Elisa is well-known in her area for getting students into high-calibre schools like North London Collegiate, Haberdasher’s, Merchant Taylors, Queen Elizabeth School for Boys and The Henrietta Barnett School, amongst many others.
Elisa’s Top Schools:
Click on the School listing below for more information and sample papers.
Dulwich College, Dulwich SE21
Boys 7-18 yrs
Dulwich College is one of the top independent schools in London and has entry in 11+, 13+ and 16+. It is competitive and has an interview. Elisa has had great success in helping students get in through all the entrance exams successfully.
Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead NW11
Girls 11-18 yrs
Admission is usually in Year 7, with more than 2000 students applying. The first round of tests is in Verbal and Numerical reasoning, followed by a second round in English and Maths for successful candidates. Sometimes places are available in Years 8-11. This is an excellent grammar school for girls that takes in all denominations and is in great demand. A very high level understanding of all types of vocabulary (old English and modern) is essential.
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree WD6
Boys 5-18 yrs
Entry at 11+ is competitive, with written tests in English, Maths and Reasoning. Students are invited to an interview if successful at the written exams. Elisa has tutored children for entry to both the girls’ and boys’ schools since1996, and she would see this as the front runner in her success ratings, both at 7+ and 11+. Now she has a lot of children coming to her for the 5+, which is more difficult than people anticipate. Several of these students have failed the 4+, but she has had a lot of success with preparing these children for this exam.
Here are some sample papers taken from their website.
North London Collegiate School, Edgware HA8
Girls 4-18 yrs
www.nlcs.org.uk The main entry to Year 7 of the Senior School is through the 11+ exams. The exams are for English and Maths skills. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a friendly and informal interview. They also have Music scholarships. Since 1996 Elisa has had tremendous success with North London Collegiate at both 7+ and 11+. She has in the last 10 years prepared children for its 4+ exam as well, again with great results. The sample exam papers below can be found here on their website.
Queen Elizabeth’s School for Boys, Barnet EN5
Boys 11-18 yrs
When students are successful in the entrance tests (English, Maths, Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning).
The competition for this school (an academy) is tough and they require a high understanding of a diverse vocabulary. It uses a sophisticated manner in both the English and numerical papers. Multiple-choice practice is essential for this school, as it is for most grammar schools. Timing is key and Elisa has had great success in entry here since the 1990s.
There is general admission guidance on their website. Below are some CEM papers that are similar to those used by the school:
Merchant Taylor’s School, Northwood HA6
Boys 11-18 yrs
Entry for this school takes place at 11+ and 13+. The school requires past school reports, entrance exam results and an interview.
Elisa has had a high success rate for this school. She also gets a lot of boys into St. Martin’s and St. John’s, which are its feeder schools. Good comprehension skills are essential for this exam as is the ability to write a good essay. It goes without saying that good Maths skills are as important.
Here are some samples of the type of exams they give, taken from their website:
Watford Grammar School for Boys, Watford WD18
Boys 11-18 yrs
Watford Boys is one of the top-performing non-grammar schools. Boys and girls have different schools, and both are good. The entrance tests for the boys’ school consist of Maths and Verbal Reasoning. Getting into Watford Grammar is a feather in the cap, and Elisa has had considerable success with entrance coaching for this school.
Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potters Bar EN6
Boys and Girls 11-18 yrs
Dame Alice Owen’s is a top co-educational school that admits students mostly with the 11+ exams. The tests are Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning. DAO is one of the most popular schools with Elisa’s students.
St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, North Finchley N12
Girls 11-18 yrs
This is a grammar school for girls and Elisa has had massive success with it. St. Michel’s is Roman Catholic and takes children from the diocese of Westminster. Some girls travel great distances to attend it as it is a school of high education calibre.
Elisa was a great help for me. I started Elisa after sitting the QE exam in September as I was struggling slightly with comprehension and grammar but during those 3 months she helped me from achieving 60-70% to achieving 80 to 100%. All I had was 1 hr a week 1:2:1 with her but she can do a great deal during the time. She may be strict but that’s only because she wants the best out of you. With Elisa’s help and the help of my other tutor I got into 4 out of 4 schools which were: QE boys, HABS, MTs and John Lyons with a 75% scholarship. I would recommend her because she has been a great help to me.
Elisa’s coaching prepares children to become confident in their assessment in all North London high performing schools. She provides a nurturing teaching environment with high quality staff where children are allowed to develop and grow in an excellent pastoral environment. We would confidently recommend both her individual and group classes for children appearing for their exam
Nikhil first started with Elisa in reception and stayed with her until year 3. He then went back beginning of year 6 immediately after the QE exam as I felt that his other tutor and school (Radlett Prep) were not helping him enough in English. Nikhil had a 1:2:1 session every week with Elisa and she has definitely helped improve his comprehension, grammar and creative writing. With both tutors help, Nikhil received 4 out of 4 offers and made us all proud. He has chosen QE and starts there this September.
Dear Elisa, A really big thank you for all your help and support over the last 9 months in getting Ameel into one of the top independent schools in the UK. It is fantastic news that Ameel has got into Haberdashers’ School. He is very excited about going! With yours and Stefan’s guidance and knowledge of the process involved, he was fully prepared for the school entrance exams and interview. I very much look forward to sending my younger son to your tutorial lessons soon. Once again a big thank you!
Dear Elisa, We are writing to thank you so much for the invaluable tuition, help and support you gave our daughter Niamh, to prepare her for the secondary school entrance exam for St Michaels in North Finchley. She studied Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning with you to prepare and thoroughly enjoyed her sessions and interaction with the other children in her group.You put in a lot of time, effort and hard work and encouraged Niamh to do the same. We are very pleased to say that she came in 14th position in the St Michaels entrance exam out of just 300 girls and we know she would have never achieved such a good result without working with you over the past 14 months. Niamh was very lucky to have you as her tutor and we will keep in touch. With love & thanks
Elisa Gianoncelli, tutored both my children over a period of 6 years, and was instrumental in assisting them in achieving the following. My daughter sat the entrance exam for Saint Michaels RC School for Girls, and was successful in gaining entry to the school My son sat the entrance exam for Saint Columbus RC School for Boys, and was successful in gaining entry to the school. Both my children enjoyed their time with Elisa, who was able not only to help them academically, but also improve their confidence. I would have no hesitation in recommending Elisa, as a tutor to parents.
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