Graham (11 Plus, 13 Plus, English, French & Politics)


11 Plus, 13 Plus, English, French and Politics

School entrance experience

Graham has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:

Graham's biography:

Graham attended The Haberdashers' Aske's School, before going on to read Italian and English Literature at Edinburgh University, where he graduated with an Upper Second. After teaching English in Greece, Graham took his Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Secondary English and Drama) at Cambridge University. Graham's long career in education began at a selective maintained school (Watford Grammar). Since then, he has worked at Headmasters' Conference Schools in the United Kingdom (Wrekin College), Australia (The Scots College, Sydney) Spain (King's College, Madrid) and Brazil (St. Paul's School, Sao Paulo).

Graham was also Acting Headmaster and Deputy Headmaster at St. Paul's School and was also headmaster of The English School, Nicosia, another HMC school, where Graham wrote all the UCAS references for the school's Upper Sixth Formers and had a particular focus on preparing students for Oxbridge, Ivy League or British medical school entrance. Other schools where Graham was headmaster were The British International School of Casablanca, Shattuck-St.Mary's Forest City International School and The American International School of Rotterdam. Graham is familiar with both British and American methods of university application.

Graham is a very 'well-read' English teacher, with a wide and deep knowledge of classic texts all the way back to Chaucer. Whilst his interests are broad, he has a particular enthusiasm for the drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth century, notably Shakespeare and Marlowe. He takes great pleasure in helping students to see the plays of the period as pieces to be performed in lively theatres. Having enjoyed some excellent teaching himself, Graham does not want to overwhelm students with excessive and often unnecessary detail about the context of the past. Rather, he seeks, through persistent, patient questioning, to build on what a student already knows about the texts, filling in with key, memorable details. In this way, a student finds her or his confidence grows and thus, a major hurdle to examination success is overcome.

Graham's experience as a Politics teacher derives from his life-long interest and participation in the field. A long-time member of a political party, he has also campaigned and participated in hustings. As with his views on literature being valuable for making a life worth living, Graham believes that a lively interest and as much participation as possible in the political process are part of being an active, informed citizen and enjoying what is best about living in a liberal democracy.

Graham's qualifications:

Graham qualified to teach English in 1987, and holds a PGCE from Cambridge University .

University NameName of degreeYear of graduation
University of Edinburgh Italian and English Literature 1985

Graham's International Baccalaureate (IB) experience:

Graham has taught the IB Diploma Programme in the following subjects: English (HL and SL Language A and Language B), Theatre, Film and Italian (Language A)

Recent testimonials:


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I was chairman of the Board of Directors of the (then-named) American International School of Rotterdam (NL), a pre-K through 12 institution, and as such was responsible for hiring Graham. Although I haven't worked with Graham for a number of years, in our time together I was extremely impressed by his love of teaching and dedication in general and expertise in language and drama in particular. He brought an enthusiasm to his work that was truly infectious, and his students blossomed under his guidance and tutelage. He gets my highest recommendation.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020

Graham is an excellent teacher with very high professional standards who establishes a great rapport with students and pushes them to work to the highest possible standard. He is a great motivator and highly organised, with an excellent subject knowledge. I recommend him without reservation.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020

Having worked with Graham and seen him interact with and teach young people, I have seen how he can inspire and motivate. He would be an excellent tutor for any student.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020

Graham is available for online tuition

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