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Sophie

Sophie has 19 years experience teaching English and Latin at leading preparatory and public schools in the south of England. She has extensive knowledge of the transfer process at 13+, having held the role of prep school Director of Studies which involved liaising with senior schools and helping children prepare for interviews as well as overseeing their preparation for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations in all subjects as well as teaching her own. Sophie has prepared scholarship candidates for Eton; Harrow; Winchester; Marlborough; Wellington; Charterhouse; St. Mary’s, Ascot; Cheltenham Ladies’ College and many other public schools. She also has extensive experience of teaching children with learning support needs and was Head of Learning Support at a prep school for five years. Sophie is in high demand as a tutor. Her students have enjoyed significant successes in their exams this year and this looks set to continue. Parents have been known to return to Prep School Tutor to seek Sophie’s support for their children once they have moved on to senior school, such is the rapport she is able to build with her tutees and the benefit they gain from her tuition. Sophie specialises in unknotting the difficulties that can so easily occur when Latin is taught in larger classes, and then moving forward through the syllabus at a pace that suits the individual. As an English teacher, her methods for helping children to generate ideas and structure longer pieces of writing are, she has been told, used by her students even once they have moved on to university! She also specialises in teaching reading techniques that allow exam candidates to maintain the focus they need to perform well in comprehension papers, even when under the pressure of an exam situation. Sophie has a proven track record of obtaining excellent results for pupils in both her specialist subjects. She does this by breaking down the curriculum into manageable sections, smoothing out any problem areas and reminding pupils frequently of the progress that they have made to boost their confidence. Sophie has been extensively involved in the preparation of candidates for interviews and selection days at academically demanding public schools, including most of the London day schools; she excels at preparing even the most anxious for interview. She has undertaken considerable research into the different approaches to selection taken by different schools and the sorts of questions they ask. Sophie’s method is to equip candidates with the strategies they need to be able to think calmly under pressure so they can answer taxing questions without becoming flustered. She also works hard to ensure that candidates feel they have plenty to talk about by drawing out their interests and enthusiasms in her encouraging preparatory sessions. Sophie’s aim as a tutor is to prepare her pupils so well that they approach examinations or interviews fearlessly and embrace both as an opportunity to demonstrate who they are and what they know. She aims to give her tutees a love of learning - and even rigorous assessment - that will last for the rest of their lives. When not teaching, Sophie enjoys spending time, preferably outdoors, with her husband, young son and their Border terrier, Rosie. She loves food and growing and cooking her own vegetables. A good weekend away would include a city break (she lives very rurally) with a visit to a great restaurant and a trip to the theatre.

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Juliet

Juliet comes from a highly academic background with both parents having been professors at Oxford and Cambridge universities. She has also studied at both herself, completing her PGCE at the University of Cambridge. During this time, Juliet was awarded the British Psychological Society prize for the best undergraduate project in the country. She was also awarded a Wellcome Trust Scholarship for research and received a First Class Honours degree. Juliet taught at Queen’s College Preparatory School in London, a highly sought after independent school for girls, and also has teaching experience at Eton College, Glendower Prep, Garden House, Summerfields, Headington, Tudor Hall and Stafford Prep. Having four young children of her own in the private system, she has also been fully involved in entrance exams as a parent. Her two eldest were awarded academic scholarships. Juliet has extensive experience with private tuition for 14 years. She has been successful in helping children gain places to major British public schools such as: Rugby, Harrow, Downe House, Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, St Mary’s Calne, Benenden, King’s College and more. Many of these have resulted in academic scholarships and one of her students was awarded six academic scholarships. She has had further success with 11+ entry to highly competitive grammar schools such as Newport Girls, Haberdashers’ Adams, Queen Mary’s and Bishop Vesey’s. As another string to her bow, Juliet works with children who do not have English as their first language, preparing them for pre-tests and Common Entrance exams. She has provided English courses online to students from Harrow Beijing. She has helped prepare students for interviews with Heads of School and for assessment days. Her aim is to help the student feel relaxed yet confident in their own abilities and give them the opportunity to show off their talents. She is more than adept in providing advice on exam strategy and revision techniques. In addition, Juliet has helped students preparing for GCSE and A-Level Biology exams and some have improved by up to four grades. Juliet has taken recent courses for professional development on Dyslexia, Autism, Special Educational Needs, Bullying Prevention and Child Protection. Juliet has a calm, methodical approach, which is tailor made for each child. She enjoys helping each student to increase their confidence in their abilities and to succeed in exams. She aims to make the sessions fun and challenging to ensure that each student can perform at their best during school and exams. Many parents have commented that their children may not have liked certain subjects before coming to Juliet or have moved from the bottom to the top set following tutoring. She takes pride in inspiring others towards success.

