11+ Entrance Exams

Our team is highly skilled in the specific preparation of children sitting entrance examination for both Grammar and Independent Schools. We are enormously proud of our outstanding results year on year, 100% have achieved their top three choice of schools.

?Another bumper year!?

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You won’t find an 11 Plus Tuition provider like us, VAKS!

Our 11 plus strengths are based on the relationship we build with individuals. Our tutors understand your child’s needs as a learner and teach individuals in small groups offering the highest level of connection with tutors and their peers. The VAKS 11 Plus programme has been tried and tested for 17 years and proven to deliver success. Read the benefits of group learning here.


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We understand your child needs more than just tutoring

  • Real people, real learning – no computers!
  • Highest level of interaction
  • Confidence building
  • Children are always matched according to age and ability
  • We never mix year groups because one size does not fit all!
  • Encouraging friendships & connections with peers
  • Motivating & inspiring hand picked tutors
  • Group dynamic – average size 3-6 with one-to-one for those who need it
  • No old school methods like sitting in rows
  • Eye contact is everything

11 Plus Tutoring

We cater for:

11 Plus Weekly Tuition

Tutoring in our centres across Hertfordshire & North London

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11 Plus Easter Booster Sessions

Running from April 2020

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11 Plus Summer Camp

Intensive booster sessions running throughout August 2020

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11 Plus free educational assessment

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?Outstanding Results?

VAKS’ 11 Plus Success Results 2018 – 2019 

Congratulations to our 11+ students this academic year, 100% of our students achieved their top choice of independent and Grammar Schools.

  • 100% of our students achieved their 1st choice.
  • 100% of our students gained an offer for their chosen schools.
  • 5 Scholarship offers.
  • 95% of our students had offers from all 3 of their chosen schools.

Schools our students achieved as their 1st choice:

  • St Albans High School for Girls
  • St Albans Boys School
  • Parmiter’s School
  • Watford Grammar School for Girls
  • Watford Grammar School for Boys
  • Bishop’s Stortford College
  • Hockerill College
  • St Edmund’s School
  • Haileybury School
  • Aldenham School
  • Abbotts Hill School
  • St Columba’s College
  • Queenswood School
  • Haberdashers’ Aske’s School
  • Hockerill School
  • Dame Alice Owen’s School

Hear for the results for yourself!


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Book a FREE 11 Plus Trial Session and 11 Plus Educational Assessment. Our 11 Plus assessment is carefully structured to produce a hugely insightful picture of a child whatever their current ability. We make it simple for parents to understand and our partnership starts the very moment we share this.

This is the perfect opportunity to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses and get prepared for the new academic term.

No other provider will offer assessments and expert knowledge like we do.



How it works

  • 1. Free Educational Assessment

    From the outset, our qualified and experienced team will conduct an educational assessment of your child. We assess their personality, their general confidence as a learner and their overall attitude towards school. More info on assessments here
  • 2. Parent Feedback

    Parents are given extensive feedback within 24 hours, along with our proposed plan for each child’s programme for when they join VAKS. Parents always tell us how this is a unique perspective of their child. You wont get this level of service anywhere else.
  • 3. Tailored Tutoring

    Our tutors’ main goals are to improve your child’s confidence and make learning engaging and fun to help all pupils to reach their full potential. Children attend the learning centre on a weekly basis and complete homework relating to lessons taught.
  • 4. Reporting progress

    Each session is recorded and tracked via our parent portal system. Parents can see at a glance termly objectives, what their child has learned on a weekly basis and what areas of homework needs revisiting. It's a partnerships approach

What's included? EVERYTHING!

  • FREE Homework Club (Before / after every session - More info here)
  • Marking & reviewing homework
  • Marking & reviewing exam papers
  • 247 parent to parent support
  • No fixed contracts
  • Affordable monthly memberships
  • No computers
  • No dull worksheets
  • Direct access to our expert professional knowledge
  • Expert School advice - 20 years worth of experience
  • Inspiring team of tutors who engage and boost confidence

Our 11 Plus Tutor Reviews ?

