Rachel makes preparation really clear and simple and gives my daughter the space to think and own her work. Her experience really shows in how quickly she understands my child‘s existing knowledge and way of learning She is full of positive encouragement and helps my daughter gain clarity on the best techniques. I feel we have a clear path to being ready for 7+ tests when the time comes
Mother of a 7 plus student
Rachel has been a Primary School teacher for the past 20 years with a wealth of experience.
She worked as a EYFS/Year 1 Teacher at Northbridge House Pre Prep in Hampstead for 10 years and has been tutoring children individually, specifically preparing children for the 7+ with consistently good results.
She has been working as a private tutor for most of her career and relishes the opportunity to work with children on a one to one basis.
She is currently available to help with home schooling during the pandemic. She has quickly adapted to teaching online and finds it easy to engage pupils and help them through this challenging time.
She builds a fantastic rapport with both children and parents and understands fully the demands and pressures on families during this time. She is there to fully prepare and help ease the journey through entrance exams or home schooling.
Rachel is able to differentiate lessons to pitch learning objectives at the perfect level for your child. Her lessons are fun, memorable and she is consistently able to extend prior knowledge and build children's confidence across all areas of the curriculum.
Her drama background makes her a suitable candidate for hot seating and developing interview skills so that children can confidently communicate their knowledge and attributes to others.
Her creative background has given her an edge when developing pupils imaginative and creative writing skills. She uses a range of tools to enable every child to become a great storyteller!
She has worked with many EAL pupils and spent a year working at a top Private School in Madrid teaching English to native Spanish speakers. She extended this knowledge by working at Stewart International Bilingual School (Le Petite Ecole) as a Year 1 English Teacher. During her three years there she also ran extra curricular English Classes helping children from Year 1 to Year 6 develop and improve their English vocabulary.
She has a wealth of experience with both special needs children and those who find learning more challenging and prides herself on building confidence and enabling them to access the curriculum with more ease.
Rachel also runs her own 7+ Mock exams enabling children the perfect opportunity to practice the skills they have learnt and be fully prepared for exam day. She is able to set targets and focus areas so that parents have a really clear idea of how their child can work towards and achieve their goals.
She loves to travel and has volunteered at several schools around the world including Brazil, Laos and Cambodia.
School entrance experience
Rachel has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:
I have helped children to secure places for the 7+ at Highgate, South Hampstead, The Hall, Westminster, St Paul's, UCS, Channing, Habs and St Anthony's.
I also run my own 7+ Mock Exams in the Autumn term to help prepare children for exam day and give them realistic targets to work towards to give them the best chance at success. The mock exams have been really successful, particularly in giving children a better idea of time management, interview practice and to show them what is expected in the papers in order to achieve a high score.
Rachel qualified to teach Primary education in 2002, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from University of the West of England.
In three short weeks of working with Rachel over Zoom my 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter grew in confidence and learned to love rhyming and phonics. She passed the 4+ at our preferred school and we're over the moon! Holding a little one’s attention over Zoom is not an easy feat but Rachel was a real professional- she put in a lot of effort before each session to make sure I had printed alternatives of exercises and gave me feedback after each session. We thoroughly recommend Rachel!