Maths & English Tutoring, Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning

At G.Y.M we offer comprehensive tuition in Maths, English and Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning all of which helps children grow in confidence and academic ability. We also have specific programmes that support children who are considering taking the 10/11+ and the Wandsworth Test.

Maths and English Tutoring

At Growing Young Minds we understand the importance of providing lessons that will help your child to excel in confidence as well as consolidating their ability in English and Maths. With our tailored tuition sessions we focus on cultivating core skills, fostering confidence in the curriculum and empowering students to apply their knowledge to real-life situations.

Our teachers are all qualified and experienced so understand the process of learning and how to help children develop a strong understanding of the fundamental skills necessary for success in both English and Maths.

In English:

  • reading comprehension
  • grammar
  • punctuation 
  • spelling and vocabulary
  • planning and development of ideas
  • extended writing

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In Maths:

  • numeracy and core number skills
  • fractions/decimals
  • percentages/ratio
  • shape
  • measures, including time
  • problem-solving skills.

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Curriculum Confidence


We believe that confidence is key to academic achievement. That is why our tuition lessons are designed to instil confidence in students as they navigate through the curriculum. Whether it’s preparing for general classroom success, SATs, transitioning to Secondary school, 11+ or GCSEs, our teachers provide comprehensive support to ensure that students feel prepared and capable of achieving their best.

Application and Critical Thinking


In addition to mastering core skills, we emphasise the importance of applying knowledge to real-life situations and fostering critical thinking abilities. Our interactive lessons encourage students to think creatively and independently. By engaging in activities that promote problem-solving and extended writing, students will develop the skills needed to excel not only in exams but also in the future.

“Thank you so much for the support you have given me in Maths. I feel so much more confident in my lessons at school.”


“My daughter enjoys going to her sessions and has already grown in confidence in Maths from the support she has received in a short period of time.”


“Since coming to G.Y.M. I would say that both my Mathematical and English achievements have really improved.”

Child, Year 6

Preparing for the Jobs of the Future


In today’s rapidly evolving world, it’s essential for children to develop skills that transcend traditional academic boundaries. Our belief is not only to prepare students for current academic milestones but also to equip them with the skills needed for the jobs of the future – even those that may not yet exist. By fostering adaptability, innovation and a growth mindset, we empower students to thrive in an ever-changing landscape.

Interested in English and Maths tutoring?

If you are interested in finding out how we can help your child’s English and Maths journey, book a call with us. We will be able to answer your questions and tell you more about our bespoke and fun lessons.

Preparing children for the 11+

Some children attend G.Y.M to gain confidence in the classroom; others are here to help them prepare for the 11+ exam.

Here at Growing Young Minds we treat each child as an individual. Those considering the 11+ are supported through our 11+ programme where we not only ensure that they have the curriculum knowledge to be successful in the exam, but also provide regular test practice to ensure that they are test ready, and confident with both the skill and strategies required.

In English, we focus on vocabulary and grammar for both the multiple-choice questions, as well as the open writing tasks. Furthermore, our teaching of comprehension, including comparing text required for the Sutton Grammars, aids children’s understanding of the question styles and how best to answer them in the time allocated.

In Maths, we ensure that speed and accuracy of the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are secure. Alongside extending the children’s knowledge of ratio, fractions, percentages and averages.

Problem solving is key to our lessons and we link learnt knowledge to real life contexts and 11+ questions to help children unpick and solve complex challenges.

To find out more about our successful 11+ programme contact us today.

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Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

If your child is considering taking the Wandsworth Test or Private School Entrance Exams, then they will need to master the skill of Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, a subject which is actually not taught as part of the National Curriculum in school.

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What are Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning?

Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning tests a child’s logic and ability. They will be required to learn to compare and analyse patterns, vocabulary and numbers.

Verbal Reasoning  there are around 26 question types asking children to compare vocabulary; make connections between both words and numbers; spot patterns and apply relevant rules.

Non-Verbal Reasoning there are around 6 question types, all involving pictures. Children are asked to spot links between each picture, find the odd one out or complete the sequence.

Joanne started helping my daughter just a few weeks before the Wandsworth test, when I realised she was progressing more slowly than her brother had, who had got into Graveney without any tutoring.

My daughter was getting about 30 – 40% in the timed tests, and we had weekly slots with Joanne whom my daughter really loved – she was so kind and really cared as well as being a brilliant teacher. Her accuracy was really improving but her speed didn’t match her ability, so prompted by Joanne we got a psychometric test done which showed she was on the dyslexic / processing speed spectrum – a really important fact to carry forward to secondary school.

We worked hard, encouraged by Joanne who was very motivating, and she ended up in the top band for our local school – amazing! Can’t recommend her enough.


Our lessons

Each lesson is 55 minutes long with no more than 6 children in each group.

We start with the vocabulary which is often seen within the test. This helps children make connections between known and unknown words. It also improves their literacy skills and understanding of spelling patterns.

We then spend alternative weeks reviewing the different areas of Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning. Focusing on the skill of ‘thinking aloud’; as well as quantifying their ideas as to what the answer could be and why. This helps to develop their brains to spot the patterns by looking at small details then eliminating incorrect answers.

As their confidence grows, we work on exam techniques and developing each child’s speed and accuracy. Reasoning questions require the children to think and apply logic as well as strategies. Our lessons are there to not only teach the skills required but support children to look at the finer details, small changes and connections.

Interested in Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning tutoring?

Contact us today to book your child’s place. As spaces on these sessions are very popular, so we are now also offering the opportunity for you to add you child’s name to our waiting list for forthcoming years.

Parent Workshops

Our parent workshops, via zoom, focus on different Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning strategies. Giving parents the confidence to support their children at home.

Each workshop is approximately 20 minutes in length and has a different focus in each session. There is also always an opportunity to ask questions about the topic or entrance tests in general.

Our Workshops are currently not available. We will be back soon.

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