Our teachers

Our mission is to help students pass the 11+ in a positive learning environment – fun and encouragement are at our core.

All of our teachers are highly experienced teachers, most of whom have worked in grammar schools and know what it takes to be an 11+ student. Between the team, we have over 40 years grammar school teaching experience (in Maths and English) at both Crossley Heath and North Halifax Grammar School.

Geoff Storer

11plusschool was founded by Geoff Storer who was previously Head of Maths at both North Halifax and Crossley Heath Grammar schools. Geoff has taught and tutored Maths for over 25 years. He also works as a consultant in Calderdale schools helping teachers and students prepare for the 11+ exam.

Fiona Hardy

Fiona is our Year 5 Manager and the main contact for Year 5 classes on a Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. Fiona has been teaching since 2004 in schools across Bradford, Kirklees and now Calderdale. She is a year 6 English specialist, having been head of Upper Key Stage 2 and literacy coordinator.

Sam Warner

Sam is our Year 4 Manager and the main contact for Year 4 classes on a Wednesday at Beech Hill School. Sam has worked in a variety of roles in education since 2005. For over 10 years he has been teaching in a range of schools in West Yorkshire. He is a qualified Mathematics specialist at all grades at GCSE. Sam has worked with Geoff to transition to Zoom during covid lockdowns and is also the 11plusschool I.T. manager. 

Sue Parsons

Sue is a highly experienced English teacher at Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5. She taught for 8 years at Crossley Heath where she was Head of Key Stage 3 English and Leader of Whole School Literacy. During the last Ofsted visit to Crossley Heath her lessons were graded as outstanding.

Paul Dignum

Paul has been a teacher since 1991 and is an English specialist. He has 20 years’ full time teaching experience at Crossley Heath.  Paul is also currently providing supply work at Crossley Heath and Rastrick Independent School (Grammar section).

Simon Wells

Simon has 18 years’ experience teaching across Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5. As a Maths and English primary and secondary school teacher he has a unique skill set ideally suited for delivering Verbal Reasoning.

Rob Barlow

Rob has worked at a number of primary schools in Halifax over many years. Rob is a teacher at The Gleddings Preparatory School and has in-depth knowledge of the increasing standards required for students to pass the 11+ exam. As a result he brings this invaluable insight to our team along with his specialisms in Maths and Verbal Reasoning.

Caroline Dolan

Caroline qualified and has been teaching in primary education since 2007. She has received two ‘outstanding’ judgements and in 2008 received an ‘outstanding new teacher of the year’ award for the north of England. Caroline is currently a specialist teacher and local authority advisor for children who are Looked After and Previously Looked After for Bradford Local Authority. 

Helen McMinn

Helen is currently the Director of English and Drama at a secondary school in Leeds. She has taught Key Stage 3 and GCSE English Language and English Literature for 15 years. Helen has worked in a leadership role for four years and now leads teaching and learning across the school as a whole. 

Alison Long

Alison has been a teacher for 15 years. For the last 6 years she has taught at The Gleddings school where she is currently on the senior management team and the English and literacy leader. 

Katie Whitton

Katie is currently a Year 5 teacher at a primary school in Halifax. Prior to teaching in Year 5, which is where she has been for the last year, she has had roles within Year 6 and Year 4.  This year, she is continuing to support those children in school who shall be taking the 11+ next September and she is leading History.

Louise Coates-Black

Qualifying in 1999, Louise has been a senior leader and SENDCo (Special Education Needs & Disabilities Coordinator) in schools for the past 20 years. Louise has been judged ‘oustanding’ in two OFSTED and four SIAMS inspections. Louise currently works as a specialist teacher, SEND lead and Attachment lead at the Bradford Virtual School for childred in care and previously in care since 2015.

Michelle Storer

Michelle has worked in the corporate world for nearly 30 years in various sales and marketing roles mainly at EY where she was the Business Development Director for Yorkshire. Michelle now works with Geoff to manage the school.

All our teachers are DBS checked and 11plusschool is liability insured