Testimonials

We moved to Torquay in June 2010 hoping to get our daughter into Torquay Girls Grammar School for September 2011. We were advised by friends to consider getting a tutor and proceeded to call around the local tutors. Most of them were dismissive about the timescales involved and suggested we were wasting our time as she should have started tutoring 6 months earlier. Those who did seem interested immediately stated that she would need twice the normal hours each week to have a chance of passing the entrance exam without even meeting or assessing her abilities, which seemed totally wrong.

Eventually we spoke to Jane Powell who really listened to us and suggested that a 4.5 hour master class in a small group set over 3 consecutive mornings would be the best way of assessing any potential weaknesses and preparing her for the exams. Having attended these exams, Jane provided us with an appraisal of how our daughter had done and said that she thought she didn't actually need any further tutoring but that doing some mock papers under exam conditions would be beneficial to her, as it would for most children.

Having done these on 2 consecutive Saturdays, our daughter left feeling confident about the exam and the likelihood of her achieving high enough marks.

We were delighted this week to get the news that she had indeed passed as Jane predicted and had secured a place at the Girls Grammar. We would have no hesitation in recommending Jane Powell both for her tutoring skills and her honest assessment of an individual childs' needs.

Mr and Mrs F

A sample of our emails from October 18th 2016:

Dear Jane, [my son] got three yes’s. He has done really well. Thank you so much for all your input. He thought you were a brilliant teacher and he has improved so much as a result. He has a confidence at school now that he never had previously and really believes in himself so Thank You!

Hi Vicky , just to let you know we 've received Colyton test result just minute ago and ]my daughter]'s got eligible score , we are so happy , I know it's still not place in Colyton but they said that if Colyton is our first preference, they would expect her to have a place in September, thank you so much for your help , she is missing you and your lessons.

Angela, Thanks for all you have done to bring [my son] on. He will miss your lessons next year!

Thank you for all you hard work – ‘my daughter’ received three yesses and is feeling fabulous!  Everyone’s hard work has paid off.

Dear Jane & Lynne, Just to let you know [my twins] both got 3 Yes
Thanks to you and Lynne for all the great work and support! They are over the moon. 

A big fat YES for [my daughter]. Thank you so much!

Dear Jane and Davina,
With your help, [my daughter]’s received a yes from TGGS. Thank you so very much, she’s thrilled. We’re very proud of her and grateful to you.
Thank you for always finding places for her at the mocks.

I've just opened [my daughter]'s letter and am over the moon with it's content as I'm sure she will be too.  I just wanted to say a huge thank you.  As I've said before, you boosted her confidence so much and made tutoring such an enjoyable experience.
That's all three done now - yay!!! Thanks again.

Dear Jane and Davina, Just to let you [my son] received yes, yes and yes.
Thank You and your team.   He is  delighted and I am very proud him :-)

Thank you soooo very much for all your help and hard work!  We are so thrilled for [my daughter], and she is bouncing around with happiness at the result.  3 yesses!

Hi Vicky it's [pupil] and I wanted to let you know  I have gggooottt iiiiinnnnnnttttttooooo colyton !!!!!  I'm really chuffed

Thank you for being such a positive, encouraging force during this 11 plus process, we all think you are wonderful.

Three yes's for [my daughter] - she doesn't know yet though ! Thank you so much !

[My daughter] is over the moon!  All credit to you, she loved her time with you, thank you so much.

Thank you for helping me find my way through this 11+ challenge – I PASSED!

[My daughter] has just made our holiday with 3 yeses yippee can't believe it. Thank you so much 

You have made the 11+ as enjoyable as it could ever be! [My son] has loved learning with you on Wednesday evenings and will genuinely miss you.

Thank you… [my son] got a YES, YES, YES !!!!!

Thought it would be nice to share the good news.
[My son] has passed the 11+ Entrance test It's a YES for all three schools (TBGS, CFGS, SCSS) for him. Thanks for all your help, support and guidance

Thank you very much – you are a great tutor.  See you in three years time with number 2 son!

[My daughter] has had 3 yes's. Please thank Davina for setting her off on the right path

Hi Jane and Lynne, Just got home to open "the letter."  Thank you both for your support over the last 12 months...... 3 x YES!!  So pleased after all the hard work and determination not to give anything up. Thank you both.