Our 11 Plus Programme focuses on the key exam preparation skills:

  • Understanding and interpretation of exam questions
  • Memorisation techniques
  • Mind mapping
  • Comprehension and textual analysis
  • Mock exam practice
  • Study skills and organisation
  • Interview technique
  • Time management
  • Speed, accuracy and exam technique
  • Comprehension and textual analysis
  • Memorisation techniques
  • Bundles of confidence and self-belief

Our 11 Plus Programme

Performing well in exam conditions at any age requires professional support and tailored tuition. Our advanced 11 Plus programme ensures that children are not only taught how to perform academically but are also equipped with the vital skills needed to cope psychologically during this experience.

At VAKS, we care tremendously about how this learning is facilitated. Together with parents, we endeavour to ensure that each pupil finds learning a positive experience. This will advance their Mathematical, English and Reasoning skills. These are the tools for learning that will be called upon long after the exam day.

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Independent & Grammar Schools

We prepare children for a vast range of schools within Hertfordshire, London and Middlesex. Some of these include:

  • Dame Alice Owen’s School
  • Haberdashers’ Aske’s School
  • Haileybury College
  • Henrietta Barnett, London
  • Merchant Taylor School
  • Mill Hill School, London
  • Parmiter’s School
  • St Albans Boy’s School
  • St Albans High School for Girls
  • St Columba’s College and Preparatory School
  • St Edmund’s College and Preparatory School
  • St Michael’s Grammar School, London
  • Watford Boy’s School
  • Watford Girls’ School
  • Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet

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Our Tutors

Our team of enthusiastic and inspiring tutors interact with children throughout the entire learning process. We do not place your child in front of a computer, preferring a personalised approach which is hands on and stimulates your child at every stage.
Our tutors are enhanced DBS checked and regulated by Ofsted. They guide your child through our carefully designed learning programmes which run parallel with the school national curriculum.

Want to find out more? Talk to us!

Speak to our friendly team to find out how we could help your child fulfil their potential. If you’re not local to Stevenage, you can find Vaks Tuition Centres in Stevenage, North Finchley, Bishops Stortford, Broxbourne, Hertford, Hoddesdon, St Albans and Ware.

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You can find VAKs Tuition Centres in:

Ware, Broxbourne, Hoddesdon, St Albans, Stevenage, Luton, Bishop’s Stortford, Finchley.

For more information or to book a free education assessment contact us here.

You’re in expert hands ?

I absolutely love my role at VAKS - so rewarding watching the children grow in confidence and ability. The team are incredible at providing the best possible support for the children's progress!
sian cooke
sian cooke
14:39 25 Apr 18
My son attended Vaks and loved it! I knew we had the right place, when my son attended the initial assessment and wanted to return. Vaks did an amazing job at building his confidence in his phonics during Year 2. The team are very encouraging and nurturing too. Firm but friendly and it was a pleasure to work alongside them to assist with my sons English. Thank you.
Antoinette Campbell
Antoinette Campbell
14:03 18 Aug 17
So proud to work here and have the chance to teach such wonderful children. The results and reviews speak for themselves.
Rosie Davies
Rosie Davies
21:48 28 Nov 17
Honestly the best tuition out there, they got me from a Predicted D to an A in a matter of months for my English GCSE- I was only expecting to leave with a C grade. The impact of this was long lasting as it helped me with my A levels and I am now going off to university. They are extremely friendly and understanding and suggest a number of resources which is just extra help to improve. They are the best tuition group out there, and I have unfortunately been through a fair few before reaching VAKS which do not even compare the the quality VAKS tuition can offer. Moreover, they are all extremely encouraging and believe that every pupil can succeed; even when they doubt themselves (which I certainly did) and go above and beyond in order to help every individual student achieve what they require, if not better. Worth every penny!
Nawal Amro
Nawal Amro
15:45 12 Aug 17
An awesome organisation to be apart of! Not only adding value but also changing little people lives!
Taylor Thompson
Taylor Thompson
16:18 04 Jul 17
Martina and Jackie are very professional and extremely helpful. They give you true expectations set and realistic goals. Would definitely recommend them.
Roshni Patel
Roshni Patel
17:14 29 Nov 18
Just started - 3 weeks in and it’s been great
Abenaa Anncou
Abenaa Anncou
15:36 17 Nov 18
Lovely people, amazing place to work.
kate gordon
kate gordon
12:36 08 Nov 18