James – 1743


11 Plus, Other School Entrance, English and Maths

School entrance experience

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

Leo's biography:

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.

His tutoring experience has allowed him to develop real expertise in helping students excel in the 11+ and Common Entrance tests, overcoming learning blocks and making rapid gains in learning. He focuses on English, Maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning at this level, and has vast experience in supporting students towards success in both English Language and Literature at GCSE and A level.

Leo has a natural ability to create rapport with students and is able to use the technological benefits of online tutoring to accelerate learning, engage students and build confidence. Leo loves teaching and his students love being taught by him.

Leo's qualifications:

Leo qualified to teach English in 1992, and holds a PGCE from London University.

University NameName of degreeYear of graduation
Goldsmiths College, University of LondonBA (Hons) English Literature1991
Birkbeck College, University of LondonMA English Modern Literatures1998
National College of School LeadershipNPQH2008

Recent testimonials:

"Gabriella got a very good score on the English test, and we are very pleased with Leo's work. He made a real difference during a short period of time in preparing Gabriella for the exam."

Monday, 21st October 2019

Parent of online 11+ student


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Leo was an outstanding member of the English department and I cannot recommend him highly enough. His attention to detail and individualised approach to teaching lessons ensured that pupils consistently made progress and exceeded their target grades. The GCSE classes that Leo was responsible for achieved excellent results and many achieved top grades. Leo’s pedagogical and curriculum knowledge is second to none and this, combined with his varied experiences in the education sector makes for a variety of approaches to teaching topics, excellent classroom delivery and high quality resources. Leo’s high expectations of the pupils he taught ensured they achieved well. His friendly and personable nature meant that pupils were able to approach him during and out of lesson time where he was always willing to go the extra mile and offer his assistance. His great sense of humour meant he was well liked by both pupils and staff in the department which made for excellent working relationships. He would be an asset to Owl Tutors.

Monday, 20th August 2018

Leo was accountable to me as Chair of Governors throughout the period he spent at Reading Girls' School. During his time there he achieved substantial improvements in the progress and attainment of the students as well as developing excellent relationships with the staff, students and parents. He is very focused in aiming high but also sensitive and empathetic with the people with whom he is working be they staff or students.

Monday, 20th August 2018

Leo is available for online tuition

Leo is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.