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Theresa May and the Revival of the Grammar School: What does it mean for your child?

Recently May’s government announced plans to give £50m to existing grammar schools to increase the number of places for students applying for those in demand places. But what does this mean for a parent planning and preparing their child for the 11 plus entrance exams?

The schools will continue to be as selective as before with a boost in resources if their bids for funding are accepted this September. In fact children will still need to meet the schools standard entry requirements with some schools offering the extra places to children who live out of the area. At a time when such selection criteria is vital the government explains this plan is to increase access for disadvantaged pupils and for these schools to work with local schools to improve outcomes for all pupils and give more families access to a good school place.

Studies show that children with an advantage such as extra tuition often out perform those who sit the exams without the preparation. This can give a child the edge over those others in the competition for the few places each school allocates.

My child is really bright; surely we don’t need to bother with tuition.

Tuition is not simply about learning, it is about overcoming challenges with the support of qualified teachers. It allows students to develop the confidence to realise when they don’t understand a question and learn tools to overcome this issue. Equally the subjective nature of English means often there is no wrong answer; it is more a question of making a good argument. A lesson a week for 12 weeks can help students go up a grade – if they are paying attention. In some ways tutoring is really well supervised revision with a confidence boost. No matter how bright all students can use help finessing their skill set.

How Tuition helps:

  1. Customised lessons tailored to students
  2. One to One teaching gives more time and attention
  3. A choice of tutors
  4. Increased confidence
  5. Help with homework and test practice
  6. More interesting materials and forms of study
  7. Flexible and convenient
  8. Saves time and effort

Compared to large classrooms, with numerous distractions a tuition session is more relaxed, allowing students to take in information, overcome their weaknesses and gain the edge over other students. No matter how bright a child is, the more opportunity for practice and the exposure to a variety of skills will help them to stand out from the crowd and excel.

If you would be interested in joining us during our Summer Camp 2018 please fill in the form below or contact us on: 020 8908 0123.

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Summer Camp 2018 – 23rd July to 17th August

For those parents worried that their children will miss out on vital time to learn during their lengthy holidays we at the Learning Hub are running a Summer Camp! We have four weeks of fantastic courses for children to learn in a fun and well- structured environment. With between 10 to 15 hours of solid tuition every week – this camp is guaranteed top give your child a big push and a constructive break this summertime.

We provide all materials needed for the workshop so you don’t need to buy books or folders. With a strong emphasis on quality teaching we limit each class to 12 students only. Focus is on Maths and English as these are the essential skills the government is campaigning to improve in both children and adults. If you are going on holiday there are flexible options for booking per week should you need this.

To book your interest complete the form below:

Summer Camp Booking Form


Alternatively call us on 0208 908 0123!

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Grammar School Places – time to start registering your interest!

For all those parents aiming to get their child into the best possible school we have a handy guide featuring all of the local grammar schools that will be of interest.

One way to support and prepare your child is to enrol them onto our Mock exam preparation course. We have only 3 exam dates left this year so book before they are gone. The first session is an exam to test your child’s knowledge. This is followed by another session which goes through the paper giving children detailed feedback on their errors and tips on how to answer the questions, as well as what to include to get the higher marks.

                                                  Mock Exam Booking Form and Dates

Just click on the school you are interested in below to get more information about 11+ exam dates, admissions procedures and school brochures. All of this information is vital to help ensure that your child gets a place at the school of their choice!

Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School

The Henrietta Barnet School

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School

Upton Court Grammar School

Langley Grammar School

Aylesbury Grammar School (Boys)

Aylesbury Grammar School (Girls)

Beaconsfield Grammar School

Tiffin School

Watford Grammar School for Boys

Watford Grammar School for Girls

The Latymer School

Mill Hill County High School

Chesham Grammar School

Sutton Grammar School

Tiffin Girls School

Herschel Grammar School

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

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11+ Mock Exams June 2018 Session

11 plus mock exam was successful this weekend. Children were extremely excited and little nervous. The fear of exams is fading away slowly and gradually with each Mock exam.  Children are getting better and more confident but still many small mistakes which can easily take away their only chance to get through.