Dear Jane, I just got home from my school, opened the letter and saw three yesses I finally know! thank you for all the tutoring you gave me to help me succeed you’re the best tutor EVER!!!

Thank you so much for helping our son through his 11+   We are so proud of him!  See you next time round!

Hello ladies [my daughter] got a yes for all so applying for Churston. Thank you so much for your time and efforts hope she was a great pupil.

I have made friends and loads of progress since I started last October and I am going to miss it all (especially the biscuits) and you. Thank you again. 

I thought I’d let you know the happy news that [my daughter] received a ‘YES’ today. There is, of course, no guarantee that she will get a place at the TGGS, but we are hopeful she can join her two sisters there next year. Thank you for you helping her achieve this result. I am glad to say that we are done with 11+ mock exams! (Surely they’re great fun?! Jane)

Dear Davina, I just wanted to let you know that [my daughter] has passed with three yeses on her letter today! Thank you so much for all your support over the last year!

Hi, just to let you know, [my daughter] got her results, and she got a Yes for all 3 schools.  Thanks to Juli for all her support, and for all your work with the Mock exams and she really found the creative writing and CEM summer schools useful, even if she hadn't passed.

Just to let you know that we were delighted that [my daughter] received a 'yes' for all three schools.  Thank you both for all your help. Just need to work your magic on her brother now!  I'm not sure my nerves can stand two consecutive years!
A very happy parent! 

Just to let you know that [my daughter] has been given three Yes's! She is thrilled! Thank you so much for all the tutoring and mocks which have helped immensely.  I have already emailed Liisa to thank her and let her know.

Thanks for the help with the 11+ it really helped and I got a yes from TBGS

Vikkie, [my daughter] has passed her 11 + which is brilliant. She'll be over the moon when she finds out. Thank you for all the help you gave her.


A sample of my emails from October 18th 2014 when Yes/No letters arrived. Every one of these children was subsequently offered a place at their first choice grammar school. 


[My daughter] has been offered a place at TGGS so we are absolutely delighted.
Just wanted to say again how grateful we are to both of you for all the help and support you gave [my daughter], your encouragement, advice and kindness made all the difference!
 
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Hi Jane, Just to say that [our son] got a yes letter from the Grammar School which we are all thrilled about-hopefully that means another yes next March!

We have already said thank you to Gill for her wonderful support and encouragement but we also wanted to say thank you to you too. We have been so impressed with your organisation and hard work. The mock exams with focused feedback have been so useful and [our son] felt that they had definitely prepared him for the real exams. We have already recommended your tutoring group to three other families! It has been wonderful to see [our son] grow in confidence over the past year-he is a different boy!

Thank you again

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Thank you Jane, we got our 3 yesses as you predicted. So many, many thanks for all your hard work with [our son], his English came on in leaps and bounds.

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Just wanted to let you know that [my son] has had the letter from the grammar school this morning and has got three yes'. As you can imagine we are all thrilled and we would like to say a massive thanks to you and Davina!!!

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Jane [my son] did it! We wanted to say a very big thank you to you and Gill as, without your expertise, advice and calming words in times of panic, it would have been a struggle to have achieved the same results by ourselves.

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Not sure if Caryn has picked up my message yet but just to let you know also, [my daughter] got accepted to Churston which is exactly where we wanted her to go! Fantastic news. Thank you so much for all your help we are thrilled.

A huge thank you to Caryn, we can’t thank her enough for all her support and tutoring. [my daughter] thoroughly enjoyed her time with her and she really did make the whole experience much easier. 

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Hi Jane, [my son] got his 3 yesses today. We are really pleased that we made the decision to use your tutoring and would have no qualms about recommending you to others in the future.

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Yeah [my daughter] did it 3 yesses !!Thank you Jane you were awesome xx

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Just to let you know that [my son] been offered a place at his first choice school,Churston Ferrers Grammar,  which he has accepted. 
Taking mock exams really helped us focus on where to give him help. 
Also doing the summer revision really helped as it stopped the summer brain rot setting in.

