Leo studied English Literature at the University of London, gaining an honours degree followed by a master's degree in Modern Literatures. He has 25 years of experience as a secondary school classroom teacher and Headteacher, achieving the National Professional Qualification in Headship before leading an outstanding school and implementing measures to bring rapid improvement to schools in difficulties, thereby helping thousands of students to make outstanding progress.
Before Andrew found teaching he had been a financial consultant, a marketing, communications and PR officer, a company manager and business development manager, a yoga and meditation teacher, an actor, a chef, a creative and artist, a music festival producer and manager and more! Andrew left his own education with 5 and a half A-levels of his own as well as a BA in Politics (with Philosophy) and a Masters in International relations, Ethics and Philosophy.
Andrew first came to teaching through becoming a Special Education Needs Teaching assistant; he also completed lots of work experience in other secondary and primary schools (for example Highgate School and Grafton Primary School).
Bridie is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge, with a degree in English Literature. She is a qualified secondary English teacher with four years’ experience and is confident with range of pupil needs, attitudes to learning, texts and examination boards.
Michael is a fully qualified and committed English teacher with ten years’ experience in helping students prepare for their exams.
Michael takes a positive and supportive approach to learning and it is not unusual for his tutees to make two or more levels progress in one academic year.
Josephine is one of our most experienced tutors, having taught and tutored English for the past 20 years, 14 of which were spent in the classroom.
Josephine is now a full-time, professional tutor and draws on her years' of experience - both as a teacher and examiner - to help students excel in public exams (including GCSEs and A Levels) and school entrance exams at 11 Plus and 13 Plus.
Pamela is an experienced teacher and has taught in leading independent and state schools such as Kendrick School and Reading School. She has tutored privately for twenty years and has successfully prepared students for the English components of the Common Entrance at 11+ and 13+ and has a strong track record in helping students achieve their goals for GCSE and A-Level English Literature and Language exams.
Amy currently teaches in a very successful English Department, supporting the development of staff across the school and teaching a range of abilities from Year 7 to 13. In her role as an English teacher, Amy is used to opening her classroom to colleagues and parents to showcase her successful, innovative practice.
Makaela graduated with a First Class degree in English Literature and gained a Master’s degree in English Literature before qualifying as an ‘Outstanding’ grade teacher with a PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education).
A highly qualified and experienced teaching professional, Makaela has over 10 years’ teaching and tutoring experience.
"We were looking for a tutor who would focus on 11 + English and work with our daughter to unscramble some things that had become scrambled at school and help to improve her confidence in dealing with exam questions. We also wanted a tutor who would work with our daughter and draw out the best in what she could do rather than trying to teach to a formula.
Josh delivered on all of this. In addition, we liked the fact that he struck a good balance between being positive, encouraging improvement and pointing out laziness or not firing on all cylinders. It was also very helpful that he was always willing to talk to us about progress and to discuss the 11+ process and applications more generally.
Our daughter will be going to JAGS. She passed the exams for all of the other schools that she applied to (Alleyn's, Emanuel, Streatham & Clapham, Sydenham and St Dunstan's) and Josh played a key part in helping her to achieve this."