Coaching for Eleven Plus (11+) examinations for Ermysted's, Skipton Girls', Ripon Grammar, Bradford Grammar and the Halifax Grammar Schools.


FRANCES BREWER, M.A. Oxford, DBS checked

Tel: 01535 631264 / 07546 579483


Eleven Plus Tuition based in Cononley in the Aire Valley, some 3.5 miles south of Skipton.
What I offer.
  • Structured, purposeful one to one tuition for pupils aiming to sit the 11 Plus examinations in North Yorkshire for Ermysted's, Skipton Girls' High School and Ripon Grammar School. I also provide preparation for the Halifax Grammar Schools and the entrance examination for Bradford Grammar School.
  • I research and use the most up to date and relevant 11 Plus materials. My pupils have a thorough knowledge of all the HIKNOS questions as used by GL Assessment. I source my practice materials directly from specialist 11 Plus publishers with whom I have forged links over the past few years. I also work in collaboration with Skipton Tutors to provide authentically challenging mock 11 Plus examinations in Skipton over the summer months.
How I work.
  • Each tutorial session lasts for one hour. Tuition for the 11 Plus lends itself to a little and often rather than lengthy,single sessions.Each tutorial session is at least fifteen minutes apart to allow time for feedback at the end of the session.
  • I offer group tuition for those who request this. However, in the interests of maintaining a high standard of tuition, I NEVER tutor more than two children at the same time. This is NOT cheap, mass tutoring!
Terms and Conditions.
  • The length of a standard lesson is one hour.
  • From October 2022 the cost of a one to one lesson will be £40. Where two pupils share a lesson the cost will be £30 per pupil or £60 per hour.
  • Payment is due four weeks in advance. There will be no charge for a lesson cancellation PROVIDED I AM GIVEN FORTY EIGHT HOURS' NOTICE OF THIS. The cost of such a cancellation will be credited to the next four weeks' fees. Failure to give forty eight hours' notice will result in the full cost of the lesson being incurred. In the event of extreme weather conditions preventing attendance at lessons, the lesson will be rearranged at a mutually convenient time.
  • Regular attendance at weekly lessons is expected. I reserve the right to cancel the course of lessons of a pupil whose attendance is erratic. TUITION CONTINUES THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BANK HOLIDAYS. Prolonged absence of more than two consecutive weeks will incur the usual charge in order to maintain your child's weekly place.
  • Please note that you have been allocated a particular time slot for your child's tuition. If your child is late for his/her lesson, that lesson will still finish at your allotted finishing time.
  • Enrolment upon a course of tuition implies an acceptance of the above conditions.
About Me.
  • I am a mother of three who has thoroughly practised her tutoring skills on her own children. I have also employed tutors for my own children from time to time and I have based the way I tutor upon what I expect from a tutor. I enjoy working with the children towards the 11 Plus and feel that I bring my own educational background to bear on my tutoring,so that the children receive much more than merely "teaching for the test".
What parents and children say about my tuition.

"If you are looking for an 11 Plus tutor then I cannot recommend Frances highly enough. Her passion shines through from the very beginning, coupled with a real talent for bringing out the best in children. Her tailored approach to each individual’s needs really does boost their confidence and inspire them to achieve their goals……My son’s development over the 12 months with Frances was huge and he went into the exam with confidence and clear strategies in place to tackle the tests. He passed with flying colours and I know a large part of this was down to Frances and her ability to develop his learning over those 12 months." L.F. Oct 2019.

"We have just received our letter this morning. A passed!.....I can’t tell you how thankful we are! I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect tutor for our daughter. I believe you made all the difference! We will really miss you and I'm sure we will see you about..." E.B. Oct 2019.

"Our ten year old son has just passed the 11Plus following a period of tuition from Frances. She has been very supportive and knowledgeable and always very clear in her expectations. She always made him feel welcome and despite the hard work he never complained about going. We have already reserved a place for our younger son for 2021 and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her." S.B. Oct 2019.

