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I grew up in Durham and went to the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, and on to Oxford University, where I graduated in English in 1982.
I have five children of my own, who have attended state and grammar schools.
After working in banking, I ran a business of my own. I have worked as a business consultant too.
I am an active creative writer, and I enjoy playing the piano and playing tennis.

Tutoring Experience

I am a highly effective tutor, with a long list of satisfied clients who are very happy to speak to you on the phone about what you will get from me.
I often help students with critical resits or entrance exams- always, so far, with success. Last chances to meet university or college entrance requirements hold no fear! My 11+ students have gone on to Gloucester schools including Pate's.
I teach English Language and Literature to A-level.
For the 11 plus, I teach techniques of elimination and approximation, and I address children's anxiety. Invariably their mental maths and their overall confidence both improve.

Tutoring Approach

Building confidence, and making learning fun, is vital. I assess individual strengths and weaknesses quickly, and teach to those particular needs.
I am calm and quiet, but rigorous and challenging. I encourage and expect my students to think for themselves. I have been called many things- fortunately, "inspirational" is one of them.
My experience as a parent and a tutor means that I will find an effective way to help your child achieve what he/she is capable of.
I write highly rated "Gavin's Guides"- study guides are available on Amazon- for GCSE and A level students. Published titles include "An Inspector Calls", "Lord of the Flies", "Of Mice and Men", "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Great Expectations", "Animal Farm", and selected poems of Edward Thomas and Emily Dickinson. The ratings there should give you extra confidence in the quality of my work.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Oxford University1982BachelorsDegree in English
OCR1977SchoolA levels in English, Greek, Latin
OCR1975Schoolten O-levels

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