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At Explore Apollo tuition, we have developed an 11+ and Entrance Exam program, which is tailored to suit the schools in your local area. Whether your child is sitting a CEM, GL Assessment or local school entrance paper, our lessons are designed to work on all the key elements and skills needed to succeed. Our 11+ lessons are designed to support children not only with their exam technique, but to build the correct foundations needed to progress within their education.

We recommend that children start their 11+ journey in year 4 or earlier. This way, your child will get the knowledge they need at the right pace and be able to learn the knowledge in depth. The 11+ lessons run from September – August every year.

What 11+ tuition do we offer?

We offer one-to-one online tuition
We offer one-to-one face- to-face tuition

For our face-to-face tution we cover the following areas:

  • Lichfield
  • Burton on Trent
  • Tamworth
  • Sutton Coldfield 
  • Four Oaks
  • Walsall
  • Aldridge.

Starting their 11+ journey

We recommend that children start their 11+ journey in year 4 or earlier. This way, your child will get the knowledge they need at the right pace and be able to learn the knowledge in depth.
  • Pre-year 4 – Your child can start their 11+ journey before year 4. Our pre-year 4 lessons build strong foundation skills, increasing their chances of 11+ success. Our one-to-one lessons will challenge and stretch your child, increasing their confidence in the 11+ skills. The lessons will focus on core maths and English skills, encouraging your child to become masters of 11+ learning.
  • Year 4-Our year 4 lessons are designed to introduce exam content, enhance problem solving skills and help introduce exam confidence. Furthermore, our lessons introduce the foundations needed for success, which they can build upon in upcoming years.
  • Year 5 – The 11+ lessons in year 5 develop advanced English and maths skills. They also teach your child how to deal with all types of exam questions, while learning higher-level knowledge. Our year 5 lessons will focus on exam technique, increasing speed and accuracy, and will also develop working under time pressure.
  • Year 6 – Our year 6 lessons will ensure that your child is ready for exam day. We will develop exam skills, by working on past papers, focusing on your child’s weaknesses to ensure they are ready for any challenges the exam proposes.

What do our 11+ lessons cover?

  • Verbal reasoning: Verbal reasoning is almost always on the 11+ exam paper. The verbal reasoning section relies heavily on a strong vocabulary that goes beyond the primary curriculum. Our lessons are designed to breakdown these skills, working on problem solving and expanding your child’s vocabulary.
  • English: As English is taught daily in Uk schools, your child should be familiar with many of the topics covered in the 11+ English exams. However, the exams will explore these topics in-depth and at a higher level. Our English 11+ lessons will cover reading comprehension, creative writing, grammar, punctuation, and spelling in depth and above the primary standard, to prepare your child for the exams.
  • Non-verbal reasoning: Non-verbal reasoning tests are designed to assess how well a child can analyse information and solve problems. Non-verbal reasoning is not taught in school and therefore will be something new for your child to learn. At Explore Apollo tuition, our lessons are designed to teach your child the foundations of non-verbal tasks and develop their experience in tackling these types of questions. The key topics that we focus on are geometry, patterns, and sequences.
  • Maths: The 11+ maths tests will cover a huge range of topics and skills. As maths is taught daily in our schools, your child should be familiar with many of the skills covered in the 11+ maths exams but not to a higher level. However, we will explore the national curriculum at an advanced level, preparing your child with past 11+ exam questions. Our 11+ maths lessons cover topics such as problem solving, mental arithmetic, while nailing speed, accuracy, and confidence.

How do our 11+ lessons work?

  1. Book your free initial assessment: Our initial assessment allows your tutor to meet your child and see the best place to start. Also, it is a great way for you to meet us and see how we teach, with no commitments.
  1. Join the Apollo family: When you start lessons with us, you will receive a welcome pack. Our 11+ welcome pack is full of great information, including useful tips and helpful information for parents.
  1. Start your 11+ lessons: Your child will work with the same tutor every week; they will also be set home learning activities to practice and apply what they have learnt within the lesson. Your tutor will create each lesson specifically for your child, to target their weakest areas.
  1. Review and feedback: Every half term your child will receive an in-depth feedback sheet. We will always keep you in the loop every step of the way and are always available for a phone call or a quick chat to review progress.


Highly recommend this Tuition service. Friendly, knowledgeable tutors who have helped my child reach their full potential and boost their confidence. A great service with regular updates and Tutor reports at the end of term.

Tasneem Hussain

Really happy with the level of service from Finn. He has great communication and is always on hand ready to help and support our child with in any way he can.We started tuition during lockdown to support our daughters 11 plus tests in the future. Finn has created a custom package for us and helps our daughter with additional support material for each lesson.Would highly recommend Finn and his team and will be adding lessons for our other children in the near future.

Parminder Singh Narwal

Cannot say thank you enough to Finn. We contacted him after schools shutting for the second time to help with our 6 year old. We were worried about how much school he has missed and was looking for someone to help keep him interested and motivated to learn. It worked out brilliantly and I could not believe how he managed to keep him engaged for an hour each time. We are even hoping to continue with Finn after our son settles back into school. I was so impressed with the work our son was producing and without any of the moaning that I was receiving.

Amanda Bown

We found Finn from a local recommendation, and he started working with my 6 and 7 year old sons during the lockdown, helping them several times a week with English and Maths. For us homeschooling was a battle and after missing so much school this year it was a relief to know they were still learning and progressing.Finn kept them motivated, interested, and somehow managed to keep them engaged every single lesson! The boys loved learning with Finn and I am very sure we will be using Explore Apollo Tuition in the future.... I highly recommend and a massive thank you from all of us x

Michelle Perez

This young man has the patience of a saint. My 10-year-old is very bright but gets bored easily. Finnen, has gone out of his way to engage with Gabriel, which has worked fabulously. My son is going for his 11 plus and saying we have been in lockdown Finnen has done awesome job of keeping him up to date.

Sam Denning

I first started using Finn and Mollie after a recommendation from a friend during lockdown and they have been amazing. My son is in year 9 and he throughout lockdown he has been doing Maths, Chemistry and English with FAU and he has been engaged and really enjoying the sessions. As he is not a child that naturally enjoys learning this shows just how good the tutors are. My son had to sit exams at the end of term and after not being in school and with no lessons other than the work set I am pleased to say his grades improved in all subjects where he has had the tutoring which I fantastic.

Not only this Finn and Mollie have inspired my son to go back to school with a new focus wanting to improve his grades and do well. I can not recommend this company enough.”

Samantha Turner

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