The Learning Hub 11plus mock exams offer children a unique experience of a simulated Grammar school 11plus exam conditions and excellent for a child’s preparation. Our experience has shown that children become very uncomfortable with the prospect of sitting an exam, especially when in a room filled with strangers. This frequently result in some distress or worry on the child and many good and able children then freeze up whilst doing their 11plus exams, causing them to fail when success was theirs for the taking. By sitting a number of our high quality 11plus mock exams, children are able to become familiar of the exam-type setting, this in turn reduces their worry and stress; allowing them to engage fully.

Two sessions have finished and three more to go (June, July and August) before the actual exam in September.

As we approach the final months of the preparation for the Grammar school exams, The Learning Hub is running its hugely successful 11+ Mock Exams in Maths, English & Verbal Reasoning. Each paper is designed to stretch the child utilising our unique 11plus IQ material to maximise this experience.

The exams for various schools have now changed and the competition increased tremendously. Statistics shows that children who have had experience of taking part in good Mock exams are more:

  • Relaxed
  • Confident
  • Assertive
  • & Average 15% more in the actual paper.

Spoke to few children and parents to get some feedback. It helps them to overcome the fear of 11 plus exam by doing these exams.

Next Mock Exam is on 3rd June 2018 to reserve you place call us now on 0208 908 0123

There is still time for three more sessions to get you ready for your big day.



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Easter Workshops: Boost your child’s potential!


With children facing so many challenges at school, tuition can be that beneficial step to help them cope with unfamiliar workloads or complicated new information. The advantages of private tuition are so well known that most parents now use private tuition.  Learning Hub teachers show students new approaches and methods, as well as how to ’embrace’ any new tasks with which they are faced. Our teachers are able to provide guidance in time management, with which children can better organise their increasingly pressured life.

Our Easter workshops take place over two weeks allowing your child to build up momentum when faced with new or difficult concepts. They will learn effectively over time, practising our tips to success so that by week 2 they become almost second nature. They will benefit from the attention of the teacher as well as becoming motivated by their success throughout the course. For more information call our administration staff on 0208 908 0123.

Contact details are here.

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11plus Mock Exams (London & Home Counties)

As part of our broad strategy to help eliminate children’s exam fears and make them successful in their 11plus exams, The Learning Hub is running its hugely successful 11plus mock exam on the following days:

11plus Mock Exam         11plus Mock Review

         Date                                   Date

8th April 2018                     15th April 2018

6th May 2018                      13th May 2018

3rd June 2018                     10th June 2018

8th July 2018                      15th July 2018

5th August 2018                 12st August 2018

What do our 11plus Mock Exams comprise of?

The Learning Hub has a solid history of running successful mock exams and in order to benefit as many children as possible with each set of exam being unique and designed to build on their previous experience. The mock exams comprise of:

  • 11plus Maths
  • 11plus Verbal Reasoning
  • 11plus English

Each paper is about 1 hour long and utilises unique 11plus IQ material to stretch and challenge the child. For each 11plus mock exams sitting, the child will be with us for about 3½ hours for the actual exams and an additional 3½ hours for the review, a total of 7 hours to ensure they maximise their learning and 11plus experience.

Why The Learning Hub 11plus Mock Exams?

  • As an examination centre, we ensure that our mock exams are conducted under exam conditions and comparable to the actual exams.
  • Our mock exams are well prepared and correctly organised.
  • Full 3½ hour review of the papers is carried out to ensure that the child learn from their mistake.
  • Emphasis on good exam techniques and practice.
  • Papers given back containing child’s detailed scores.
  • Open to all students in the area.
  • Our exams are of the highest quality and used by many private tutors and Independent Preparatory schools.
  • Aimed at schools within London and the Home counties.
  • Attendance at a mock examination builds student confidence.
  • Reviews carried out by our uniquely qualified M.NLP (Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming) Head Teacher who has successfully taught over 1370 children.
  • All Staff are DBS checked and qualified.
  • 100% Satisfaction feedback from our customers in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.

Benefits of a mock exam

In many areas, only 1 in 16 grammar school applications are successful. For thousands of children who trying to secure a much sought-after grammar school places it all rests on the all-important entrance exam.

