There is a huge range of Independent/private schools spread out over Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. These schools are fee paying and most of them are members of the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate). Private schools are run by governors. They are therefore independent of many regulations that apply to state schools. The biggest of these regulations that they are independent of is the National Curriculum.
Private Secondary Schools
Firstly, private secondary schools cater for children between 11 and 13 to 16 and often has a Sixth Form within the school for children 16-18. Many of these private schools are also members of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). This is a non-profit organisation representing about 80% independent schools in the UK (in 2011).
Secondly, independent schools that belong to the ISC are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) according to a framework agreed upon between the various assessment bodies including the DfE and Ofsted. Ofsted oversees this. All independent schools in England are however registered with the Department of Education. The Secretary of State for Education therefore regulates these schools.
Thirdly, the best way to search for school options is probably to have a look at the schools in the area and work from there. You can then find the Website and Admissions pages for these schools either through the above links or by going to our various pages like:
Private Secondary School Websites (London)
Admission to Private Secondary School Websites (London)
Firstly, as each private school manages their own admission procedures, these vary greatly. Most private schools are however academically selective and even those that don’t, require an interview to see whether your child would fit into their particular school environment.
Secondly, for academically selective schools various forms of assessment can be used either at 11+, 12+ or 13+. These may include Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning and also exams on various other subjects. The best would be to check the Admissions page of your preferred schools.
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Private School Entrance Exams 12+
Maths (City of London Freemen’s School)
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Maths (Junior King’s 2014) also
12+ Maths (Junior King’s 2013)
Maths (Junior King’s 2012)
12+ Maths (Junior King’s 2011)
13- 14+ Past Papers
14+ Past Papers
11 PLUS MATHS
Firstly, here are some excellent 11+ Maths tips.
Next, the School Entrance Tests 11+ Maths Practice.
11 PLUS VERBAL REASONING
In our opinion these are some of the best 11 plus tips for Verbal Reasoning.
11 PLUS ENGLISH
Firstly, to improve your literacy skills.
Secondly, practice to improve your spelling and grammar.
Thirdly, some general 11 Plus English Practice.
11 PLUS NON-VERBAL REASONING
We are very proud of our 11 Plus work with the City Kids magazine.
11 PLUS TIPS
Firstly, our top Maths test tips. And here are some useful mental Maths practice.
Also, we hope you enjoy our top tips to improve your literacy skills.
11 PLUS PRACTICE
You will find this to be useful mental Maths practice.
OUR 11 PLUS BLOGS
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Numerical Reasoning Test practice
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Giving children a say in what and how they learn has shown great benefits, not only to the students but also helps teachers relay information more effectively. This seems to be a very viable approach, especially within the independent school system. As independent schools are not bound to the National Curriculum, they can use this feedback from appointed ‘Dons’ to shape how and what they teach.
Some independent schools appoint learners as what they call a ‘Don’. A ‘Don’ will give feedback to the teacher on what they (and those in their class) are learning and how they are learning. A Don is a student leader in important departments of the school. They are usually associated with academic departments. You would, therefore, get a Don for Maths or Biology, but there may also be a Don for other departments like Library. These Dons can then do the following
- Lead activities for younger learners
- Organise external speakers and organise extracurricular societies
- Pop up at A level choices fairs to tell potential subscribers “what it’s really like”
- Offer heads of department feedback on lessons and curriculum
- Lobby for changes in what and how they are taught