The 11-Plus

At BYT we're passionate about helping every child fulfil their potential. Our 11 Plus and Entrance Exam courses are shaped by our decade long experience in getting children through examinations

The 11 Plus (also referred to as the 11+ or Eleven Plus) is an examination taken by some school pupils in their last year of primary school to obtain a place at a grammar school of their choice. In reality most children will only be 10 years old when they take the test – the term “11 Plus” refers to the fact that the test selects for schools with an entry point for children aged 11 or over.

The BYT Approach

Since our beginnings in 2006 we’ve utilised our decade long experience to offer 11 Plus tuition that is entirely honed to meet the needs of your child as an individual. Whether CEM, ISEB, GL, Bond, North London Consortium or school specific entrance papers, our courses, tuition and unique materials are designed to offer a full preparation for the exam. We work in a way that helps children feel less pressure to ‘pass an exam’ and instead puts the onus on bringing out the best in each student.

The 11 Plus: Our Promise

  • We’ll work with your child to build full competency, fluency and initiative in core Maths and English skills.
  • We’ll ensure all bases are covered with exam technique and working under timed conditions.
  • We’ll build key Non-Verbal and Verbal Reasoning skills.
  • We’ll help your child grow in confidence and self-belief.

We run 11+ courses in our centres and recommend booking a place for your child a minimum of 12 months before the exam. Working with pen and paper, and using our best in-class learning materials with experienced tutors leading the way, we’ll ensure that your child goes into their exam feeling confident, energised and able to achieve their full potential. Our courses cover:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Composition
  • Vocabulary
  • Punctuation, Grammar & Spelling
  • Mathematics - all topics on the National Curriculum
  • Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning

We understand how, for many, the 11 Plus can be the first major hurdle in the U.K. education system, so we're keen to minimise the stress your child may feel.

Our tutors are fully versed in all aspects of the exam from the tiny differences between provider (ISEB, CEM or Gl) to the ins and outs of top U.K. independent school entrance exams. What’s more, our course covers key Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Skills, and our focused exam preparation classes ensure that your child is up to scratch and feeling confident the full way through the process.

If your child is in would benefit from 11 Plus support in our centres, please email or call the relevant centre to discuss how we can help

  • Harrow - 020 8909 2829
  • High Wycombe - 01494 911 655
  • Maidenhead - 01628 918 132
  • St Albans - 01727 260 239

For families in and around London, our agency offers bespoke private tuition in your home, and a tailor-made learning programme of preparation for the 11 Plus. We match families with with a private tutor that has been carefully selected to suit the student’s academic strenghts and weaknesses, who will oversee each student’s progress and report back to you, the parent(s). Our team of admissions specialists will work with your child to prepare him or her for assessment, covering Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. In addition, BYT tutors will be able to prepare students for interviews and equip them with the confidence to succeed.

We have over a decade of experience securing places for our students at the UK’s leading independent schools. Each year, our students gain places and scholarships at St Paul’s, Westminster, City of London Boys, Godolphin and Latymer, Dulwich College, Alleyn’s, Harrodian and many others.

If your child is in need of some one-to-one support please call Bright Young Things on 020 7723 0506 or email us at to discuss how we can help.
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