I have taught at a wide variety of schools both state and independent,in the UK and abroad. For the last 16 years of my full-time career I was Head of English and a housemaster at Tudor Hall School Banbury. As well as assisting my pupils to high levels of academic achievement (85% grades A and B in the final 5 years of my stay) and success. Naturally I have prepared pupils for Oxbridge entry and this year was asked to be a visiting interviewer by Rugby School for their potential Oxbridge candidates.
I also coached the public speaking and debating teams. The school were English Speaking Union British Champions in 20001 and were presented with the award by H.R.H. Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. Teams from this and three other schools at which I have taught also reached three national finals and numerous semi-finals of national competitions.
I was asked to return to teaching by Rugby High School and Northampton High School since when the results of my classes have remained very good. Last year five of my pupils in a non-selective sixth form achieved A* at A Level.
I am also asked to run the school's English G.C.S.E revision programme. This year (2015) my A Level Literature pupils' work was singled out for praise by the exam board and a GCSE candidate who achieved B grades in her 'mock' exams sought my help and was marked at A* for both Language and Literature. Her comments may be available.
I was born in Colwyn Bay Conwy to a Welsh speaking mother but moved to London for my education.
I attended Selhurst Grammar School in Croydon and achieved good A Levels including Scholarship Level English Literature.I have taught in a wide variety of schools including four in the upper echelons of the A Level league tables.
I still teach A Level Literature at Rugby High School two days a week.
I have been teaching successfully for many years and I would like to think that the reason I am still asked to teach by academic schools is because I get results and pupils seem to enjoy being taught by me. It was a personal approach from Will Orr-Ewing the founder of Keystone Tutors following personal recommendations from pupils that persuaded me to tutor for Keystone Tutors.
I find that tutoring, to be successful, must be an enjoyable experience both for the pupil and the teacher. It is of course a partnership but the tutor has a duty to awaken or sustain the interest of a pupil in his or her studies.
What I do when I am not tutoring
As well as travelling widely I have been unable to refuse the variety of offers from local academic schools to return to teaching and am still working for Rugby High School, a girls' grammar school. I also visited schools on behalf of WJEC to ensure that Speaking and Listening criteria are being adhered to. I am currently waiting to become a trainer for the new A Level specifications.
I still play cricket to a fairly high standard and have represented various institutions at five sports and captained several.
'Peter has an infectious passion for English. His entertaining style of teaching brings even the most obscure poetry alive.What is truly unique about Peter is his wealth of knowledge across the literary genres and historical periods. He can quote Shakespeare Donne-even Chaucer- by heart. Our lively debates along with his sessions on essay technique have helped me achieve top marks in my essays and I look forward to his lessons every week
Current Keystone Client.
April 2016 yearly lesson obervation comment by school assessor and also Headteacher.
'Thank you so much fot the lesson this afternoon. Charlotte (headteacher) and I both thought it was outstanding. Charlotte wished she could have recorded it'.
From Keystone IGCSE English and English Literature client.
Peter is a really good tutor who listened to the things I was concerned about and then based all the work we did around these concerns. The sessions were intensive but helpful and gave a good basis from which to work. One of the most helpful things Peter did was to help show signposts in English Literature and Language which enabled me to answer questions a lot more easily.