Many thanks for your help

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Hi jane, the postman final came, [my son] did it! He got 3 yeses.we are so proud of him, but I dont think we could of done it without you. he said about 90% of the maths paper was what liisa had taught him.and I said to you last time how much the mocks helped him.so thankyou for everything. fingers crossed for march.

Kind regards

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Hi Jane, Just to say that [my son] has passed his 11 + for TBGS. Thank you so much for all your help and encouragement - the mocks were of paramount importance in his preparation.

Thank you again

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Hi Jane,  

[my son] got 3 'YES's'!!!

Thank you for helping him achieve this!

So relieved and proud!

Best regards

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Hi Jane,

I just wanted to let you know that [my daughter] passed her 11+ exam. She got all 3 Grammar schools to apply to!!

Thank you so much for all your wonderful help, could you also thank Liisa as the Maths really boosted her too.

Can't quite believe it, we both burst out crying!  Thanks Jane, see you again in a few years!!

Best wishes

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Hi Jane, [my son] did a couple of mocks with you and i'm pleased to say he got 3 yes's ,if it wasn't for your mocks and feedback I'm sure he would have struggled as the poor boy only had me helping him :) . Just want to say a very big thank you from us both 

Many thanks

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Hi jane, we just wanted to say thanks again for everything. [my son] went into the 11plus feeling confident and relaxed. proving that the mocks did the trick! He did his best and we are very proud of him whatever happens. Liisa has been fantastic! we will certainly be recommending you and your team to anyone who is considering the 11 plus. thanks again and fingers crossed for the 18th.

Kind regards 

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Hi Jane

I thought you would like to know that [my daughter] got 3 yeses today. Thank you for your help and advice and your Fab mocks.

Good Luck for all your new 11+ ers.

Many Thanks

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Hi Jane,

Just to let you know [my daughter] got 3 yeses. Thanks for all your support!

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Hi Jane,

3x YES for [my son]. Your mocks were all he needed - excellent preparation.

Thank you,

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Thanks to your fabulous mock exams and master classes, my daughter sat the 11+ with a feeling of familiarity and confidence and today she received the results she had dreamed of! A big thank you Jane to you and your team for playing such an important part in the process.

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Hi jane just to let you no we have just rang the boys grammar to see what results he got and yes he got all 3 yes,s l can't believe it just made our holiday thank you so much xyippppeeeeeee

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Hi Jane

You said to let you know the results of [our son's] 11+ results.  He got Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

His hard work, working with Lynne, and your mocks has paid off.  Really proud of him

Regards

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Hi Jane,

Hope u r doing well. Just 2 let u  know that [our daughter] has got a 'Yes' from TGGS, many many thanks for all your hard work & professional advice.

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Hi jane,

as you can see [our daughter] has got yes times three! So relieved! Thanks for all your support.

Best wishes,

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Hi Jane

Just to let you know, [our daughter] has received a Yes from TGGS so I guess that means she passed overall! We're so proud and she's over the moon! Thank you so much for all your advice and support throughout the year. Only one more child to go!

Best wishes

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Just to let you know that [our daughter] has had a 'Yes' letter this morning.

I know she wasn't one of your pupils, but I'm certain the mock exams and the quality of your feedback proved invaluable in her success.

 Thank you for the help and support.

No doubt I will be in touch when I have to go through it all again with my son!!!!

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Hi Jane,

[my son] got 3 Yes's. Im over the moon. Hopefully he will get a space allocated at Churston on this basis.

I really appreciate all your help, your mock exams and the valubale feedback.

Best Wishes

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A sample of my emails from 1st March (results day) 2013 (all names removed)


 Hi Jane

[my child] was accepted to Girls' Grammar ......soooo excited and sooooo pleased.

Thank you so much for your booster lessons .... I have spread the word round [primary school] just how fab they are ...!!

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 Hi Jane

I thought you would like to know that [my child] got a place at Churston.  He had 3 x yes on the letter that came out in October and Churston was his first choice.

Thanks very much for all the encouragement and support that you gave him-he actually enjoyed coming to your mocks although I think he is glad it is all over now!

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 Hi Jane, now that it's official I can let you know that [my child]  has been

offered a place at the Boys' grammar. Although [my child]  only did a couple of

the mocks, they really helped his confidence and nerves. He came out of all

of the 'real' exams feeling happy and that he'd done his best, so thank you

for offering this invaluable preparation.

