Roots 2 Success 11 plus Staff


Roots 2 Success is a family business based in Torquay, Devon. In addition to online 11 plus resources we also provide tuition for eleven plus in Torbay and Totnes as well as mock exams for the CEM 11 plus; mock exams are held in Torquay. Founder Chris Roots has developed an extensive range of 11 plus resources for tutoring in Torbay and South Devon and is pleased to offer parents all over England the opportunity to take advantage of these through the online tests on this website.

Personal Profiles

11 plus online expert Chris Roots

Dr Chris Roots grew up in Chatham in the Medway Area of Kent. He vaguely remembers taking the 11 plus - like most children in those days he did not have tuition. Chris attended Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester and left with 10 'O' levels and 3 'A' levels.

Chris graduated with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Zoology from Royal Holloway, University of London. He went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Parasitology from King's College, London before working as an Information Scientist. He qualified as a Youth Worker in 1997 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community and Youth Work from The University College of St Mark and St John, (Marjon), Plymouth. Chris has worked for voluntary and community youth organisations as well as local authorities in Plymouth, Kent and Medway. He holds two management qualifications and is an Associate of the Chartered Management Institute.

Chris has studied in Paris as part of his Ph.D. and has also worked in the USA and Ghana.

He has a range of teaching, training and tutoring experience including working as a Biology Teacher in Ghana and as an Adult Education Tutor in Biology and French for Kent and Medway Adult Education Services. 

In addition to running Roots 2 Success, Chris is a Director of Youth Genesis Trust Ltd and volunteers with the Torbay Athletic Club junior team.

11 Plus on line Becks

Rebecca Roots is a Psychology student at Cardiff University and a former pupil at Torquay Girls' Grammar School and she remembers the 11 plus very well, although the format of the test has changed since she took it. When she is not studying or representing her club, university and county at athletics, Rebecca finds time to work on the Roots 2 Success website, helping to ensure that all the information is up to date as well as working on our twitter and facebook pages. She also wrote the text for the "Lost" comprehension.

David Roots is a History Student at Royal Holloway, University of London and is a former pupil of Torquay Boys' Grammar School and remembers the 11 plus even more vividly than Rebecca! David is a big

Roots2Success Staff Member David

fan of anything to do with cars: he is a keen Formula 1 fan and enjoys playing on the Xbox One on games such as Project Cars and Forza Motorsport Series - he has even designed a Roots 2 Success livery for Forza Horizon 3. David has helped out with our mock eleven plus exams for the last four years and has recently filmed and edited the 58 Maths videos on our Roots 2 Success YouTube channel. David has written a number of English comprehensions including some of those we use for the mock exams. David also helped to plan and test this website.

What our customers have said about us:

"I love using the Roots 2 Success website, especially the comprehensions and I have to say that my favourite is 'A dog called Sherbet" - Jacob, South Devon.

"I enjoyed doing the comprehensions online" - Amy, Paignton

"Roots 2 Success comprehensions are fun because they are online; my favourite was 'A dog called Sherbet'" - Estelle, Torquay

"My favourite was 'Ornithology'; I prefer doing them online" - Cameron, Paignton

"Hi Chris, I just wanted to let you know that your maths and comprehension work sheets must have been on track - we used a few of each and Alex gained his three yesses. They're a resource I'd happily recommend to other DIY'ers" - Jess, South Devon.

Please contact us for more information.