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Jane

Jane is a highly experienced teacher and an excellent communicator. She has worked at management level as well as in the classroom both in the UK, including St Paul’s Girls, and in British international schools. Her experience covers Reception all the way through to Year 13 but she specialises in the 11+ Common Entrance exams (100% success) and, more recently, the GL online assessments. She has 20 years experience preparing for examinations for entry to UK prep and secondary schools, as well as schools in the US and the highly competitive international independent schools in the Middle East. She is an expert in eLearning and online tuition having developed her school's eLearning strategy over the past few years. A recent ISI inspection report mentioned her impact across the school and was particularly impressed by the confidence and independence of the children in terms of finding their own solutions to tasks and by the level of higher-order thinking that they employed. Jane sees the development of these skills as key to exam and general study success. As well as using past papers and published resources, Jane devises a range of resources to engage pupils and she tailors them to each pupil's needs. She thinks it is important to set tasks into context in order to add another layer of meaning to the work. Jane is adept at breaking down tasks, questions and topics into their component parts and helping pupils to understand their structure. In fact, much work is done in analysing question types and finding both the similarities and differences between papers, believing that, if a child can identify a question type they will more quickly reach an answer. Jane's last five performance reviews and lesson observations have all been rated 'Excellent' with comments on her attention to detail, diligence and approachability. A senior colleague described her to visitors as an 'inspirational teacher'. Jane has also been a form tutor over the course of her teaching career, which adds another dimension to teacher pupil relationships. She enjoys developing these relationships and finding out about her pupils aside from their academic progress. Her mixed ability classes include pupils with a wide range of educational needs, and she is accustomed to differentiating in a number of ways: by task, by outcome, assessing for learning and one to one support. Jane currently works in Kuwait and resides in Wales during the generous international school holidays. The time difference between the UK and Kuwait is just two hours. Her passions are travel, world food, collecting perfume, writing, reading fiction and political biographies, following international politics and movies.

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Piers

Piers is an inspiring Geography and Maths teacher who instils the positive mind-set needed in all learners. He is passionate about his subject and encourages learning through positive and interesting methods. As well as being teacher trained, Piers is currently completing a Masters in Educational Leadership. Piers has always had a love for learning and encourages his students to feel the same through creative and thought-provoking learning. Piers has been a Head of Geography for over five years, firstly at The Hampshire School, Chelsea a Preparatory School in Chelsea, London before moving to Beachborough School, a Preparatory School in Buckinghamshire. He has prepared students for numerous entrance exams, including 13+ and Scholarship to schools such as St Paul’s, Godolphin and Latymer, Westminster, Eton and Stowe. His students achieve consistently excellent results with Senior schools commenting on how well-prepared his students have been for their exams. Piers has also taught Geography to GCSE students with great success and is familiar with both the GCSE and iGCSE specifications. As a further string to his bow, Piers has taught and tutored Mathematics, preparing students 11+ and 13+ exams with clear success; his students have been offered places at leading senior schools, with many being awarded a Scholarship. On top of his teaching expertise, Piers has also been heavily involved in preparing candidates for interview with their senior schools of choice. Competition is fierce but Piers, through his research, preparation and experience has an excellent understanding of the interview requirements of many of the leading senior schools, including the format and the types of questions that are asked. Piers encourages students to be confident within themselves and to talk expressively, allowing his students to show their prospective schools the best person that they can be. Piers has a love for travel and exploration and looks to make the most of life through his friendly and energetic nature.

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Robert

Robert is a high-energy Geography tutor! A fully qualified teacher, he has been teaching across the age ranges for the last 5 years, specialising in KS3, GCSE and A-Level (Ages 11-18) with added skills in teaching literacy, numeracy and other life skills to students of all learning abilities (including dyslexia). He has experience in tutoring extensively for 13+ Common Entrance and Scholarship, tutoring Geography and Religious Studies to 13+ Common Entrance level. Robert has guided even the least willing through Eton entrance exams with humour and motivating activities to bring out the best in his tutees.

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Louise

Louise is a dynamic and highly motivating tutor with an addictive enthusiasm for her subject. Having been Head of English at a leading South-East prep school, she has extensive knowledge of both the Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship syllabi, as well as many of the individual entrance exams for top public schools. With 10 years of teaching experience, she is fully aware of what is needed for students to be successful in SATS, 11+, 13+ and CAS exams, and will work alongside your child to help achieve their goals. Louise has a proven track record as an excellent English teacher and has significant experience teaching verbal and non-verbal reasoning as well as interview technique both in school and on a one-to-one basis. She takes into account both the pastoral and academic needs of her tutees, genuinely caring about them as individuals. Her tutees are treated with respect and care which gives them the confidence to achieve well academically; Louise fully believes that confidence in one's ability is often the key to success.