The Learning Hub 11plus mock exams offer children a unique experience of a simulated Grammar school 11plus exam conditions and excellent for a child’s preparation. Our experience has shown that children become very uncomfortable with the prospect of sitting an exam, especially when in a room filled with strangers. This frequently result in some distress or worry on the child and many good and able children then freeze up whilst doing their 11plus exams, causing them to fail when success was theirs for the taking. By sitting a number of our high quality 11plus mock exams, children are able to become familiar of the exam-type setting, this in turn reduces their worry and stress; allowing them to engage fully.

For the parent, our unique exams allows you to accurately judge how well your child’s preparation is and enables you to understand their strengths and weaknesses  as you will receive the actual papers back with the scores standardised.

It has been proven that good mock exams can provide an accurate indication of the final exam positioning and multiple mock exams over time will allow a parent to track their child’s progress and fine tune the learning to enable success

It has been established that sitting a number of mocks can improve a child’s performance in the grammar school entrance exam and is a fantastic form of practice, providing excellent value.

In order to book your child up, please call us on 020 8908 0123 or email us at

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Open Evening – Understanding CEM & GL Assessment 11plus Exams

This is open to ALL parents.

Over the last few years, we have seen significant changes to the 11plus exams around the London and the home counties as schools try to make their papers ‘tutor proof”. This year is no exception as both 11plus boards –  GL Assessments and Durham University (CEM) papers; continue this trend, leaving parents worried and on the verge of anxiety attack. The net effect is many parents are physically coming to our centre with their concerns that their child may not be getting the best tuition and advice.

There is much to say and do but our priority is to ensure that we help as many children as possibly to meet this challenge and get them through the 11plus exams comfortably. As part of this strategy, we are holding two special open evenings this Saturday 10th February, to explain the impact of the changes and what can be done to help. The two meetings are aimed separately to address the concerns of parents whose children in year 4 or in year 5.

Venue: The Learning Hub – Vale Farm Sports Centre, Watford Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA0 3HG

11plus Opening Evening  for Children in Year 4   –   Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm          

11plus Opening Evening  for Children in Year 5   –   Time: 5:30pm – 6:45pm          

In order to reserve your place, please call us on Tel: 020 8908 0123, or email us on Please note that due to health & Safety places will be limited.

We all know how important these exams and unfortunately time is running out fast.


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11plus Exams and Grammar School Places – London

For people who do not know – Grammar schools are state selective secondary schools ie. they select their pupils by means of an 11plus exam taken by children at the beginning of their school year 6.

Currently, there are 163 grammar schools in England and a further 67 grammar schools in Northern Ireland from the near 3,000 state secondary’s. Wales and Scotland have no state grammar school.

The current government made a ‘u-turn’ on no more grammar schools but left the back door wide open, allowing current grammar schools with their blessings to create extra places.

In brief, in 2009 – 2010 there were 110,600 pupil places in grammar schools with an average population of 690 pupils. Last year, in 2016 – 2017, the state grammar school pupil population grew by 7,600. Based on the average given that calculates to about 11 new grammar schools have been opened or 7600 extra 11plus places being created.

Unfortunately, the increase in spaces has been in the traditional areas where grammar schools are already established and not in other areas where parents are demanding better academic education for their children.

In London, where there is a strong demand, the grammar school population is still relative static and bright children are losing out every year on gaining a place. The impact is difficult to measure but grammar schools’ being academically strong does lead to children attaining excellent GCSEs and ‘A’ levels results. The impact being that these children can then go on to gaining a place at one of the Russell Group of Universities and onto a great career. Something we all want for our children.

Personally, this is a right that all children should have and I personally recommend that everyone should be lobbying their local Member of Parliament and local Councillors to that effect. We do require more state grammar school places and children having a better chance in passing their 11plus exams, no matter what area they live in.

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Selective or Super-Selective School?

The 11+ Exams are about wishing to enrol your child in a selective or a super selective school. The problem is that most parents do not know the difference and what it requires?

Grammar schools select children on the basis of their academic performance, in particular the 11+ Exam. However, some schools can take in few students on the basis of excellent extracurricular activities, which include excellent performance in music, sports and languages. According to a national figure, almost half of pupils who attain the basic pass mark in the 11+ exams still fail to gain a grammar school place because of the fierce competition.

Although grammar schools are quite stringent in the acceptance of pupils and ensures only the highest achieving students succeed. A Super selective school is even more stringent in their entry requirements and admits just the top few percent of pupils who apply. In some cases pupils may need to score as much as 99 percent in the 11+ to secure a place. Moreover, super selective schools are highly looked upon by people and they receive far more applicants than places available.

