While some independent schools still allocate reception places on a first-come first-served basis, the majority now assess children applying for a place. While results obtained at this early age are not always a reliable predictor of academic potential, the children who do well at these assessments have things in common: a readiness to learn in a group setting, an ability to follow directions and a degree of emotional maturity.

As competition for 4+ entry has intensified, parents have become increasingly nervous about how to face these assessments.

We offer several specialist sessions to help families prepare for the 4+:

Bespoke advice on selecting schools that are the right match for your family is delivered in our Primary-stage consultation (60 min £495, including school list).

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