With you all the way to school entry

Our 7+, 8+ & 9+ services get your child into their perfect school

We adopt a holistic approach that works from an initial assessment all the way through to mock exams and interview prep. We develop an individual learning plan for your child, match them to a school, and then deliver tuition which focuses on their specific needs.

Following this approach, we’re able to place children into their top choice schools, including KCS, Westminster Under and Wetherby Prep.

Elizabeth Hill - Ivy Education
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Schools Consultant

"Elizabeth finds that 1:1 support can be hugely beneficial for students to help focus on individual learning needs and promote confidence. While working as Head Teacher of Westminster Under and Deputy Head of Dulwich Prep, Elizabeth prepared many students for entry into future schools, and provided families with the information and guidance needed to make the best educational choices."

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Getting into your top preference

7+, 8+ and 9+ examinations determine school entry for children going in to Years 3, 4 and 5 respectively and are carried out by many of the top Prep schools. Our team of experts can support your family along every step of the admission process for schools such as:

Identifying the right Prep

Learning Assessments

Our Learning Assessments allow us to determine which schools are most suitable and is the best starting point for tuition. The assessment process highlights the strengths and weaknesses of students and allows Ivy Education to plan the most effective tuition programme.

Matching schools to your child

Our team has strong links and personal relationships with many schools in and around London.

Whatever your situation we will always ensure we match your child to the school that meets their educational, social and emotional requirements. We manage the schools’ application processes and help steer your child along the right path by carefully recommending the schools that fit their exacting needs.

Preparing for School Entrance

Interview Preparation

Children are usually interviewed by their prospective schools. We have a team of wonderful former Heads providing interview preparation at your home or our offices. The sessions expose the student to the situation and questions they are likely to experience on the day. Although the aim is to primarily support children in passing the Interview stage of admissions, the process also builds confidence and allows them to develop as individuals.


Our 7+, 8+ and 9+ tuition programs are specially designed to ensure that children complete their exams to the best of their ability. Having seen many children go through the placement process, we understand it is tough and daunting for both parents and children. Success in 7+, 8+ and 9+ exams will give your children the best chance to gain entry to their preferred Prep school.

Depending on the specific School Entrance processes, tuition will focus on:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Reasoning – Verbal and Non-verbal

Individual Educational Plans are carefully shaped to concentrate on areas of difficulty that have been highlighted by our specialists.

Mock Exams

Mock Exams give your child exposure to the conditions they will experience on the all-important day, therefore, building their confidence. As well as improving your child’s exam technique, they importantly provide us with key information allowing us to enhance our tuition programs.

Meet our consultants

Ivy Education will match one of our Nursery and Early Years consultants to support you and your child:


Schools Consultant

On meeting with clients and listening to their individual needs and preferences, Lucy draws on her experience to provide guidance on school selection, application processes and entry examinations for many of the top schools in London and beyond.

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Schools Consultant

Elizabeth finds that 1:1 support can be hugely beneficial for students to help focus on individual learning needs and promote confidence. While working as Head Teacher of Westminster Under and Deputy Head of Dulwich Prep, Elizabeth prepared many stud...

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Schools Consultant

Children come in all shapes and sizes and a one size fits all approach to tuition and future schooling is not the answer. We consultants mentally measure up a child’s needs and a parent’s expectation and aim to produce a bespoke, tailor-made, “right ...

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Schools Consultant

Rosamund has accumulated a vast array of knowledge and acumen over her 40 years in education; she is well-versed in entrance exams, school selection, and the entire application process and is able to advise on both top day and boarding schools. 

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