• Key Stage 1 – all subjects
• Key Stage 2 – all subjects
• 11+ English & Maths: ISEB, public school entrance exams and pre-test
• 13+ English: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• (I)GCSE English Language: AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR
• (I)GCSE English Literature: AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR
• A Level Geography
I have several years classroom experience having taught secondary level English in a London Academy. Alongside this, I've also privately tutored a number of students on a face-to-face and online basis. I mostly help students prepare for both 11+ and 13+ entrance examinations into selective schools across London. In addition to pre-test preparation, I also have experience teaching the English GCSE syllabus for both Literature and Language. Most recently, I have been supporting Key Stage 1 & 2 children in their home-schooling across all subjects.
I am experienced in getting fantastic results, confident in my ability to tutor both face to face and online, and am particularly skilled at tailoring learning to the specific needs of individual.
After obtaining my A-levels in English (A), Biology (A) and Geography (A), I went on to complete my University studies at Edinburgh University, achieving a strong 2.1 grade. Having spent some time teaching English in Malawi, I naturally gravitated toward a career in education by joining the ‘Teach First’ scheme; an intensive programme which selects high achieving graduates and places them in challenging schools.
At the heart of my teaching is a belief that learning should be an adventure coupled with the desire to build excellent relationships with each individual student. Hence why I love private tutoring, as it allows me to tailor the learning to the specific needs and interests of my tutees. Lessons are always planned in great detail, with a focus on engaging, motivating and challenging my students whilst ensuring they feel safe and secure throughout. I strive to impart my own passion for the subjects I teach to develop enquiring, critical, and confident minds.
What I do when I am not tutoring
At the end last year, I closed down my business to pursue a career in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. My three year degree course at Roehampton University begins in September, so I have seven months to dedicate entirely to tutoring work.
My MA is part time, and therefore I'll be able to maintain my tutoring commitments throughout the three year study period. In my spare time I enjoy running, cold water swimming and yoga.
Kate was brilliant and just what we were after – someone to nurture a love of English rather than purely focusing on entrance exams. As a tutor, Kate has a wonderful warm manner and is engaging, fun and inspiring; my daughter thoroughly enjoyed her lessons. She was offered places at all the schools she applied to as well as an academic scholarship to one. So thank you for helping us with our tutor search – it’s tricky finding the right one but Kate was perfect. (11+ Parent)
''Kate was a teacher at the school for two years. She had responsibility for the education in English for all her classes, having to teach, assess and report on her students. She was also a form tutor for most of her time here with responsibility for the welfare of the students in her form. In September 2009 she was given a post of responsibility to lead the development of provision for the gifted and talented students in the school.
Kate joined under the ‘Teach First’ scheme which provides good graduates with a small amount of training and then places them in challenging schools where they immediately take on the responsibilities of a teacher with guidance and mentoring provided by school staff. Kate has performed at a high level right from the start. She has worked hard, often putting in 11 and 12 hour days in order to plan and prepare materials as well as assessing students’ work. She very quickly became somebody who contributed positively to the department and she has been a supportive colleague to young staff who have joined the school since her arrival. She is a reliable, thoughtful and creative employee. Her attendance and punctuality have been excellent despite a long, sometimes difficult journey. She has achieved much in the time she has been here, not least in helping many of her year 11 students to surpass their challenging target grades in the recent GCSE examinations.
The school would have no hesitation in re-employing her if the situation ever arose. She is undoubtedly one of the best young employees we have had in recent years.'' - Head of English Stockley Academy