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Paul James

Paul James

Private English and Latin Tuition in Clapham

A versatile educator with over 25 years' experience teaching in schools, colleges and other institutions in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Friendly but firm, grounded but flexible, I maintain a wide variety of academic interests, maintaining a deep passion for the Classics (both Ancient Greek and Latin), for Archaeology, and for History (both Ancient and Modern) in general. Government and Politics, also, remains an abiding interest.

Having studied both Latin and Greek at school, I continued with ancient languages at the University of Sydney as background to my undergraduate Honours studies in Archaeology and Ancient History. I enjoyed the enduring vitality and legacy of these ancient tongues, while appreciating their practical linguistic application to our study of the deep past. A High Distinction grade in Classical Greek was twinned with my winning the prestigious Nicholson Scholarship in Latin in my first year.

My involvement in the study of the past extends way beyond the classroom, moreover - I have, for example, worked many summers over the last two decades as an Area Supervisor on archaeological excavations in Egypt, the Middle East and in Greece.

Tutoring Experience

I was for many years (2009-2019) Head of Classics in a large and prestigious fee-paying, academically-selective independent day boys' school in north-west London, part of the Harrow School Foundation. Although starting there originally as a Teacher of History and Politics, I was tasked with planning and implementing the revival of Classics teaching at my school.

A significant part of my professional remit was to reintroduce the Classics to our day boys, and in this respect I feel that both my department colleagues and I succeeded beyond expectations. As of 2019, the department offered Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation from beginners in Key Stage 3, through to GCSE and A Level students. We had great success in helping several students through to read Classics and Ancient History at Russell Group universities and at Oxbridge. I possess significant examiner experience with both the OCR and Educas examination boards.

After many years of full-time teaching, I have recently semi-retired in order to pursue other career ideas and personal projects. Nonetheless, and naturally, I retain a passion for teaching in my subject areas, and so I remain keen to continue tutoring students who might benefit from my knowledge and skills.

Outside the independent secondary school environment, I have taught and tutored Common Entrance students for Classics subjects, thereby gaining experience of the demands made on preparatory school students. I have also successfully taught a number of introductory / refresher courses to university level students as well.

Tutoring Approach

I seek always to adopt a caring, friendly, and understanding approach. Every student is different and I aim, therefore, to be both analytical and flexible in addressing a student's needs, making the most of their strengths and targeting their weaknesses to facilitate the best grade award possible. First lessons will nearly always involve some review of past school results and academic work, in order best to prioritise our combined strategy. The student and I work as a team.

I like to incorporate fun and variety in lessons, while also maintaining the depth and rigour necessary to achieve at the highest level. After many years' teaching, I have at hand extensive GCSE and A Level teaching and learning resources, the majority of which I have designed myself for the benefit of students working to master the relevant Classics and History syllabi.

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


University of Sydney1991BachelorsBachelor of Arts, Joint Honours
University of Sydney1992ProfessionalGraduate Diploma of Education
Macquarie University1996MastersMaster of Arts

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