About Us

The Griffin Teaching difference

We prepare hundreds of children every year for their 11+ exam. Anxious parents contact us for reassurance most days, and we have a waiting list for future classes. Here’s why…

Tutor-teachers

Every one of our tutors is fully qualified to teach in UK schools, with a university degree and a formal teaching qualification. Each of us has extensive classroom experience and bags of charisma.

Small groups

With just 6 children in each club we can focus on the learning path of each child. Real camaraderie develops when your child stays with the same group and teacher all year.

Exclusive curriculum

Every week your child learns from a Griffin lesson booklet created by specific experts in each field. Each one is packed with teaching content, including test-taking skills and strategies.

Test-specific

We’ve been studying every subtle change to 11+ exams for over a decade. Our lesson curriculum is tweaked and improved upon week-by-week to ensure your child is fully prepared for their test. 

Check your child’s progress anytime

Student progress—right down to the each sub-topic—is tracked in our detailed, cloud-based records system. You will always know exactly which skills and concepts your child has grasped. This enables us to target extra support and gap-filling. No child is ever left behind.

Considerate of your child’s time

Every piece of content we teach has a clear purpose. We never assign ‘filler’ activities. Homework set takes no more than 20 minutes per week. We believe that childhood should be ring-fenced and protected. Your child deserves a life outside of the classroom.

Parental support too

We know first-hand the stress and anxiety you’re feeling. We’ll be with you the whole way, from their first lesson right through to Results Day and beyond. 

We even support our families with school choices and appeals long after their children have left our classes—it’s all included.

You can relax. We’re 11+ preparation professionals

“Griffin Education has been flawlessly organised. At every stage we have felt like you have it so under control.” Ola

The whole set up of the 11+ club is brilliant, the tuition, the guidance, the way it is run. It has been a great help.” Jo

“From the thorough coverage of the curriculum to the accompanying support and reassurance, it has always felt as though nothing was too much trouble—thank you!” Mark

“Just to say the 11+ went well, so many MANY thanks for your reassurance and guidance through the tricky maze.“ Edou

King’s Hill – Hadlow – Pembury – Goudhurst – Marden – Online

THE GRIFFIN TEACHING TEAM

TEACHERS AND MARKERS

Sarah Bailey

11 plus tutor, Kings Hill

  • BA Primary Education, Oxford Brookes University QTS

TracyAnn Ball

Cover teacher, all venues

  • BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology, University of Essex
  • GTP Walthamstow Hall Junior School, Sevenoaks

Cameron Corcoran

Cover tutor, all venues
Reading Club teacher
Writing Club marker

  • LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology, University of Sussex
  • PGCE, University of Sussex
  • Teach Kent and Sussex

Rob De-Keyzer

Cover tutor, all venues
Writing Club marker

  • BA (Hons) Human Geography, University of Sussex
  • PGCE Canterbury Christ Church University

Clare Flanagan

11 plus tutor, Goudhurst and Marden

  • BA (Hons) English Literature, Open University
  • PGCE University of Sussex QTS
  • Teach Kent and Sussex QTS
  • Qualified Mental Health first aider (young people)

Deborah Fury

11 plus tutor, Kings Hill and Hadlow

  • BA (Hons), English and German University of London
  • MA German Literature, University of London
  • PCGE, University of London

Fran Gardner

11 plus tutor, Pembury
Writing Club marker

  • BA (Hons), Media Studies and Performing Arts, University of Leicester
  • PGCE/QTS, Canterbury Christ Church University

Karen Gillet

Writing Club Marker

Writing Club cover teacher

  • MA Pastoral Ethics, Kings College London
  • BA QTS Religious Studies with Honours, Lancaster University

Nick Lambert

Mathematics Consultant

  • BSc Banking and International Finance, City University
  • Maths degree modules, Open University
  • 1,000+ hours of math tutoring experience

Jen Ward

11 plus tutor, Marden

Writing Club marker

  • BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS, Canterbury Christ Church University

Charlotte Wetton

11 plus tutor, Kings Hill

  • BA (Hons) History University of Sheffield

  • PGCE, Canterbury Christ Church University

  • MA Curatorship, Queen Mary University, London

OUR SUPPORT TEAM

Helen Thompson

Office Manager

Helen manages the booking and invoicing and so much more. From risk assessments, consent forms, invoicing to insurance – she keeps everything in working order and on track. 

