Extensive experience both a teacher and tutor in the following;
• 7+/8+/9+/10+ English and Maths
• 11+ English, Maths, Reasoning and History: London day schools, ISEB and public school exams
• 13+ English and History: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• GCSE/IGCSE History
I am a Durham, Cambridge and Roehampton educated teacher and tutor, currently working towards a second Masters degree in Medieval Studies at King’s College London.
I completed my PGCE at Cambridge before working at Maidwell Hall in Northamptonshire as an English, maths and history teacher, before moving to London where I spent five years teaching upper KS2 at Thomas's Kensington.
During this time I worked as Head of History and Creative Curriculum Leader as well as teaching Maths, English, Reasoning and the Humanities to Years 4, 5 and 6. As such I have an in-depth knowledge of the requirements for all exam preparation up to the 11+, 13+ and Common Entrance, and am particularly strong in working with scholarship children on history, English and interview preparation.
During my time at Thomas’s I also completed an MA in Educational Practice at Roehampton University, specialising in assessment techniques and nurturing creativity which has helped to shape and inform my practice over the subsequent years.
Prior to this I worked at a Maidwell Hall in Northamptonshire, and taught English, History, and Art up to Common Entrance 13+, as well as coaching hockey and netball.
I have also developed extensive experience working with children with a range of SEND, supporting them both in the classroom, and as a tutor, to boost confidence, build subject knowledge and ensure they find places at future schools which are appropriate for their needs.
I live in the countryside in Northumberland, having recently moved back to where I grew up after almost ten years in London teaching and tutoring.
I completed my GCSE's and A Levels at Sedbergh School on the edge of the Lake District, and played hockey and netball endlessly. I loved being on the stage and in the art room as well as studying English and History - I continue to pursue all these subjects now.
Following school I took a year out and spent 6 months teaching in a large primary school near Arusha in Tanzania and worked in an orphanage in Bangalore in India, and I still love travelling now.
I read Combined Arts at Durham focusing primarily on Medieval history and 19th Century European art, alongside partaking in several plays with Castle Theatre Company, and taking on the role as 'Senior Man' (College President) of University College Durham.
I am half way through the completion of a Masters degree in Medieval Studies.
As a primary trained teacher, I have a passion for teaching creatively and helping children develop a deep understanding of the topic by immersing them in the subject, and giving them the opportunity to take ownership over their learning. My main aim and philosophy in education is to ensure that children develop a firm set of skills which can then be applied laterally as their knowledge base grows, with an emphasis on developing their ability to think critically, communicate and collaborate effectively. I’m firm, fair and hopefully quite fun all at the same time, and enjoy giving children individual support and the time to ask questions, with the aim of ensuring they feel confident and secure enough to pursue the next step in their education.
What I do when I am not tutoring
My husband and I have recently moved to beautiful Northumberland, and alongside tutoring I’m completing my dissertation thesis for an MA in Medieval Studies at Kings College London. Outside of tutoring and studying, I spend the majority of my time walking my beautiful Cardiganshire Corgi, Clemmie. I also enjoy reading, yoga, swimming and working with and riding ponies in the surrounding countryside.
After offers from Godolphin and Latymer and St Paul’s, and an academic scholarship from Francis Holland, we are thrilled to say Olivia took up her place at St Paul’s. Thank you so much - with your help and support, Olivia sailed through her exams and found the confidence to use her voice at interview. Thank you so much Jenny, you were super, so so encouraging!
Adrianna, Parent of a Francis Holland girl who achieved her place at St Paul’s for 2019.
Wren, you are absolutely brilliant. If you were a company I would buy shares in you. You could always start your own school? 11-18 would suit me and the boys, please.
With great love and respect,
Emma (Parent of Year 3 and 4 boys)
Ulysse has turned 10 this month and is now reading a lot, (over 12 books since he left school!) and he is really loving it. We do really think that amongst other things, your approach and teaching has been a real kick starter for him.
Your welcoming attitude and all you did to boost his confidence have been key for Ulysse this past year and Vincent and I are very grateful for all the attention you gave him.
Thank you so very much.
Camille and Vincent ( Parents of a Year 4 boy)
Dear Ms Charlton,
I just wanted to say that Jeremy has simply loved being in your history class. Your dynamism and passion for the subject is simply contagious and your connection with the children is quite unique! He has been so complimentary since the beginning of the year. Thank you!
Kind regards, Marileen
(Parent of a Year 6 boy on acceptance of a place to Wellington)
We would like to thank you for your amazing teaching and wonderful support over the last two years, because Sophie has just been offered a place at St Paul's Girls' School and will be joining her sister in September. She is absolutely delighted and so are we. You may know that maths has not always been her favourite subject, but you managed to re-enthuse her during year 5, and obviously the fun and stimulating way in which you've taught her has paid off. And it was nice to see that despite the narrow focus of the 11+, the great way in which you've introduced the children to maths and history benefited her at interview.
We have been really impressed by the calm and thoughtful way in which you've prepared the children, without turning Year 5 and 6 into a hothouse. Thank you for all your hard work and enthusiasm.
Esther and Michel
(From parents of a Year 6 girl on acceptance of a place to St Paul’s)