCSE subjects English, Maths and Science are taught rigorously and particularly according to the syllabus and specific exam boards. The comprehensive and instructive collection of material provides explicit guidance on how to achieve an A* in core subjects. GCSE students are not only given the opportunity to strengthen their weaknesses in certain topics, but also to develop an overall advanced understanding of the subject.
Mathematics is a unique area of study, both practical and theoretical. Many students find this subject to be the most challenging of all, considering it to be complex, full of seemingly pointless rules, and impenetrable. We believe that this attitude stems primarily from poor teaching, resulting in a lack of understanding and difficulty in applying mathematics to solve problems. Our approach is to foster an understanding of “why?” and then progress from that into “how?” At all years and levels, we focus on application: whatever is learned must be applied to solve problems. This way both the theoretical underpinning and real-life usefulness of mathematics can be understood, appreciated, and enjoyed.
It is important to note a situation that is particular to mathematics: students will often have a fear of the subject and the belief that they lack some kind of inherent “mathematical gift” that prevents them from understanding. A large part of our work in such cases revolves around showing the students, through their own work, that this is simply not true: that understanding mathematics is simply a case of hard work, good teaching, and practical problem solving; hence, everyone can be good at maths.
Our system is based on the full national curriculum for mathematics and we follow the students school timetable as closely as possible.
Science is the study of the world around us. It helps us understand how and why things happen the way they do. A good grasp of science will allow students to understand the world and help them observe and predict physical events. This improves critical thinking and is the initial step towards a career in engineering, medicine, or science.
Biology is the study of living organisms including plants, animals and microbes. Studying this allows us to understand things like why we need to breath, what trees lose their leaves in autumn, and why we get sick. Good skills in biology naturally lead to careers in medicine, pharmacy, and biological studies. It is essential to foster an enthusiasm in this subject early on if students wish to progress into one of these careers, which is why a key criterion for selecting science teachers is their enthusiasm and ability to take information and bring it to life.
Physics is often regarded as the most difficult of the three core sciences and many students shy away from the subject because of this. Our gentle but firm approach to physics education supports students by breaking down the complex theories into simple and practical concepts that are easily understood. We lead the students from very basic problems all the way to solving the hardest that could be asked in their year. We take a layered approach, constructing a small but stable foundation and building on it gradually.
Chemistry is the study of protons, electrons and their interactions. Used extensively in many industries like medicine, food, and petroleum, it is essential to modern life. It is a core requirement for a career in medicine or chemical engineering. Understanding the connection between theory and practice through examples and problem solving allows students to develop an intuitive understanding of the subject and improves their performance both in class and in exams.
Our approach to English
English is the most important subject to master in school: the ability to analyse information and communicate is essential for us to live in modern society. Now more than ever, we are surrounded by written information and must be able to extract meaning and act on it. This is impossible without a firm grasp of the English language.
- Essays and marking
- Identifying and improving weaknesses
- Learning English as a foreign language speaker
The 11 plus exam is an optional exam, usually taken in year 6 and is one of the most challenging tests taken by students. Success in this can mean a place at a grammar school and higher quality education throughout the school years. The exam tests ability in four areas:
- Verbal reasoning
- Non-verbal reasoning
While the English and maths sections are taught as part of the national curriculum, the reasoning sections are not taught in school. This means that students receiving tuition in the 11+ are at a significant advantage and have a much higher chance of success.
Preparation for the 11+ will ideally begin in year 4, where the content of the exams will gradually be introduced. In year 5, the preparation steps up significantly as we continue working on the content alongside starting to work under timed conditions. Year 6 focuses on exam technique, discovering and filling any gaps in knowledge, and past paper practice.
The 11+ is an opportunity to improve the education of your children that should not be ignored. Our system delivers excellent results, so call us and find out how we can help your child reach their potential.