Laura studied Linguistics and Phonetics at the University of Leeds. She then decided to pursue a career in teaching and earned a place on the prestigious Teach First Leadership Development Programme, a teacher-training scheme for high-achieving graduates.
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).
With an innate aptitude for working with children, especially nurturing their intrinsic capacities, Kate couples her awareness of pedagogical methods and knowledge of how best to scaffold development with a child-centred approach tailored to each individual. Recognising the multiple forms of intelligence, she is adaptive and creative but sets high expectations, aiming to inspire, motivate and challenge all of the children that she works with.
Baxter has recently taught maths at The Crest Academy in Brent for four years and has enjoyed being part of the development and positive change within his school. He completed the Teach First Leadership Development programme having graduated with a 2:1 in Physics and Philosophy in 2013; and has worked his way through leadership positions at the school.
Emma studied Ancient History and History BA at the University of Leicester graduating with a 2:1 in 2012. Following this, she went straight on to study a Primary PGCE with English specialism at the University of Exeter graduating in 2013.
"My daughter is benefitting hugely from Victoria’s tutoring. I met with my daughter's (rather strict and unyielding) English teacher yesterday and she said that my daughter has come on IN SPADES (as she put is) and is “really getting it”, so this is really down to Victoria’s work with her. She is also feeling much more confident, she says, and is much more able to identify and describe the more subtle layers of meaning in a text."