Tutor profile - Andrew


11 Plus, 13 Plus, Other School Entrance, University Admissions & English

Like all our tutors, Andrew is a qualified teacher Like all our tutors, Andrew holds a degree from a top University Like all our tutors, Andrew holds a full, clean criminal records checkAndrew holds a PhDAndrew holds a Masters degreeAndrew holds a First Class degreeAndrew either works or has worked as an examiner for an exam boardAndrew holds a degree from a Russell Group University
Andrew is an exceptional English tutor, and prepared our daughter extremely well for her 16+ exams. Andrew is a talented, experienced and engaging educator, and our daughter thoroughly enjoyed his clear and focused lessons, which were fully tailored to her specific learning goals. After every lesson, Andrew emailed me a detailed recap of what was covered, with an action plan for the next session. If you are looking for an excellent English teacher who can also encourage a student and impart confidence, look no further than Andrew.

Parent of 16 plus student

Andrew's biography

A PhD candidate, published poet, and A Level examiner, with over a decade of full-time teaching experience at selective independent schools, Andrew is passionate about inspiring students and dedicated to helping them make progress in English.

Having taught in a range of schools, he has a proven record of boosting attainment and adding value to students of all abilities. With six years (and counting) of examining experience (Pre-U, and A Level, alongside school entrance exams) he has a working knowledge of what is required to unlock the highest marks. Moreover, he is a Principal Examiner for the AFA in Creative Writing, a pioneering A Level-style creative writing qualification taught only in a handful of schools.

With all of this experience, he brings a unique blend of academic rigour, awareness of exam technique, and creativity to sessions, with a view to making them lively, engaging and purposeful.

His tutorials will involve a range of activities and tasks, some written, some discursive, all with a view to what works best for the individual. His experience as an examiner also lends unique insights into the marking process and what examiners look for at all stages.

A stretch and challenge specialist, with a keen interest in critical thinking, the Harkness Method (discussion-based learning) and independent learning, he’s always trying to improve his pedagogy and find new approaches to make tuition more effective. Working with high ability learners, he’s successfully prepared a number of students for Oxbridge and other Russell Group Universities over the years.

Whether you need to: achieve a better grade or simply get a pass; gain or regain confidence in English through 1-2-1 learning; rekindle a love of English that has died out from a restrictive school curriculum; reach new heights in your essay writing; be pushed further in your pursuit of a place at a prestigious public school or Oxbridge, he’d be delighted to work with you.

IB Experience

At Bristol Grammar School Andrew was IB subject lead for English and planned the entire scheme of work, and attended a four-day training programme at St. Clare's College Oxford in April 2017.

Andrew's availability

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School entrance experience

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

Andrew's experience of entrance exams is marking and assessing them at the schools where he has taught, such as Abingdon School and Bristol Grammar School.

Andrew's qualifications

Andrew qualified to teach English in 2011, and holds a PGCE from Sheffield Hallam University.

University name Name of degree Year of graduation
University of Reading PhD in English Literature 2026
University of St Andrews MLitt in Creative Writing (Poetry) 2009
Queen Mary, University of London English Literature 2008

Subjects tutored:

11 Plus (English)

13 Plus (English)

Other School Entrance (12+ English)

University Admissions (English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT))

English (General, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, IGCSE (Cambridge), A Level AQA, A Level Cambridge International, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level and Undergraduate)

Here's where Andrew can teach


  • Central and South Oxford, Kennington (OX1)
  • North and West Oxford, Botley, North Hinksey, Summertown, Wytham (OX2)
  • North East Oxford, Headington, Marston, Elsfield (OX3)
  • East Oxford, Cowley, Blackbird Leys, Sandford-on-Thames, Iffley (OX4)
  • Bicester (OX6)
  • Witney, Burford, Eynsham (OX8)
  • South Oxfordshire

  • Abingdon, Appleford-on-Thames, Burcot, Clifton Hampden, Culham, Drayton, Little Wittenham, Long Wittenham, Radley, Milton, Sutton Courtenay (OX14)
  • Didcot, Blewbury, Harwell (OX11)
  • Chalgrove, Garsington, Toot Baldon (OX44)
  • Postcombe, Thame, Towersey, North Weston (OX9)
  • Wallingford, Berinsfield, Cholsey, Dorchester (OX10)
  • Wheatley, Forest Hill, Holton, Horspath, Horton-cum-Studley, Littleworth, Milton Common, Stanton St. John, Waterperry, Waterstock, Woodperry. (OX33)
  • Chinnor (OX39)
  • Goring, Streatley (RG8)
  • Watlington (OX49)
  • Vale of White Horse

  • Longworth, Sunningwell, Frilford, Cothill, Appleton (OX13)
  • Faringdon (SN7)
  • Wantage, Grove (OX12)
  • West Oxfordshire

  • Witney (OX28)
  • Barnard Gate, Brighthampton, Church Hanborough, Combe, Crawley, Curbridge, Ducklington, Eynsham, Freeland, Hailey, Hardwick, High Cogges, Long Hanborough, New Yatt, Newbridge, North Leigh, East End (North Leigh), Old Shifford, Shifford, Standlake, Stanton Harcourt, Stonesfield, Sutton, Yelford (OX29)
  • Alvescot, Asthall, Aston, Bampton, Barrington, Black Bourton, Bradwell, Brize Norton, Burford, Carterton, Chimney, Clanfield, Cote, Fulbrook, Grafton, Holwell, Lew, Little Clanfield, Radcot, Shilton, Signet, Swinbrook, Taynton, Upper Windrush, Upton, Weald, Westwell, Widford, Windrush (OX18)
  • Charlbury, Chadlington (OX7)
  • Woodstock, Bladon, Glympton, Kiddington, Woodleys, Wootton (OX20)
  • Cherwell

  • Ambrosden, Arncott, Blackthorn, Caulcott, Duns Tew, Little Chesterton, Lower Heyford, Merton, Middle Aston, Middleton Stoney, North Aston, Piddington, Rousham, Somerton, Steeple Aston, Steeple Barton, Upper Heyford, Wendlebury, Weston-on-the-Green (OX25)
  • Kidlington (OX5)
  • Ardley, Bainton, Baynards Green, Bucknell, Caversfield, Charndon, Fewcott, Fringford, Fritwell, Godington, Hardwick, Hethe, Marsh Gibbon, Newton Morrell, Poundon, Souldern, Stoke Lyne, Stratton Audley, Tusmore (OX27)
  • Bloxham, Drayton, Wroxton, North Newington, South Newington, Swalcliffe, Sibford Gower, Sibford Ferris, Barford St Michael, Barford St John, Deddington, Hempton, Broughton, Hornton, Horley, Balscote, Shenington, Alkerton, Wigginton, Milton, Hook Norton, Milcombe, Shutford, Epwell, Tadmarton, Swerford, Bodicote, Brailes, Edge Hill, Ratley, Upton (OX15)
  • West Berkshire

  • Chieveley, Compton, Lambourn (RG16)
  • Tewkesbury

  • Moreton-in-Marsh (GL56)
  • Berkshire

  • Newbury (RG14)
  • Thatcham (RG19)
  • Newbury, Thatcham (RG13)