Tutor profile - David


7 Plus, 8 Plus, 11 Plus, 13 Plus, Other School Entrance, English & Maths

Like all our tutors, David is a qualified teacher Like all our tutors, David holds a degree from a top University Like all our tutors, David holds a full, clean criminal records check

David's biography

David studied Music at York University during the years 1988 - 1991 before taking his PGCE at Leeds University, gaining qualified teaching status in 1992. He has worked in a range of schools ranging from traditional Prep schools, Grammar schools and a 2-16 through school. David has over 30 years' experience in teaching, with much of his career involving the teaching of English (to all Years between 5 -11), Maths (to Years 3-8) and school entrance assessment preparation for pupils at 7+, 11+ and 13+.

Over the years, David has also taught Religious Studies, History and a lot of Games. David is hugely experienced teaching the skills of verbal and nonverbal reasoning, the four components of the CAT4 assessment, English comprehension and creative writing (including developing skills in punctuation and grammar), Maths for up to 13+ preparation and interview technique and practice since these form an integral part of a school entrance assessment.

David served as a Deputy Head (Academic) for 18 years and he currently works for ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) inspecting other schools. David also acted as SENCo for 15 years and holds considerable experience meeting the individual learning needs of pupils with SEN. He understands Educational Psychologist reports and can take recommendations from them to apply into his tutoring work.

David is married with three boys (aged 19, 16 and 13), two ridiculously affable dogs and his interests include music, sport, hiking, reading, travel and musical theatre. David has tutored for many years with great success and feels that the professional relationship between tutee and tutor can be a rich and rewarding one - both for the pupil and for him.

David's availability

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School entrance experience

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

David supported a number of pupils in recent years prepare for a number of excellent schools. He has a 95% success rate in preparing pupils for Reigate Grammar and a 100% pass rate for helping pupils gain entry to other schools such as Caterham School, Epsom College, Dunottar School. He can provide bespoke preparation for the individual school's entry requirements with the usual focus being on teaching verbal reasoning skills, nonverbal understanding, Maths, English comprehension and creative writing and also guidance on interview technique and the levels of questions likely to be asked. Several of his tutees have also been awarded scholarships based upon the strength of their entry assessments - notably for Reigate and Epsom.

David's qualifications

David qualified to teach English in 1992, and holds a PGCE Primary 7-12 from Ripon & York St John (Leeds University).

University name Name of degree Year of graduation
York Music BA Hons 1991

Subjects tutored:

7 Plus

8 Plus

11 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning)

13 Plus (English)

Other School Entrance (9+, 10+ English, 10+ Maths, 10+ Verbal Reasoning, 10+ Non-Verbal Reasoning, 12+ English, 12+ Maths, 12+ Verbal Reasoning, 12+ Non-Verbal Reasoning and CAT4)

English (KS2, KS3, GCSE AQA and GCSE Edexcel)

Maths (KS2)


Here's where David can teach

Mole Valley

  • Dorking (RH4)
  • Leatherhead, Oxshott, Fetcham (KT22)
  • Ashtead (KT21)
  • Betchworth, Brockham, Buckland, Strood Green (RH3)
  • Capel, Westhumble, Mickleham, Ockley (RH5)
  • Reigate and Banstead

  • Reigate (RH2)
  • Redhill, Bletchingley, Nutfield, Merstham, South Nutfield (RH1)
  • Guildford

  • Guildford Town Centre, Slyfield, Merrow (GU1)
  • Send, Ripley, Ockham, Wisley (GU23)
  • Albury, Bramley, Shere (GU5)
  • Guildford Park, Onslow Village, Park Barn, University of Surrey (GU2)
  • Horsham

  • Horsham, Broadbridge Heath, Rusper, Rudgwick, Warnham (RH12)
  • Elmbridge

  • Cobham (KT11)
  • Crawley

  • Horley, Gatwick Airport (RH6)
  • Waverley

  • Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Alfold (GU6)
  • Woking

  • Woking, Knaphill, St. John’s, Horsell, Goldsworth Park (GU21)
  • Woking, Pyrford, Hook Heath, Mayford, Old Woking (GU22)
  • Epsom and Ewell

  • Epsom, Headley, Langley Vale, Tattenham Corner (KT18)