• 8+ English & Maths: public school entrance exams
• 11+ English & Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• 13+ English & French: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• GCSE/IGCSE French: AQA, Edexcel and OCR
• AS/A-level/IB French & History of Art: AQA, Edexcel and OCR
I have worked with students preparing for exams to Eton, Winchester, Harrow, Wycombe Abbey, Francis Holland, Queen’s College, Queensgate and Cheltenham Ladies with great success. For Pre-Tests, I recommend building up a thorough knowledge of the 11+ Maths and English core curriculum and focussing as much as possible on comprehension, grammar and close procedure and mental arithmetic and word problems. I use a variety of activities to target the time pressured nature of the tests and problem solving.
In addition to my day-to-day tutoring, I run a weekly English and Maths Study Club, which prepares students specifically for their 11+ Common Entrance exams. This is a Keystone endorsed programme that follows the 11+ syllabus and takes place at the Keystone office.
I also have extensive experience teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and the IELTS syllabus to online students who are based in a variety of countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
Having studied English, French and History of Art for A-Level at Tudor Hall School, I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with a First Class Honours degree in French and History of Art.
After graduating from university, I moved to Paris for three and a half years where I worked at an international luxury and lifestyle PR agency before working in the litigation department of a leading international law firm as a translator and personal assistant to 3 French lawyers. I am now fluent in French and have acquired a strong commercial knowledge of the language through the various positions I have held.
I returned to the UK permanently in January 2015 to pursue a full-time career in teaching. I wish to draw on my experience of living and working abroad in order to create a rich and exciting learning environment.
I am very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching, and take a structured and detailed approach in order to instill confidence in my students and help develop their skills. I have learnt to be adaptable, flexible and dynamic in order to meet the individual needs of each student, and having taught a wide range of ages and abilities across the spectrum, I understand the importance of employing different learning styles and strategies in order to maximise each student's full potential.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not tutoring, I very much enjoy creative writing and am currently in the process of writing my own short novel for children. I was a member of an English speaking book club in Paris and am in the process of setting up a book club with a close friend.
I also enjoy playing a variety of sports, particularly tennis, swimming and cycling, and am also a keen horse rider. I enjoy physical challenges and have taken part in many charity running and cycling events.
I have a passion for the arts and all things cultural (cinema, music, dance, theatre) and very much enjoy going to galleries, exhibitions and the theatre.
"My daughter really enjoyed her lesson with you and soon after you went she said to me to 'well that wasn't boring... I don't know why all my friends say their tutor is boring' ... So you are blessed!" Mother of previous student.
"The lessons have been great. Philippa has really helped and has a mature professional approach." Father of previous student.
Madame Linda Iritz , Head of English at Lycée Rodin, Paris -
''Philippa Carr spent nine months as an English teaching assistant in Rodin High School in Paris. Her main focus consisted in preparing final year students for the Baccalaureat oral exams, but also in giving conversation lessons to Junior High school students. She had to assess all of them after each class, and report her marks and observations.
Philippa had a very good contact with the students. She always managed to find texts and exercises which motivated them and encouraged them to improve their communication. She also paid attention to the teachers’ requirements.''