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 Morning Jane!

We are thrilled to say [my child]  has been offered a place at Torquay Boys! Thanks once again for all your support. The hard work has paid off!

We will look forward to seeing you again soon with [my son]

All the very best

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Jane 

[my child]  and [my other child]  got places at Torquay Girls' - they are both absolutely delighted!

Thank you so much for all your help and support.

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 Hi Jane

[my child]  has got a place at Churston.

Thanks very much to you and Davina for all your help.

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 We got TBGS! We will be forever grateful for your mocks. I have recommended them to all my colleagues! Xx

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Hi Jane - have just been on to the Torbay Council website and [my child]  has been offered a place at TBGS!!! So delighted.  Thank you so much for all of your help - we really do appreciate it.

Kind regards

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 Yey!! [my child] got a place in TBGS! Thank you so much!

Thank you so much for those mocks they were a god send!! Don’t ever stop doing them xx

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 [my child] as a place at TBGS – thank you Jane we couldn’t have done it without you! x

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 [my child] has a place at TBGS. Think the mocks he came to made this possible! Thank you :O)

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 [my child] WILL be going to TBGS! Thank you so much Jane for everything! Xxx

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 [my child] has her place at TGGS! Thank you Jane for your contribution in getting her there x

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 Hi Jane 

 ([my child] is offered a place in TGGS.

Thanks a lot for all your help and coaching.

with regards

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 Hi Jane,

[my son] has been given a place at TBGS!

His Dad and I are soooooooooooooooooooooooo proud,  

We all want to say thank you kindly for all you help and guidance over the last few months.  He enjoyed the mocks, and has realised just how beneficial they were to him.

Thank you very much from the whole family, hope to see you in about 3/4yrs with our other boy!

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 Hi Jane,You probably have already heard, but I thought I'll drop you a line to let you know that [my son] was allocated Torquay Boys. We are all very happy!
Thanks so much for all your help, sitting the mock exams gave him the confidence he needed for the day! 
Best wishes

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[my child] got TBGS! We are all so pleased and happy, and thanks to you who had faith in him right from the start, Xx

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Hi Jane,

Just got the news that [my child] has a place at TBGS

Many thanks for your mock exams as that’s pretty much all he did for the prep and one at home so very pleased.

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 Hi Jane 

I have just been told that I've got into Churston !!!!!!!! Yay .thank you for all the fractions and sums you've planted I'm my brain I'm really excited about it.

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 Just to let you know [my child] got a place at Churston. Happy girl. Happy family. Thank you for all of your advice and support.

Another positive result for your great mocks!

Thanks! x

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 We would like to thank you and Davina for all the hard work and tremendous support you have given both [my son] and us as a family over the past few months. His confidence in his own ability and his knowledge of language and maths has grown and he has progressed well in all his school work. 

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 Hi Jane

[my son] got into TBGS.  Fantastic news. He is thrilled !

Thank you so much for your support and excellent training for both [my daughter] and [my son].
Hope all your other students get the results they wanted.
All the best
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Thank you Jane and we can’t thank you enough for your support and tutoring over the past year, do let us know how many more of your pupils got in!

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Oh Jane! [my child] got TBGS. Thank you for all your help and useful guidance. She really enjoyed your English masterclass, and at school she hates English so it was fab that you inspired her!

Many thanks, and best wishes

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 We got Churston! The mocks and feedback were invaluable and gave [my child] the valuable experience she required. I will be requesting that my son goes through the same process next year.

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 Hi Jane,

Just to let you know that [my child] has a place at TBGS.  Thanks again for all your help and support. Very best wishes,

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 [my child] has got into TGGS! She is so excited!!! Thank you Jane & Suzanne

for your support xxx(

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  [my child] got through to Torquay Girls' Grammar. Thank you so much for excellent mock exams xxx

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 [my child] got Churston!!!  Thank you so much for all your help and support. We are THRILLED!

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 Hi Jane

[my child] was accepted to Girls' Grammar ......soooo excited and sooooo pleased.

Thank you so much for your booster lessons .... I have spread the word round [primary school] just how fab they are ...!!

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