Anita Macdonald

Planning Distribution

With multiple clubs and teachers working in different locations, Anita makes sure everyone has the right content on the right day in the right place.

Elloise, Emily et al…

Mock exam invigilators

Elloise, Emily, Lara, Willow, Charlie, Alex, Billy, Angus and Hettie are called upon at different times of the year to aid the smooth running of our mock exam programme.

Suzanne Black

Web Design | Technical support

Suzanne builds, extends and maintains our tech. From Active Campaign to Airtable, via WordPress, Zapier, Stripe and Woo Commerce – her expertise is essential to the day-to-day running of the business.

Imagine writing a note like this on Results Day

“Tom did it!!! 🤩🤩

“I wanted to send a quick email to let you know how Amelia got on regarding her Kent Test results … she passed!!!!!! Jen

“I am in tears of joy at Hildenborough station. He scored 375 which Skinners have confirmed is enough for an offer there. So delighted! Please pass on my huge thanks to TracyAnn.” Lu

“We are pleased to say that Robyn passed her Kent Test. Once again thanks again for your quality teaching, calm approach and focus on wellbeing at the centre of all your advice.” James

“I am very pleased to let you know that Joshua has passed the test for Wilson’s School, Sutton Grammar School and Wallington County Grammar School. I really want to thank you for your help and guidance. You inspired and encouraged him.” Cammy

Thank you so so much to you, your team and especially to Deborah for all the work and encouragement you put into helping my child achieve the chance to apply to the school she really wants (MGGS). Without you guys, I’m fairly confident she wouldn’t have made it.” Efe

Abbie passed! She’s so relieved (and so am I!) You and Sarah had a lot to do with this result so thank you so much for all your hard work.” Dani

“I have just had a letter from Benenden school offering my daughter a conditional place. She is going to be absolutely over the moon when I tell her after school today. I just cannot put a value on what this means to her and how huge your role has been in this. From the bottom of my heart thank you so much.” Joanna

“We just wanted to keep you updated and say a huge thanks to Charlotte, and the rest of the team that have helped over the past year. We are now in a great position of having some fantastic school options to choose from.” Stephen

Meet our founder

Lovely to meet you…

I’m Hayley – a teacher with decades of experience in exam preparation.

In 2011, when I first set up Griffin Teaching, my goal was to provide a friendly and affordable tutoring programme for local families. Now I’m proud to work alongside an amazing team of qualified, experienced and charismatic tutors.

There are 3 things you should know about me:

  1. I am unapologetically driven, aspirational and competitive.
  2. I’ve a degree in Education from Cambridge University (BEd (Hons) QTS), and
  3. I care hugely for the well-being of every single child in our club programme.

We teach a rigorous curriculum which has been proven, year after year, to work. The vast majority of our graduates are admitted to their first-choice school.

Attention to detail is what separates us from both 1-2-1 tutors and larger 11+ preparation companies.

But rest assured that while we have high expectations, our teaching style is warm and inclusive.

Our classrooms are inviting, encouraging places.

And I’m a mother too

I have 3 boys and I’ve been through the 11+ secondary transfer process THREE times as a parent. I completely understand that you will have been dreading this year.

When my older two took the Kent Test and my younger one took the Sevenoaks Entrance Exam I had so many questions, so many worries, so many circling thoughts. And no one to speak to about them.

I want you to have what I didn’t. Someone to support you through it, who is keen to talk through the quirks of the papers, and all your exam worries (I never get bored of exam chat).

Lean on me and give your child the best possible chance of getting into their first-choice school.

Book a meeting with me, by clicking the button below or simply email me to tell me about your child and your worries.

Parents have told me they feel much better once they get off the phone (or close the Zoom link).

Let our team guide you through the 11+ process.

We can do this together.

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