From times tables and short division to symmetry and angles, maths is a huge and varied subject. Children (and adults) can be confident with some areas of maths but struggle with others. I love using practical resources such as cards, string and Cuisinaire Rods to help children to visualise complex ideas. 



We're fortunate to have some fantastic local schools in this area. Pupils wishing to attend the Lancaster Royal Grammar School or Lancaster Girls' Grammar School are required to sit an entry test commonly called the 11+. Applicants must be be high achievers in both English and maths. The test is challenging and places are awarded to those with the highest scores. Tuition can help to calm nerves, boost confidence and perfect exam technique. My 11+ Taster Course is a great way to get started.. Alternatively, you can book private lessons for English, maths, verbal reasoning or a combination of the three.

For more information on the entry tests, please click on the link below.

LGGS Admissions

Spelling and Grammar


The English language isn't an easy one when it comes to spelling. I have lots of tips and tricks to help pupils catch up, ensuring their spelling doesn't hold them back.

The new Primary Curriculum places a greater emphasis on grammar and punctuation than ever before, and expectations have been raised considerably. 



There's much more to reading than being able to say words aloud. Children need to retrieve information, consider the viewpoint of the author, put a story into their own words, navigate non-fiction texts using organisational features and have an appreciation for the cultural and historical context of a text. 



Whether you use a pen or a keyboard, being able to share your ideas with others is an important and complicated skill. Children need to be able to communicate their ideas effectively using a range of sentence types and interesting vocabulary. Some need help generating ideas or developing characters; others struggle to compose coherent sentences.

Exam Preparation


These days, children are tested regularly at school. It can be a stressful time for pupils, parents and teachers. Some pupils choose to have extra help in the weeks prior to a test in order to fill in any gaps in their learning, revise key ideas and methods, or boost their confidence.