About Us

Everyone at the 11 Plus Academy works toward the goal that each child reaches their full potential. All the lessons, homework and mock exams are tailored to ensure your child remains engaged and enjoys learning. We understand that they may prefer to be elsewhere on a weekend or after school so a mid-lesson treat and brightly coloured materials all help to make the lessons a bit more 'fun' with a club-like atmosphere. There are particular techniques and strategies that ANY child can learn to improve their peformance in these tests and at the 11 Plus Academy we will unlock that potential.

The 11 Plus Academy is owned by Mrs Patricia Matthewman BA (Hons) PGCE.
Mrs Matthewman is a fully trained teacher with many years teaching experience. She also worked for educational test publishers NFER Nelson (now GL Assessment) and Hodder Headline and brings her expertise in test development to the academy. 


Ms Anne Chaston is a fully qualified teacher and has over 20 years’ experience of teaching in Medway and Kent schools. In 2007 she took the decision to specialise in 11+ tuition and we are delighted that she is now working for us. She has an enviable success rate and works at our Bearsted, St Mary's Island, Horsted and Aylesford centres.


Mr Robert ( Bob ) Holder is a recently retired Head Teacher who has worked in Kent Primary Schools all his working life and has a vast amount of knowledge and insight. He has many years’ experience of helping children reach their full potential in the Kent 11+ test and we are delighted that he is now working for us at our Bearsted and Tunbridge Wells centres.

Mrs Joanne Hayes We are delighted that Mrs Hayes has joined the academy. She has worked in Kent Primary schools for many years and particularly enjoys working with Year 5 children. She brings her experience and calm nature to the classroom and the children love her! She will be working at our Kings Hill centre

Sarah Lum BA PGCE NPQH Sarah began her teaching career in Primary Education, teaching in London before being appointed as Deputy Headteacher – with periods as Acting Headteacher – first in Medway and then Kent. Throughout her career she has been involved in raising standards, helping one school to become the fifth most improved school in the country. She has wide experience teaching across the age-range in Primary Education, working with parents in the lead up to the 11+ test and invigilating for the 11+ at a number of schools. In 2007 she was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

The11 Plus Academy also has comprehensive Employer's, Public & Professional Liability Insurance, and is fully licensed by the Data Protection Association. All staff have been fully CRB checked. Each class will have available CRB and Educational certificates for parental inspection.

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From the Students...

"“ I like it at the 11+ Academy because it helps me at school and makes things that I am not sure about a bit easier”"

“The teachers are really nice and I feel more confident about my 11 plus“

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