Dr Karen O'Rourke Tuition is not associated, and never has been associated, with any other tuition provider. All tuition is delivered by me personally; I do not employ staff. All tuition takes place at my home in Handsworth Wood, and not in a tuition centre.
Independent school preparatory tuition places with me are reserved usually for students who attend state schools and, occasionally, mature and productive students from independent schools. Hardworking students with effective parental support and who are currently attending grammar school preparatory tuition with me will have priority for available places.
Please send me an email with your contact details via the <contact me> page above if you would like me to retain your child's name and let you know of any future vacancies.
However, please read the comprehensive information below first to familiarise yourself with the way I prepare students for these highly competitive and challenging tests.
HOW TUITION FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS WORKS
My own 11+ students naturally have priority for individual tuition for independent schools' entrance tests. However, vacancies arise occasionally for suitable students, and you should check this page regularly for updates.
For some students who show above average natural ability, some of the 'premier league' independent schools in Birmingham offer
• generous bursaries ('assisted places');
• academic & music scholarships;
• awards of combined scholarships and assisted places.
Many of my students have been awarded scholarships with assisted places; and some of these families are charged no fees at all!
Parents often don't realise that the premier-league independent schools in Birmingham offer a limited number of generous bursaries and scholarships for suitable students; and yet many do not realise until it is too late that the selection tests differ considerably from the grammar schools' entrance tests.
Grandparent of girl with an assisted place at KEHS