Adam completed his Certificate In Education at Cambridge University and hist postgraduate Diploma at the London School of Economics. He has nearly two decades of experience preparing children for entrance to leading London day and boarding schools at the 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+.
Laura studied Linguistics and Phonetics at the University of Leeds. She then decided to pursue a career in teaching and earned a place on the prestigious Teach First Leadership Development Programme, a teacher-training scheme for high-achieving graduates.
Alex is an enthusiastic and dedicated primary school teacher who has worked throughout KS2 since qualifying with a first class degree and 'outstanding' teacher status in 2015. Her ability to build relationships with the students she works with sets her apart from the crowd.
Originally from Canada, Amy has both a Master’s of Teaching and a degree in Theatre, finishing with a double major in Theatre and Film & Media Studies. Throughout this degree, she took education courses in Intermediate Maths, Educational Psychology, Children’s Literature and Effective Writing.
Amy trained as a secondary English teacher in 2010, since then she has led one of the top departments in the UK and supported the development of new teachers as a mentor and an associate tutor at the University of Warwick. Since 2019 she has worked as a full-time, professional tutor supporting families who home educate, those wishing to improve their GCSE or A-Level exam results or students looking to gain entrance to selective institutions.
Blake is an incredibly dedicated and passionate teacher who consistently receives the grade of ‘Outstanding’ on his lesson observations. One such observation from a previous OFSTED inspector stated that Blake delivered one of the best lessons he’d ever seen.
Bridie is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge, with a degree in English Literature. She is a qualified secondary English teacher with four years’ experience and is confident with range of pupil needs, attitudes to learning, texts and examination boards.
Tolly has a very strong mathematical background, having studied Mathematics and Philosophy at The University of Oxford. This degree allows him to use his knowledge of the foundations of Mathematics to deepen his students’ understanding of the important concepts, and he particularly enjoys pushing students to develop their problem solving skills.
Josephine is one of our most experienced tutors, having taught and tutored English for the past 20 years, 14 of which were spent in the classroom.
Josephine is now a full-time, professional tutor and draws on her years' of experience - both as a teacher and examiner - to help students excel in public exams (including GCSEs and A Levels) and school entrance exams at 11 Plus and 13 Plus.
Throughout academic study, Tim has continually set himself high expectations; he achieved nearly all A* grades at GCSE, and secured a high International Baccalaureate result that enabled him to study English at the University of Exeter. He fully applied himself at degree level, enjoying the diverse and challenging modules (as well as his year abroad focusing on North American literature in Canada), and he was very pleased to ultimately be awarded a First-Class Honours classification.
David is on a mission to raise standards of numeracy and to eliminate 'maths-phobia' wherever it is found. He has always been and remains a strong student, getting 10 A and A*s at GCSE, 4 As at A level, going on to achieve a First and a prize for academic excellence from the University of Edinburgh, studying Philosophy and Economics.
Ally graduated with a First Class degree in Psychology and qualified as as an outstanding Primary teacher through the prestigious Teach First programme (a fast-track teacher training scheme for high-achieving graduates). Ally obtained the highest-possible ratings for her teaching from Ofsted, due to the exceptional progress her pupils made.
After graduating from the University of Birmingham, Ed has enjoyed a successful career in teaching, working as an Advanced Skills Teacher and an A level examiner. He has an excellent track record of helping students surpass their expected grades, including up to A* level.
Emma studied Ancient History and History BA at the University of Leicester graduating with a 2:1 in 2012. Following this, she went straight on to study a Primary PGCE with English specialism at the University of Exeter graduating in 2013.
Laura studied History at Newcastle University and went on to complete the prestigious Teach First Leadership Development programme in 2015, successfully achieving 'outstanding' in her PGCE from UCL Institute of Education. Laura has taught for a number of years within numerous in London, where she demonstrated commitment in dedication to supporting children's academic development.
Phil trained as a primary school teacher through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme for high achieving graduates, and gained his PGCE through the prestigious UCL Institute of Education.
Phil is passionate about early intervention and making an impact on pupils’ academic progress.
Aidan graduated with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. Having been lucky enough to be taught by several motivating and inspiring teachers when he was at school, Aidan wanted the chance to pass on the passion for learning that his teachers had brought out in him as a student and joined the Teach First programme to train as a maths teacher.