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Angela

Angela is an expert in pre-test preparation to the highly competitive UK private schools. She has an excellent knowledge of the entrance exam requirements for British public schools, including Eton, Westminster, Wycombe Abbey and Sevenoaks. She has worked to prepare children in Maths and Science, through 13+ Common Entrance, 13+ Scholarship and also to success with GCSE particularly in the Sciences. Some students have been boosted from the bottom of their class to the top. Working on their confidence can be the key to see a major improvement in their performance. Angela tailors each lesson to a student's needs and individual learning style. She could not work harder in terms of preparation and dedication and will go to the nth degree to accommodate her students. She is a happy, caring and dynamic teacher who thrives on helping children to reach their goals. During Angela's NQT year, she had the highly unusual honour of being appointed as a head of department in a London Prep school. During this time she highlighted issues that caused changes in science departments across over 120 schools. She also ran scholarship clubs, booster sessions and gave up her lunches and time after school to help students gain entry to the school of their choice. Parents commented to the headteacher that they had never seen anyone so dedicated to helping the children pass their entrance exams. She then went on to teach at a prep school in Milton Keynes. Here she ran intervention lessons for children who struggled with English and maths and extension classes for children who were gifted and talented. During her time here, the independent schools inspectors rated Angela as an Excellent teacher(the highest level given to a teacher at that time)commenting that they had never seen such empathy and solicitude in action before. They decided that the care she gave to children meant the children showed greater achievement. In her free time Angela also tutored local children through the local 11+ exams. Gaining families who would want her to tutor their children for many years. All the previous hard work led to Angela being appointed as head of Science and PSHE at Christ Church Cathedral School In Oxford. Here she taught the children of many Oxford academics, even hosting talks given by some of Christ Church's leading academics to boost the children's career options and interests. Also running a leadership skills club to boost the pupils skills for future life and Interview technique. She helped pupils to gain entry to schools such as Eton, Harrow, Magdalean college school, Radley and Westminster. These also included scholarship places. Angela then began tutoring children for entrance exams full time. Gaining an indepth knowledge of entrance exams for many of the top schools including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey, Sevenoaks, Charterhouse and the Perse. She was also trained by Eton and taken on as a leadership tutor in their leadership course collaboration with EtonX.

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Nina

Nina is an enthusiastic educator! She loves imparting knowledge to students and really wants to get them interested in the subjects they are learning. Nina’s areas of expertise are in Science and Mathematics where she teaches through Common Entrance and GCSE / iGCSE, through to A-Level. She is also somewhat pro at 11+ preparation. Nina has great experience and detailed knowledge of the requirements for pre-tests, 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and Scholarship exams to the top British public schools. She has taught from Key Stage 2 through to A-level both in schools and as a private tutor. After completing degrees in Science and Business Studies, Nina worked for many years in Investment Banking and Consulting. She then lived abroad in parts of Europe and South America, where she worked as a teacher. Her interest in teaching and learning then encouraged her to obtain teaching qualifications. Nina has experience of teaching Science, Mathematics, Literacy and English and is patient and sympathetic to the needs of her students. Having lived abroad with children herself, Nina understands the challenges faced by students in different education systems aiming towards entrance to British Schools.

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Diana

Diana is a dedicated teacher who is passionate about achieving excellence in education. She has considerable experience in her field, having worked in education for 25 years, recently gaining her Masters degree in Education from the University of Leeds. Diana taught at a British Prep school in the Cayman Islands, assisting the students with their 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance exams, as well as tutoring them to improve their grades in GCSE and A level. She believes in building the student’s confidence to allow them to become more inquisitive and knowledgeable about their learning. She has considerable experience with students who have dyslexia and ADHD.

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Paul

Paul specialises in powering his students towards success in English. He kick-started his career teaching to GCSE and A-Level and has now been in the prep school environment for over 5 years, working at Barnardiston, an excellent and extremely popular Suffolk preparatory school, with close links to the top Cambridge schools. Here, Paul has had particular success in making literacy, notably poetry, more accessible to pupils of all abilities. He has also tutored pre-test and 11+ English for entrance to the major Cambridge schools. This has included Verbal Reasoning and some interview technique as well as exam strategy. He is used to working with children who do not have English as their first language, accommodating their needs both in boosting confidence for oral communication and in improving their literacy skills ready for exam success. Paul’s scholarship and 13+ students have won places to top public schools including Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Stowe, Oundle, The Perse, Westminster and Wycombe Abbey. His students have been prize-winners in exams for Rugby school and achieved distinctions in exams at Westminster. Paul has attended Common Entrance courses at Eton, which have served to inform his approach immensely. He has a calm, methodical approach, and is determined on personalising his sessions, tailoring each element to suit the individual needs of his students. Paul firmly believes that through sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for English language and poetry, he can make a huge difference to students preparing for the literacy demands of Common Entrance and Scholarship papers.

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