Nourish. Flourish. Accomp​lish.


Who are we?

Emma & Caroline met on their first day at Upton Hall in 1987 after having experienced the rigorous grammar school selection process f​irst hand. Both have teaching backgrounds, are published authors and have successfully tutored many children for the Wirral 11 plus process. 

Our Story

We made the Wordsmith journey so that your child can begin theirs!

An Idea Is Born

A chat over dinner became the basis for an idea that would grow and Wordsmith was born. Recognising that children can be trained to master 11 plus techniques, Wordsmith Emma & Wordsmith Caroline felt that there was a gap in the market to offer something more. They felt that children deserve a more rounded approach so that not only are they confident with the 11 plus exam, they are completely at ease with a grammar school education. In particular, they are committed to growth mindset strategies which promote positive mental well-being and confidence.

Growth Mindset

Throughout the sessions, the Wordsmiths will be carrying out activities to encourage the development of a growth mindset. One key element is to praise children for the process rather than the outcome by focusing on the effort that they put into an activity instead of the result. This must also be coupled with fostering an understanding of how they can improve and what strategies can be used when things don’t work, guiding them towards other strategies and resources that can help them resume learning. We will be encouraging focused practice, targeted effort and supporting the children to stretch themselves with challenging tasks. We will change thinking from “I can’t do it” to “I can’t do it yet.”

Although people differ in their initial talents, interests or temperaments, everyone can change and grow through application and experience. With the right mindset, we can motivate children to increase their efforts, raise attainment, take more risks and become more resilient. This will not only help them to achieve during their time in education but will also equip them with the right mindset for the rest of their lives.


Nourish. Flourish. Accomplish.

Our Vision

Wordsmith believe in the potential, individuality and educational growth of each child. Committed to providing a stimulating, positive environment, children flourish and accomplish through the tailored nourishment that Wordsmith provides.