Victoria has six years’ experience at tutoring pupils in French, Spanish and English, and has most recently tutored children in preparation for success at the 10+, 11+ and at GCSE level. She graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2011 and qualified as a teacher through the prestigious Teach First programme.
Jennie studied at Cambridge University where she obtained her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 2013. Since then she has taught in several 'Outstanding' rated primary schools across London, including Year 6 classes which she has successfully prepared for the Key Stage 1 and 2 SATs exams.
Jennifer is an experienced Primary practitioner with a student centred approach to tuition which involves creating curiosity for the subject as well as building pupils' confidence in order to achieve success. Jennifer believes in discussing progress with the student at regular intervals to identify misconceptions and next steps and thereby allowing students to take charge of their own learning.
Having taught Spanish and French for two years at a secondary school in South London, Imogen was promoted to Acting Head of Spanish upon completion of her NQT year. During this time she identified the need for and led successful interventions supporting high ability students as well as those with special educational needs to achieve the best possible grades.
With a First Class degree from Oxford, Julia guides students in their most formative years towards a commitment to academic excellence. Working as a full-time professional tutor, she has extensive experience in teaching and tutoring French, Spanish and English entrance exams.
With an innate aptitude for working with children, especially nurturing their intrinsic capacities, Kate couples her awareness of pedagogical methods and knowledge of how best to scaffold development with a child-centred approach tailored to each individual. Recognising the multiple forms of intelligence, she is adaptive and creative but sets high expectations, aiming to inspire, motivate and challenge all of the children that she works with.
Joshua has worked extensively as a private tutor both in the UK and abroad, most recently in Italy and Saudi Arabia. Through this work he has developed a style of tutoring in which the student is challenged (through careful questioning) to make their own discoveries and take a high degree of ownership for their learning.
Francesca studied English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and went on to train with the prestigious Teach First Leadership Development program. Having gained a PGCE from the Institute of Education with ‘outstanding’ status, she taught for a number of years at an academy in North London before going on to study a masters in Psychology.
Phil studied Environmental Science at the University of Southampton before going on to do his PGCE at the University of Birmingham. He began his teaching career in 2002 and has now amassed 14 years teaching experience, teaching in some of the top schools (in both the private and state sectors and also internationally).
Leo studied English Literature at the University of London, gaining an honours degree followed by a master's degree in Modern Literatures. He has 25 years of experience as a secondary school classroom teacher and Headteacher, achieving the National Professional Qualification in Headship before leading an outstanding school and implementing measures to bring rapid improvement to schools in difficulties, thereby helping thousands of students to make outstanding progress.
Baxter has recently taught maths at The Crest Academy in Brent for four years and has enjoyed being part of the development and positive change within his school. He completed the Teach First Leadership Development programme having graduated with a 2:1 in Physics and Philosophy in 2013; and has worked his way through leadership positions at the school.
Makaela graduated with a First Class degree in English Literature and gained a Master’s degree in English Literature before qualifying as an ‘Outstanding’ grade teacher with a PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education).
A highly qualified and experienced teaching professional, Makaela has over 10 years’ teaching and tutoring experience.
Claire graduated from Imperial College in 2011 with an Engineering degree and is currently in her eighth year of teaching, exam marking and tutoring mathematics. Her experience as a teacher, examiner and a tutor over the last eight years has given Claire many of the skills necessary to successfully tutor students of all ages.
A graduate of Cambridge University, Isabel has been a full-time professional tutor since 2016. She has taught pupils of all abilities with a diverse range of educational needs, inspiring them to fulfil their potential and to achieve excellent results at 11+, 13+, GCSE, A-Level and IB.
Before Andrew found teaching he had been a financial consultant, a marketing, communications and PR officer, a company manager and business development manager, a yoga and meditation teacher, an actor, a chef, a creative and artist, a music festival producer and manager and more! Andrew left his own education with 5 and a half A-levels of his own as well as a BA in Politics (with Philosophy) and a Masters in International relations, Ethics and Philosophy.
Andrew first came to teaching through becoming a Special Education Needs Teaching assistant; he also completed lots of work experience in other secondary and primary schools (for example Highgate School and Grafton Primary School).
Maria read Spanish at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2015, and then joined the prestigious Teach First Leadership Development Programme. She gained an ‘Outstanding’ PGCE from the UCL Institute of Education and has taught for a number of years in a diverse North London Academy, specialising in Early Years and Key Stage One.
