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 for three years was asked to be a visiting interviewer by Rugby School for their potential Oxbridge candidates. I am currently an A Level examiner so am well qualified to know what is required to achieve highly at A Level Literature.
I also coach public speaking and debating teams. Tudor Hall School were English Speaking Union British Champions in 2000 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 have judged both UK national and regional finals so recognise excellence and how to maximise performance and increase confidence?
I was asked to return to teaching by Rugby High School and Northampton High School since when the results of my classes remained very good. In my last year at Rugby High 95% of a large sixth form class in a non selective sixth form achieved A*/B grades.
I was also asked to run the school's English G.C.S.E revision programme. My A Level Literature pupils' work has been 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 have recently completed lessons with students from 11 to 16 seeking entrance to excellent English independent schools as well as my usual examination preparation lessons.
I have enjoyed helping students who are seeking entry to established schools, such as St Mary’s Ascot, Eton and Westminster.