Key stages allow children to be assessed through standardised exams during their school career. Each key stage corresponds to a certain range of school grades and exams set for these key stages allow assessment of the student according to targets outlined in the National Curriculum.

For reference, here are the key stages.

Key Stage 1: 5 – 7 years old ages 5-7 (Years 1 & 2)

Key Stage 2: 7 – 11 years old (Years 3 – 6)

Key Stage 3: 11 – 14 years old (Years 7 – 9)

Astute offers coaching for students in all Key Stages. Our aim however is to always keep your child ahead of the standard expected in the classroom. So, for example, we will always aim for a child in Key Stage 2 to actually reach the level expected at the beginning of Key Stage 3 while still in Key Stage 2. Our aim to do so is greatly benefited by our low student to teacher ratio and excellent tutors who go above and beyond to ensure an effective learning experience for your child. By the end of Key Stage 3, we would already have started preparing your child for the GCSEs.


As well as students being taught how to read and write, they will be taught how to spell simple words and the basic rules of punctuation and grammar.

This will not only help them improve their progress in school, it will help prepare them for the all-important SATs exams.

Students will be taught: Phonics, Reading, Handwriting , Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation.

This, along with learning how to solve basic word problems, gives your child the ability to do much better in their schoolwork as well as in the tests that follow. 

We ensure that everything we teach will be reinforcing what they are being taught in school – with a more in-depth understanding and with a more concentrated method of learning.


Students will be taught How to count backwards and forwards as well as:

  • Simple addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division


Key Stage 2 covers years 3, 4, 5 and 6. These are crucial years in your child’s development and academic learning. We specialise in helping where it is needed the most. Therefore, we focus primarily on English, Maths and Science. The core subjects that your child will need to well on moving forward. This builds the foundation for all your child’s future learning.

We prioritise and steer our teaching towards preparing your child for the 11+ as well as their SATs examinations. We use this time to encourage children open-up and achieve their true potential. We help to instil confidence in them with regards to their academic abilities as well as speaking in proper English.

In English, we aim to get your child to a free reading stage and help them to increase their vocabulary.

In maths, we aspire to develop your child’s ability to learn more advanced addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios.Along with reinforcing their basics we will cover the entire curriculum for the subject.

We regularly assess student to identify areas of improvements and where we can help.

We help prepare children for the SATs (standard attainment tests)

As students are nearing year 6, we gear their learning to primarily focus on the National Curriculum tests (SATs).

We pay empathises to:

Grammar, punctuation and spelling. Reading and comprehending text.

Both arithmetic and reasoning.

Chemistry, biology and physics