North Halifax and Crossley Heath Grammar Schools have recently announced the admission dates for children currently in year 5 who are looking for entry in September 2020. The exam this year will be on Saturday 28th September. Open Evenings for the schools are on: Tuesday 25th June The North Halifax Grammar School Open Evening 5.00pm

We see a number of secondary school children at Satchel who are extremely able at maths and science subjects, but who seriously struggle (in terms of motivation and results) with English. Whilst they will almost certainly drop English as soon as they have finished their GCSE, it is vitally important that they achieve a minimum

Finger Counting

A number of primary school children come to Satchel because they are struggling with maths. At their free Starting Satchel meeting, it is clear that a high proportion of these children rely on their fingers to help with even simple calculations such as 4 + 3 or 8 – 5. Finger counting is encouraged in

How early is too early?

We have received a number of enquiries from parents with children in year 4 and earlier asking us about when they should start 11 plus preparation. Our general advice is that the sooner you start, the greater the chance you will have of success. We have had examples of very able children joining us just

Progress Cards

At Satchel we believe it is vital that we work in partnership with parents and their children. A key part of that is the regular feedback we provide. This can take the form of a quick chat at class, a text message or phonecall. We also hold Parent and Children meetings twice a year in

Young Learners

Many parents with young children ask us when is the best time to start in Satchel. The answer depends very much on the concentration levels of the children and the commitment of their parents. The First level in Satchel maths and English uses special comic-style booklets that are designed to be completed with an adult