Welcome to Meta Prep

Your partner for selective senior school entry

The complete online 11+ solution

The 11+ Dilemma

Navigating selective senior school entry is complex. Admissions can be highly competitive, and that requires parents to make the right decisions in response to a multitude of questions.

For many families, the pressure of the competition can result in the whole process being a stressful experience.

At Meta Prep, we are revolutionising 11+ preparation for grammar, independent schools and the ISEB pre-test by focusing on the key skills to get your child thinking deeply, fully equipped and motivated in order to sail through the examination process.

The Meta Prep Solution

Everything you need to successfully navigate the 11+ is all in one place:

  • Clear, trustworthy advice about schools.
  • Knowledge of entry requirements to each school.
  • Outstanding face-to-face teaching, online.
  • Metacognitive toolkit: an educational methodology that will future-proof your child beyond the 11+.
  • Technology that enables us to have oversight of individual pupil progress.
  • Vast range of 11+ practice questions for grammar, independent and ISEB pre-test within our Digital Platform.

Our Year 4 curriculum introduces the key metacognitive tools needed for success. This is the perfect foundation to develop higher order thinking skills. By linking core maths and English topics, pupils are ready and confident to tackle the challenges of the 11+ in Year 5.

At Meta Prep, we focus on the development of explicit thinking skills and processes by equipping pupils with a Metacognitive Toolkit to prepare them beyond the 11+ exam. Each week, we cover the key topics required for the exams in Maths, English and Reasoning.

In Year 6, the focus is on specific school requirements and specialist papers to ensure that each child is fully equipped and prepared for 11+ success. Using our metacognitive approach, we create a bespoke plan for the final crucial months leading up to the 11+ exams to ensure success.

We believe that a Meta Prep education will not only enable our pupils to gain entry to the senior school of their choice but to thrive there. Our vision is for our pupils to reflect on their time with us knowing that their parents provided them with far more than an outstanding preparation for the 11+.

We provide small, face-to-face online classes to Years 4 & 5 and 1:1 sessions for Year 6 pupils already attending school. Each session explicitly develops their thinking skills in preparation for selective UK senior school entry.

Meet the team

Head of Meta Prep

Arabella is passionate about progressive education and has used her more than 15 years of experience in state and private schools to found Meta Prep.

Head of Maths

Flora’s 15 year experience with a wide variety of assessment systems has provided her with ample knowledge of the selective senior school entry process.

Head of English

Jen has proven experience and success guiding pupils and parents through the 11+ during her 12 years at Pembridge Hall.

Our teaching approach

Our teachers take the role of ‘cognitive coach‘, based on the science of learning, and translate the theory of ‘what works’ into online classroom practice. Their focus is on developing independent, meta-learners able to succeed in exams, flourish in their destination schools and to thrive beyond the school gates.

The quality of our teaching is central to unlocking the potential of our pupils. That is why each of our teaching team, in addition to being a highly experienced 11+ teacher, is an accredited Thinking Matters ‘Cognitive Coach’, equipping them to deliver engaging lessons using metacognitive tools, techniques and strategies.

At Meta Prep, we focus on the development of explicit thinking skills and processes by equipping pupils with a Metacognitive Toolkit to prepare them beyond the 11+ exam.  The four different disciplines, within our targeted curriculum, Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning are covered in our weekly sessions.

Our termly fees, paid monthly, make us the affordable alternative to prep school. By offering your child a complete 11+ curriculum, a huge database of questions, expert teachers and advice, there is no need to spend additional money on tutoring or practice materials.

Term Dates & Timetables

Our academic year is divided into three terms: Autumn, Spring and Summer with lessons taking place after the school day. We two hourly online sessions a week for children in Year 5 and 6. For children in Year 4, they attend for one hour a week.

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What our parents say about our team


“Thank you so much, we are totally convinced that everything Jen and the course did got William into Dulwich.”
Joe, Dulwich Parent

“A really versatile and valuable curriculum with fantastic teaching”
Olivia, Wycombe Abbey Parent

“The lessons with Mrs Dickenson have totally transformed Adhrit’s maths scores and confidence. Thank you”
Samina, Kent Test Parent

“We were very impressed with the teachers and my daughter was really well prepared for the Kent Test. She particularly enjoyed the varied activities so it didn’t feel like too much work”
Ludmila, Kent Test Parent

“My daughter enjoyed the course so much that on the last day she told me how sad she would be at not logging in to her lessons and how much she would miss it. The programme is well designed. Very experienced teachers that know how to engage with all the pupils in their care. As a parent you can see the results immediately after the lesson with the teacher.”

Helena, Woodford County Parent

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