Subjects I teach

English Language up to Undergraduate
English Literature up to Undergraduate
Creative Writing and essay planning up to Undergraduate
Non-Verbal Reasoning: 4+, 7+, 11+, 13+
Verbal Reasoning: 4+, 7+, 11+, 13+
Mathematics: 4+, 7+, 11+

My Experience

I am currently overseeing a one-year home-school programme for two children aged eight and twelve, with a particular focus on the 8+ and 12+ Entrance Examinations.

As Director of Studies at my last school, I always aim to recreate a formal learning environment injected with fun and self-belief. I introduced an intervention programme for Year 10-13 students who were failing to fulfil their academic potential, without compromising support and kindness.

I have served as governess to children aged eleven, fifteen and seventeen. Borderline C grades were eradicated. Intensive revision strategies were put in place for all three children in the lead up to 11+, GCSE and AS Level examinations.

I also have experience in leading interview preparation and composing personal statements for Oxbridge.

I acted as Senior Teacher, Key Stage Four, and member of the Senior Leadership Team at More House School for Girls. I was responsible for ensuring the highest quality of teaching for the girls in Years 10 and 11. I believe that a happy student, is a successful student and this ethos would be central to my work with your child.

I read English at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge and am currently completing my Masters in English at KCL. I have taught in independent schools since 2006.

My Qualifications

1994-98 English/Literature (AQA) A*/A*
(GCSE) History (AQA) A*
Geography (OCR) A*
Science (AQA) A/A
Religious Studies (AQA)A*
French (AQA) A
Maths (AQA)A
Design and Technology (MEG) A*
1998-2000 English Language/Literature (AQA) A*
(A Level) History (AQA) A*
Geography (OCR) A
2001-2004 BA, English 2:1 (Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge)
2004-2005 NCTJ Certificate in Print Journalism (Distinction)
2006-2007 PGCE Secondary (English) (University of Leeds) Distinction
2014- to date Masters, English (King’s College London) On going

2016 Examiner for AQA and Edexcel (GCSE/A Level)
2015 Director of Studies for Riverston School
2014 Academic policy writer for More House School
2011 Senior Teacher, Key Stage 4
2008 Editor of School Magazine at Oldham Hulme Grammar Schools (OHGS)
2008 Member of Oxbridge Preparation Panel at OHGS
2004-2005 Student Representative at Journalism Training College
2002-2004 University Parent- Tutored and advised two, first year English undergraduates.
2002-2004 House Representative at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge
1998-2000 College Representative at Audenshaw Sixth Form.

My Approach to Private Tuition

My approach to private tuition is very much the same as my thorough teaching within the classrooms of the four independent schools I have had the pleasure of working in: create very clear, tangible goals for each of my students with a dash of good Northern humour and kindness to truly bring their self-confidence and ambitions to the surface. I believe that my experience as an Internal Examiner for the schools I have worked for and my role as External Examiner for AQA and Edexcel make me a trustworthy teacher and role model for my students. They can rest assured that they are receiving the most up-to-date and detailed teaching in their lessons with me.

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Fun fact

I’ve recently been gifted an old type-writer; I am tinkering away on this in my spare time. My aim is to continue writing my first novel in the hope that it’s ancient keys will give me story-telling super-powers!