Some of the benefits of joining super selective schools are:

  • The schools focus on a particular achievement and create a strong learning environment, in which they help their pupils achieve good results.
  • Children are likely to be with like-minded peers who have a strong attitude to learning and a desire to do well.
  • Children have a wider range of academic subjects to choose from at GCSE and A level, including single sciences, further math’s and more languages.
  • A more traditional approach of education is offered, with firm discipline considered essential.
  • Super-selective in particular pride themselves on their academic results, and many of them have good links with the top universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Selection Process?

The majority of selective schools allocate places on the basis of academic ability, assessed by the  11+ exams. This usually combines elements from four main areas: Math, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Subsequently, the chances of your child getting into a selective school depend on where you live. In some areas like the outer boroughs of London, where there are fewer grammar schools, several thousand children regularly apply for as few as 180 places, so places go to the top performers. For example, at Queen Elizabeth’s Boys school and Henrietta Barnet Girls School, on average, only the top performing three per cent of children, get a place. In contrast, areas with more grammar schools, like Buckingham, have a much higher pass rate, around 3 out every 10 child is successful. For super-selective schools, children only stand a realistic chance of gaining a place if they have a near perfect score.

Improving Your Child’s Chance

Although 11+ Exams are designed to be hard to tutor for, and many schools discourage pupils from being tutored, it’s very difficult to get through the test without some preparation. In some areas, and particularly for super-selective schools, there’s a definite culture of tutoring with some children beginning extra-curricular sessions as early as Year 3.

Solid skills are required to prepare a child, this means good tutoring at the very least, by someone who has very good experience and a track record as the child needs to have a good understanding of all the concepts covered in the exam. And remember they only have ONE chance at this. Maths papers, for instance, typically include subjects that your child won’t learn about until Year 6, and as the test is taken at the very beginning of the autumn term, you can’t rely on your child covering them at school. It’s also important that your child is familiar with the format of the paper, and develops good time management skills, as the test usually involves completing a large number of questions in a tight timescale.


The Learning Hub has a long legacy of students being awarded a place(s) at some of the top schools in the country and here are some of the many testimonials, to help you further to make your decision. In fact, we are proud to state that we have many lever arch files to confirm all this.

 ‘We got our son to The Learning Hub, we were really pleased with his progress and his confidence shot through the roof. He is now going to Queen Elizabeth’s Boys School..’ A.P.

‘We opted for the tutoring route and it certainly helped build up son’s skills and confidence.’ J.G.

 ‘We thought it was beyond his reach but The Learning Hub made it happen.’ Mr & Mrs A.

‘The Learning Hub is a fantastic place which I’ve enjoyed. I really appreciate how you have helped me pass my 11+ exams. AA.

‘You’ve helped me when I really needed it and looked after me really well.’ B.

The Learning Hub has a successful 15-year track record in helping over a thousand children being successful in their 11plus exams with many going onto gaining a scholarship. For further information, please contact the centre directly on 020 8908 0123 (Open Tuesday to Saturdays) or send an email to

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11plus Open Evening – Can you afford to miss it!

The Learning Hub is having a special open evening on Tuesday 27th October 2015 explaining what is required for preparing your child for 11plus grammar and independent school exams.

We will be going through:

  • What strategy parents should employ during these important exams
  • What makes a child successful?
  • Benefits of success and rewards in the 11plus

The evening will be presented by Mr Rakesh Joshi MNLP, a recognised expert in the field of 11plus preparation and exams.

The open evening will be at The Learning Hub in Wembley and will focus on schools like Henrietta Barnet Girls Schools, Queen Elizabeth’s (QE) Boys School, Slough Consortium, Tiffin, Watford Grammar Boys & Girls schools along with independent schools like Haberdashers’, Merchant Taylors, North London Collegiate Nottingham and Ealing, and other top schools.

For more details and to book your place for this unique and important evening then contact us on 020 8908 0123 or via our email on

The Learning Hub is based in Wembley, Middlesex and provides comprehensive tuition for children age 6 to 18 in both group and 1 to 1. We tutor children in KS1, KS2, SATs, KS3, GCSE and ‘A’ Levels.


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