Alanya is an experienced tutor and classroom teacher and works as a teacher educator, tutoring trainee teachers and their mentors across London for the prestigious Teach First programme. Alanya has a breadth of private tuition experience, having worked with pupils for entrance at 7,8, 9 and 11 plus, as well grammar school entrance and general booster tuition.
Emma teaches at the selective Notting Hill and Ealing High School (GDST), teaching Year 7 to Year 13, including Cambridge IGCSE English Literature and English Language, as well as both English Literature and English Language A Levels (OCR and AQA boards respectively). She prepares students for English degrees and Oxbridge entrance through enrichment sessions and mock interviews, and advises her Sixth Form tutor group on university entrance.
Pamela is an experienced teacher and has taught in leading independent and state schools such as Kendrick School and Reading School. She has tutored privately for twenty years and has successfully prepared students for the English components of the Common Entrance at 11+ and 13+ and has a strong track record in helping students achieve their goals for GCSE and A-Level English Literature and Language exams.
Leah currently teaches at a large and inclusive primary school in Tower Hamlets, where her practice has been graded as ‘Outstanding’. She believes that, with the appropriate support, every young person is capable of making good progress at the right level for them.
Sobia is a highly experienced tutor in English and Sciences as well as private school entrance exams. She has been teaching and tutoring for fifteen plus years, and is very skilled at preparing students for Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning at 11+ and 13+.
Rebecca is a qualified maths teacher with 15 years' experience working with students in small groups, in 1:1 settings as well as large classrooms. She loves teaching and is passionate about working with individuals to understand their strengths and help students be successful.
Alessio loves studying! He currently holds three Masters (one in Engineering, one in Computing and one in Psychotherapy), and works as a private Maths teacher for students who are home-schooled by Local Authorities or need tuition in addition to school classes, while running a private psychotherapy practice. He regularly works as an examiner for Edexcel and he works for Harrow School Enterprises to offer revision course for A Level, GCSE and IGCSE Mathematics.
As a dedicated tutor working primarily with children aged 5-13, Richard offers bespoke lessons in key primary subjects, including Maths, English, French, Spanish and Latin.
Richard teaches full-time at a private school in South East London, where many of his pupils are preparing for 11+ exams for entry to London schools including Dulwich College, JAGS, Colfe's and Eltham College.
Raj studied for degrees in Mathematics at Keele University (BA Hons) and Oxford University (MSc) and has over 35 years teaching experience in Private Schools, Grammar Schools and Colleges.
He is also an Associate Lecturer for The Open University.
Though Sarah is well aware that many people do not share her innate love of Mathematics, she is convinced that anyone can enjoy studying it. She prides herself on making lessons accessible, personable and tailored to the needs of the learner and has a proven track record of enabling pupils to achieve their highest potential.
Josie qualified as a teacher through the prestigious Teach First training programme gaining an ‘Outstanding’ professional practice grade in her PGCE awarded by the UCL Institute of Education. She has taught for over five years in a large and diverse school in Tower Hamlets, holding the position of English Subject Leader.
Tom studied Physics at Imperial College, graduating in 2003 and going on to work as a Project Manager at Defra. In 2006 he took a job tutoring in order to better utilise the knowledge gained from his degree, and quickly found that he was enjoying this far more than his day job.
Patricia graduated with a Bachelor of Education (primary) from Macquarie University (Australia) in 1992. She has pursued an international teaching career spanning 27 years, working predominantly in independent schools in Australia, Luxembourg and England.
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Ashdown House Preparatory School has an admissions point at 4 Plus. This means that they assess students hoping to enter the school in Reception. We do not provide tuition for children of this age, but for some guidance on how to prepare a child for the 4 plus without a tutor, please see this blog post.
Ashdown House Preparatory School has an admissions point at 7 Plus. This means that they assess students hoping to enter the school in Year 3 and offer places based on the results of this assessment.
We have a number of qualified tutors with experience of preparing students for the 7 Plus. In this section, you can find a list of tutors who have helped prepare students for this particular school, advice on the entrance exam and some useful practice papers.
Ashdown House Preparatory School has an admissions point at 11 Plus. This means that they assess students hoping to enter the school in Year 7 and offer places based on the results of this assessment.
We have a number of qualified tutors with experience of preparing students for the 11 Plus. In this section, you can find a list of tutors who have helped prepare students for this particular school, advice on the entrance exam and some useful practice papers.