"My daughter suffered from a lack of confidence in her abilities especially in maths and Frances’ kindness and encouragement worked wonders in helping her to give tricky questions a go and become resilient when facing challenging tasks. Frances' detailed feedback at the end of each session helped me as a parent understand where E was at and what we needed to work on ready for the next lesson. Frances' wealth of knowledge and deep level of understanding of the 11 Plus provided vital in helping E understand how to approach different question types. Not only did E pass the 11 Plus but her abilities and confidence at school have increased as noted by both her teachers and myself. Frances is wonderful- I cannot praise her enough as an 11 Plus tutor." J.B. Oct 2019.

"My child achieved a good score in the 11 Plus exams for entrance to Ermysted's school. I strongly recommend Frances as an 11 Plus tutor." S.J. Oct 2019.

"We are absolutely delighted with the tuition our daughter received from Frances. She absolutely loved her hourly sessions which were innovative and fun learning. We are so pleased with the results of her 11 Plus test and believe that this success is down not only to her but also to the confidence and self belief which Frances gave her and we are forever thankful for this." F.A. Oct 2019.

"I would like to thank Frances for providing the excellent tutoring to my son for the 11 Plus exam. I am overjoyed that my son has passed the exam with flying colours. This would not have been possible without her help. I have sent all of my 3 children to Frances for tutoring and she has provided excellent tuition." F.B. Oct 2019.

"My son has just passed the 11 Plus exam for Ermysted's following a year of tutoring with Frances. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Her vast knowledge and experience of the subject is obvious from the very first lesson and her methodical approach was exactly what my son needed. He never once complained about going and he genuinely appreciated her continued patience and her ability to explain techniques in a manner he understood. Thank you Frances for all your hard work and belief in D. We are most grateful." EH Oct 2018.

"Our daughter had coaching from Mrs Brewer for the Skipton Girls' High School Test. We found Mrs Brewer very professional. She knew the exact questions which appear in the exam and focused on our daughter's weaknesses. She would always give us constructive feedback. In fact her tuition was so helpful that our daughter also passed the Halifax Grammar School exam. I am very grateful to Mrs Brewer for her encouragement and support throughout the year." ES Oct 2018.

"We had no hesitation in choosing Frances Brewer to tutor our son as she had also tutored our eldest son when he took the 11 Plus exam seven years ago. I cannot recommend her services enough; the sessions were enjoyable and materials were well resourced. She is professional and approachable and will always go that extra mile to help your child with any struggles they encounter. My son loved the lessons and absolutely smashed the test by scoring over 60 marks above the pass mark. Thank you for all your hard work and I will recommend your services to all our family and friends. " T Oct 2018.

"Frances expertly guided both our son and daughter through the 11 Plus course for entry into Ermysted's Grammar and Skipton Girls' High School. I could not be happier with the tuition she provided. She gave support and reassurance where it was needed. Both children enjoyed their sessions with Frances and will miss her greatly. I am pleased to say they both passed their 11 Plus exams." SM Oct 2018.

"My daughter has been prepared for the 11+ with Frances Brewer. From the very beginning she recognised her strengths and weaknesses and motivated her. I have noted Frances' positive approach which helped to build my daughter's confidence. I would highly recommend Frances." RS Oct 2018.

"Once again I can't thank Frances enough for the exceptional tutoring she has provided over the last year. Following on from the success of my daughter's 11 Plus who too was tutored by Frances, my son was not only able to pass the exam, but to pass with a very high mark. Frances knows how to bring out the best in her students. My children felt at ease with the exams, particularly having undertaken the mock exam which Frances helps to organise a few weeks before the actual exam. Thank you Frances- we will miss you!" SS. Oct 2018.

