Hello! I'm Coriden.

I can help your child ace their 11+ English exams!
Worried about your child’s writing and comprehension skills?

Then you’re in the right place. 

I help children gain places at competitive schools using simple yet highly effective techniques.

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Creative Writing Course


Creative Writing Course for 9-11 Year olds.

An introductory creative writing for children aged 9-11 to help them develop confidence and spark their imaginations. 

This six week course will cover how to: structure a story, build interesting characters, create atmospheric settings, develop sparkling dialogue and much more!


One to One Sessions

For 11+ and GCSE English exams,  I offer one-to-one lessons to children who would enjoy a more individual approach. One-to-one tuition is brilliant for children who may lack confidence or who prefer a more focused way of learning.

New for 2020 is my VIP Tuition Package!

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Online 11+ Classes

This is an online course for children currently in Year 5 who will be taking competitive entrance exams in January 2021. It is also suitable for children whose English skills need a boost. There will be no more than 5 children in each class. Focus will be on reading comprehension, writing and exam technique. Lessons take place on Zoom.

Assessment Service

I offer assessments to children who may be sitting 11+ entrance exams to independent or grammar schools. I assess your child’s literacy level through a combination of reading comprehension, writing and a short spelling, punctuation and grammar test.

The assessment offers a clear snapshot of your child’s strengths and weaknesses in English.

What People Are Saying

I am delighted to inform you that B has been offered a place at North London Collegiate School. I would like to thank you once again for your high standard of English coaching which put her in this position today. I am so glad and proud.

Thank you.


I just wanted to let you know about school offers. J has received offers from all the schools he applied to, with scholarships from Merchant Taylor’s and City of London Boys.
Thank you for helping J in achieving this.

C did really well and got offers from all schools, i.e. MTS, Hampton, Latymer, City of London Boys, John Lyon and St Benedict’s, with academic scholarships from City, JL and St B’s!

Thank you for your excellent teaching.


Just wanted to let you know A made it through to St Paul’s.

I want to say a huge thank you for getting him through this over the past few months – I don’t think it would have been possible without you!



Mrs D

Thank you for the really great job that T told me you did. She said you were absolutely wonderful and told me each day what you had studied, the exam technique you taught her, which was very helpful. Such basic and simple tools are often overlooked by teachers or missed in school by the pupil, so doing this one to one was very worthwhile.

Coriden has the ability to engage with children all abilities in a warm and nurturing way. My son has formed a lovely bond with her and has said that she is the best teacher he has ever had. He looks forward to his sessions with her and has now been offered a place at an independent school.
She is a wonderful tutor and we are very fortunate that we found her at the right time.


Is Online Tuition Effective?

Is Online Tuition Effective?

For 11+ and GCSE English, online tuition is increasing in popularity throughout the UK. It’s easy and convenient for parents, children and tutors alike. There’s no stressful travel after school or at weekends for families - a huge bonus for Londoners and city...

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How to navigate the Christmas holidays and the 11+ exam

How to navigate the Christmas holidays and the 11+ exam

It’s very easy to let the 11+ exams loom over the Christmas holidays like the Day of Doom.  Here’s what I suggest to my students at this time of year after they break up. Have a rest. Please, please, please put the practice papers away until after Christmas. Everyone...

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Classic Books for Children 9-11

Classic Books for Children 9-11

Reading a classic book together can be a lovely way for parents and children to reconnect after a busy day or week.   Yet the biggest challenge parents face today is the constant competition from screens. It can seem like a never-ending tug of war between computers...

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How to motivate your child for the 11+ exam

How to motivate your child for the 11+ exam

One of the most common problems about preparation for the 11+ English exams is lack of motivation. If your child is very happy at their current school, they may not want to think about moving up to senior school. Likewise, your child may feel resentful about the extra...

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Interview Tips for Independent Schools at 11+

Interview Tips for Independent Schools at 11+

If your child has been successful in the 11+ entrance exam, they will be invited to interview.  The interview process is designed to discover more about your child and what really interests them. Interviewers want the children to succeed, but also want to ensure that...

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Unfamiliar words

Unfamiliar words

  There will be words in the passage that your child won’t recognise and that’s deliberate. However, if they read widely this is less likely to happen. Don’t panic! Follow this tried and tested method to help them work out the meaning. Let’s have a look at this...

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