Year 4 Summer Intensive Course

Face-to-Face SIC
from £53 per day

  • Essay Writing, Maths and English Literature
  • July 24th to August 11th; Monday - Friday
  • 9am - 12.20pm OR 12.40pm - 4pm
  • Max. 8 students per class
  • Sutton Centre, Willow House, 47 West Street, Sutton, SM1 1SJ
  • 8% Early Bird Discount
  • +5% Siblings Discount
  • £60 New Customer Referral Credit
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Our Y4 Summer Intensive Course is designed to act as a springboard for students gearing up their preparations for 11+ examinations. We aim for students to be given the key foundational tools and learning attitudes that they will need to succeed, so that throughout Year 5, they can focus on tackling weaknesses, the toughest concepts, and developing mastery of the full range of content.

This course will be held in the quiet surroundings of our Sutton Centre, where students will have the undivided attention of our expert tutors and an exclusive space to focus in small groups on collaborative and individual study.

As an outcome of this course we expect that all participating students will gain an understanding of the level of rigour required to succeed in the 11+, develop the core methodologies to tackle exams and self-study, and will have fun in the process!


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Essay Writing
  • 1 hour
  • This course seeks to set students up for success by giving explicit, memorable guidance that students can follow when tackling a range of formal and creative essay types, and giving ample opportunity to apply these skills and analyse their expert use by authors. Through our 20+ years of experience, we have found that the earlier students learn how to approach Essay Writing (a skill not always taught effectively in primary school), the better their chances of success in the 11+.
  • By the end of the course, we expect that students should know:
    • How to plan and structure an essay effectively;
    • How to write for varied purposes, such as persuasion, opinion, information and narration; and
    • How to understand and interpret the creative choices writers make; and
    • How to apply figurative language to their own creative writing.

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  • 1 hour
  • This course provides students with the foundational knowledge that they need to be able to approach the majority of questions they will face at the 11+. Each day focuses on a single topic, giving students the ability to learn the concept, and then progressing on to how to apply it in different instances and for worded problems.
  • By the end of the course, we expect that students should be confident:
    • Tackling increasingly complex arithmetic problems with increasing speed and fluency;
    • Recognising where and how to apply important mathematical knowledge; and
    • Understanding how to work logically and check for accuracy.

English Literature

  • 1 hour
  • English Literature is aimed at fostering a love for reading, opening up Year 4 students’ minds to the wonder and joy that can be brought with books. Being an avid reader has consistently proven to be an important success factor for students taking the 11+, as readers develop a broad range of vocabulary, can utilise writing techniques, and find life experience that otherwise would be inaccessible for students of this age. We provide a challenging novel for all students to keep, at no extra cost, so that we can use it as an entry point for these open-ended lessons, to support the development of higher-order thinking, research, and creative skills.

    Through this course, we seek to go beyond the basics of reading, by encouraging students to think deeply and to analyse creatively. For this reason, we have structured this mostly aural course to be as interactive as possible, with each session providing a time to think deeply about the concepts underlying the text and articulate opinions through guided debates- all of which are skills that will stand students in good stead when it comes to the 11+, and in further studies.
  • By the end of the course, we expect that students will:
    • Have re-discovered a passion for reading;
    • Have developed an inquisitive and analytical approach to reading;
    • Be able to articulate and evidence their interpretation of the text and the creative writing techniques within the text; and
    • Enjoy the challenge and pace of the reading expectations for students taking the 11+.

Dates and Times

This course runs from 24th July to 11th August, Monday to Friday. Each student will participate for ½ a day, with the choice of either the morning (9am-12.20pm) or afternoon (12.40pm-4pm) session.

Each session will consist of three subjects daily, with 10 minute breaks between: Essay Writing, Maths and English Literature - one hour per subject per day, Mon-Fri (totalling 16 hours 40 minutes per week). Every session will be carefully monitored by our staff team, tutors, and our dedicated course manager - so you can rest assured that your child will be well taken care of.

Homework and Marking

Students will be given a daily homework task for each subject, which will consist of completing their booklets from that day. The following day, their booklets will be marked and returned to you with tutor’s comments, to give rapid feedback on progress, students’ strengths and weaknesses.

To complement this, a report will be generated for each student, summarising this information for you at the end of the course.

In case you’d like to review any of the work with your child after the course itself, markschemes will also be made available to view on the online portal, for 3 weeks after the end of the course.


8% discount is applied for all who have booked and made full payment by 1st March 2023.

An additional 5% Siblings discount is applied for all siblings who have booked onto the SIC 2023 at the same time. It applies to same or cross year bookings, and is stackable with the Early Bird Discount. It only applies to full 3 week bookings.

We offer a £60 referral credit for all customers who refer a new customer to our SIC. Both referring and referred customers are elegible for this £60 credit, which will be applied to your Tuition fees on return to our centre in the New Academic Year.


The price for the full 3-week course is £795. We have worked hard to provide this course to you at an accessible price point, and this works out at under £16 per hour over the duration of the course.

3 Weeks

  • £795
  • 50 hours
  • under £16 per hour

The price includes:

  • A unique and proprietary OxBridge workbook with each lesson.
  • Full daily marking with personalised Tutor’s feedback.
  • A range of stimulating learning activities to motivate and excite your child.
  • Expert tuition, from tutors who have successfully passed hundreds of children through 11+ examinations.
  • High quality, 360° childcare, from the moment your child arrives, until they are collected at the end of each day.

To register your interest, we require a £100 deposit, or full payment (whichever is less). You will then be placed on a queue for our team to process your booking.

Please note that Full 3 week bookings are given priority and your booking will only be fully confirmed if there is availability and you have made full course payment.

It is possible to pay by installments, on arrangement with our Course Planning Team.

All payments must be completed by 7th July 2023.