"Our daughter enjoyed her time with Mrs Brewer. The work was not outfacing and Mrs Brewer skilfully assessed the appropriate areas to focus on and the levels of work required to achieve the goal. She took our worries away and we would not hesitate to recommend her. We are so glad we chose her!" JI Oct 2018.

"I would highly recommend Frances as a tutor for the 11 Plus. My daughter really enjoyed the lessons and Frances maintained her enthusiasm throughout. We received feedback from her after each lesson which we found very helpful. Her warm, patient and friendly approach to tutoring was great and she quickly put my daughter at her ease. We have been able to see her confidence grow and I am very happy to say that she will be starting her first year at Skipton Girls' High School fully prepared for the challenges ahead." AF Oct 2018.

"Frances bonded with my son from lesson 1. She gave him confidence that he could succeed, but also challenged him to be the best that he could be.He genuinely looked forward to lessons and Frances structured his homework in such a way that it was never a chore. My son describes Frances as inspirational- he has it fight." JG Oct 2018.

"All three of my children received lessons from Frances which they enjoyed because of her calm and supportive approach. She is very experienced in coaching children through the 11+question types and she is rigorous and methodical so that the children are secure about what they have to do.As a result of the work she did with them they were able to approach the test positively and confidently. I cannot recommend her highly enough." KM October 2017

"My son attended tutor sessions with Mrs Brewer in the run up to sitting the entrance exam in September 2017.From a stuttering start at what was an entirely new concept in learning, over the months his ability and confidence grew tremendously and we were delighted when he passed with a high mark. Mrs Brewer was infinitely patient and coached and mentored him in the techniques and methodology required to help him answer the questions confidently and most importantly accurately.
In addition she provided him with guidance on exam technique so he wasn't at all fazed when it came time to sit the actual exam. A bonus was sitting the mock exam in July which gave him insight into what a real exam would look and feel like,and to make mistakes and take lessons from what he had done to ensure that these were avaoided when it came to the teal thing.
I have no hestitation in recommending Mrs Brewer for any parent looking for 11+ tuition for their child." RM October 2017

"I would like to thank Frances for all the hard work she has put into my three children over the years. We are delighted with our children's 11 Plus results. All my children looked forward to their weekly sessions with Frances.They enjoyed the lessons and also the homework. Not only did they achieve success in their 11 Plus exams, the coaching also improved their school work in general.
I would highly recommend Frances for 11 Plus coaching." KR October 2017

"My daughter was tutored for the 11 Plus exam by Frances Brewer over the past year. During that time my daughter thoroughly entutoring and it prepared her for the 11 Plus exam as well as building her confidence at school. I am delighted to say that my daughter successfully passed the 11 Plus exam.I would have no hestitation in recommending Frances for 11 Plus tutoring services." SC October 2017

"Mrs Brewer's calm, professional style was key to preparing our daughter for the 11 Plus examination.Our daughter looked forward to the sessions and was thoroughly and thoughtfully prepared for the test. Mrs Brewer's wealth of experience meant that we knew we had done our best to prepare our daughter for the task ahead. We are delighted that our daughter passed the 11 Plus exam, but particularly that she remained calm and unfazed throughout what could have been a stressful time for everyone. We can see why Mrs Brewer came so highly recommended." SM October 2017

"Frances was recommened to us by a neighbour and has tutored our daughter for a year.Our daughter wanted to prepare for the 11 Plus exam and needed help with her maths. Frances has taught her so much insuch short space of time and has made a tremendous difference to her confidence.Frances has a lovely, caring manner and formed a good bond with our daughter.Frances really understood our daughter's issues with maths and strengthened her knowledge of English. Our daughter went on to pass the 11 Plus and is delighted! We are so grateful to Frances and would recommend her without hesitation." GB October 2017

"My son passed the exam for Ermysted's school having been tutored by Frances Brewer.She is a good tutor and a good communicator with both parents and child. I recommend her tutoring for passing the exam." JS October 2017

