• 11+ and 13+ English: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• KS3 English and English Literature
• GCSE English and English Literature: AQA, Edexcel, iGCSE
• A-Level English Literature: AQA, OCR, Edexcel, IB
• A-Level English Language: AQA
• ELAT Oxbridge entrance exams and interview preparation
I am a qualified teacher and full-time professional tutor with a degree from Cambridge University. I have taught English Literature and English Language at some of the top performing schools in London and have worked with students of all abilities at 11+, 13+, GCSE, A-Level and beyond, inspiring them to fulfil their potential and achieve their goals. My students at GCSE and A-Level have consistently achieved outstanding results in their examinations.
As a passionate and committed teacher, I believe it is essential to keep up to date with new developments in learning. That is why I was one of the first teachers to train at King’s College London in the Let’s Think in English programme. This innovative style of teaching helps students to develop the reasoning skills that are so important for enjoying English and for succeeding in the new GCSE and A-Level exams. I have also trained other teachers to deliver this new pedagogy.
I have undertaken a range of tutoring roles during my teaching career, from preparing pupils for 11+ to mentoring candidates for the Oxbridge ELAT entrance exams. I also have a wealth of experience preparing students for their GCSE and A-Level exams in both English Literature and English Language.
I attended Norwich High School for Girls (GDST) and Uppingham, where I was an Academic Scholar. I attained top grades at A-Level in English Literature, History, History of Art and Art, achieving one of the top five marks in the country for my History of Art A-Level result. I went on to study for a BA in English at the University of Cambridge, where I was made a College Scholar as a result of my academic performance. After graduating, I worked in the media for six years as a copywriter. Following a PGCE at Roehampton University, I became an English teacher, teaching in some of London’s top performing schools before moving into private tuition.
I know that students succeed when their learning goals are not abstract or dictated by someone else but are personally meaningful. That is why I take time to really get to know my students so that I can put their learning into this context. I also believe that students learn best when they can see the real-world application of their knowledge and skills and when they are encouraged to aspire to the highest standards. For this reason, my education and professional background are a huge asset to me as a tutor. As an experienced classroom teacher, I have a thorough understanding of the assessment requirements for public examinations, and I know exactly what it takes to succeed.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am a full-time professional tutor. When I am not tutoring, I love to keep fit and healthy by getting outside (whatever the weather) for a run around the park. I am also an avid reader and usually have about six books on the go simultaneously!
The mind-set I developed having you as a teacher was to have confidence and to never give up when people clearly have belief in you to succeed. Your support and guidance throughout has been amazing, and I will take everything I have learnt with me into university. (A-Level English Language student)
Thank you for being such a kind and supportive teacher! Before you became my English teacher, I wasn't confident with English, nor did I like it, but now it is my favourite subject. (GCSE English Literature and English Language student)
Thank you so much for helping me to finally achieve an A* in English Language, which I would never have achieved if it weren't for you. You have been the best English teacher I have ever had, and are one of my favourite teachers. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done for me this year. THANK YOU. (GCSE English Literature and English Language student)
Thank you so much for being an amazing English teacher over the past two years. The positivity you have displayed towards my writing has inspired me to keep going (and maybe even write something a little longer). Thank you for opening opportunities such as the Carnegie Medal. You encouraged me to try them out when before I wouldn't have thought of doing so. (11+ student)