Nicola – 14497


11 Plus, 13 Plus, Other School Entrance and English

School entrance experience

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

Nicola's biography:

Nicola is a qualified and experienced practising English teacher, with extensive experience teaching English at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 in leading independent and grammar schools. She has a strong academic background in English, with a First Class Degree (awarded the School of English best final year performance) and a Masters with Distinction, which was obtained through the prestigious AHRC research funding.

Nicola is also currently teaching on the teacher training course sharing Ofsted recognised Outstanding Teaching Practice. Nicola has an excellent proven record of success at both GCSE and A Level, with a vast number of her students having progressed to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. Nicola is passionate about her subject and this is key in how she promotes student engagement and academic success. Indeed, common feedback from students is that her enthusiasm for her subject is infectious!

Nicola is currently a Senior Leader for English GCSE marking, where she manages team leaders from across the country. Nicola’s assessment skills and current awareness of exam specifications, enhance and inform her teaching practice.

As a tutor, Nicola plans and creates bespoke lessons which engage and she ensures her students are comfortable and at ease in order that they can produce work to the best of their ability. Nicola quickly and efficiently identifies individual students’ target areas and creates learning plans that reflect a highly personalised approach. Nicola's teaching methods are informed by her understanding of pedagogy and her lessons are focused on active learning and student centred activities. Nicola draws on traditional educational theory including the works of Maslow, Bloom and Paiget, whilst also being aware that educational practice is constantly evolving and part of her role as a PGCE tutor is maintaining a focus on emerging findings about how students learn best - particularly in relation to the re-evaluation of pedagogy in light of the necessitated move to remote and blended learning. Nicola also currently provides feedback to student teachers who are both classroom based and teaching through online platforms (in both synchronous and asynchronous learning modes).

Nicola also has vast experience in successfully preparing students for the 11+ and entrance exams and is able to evidence her students’ accomplishments in the various aspects of the exam, including: English (Comprehension, Creative Writing and Grammar), Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics, Numerical Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning.

Nicola's qualifications:

Nicola qualified to teach English in 2006, and holds a PGCE from Edge Hill.

University NameName of degreeYear of graduation
University of LeedsEnglish Language and Literature2003
University of LeedsMA American Literature and Culture2004
Edge Hill UniversityEnglish PGCE Secondary 2006


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Nicola is an Outstanding English Teacher with the highest level of subject knowledge and understanding of pedagogy. Her passion for her subject is at the heart of her teaching and this has the ability to transform even the most disaffected students; a process I have witnessed through the observation of her inspirational teaching. Nicola also currently teaches on a PGCE Course at Masters level and shares her expertise with trainees - consistently modelling and exemplifying best practice.

Monday, 6th December 2021

Nicola is available for online tuition

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