"Thank you for your help in teaching our son the appropriate techniques for the entrance exam. He has passed with flying colours. We are all pleased with your tuitionand the ultimate outcome.With both our sons you honed their skills and dealt with any weaker areas and for that we are very grateful." AB October 2017

"Frances Brewer provided an outstanding level of tuition to our daughter, in preparation for the 11+/Skipton Girls' High School entrance exam in 2016. We were particularly impressed by:

  • her ability to assess our child's strengths and weaknesses
  • the thorough programme of tuition sessions, which addressed the individual child's needs (including practice papers for home study)
  • her detailed knowledge of the exam contents and requirements in all the papers
  • her enthusiasm, friendliness and caring approach...our daughter was always very happy to attend the tuition sessions
  • her flexibility and willingness to offer extra tuition sessions, eg., during school holidays and evenings
  • her excellent communication with us at all times
We are enormously grateful to Frances for all the help she has given to our daughter, not to mention her encouragement, expert advice and generous support. We are very pleased, indeed, to recommend her to other families."P&S L October 2016

"Frances came highly recommended by a friend,and I can see why! From the first session Frances made our daughter feel comfortable and gave her lots of encouragement throughout. Frances was always happy to talk through what they had been doing during a session and for homework.Our daughter was thrilled to pass the 11+ test,but is a little sad that her time with Frances has ended. I can't recommend Frances enough!"S.D October 2016

"Dear Mrs Brewer,
I would like to thank you for tutoring both my boys.I don't have words to express my gratitude.You have the ability to get the best out of a child.The resources you use are excellent and up-to date.I especially want to thank you for organizing the mock exam as it really boosted my son's confidence. Thank you very much."A October 2016

"We have been so pleased with the tutoring service that Frances has provided. Her thorough and methodical approach took the stress out of the whole process. Her careful preparation and encouragement made our daughter feel confident in her abilities, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone else. Thank you Frances."G.B. October 2016

"My daughter was tutored for the 11+ exam by Mrs Frances Brewer over the past year. During that time her schoolwork soared as did her marks and confidence in preparing for the 11+ exam. Frances is always friendly,approachable and immensely knowledgeable.... I am delighted to say that my daughter successfully passed her 11+ exam and my son too is already booked in to be tutored by Frances next year.I would have no hesitation in saying that we are delighted with her tutoring and would wholeheartedly recommend Mrs Brewer to anyone with a child who needs help preparing for the 11+ entrance exams."S.S October 2016

"Dear Mrs Brewer,
Hannah has progressed leaps and bounds since she started tutoring with you.We could see her confidence and academic performance greatly improve consistently.We were really pleased to receive the confirmation letterstating that she has met the required standards for admission to Skipton Girls' High School.She also found the mock exam conducted in Skipton by you and your teamvery helpful to familiarise herself with an exam situation. We really believe you are the main reason for all these positive changes. Thank you very much for helping shape our little girl's future."M&G T October 2016

"I would have no hesitation in recommending the 11 Plus tutorial services of Frances for your children. Both my children have been tutored by her for the 11 Plus exams Frances is friendly,understanding and patient. She works methodically through the papers with the children,teaching them the tools they require to crack the codes which more often than not we as parents would not know.My children went weekly to see Frances in the school holidays and never once moaned about going for an hour lesson...I could never have got them to do that at home! Thank you Frances!"N.C October 2016

"I cannot recommend Frances Brewer strongly enough. Frances has a way with the children she tutors that makes them believe they can achieve anything they want. Her professional preparation,delivery,knowledge and understanding of what is required in the 11 + testing process is second to none and is only superseded by her commitment to ensuring each child is as prepared for their test as is possible. Frances is an outstanding tutor who really cares about each child she works with.From the bottom of our hearts thank you for all you did in helping Abi achieve her dream of being deemed suitable to be offered a place at SGHS."W.T October 2016

Names and contact details can be supplied for the parents quoted above.