Most independent schools have now adopted a form of online pretest, with City of London School for Boys deciding to implement this test just last week (May 2016). The tests continue to polarise opinion, with many parents and schools believing that the tests are impossible to prepare for, whilst others invest time and...

I used to love going to school. I loved to glide across fresh white paper like newly-fallen snow. I felt like a graceful ice-skater, weaving up and down with such purpose. I left behind me a glittering dark trail of ink, that gleamed on the page before slowly fading to a deep ebony as it dried. Sometimes I obeyed the...

We’re big fans of the National Geographic magazines here at Winterwood, and advise all our students to purchase a subscription. Exploring global issues and spanning a huge range of topics, articles are well-written but also inspiring and thought-provoking. They introduce students to advanced vocabulary that they can...

  A common creative writing task on all entrance exams, is to write a short story or descriptive paragraph in response to an image. We use this type of exercise with all ages, however, right up to A Level, as it is an effective and enjoyable way of developing a student’s writing skills. Below are three sample...

Most of our Winterwood students will have seen this sample story already, and discussed with their tutor why it is effective and what they can learn from it to help improve their own writing. I wrote this as an example of the type of stories that entrance exams are looking for, and below it is feedback from another...

Entrance exam interviews can be a daunting part of the process, that represent a ‘make or break’ final moment your child may have been building towards for years. There are two important thing to remember. The first is that you absolutely can prepare your child, by ensuring they have the confidence to be themselves and...