11 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Science)
13 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Religious Studies)
English (General, KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Undergraduate and ESL)
Maths (KS1, KS2 and KS3)
Holly has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:
I have helped three students to gain scholarships at King’s College Canterbury and five others to gain places. I have helped four students to gain scholarships at Tonbridge School and eight others to gain places. One of my pupils achieved a scholarship to Harrow School last year and his English Mark was particularly commended by the examiners. I have been 100% successful for my pupils at Common Entrance English and the English result is often one of their top grades. One of my former pupils who I helped to achieve an academic scholarship at Sevenoaks School has recently started at Cambridge University, and a former pupil at Benenden School who I mentored recently graduated from Oxford.
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 ten 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 getting 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.
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|
|King's College London||MA||2000|
|University of Durham||BA||1999|
"Holly is a very organized, calm, thoughtful, encouraging and understanding tutor. Our son has been very happy with Holly and he very much looks forward to meeting Holly online each week. Holly has worked hard at getting to know our son which is often difficult on an online platform. Holly has worked excellently at encouraging him and improving his confidence. This is exactly what we were looking for and I am tremendously pleased to say that our expectations have been met. He produced a lovely piece of creative writing based on his personal likes and we were all very impressed. Thank you, Holly."
Monday, 21st September 2020
Parent of online English student
"Holly was extremely professional, knowledgeable with the perfect friendly approach to tutor my daughter through some Verbal Reasoning 13+ preparation. "
Tuesday, 11th August 2020
Parent of online 13+ VR student
"Many thanks for Holly's effort in tutoring my 15-year-old daughter. My daughter has had an interest in English and English Literature and would like to learn the most of these subjects. Joining a UK boarding school at the beginning of Term 2 of Year 10 is a bit hard for her to catch up with the syllabus and teaching style. She herself aims high and did not want herself to be left behind.
At the end of Term 2, she asked if we could find her an experienced tutor to guide her. Holly is such a competent, passionate, responsible and intelligent person in knowing what gaps my daughter needs to be filled in. After a term -long, weekly tuition by Holly, Allie has successfully grabbed the skills in approaching English literature, started to enjoy English lessons at school a lot. The grades and comments given by her school English teacher is already a strong evidence in showing everyone, including herself, the big improvement. Now, my daughter has gained not only competence in English Literature and Language but her level of confidence in subjects have obviously been boosted up.
Holly, thanks for being a passionate and diligent tutor in delivering well-structured lessons with devices to engage my daughter. She finds your lessons interesting and definitely on her way moving up to another level."
Tuesday, 14th July 2020
Mother of online GCSE English student
In this blog, the first of a new series, Holly, an experienced ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, discusses how tailored tutoring could help to bridge the gap for your child if you are moving to the UK school system from overseas.
Holly October 2021
In this blog Holly sets out some clear solutions to the issues posed by the unseen poetry question in the 13+ English exam, alongside some tips for those aiming for Scholarship. Understanding some of the easier ways to approach poetry will give your child a chance to shine in this component of the exam.
Holly February 2020
Holly is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.
Holly, like all of our tutors, is a qualified teacher and has been interviewed by us personally. All of our tutors have at least two years of classroom teaching experience and come with fantastic references and criminal records checks.