I have a PGCE in English and English Literature and have worked as a Teacher for the last six years. During that time I was promoted to Assistant Head of Department and Head of Key Stage Three with responsibility for Literacy across the school.
• AS and A-Level English and English Literature.
• GCSE English, all exam boards.
• Key Stage Three English.
• Key Stage Three History
• AS and A Level Classical Civilisation.
• English as an additional language.
I grew up in Richmond until my early teens when my family moved to Oxfordshire where I enrolled St Helen's and St Katherine's School in Abingdon. This was a stimulating academic environment in which I studied English Literature, Classical Civilisation, Religious Studies and Fine Art .
I attended University College London where I took a BA in Ancient World. Through my study of Ancient texts I developed a love of literature and went on to do a Master’s Degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University specialising in Shakespeare and Victorian Media and Culture. My interest in Literature inspired me to study for a PGCE in English at Goldsmiths University and I have been working as a secondary school teacher for the last six years.
I enjoy enthusing students to study English and the challenge of raising a student’s aspirations and encouraging them to achieve the highest possible grades. Having taught across a wide range of abilities I believe that it is important to tailor lessons to the needs and interests of each individual student. I find that study is more rewarding when students take an active role in their learning and that this approach builds a student’s confidence. I have a genuine love of my subject which I hope to pass on to my students.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not teaching I enjoy going to the theatre and feel lucky to be able to take advantage of London’s thriving theatre scene. As a student I was an active member of the Classics Society and involved in many student theatre productions. After graduating, I went on to volunteer with the Children’s theatre company Kazzum, which produces plays aimed at underprivileged children.
I write for pleasure and contributed to online arts publications. As a teacher I established a poetry appreciation and writing club, in which students entered (and occasionally won) national competitions.
Having worked in secondary school for the last six years I have become increasingly interested in special educational needs and the development of young people. I am now seeking a new academic challenge and a future career as an Educational Psychologist. I will be taking an MSc in Psychology followed by a PhD in Educational Psychology.