Tutor profile - Holly


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

Like all our tutors, Holly is a qualified teacher Like all our tutors, Holly holds a degree from a top University Like all our tutors, Holly holds a full, clean criminal records checkHolly holds a PhDHolly holds a Masters degreeHolly either works or has worked as an examiner for an exam boardHolly holds a degree from a Russell Group University
The feedback received from students this year has been excellent. We have had more engagement from students since moving to Owl Tutors.

School dept leader (English and Maths GCSE students)

Holly's biography

Holly studied at Durham University where she gained a degree in English Literature and Music, and then moved to London where she gained a Masters at King's College. After this she worked at Middlesex University, whilst studying for her Ph.D which was awarded in 2004. She has over fifteen years' experience teaching in the independent school sector at both prep and senior level, and over twenty years’ teaching experience in total. She is passionate about helping children to love English, and particularly loves tackling creative writing. She is committed as an educational professional to identifying and achieving each child's full potential. She has recent experience working with home-schooled children to achieve excellent results in GCSE examinations, and also extensive experience working with neurodiverse children including those with ASC and anxiety to help them achieve their goals, often using a trauma-informed approach learnt through her safeguarding and child protection expertise. Holly is also available for school consultancy to help you find the right setting for your child.

Holly's availability

All times are displayed in UK time.

Monday: 1pm-5pm; Tuesday: 12.30pm-4.30pm; 5.30pm-6.30pm; Wednesday: 9am-4pm; 6pm-7pm; Thursday: NONE; Friday: 9am-10.30am; 1.30pm-4pm; Saturday: NONE; Sunday: NONE

Holly will have further availability from Monday 17th June 2024.

School entrance experience

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

I am an experienced teacher of 7+, 11+, 13+, 16+ and GCSE English and Maths, and also English A-Level and University entrance exams, with success at all these stages. My GCSE and A-Level English experience also extends to examining, and my students regularly achieve top grades at all levels. I am now a full-time professional tutor, having been a member of Senior Management at two Kent-based independent schools. Recent school entrance success includes 13+ to Harrow, 11+ to Sevenoaks School (including two recent Academic Scholarship awards), 13+ to Cranbrook School, 11+ Kent Test success, 13+ to St Catherine's Bramley, 13+ to Cheltenham Ladies College, 13+ to Brighton College, 13+ to Oundle, 13+ to Dulwich College, 13+ to St Thomas's London, 7+ and 9+ to Bedford Modern, 7+ to Surbiton High School (prep) and 8+ to Eltham College. I also specialise in overseas entry to UK boarding schools at 11+, 13+ and 16+, recently and/ or currently working with international clients in Hong Kong and Qatar.

Holly's qualifications

Holly qualified to teach English in 2009, and holds a PGCE from Goldsmith's College, University of London.

University name Name of degree Year of graduation
Middlesex University PhD 2004
King's College London MA 2000
University of Durham BA 1999
University of Kent PG (cert.) Child Protection 2023

Subjects tutored:

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

13 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Science, History and Religious Studies)

Other School Entrance (9+, 10+ English, 10+ Maths, 10+ Verbal Reasoning, 10+ Non-Verbal Reasoning, 10+ Science, 12+ English, 12+ Maths, 12+ Verbal Reasoning, 12+ Non-Verbal Reasoning, 12+ Science, 14+, 16+, UKiset and CAT4)

University Admissions (English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT))

English (General, KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Cambridge International, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level, IB MYP, Undergraduate and ESL)

Maths (KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR and IGCSE)

Recent testimonials

The children found Holly approachable and she made learning fun. We found Holly to be professional and helpful in identifying key areas of focus.

Parent of 7 & 9 plus students

Tuesday, 12th March 2024

Here's where Holly can teach


  • Canterbury (CT1)
  • Whitstable (CT5)
  • Canterbury (CT3)
  • Canterbury (CT4)
  • Sandwich (CT13)
  • Herne Bay (CT6)
  • Birchington (CT7)
  • Westgate-on-sea (CT8)
  • Canterbury

  • Sturry (CT2)