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Paul James

Paul James

Private Latin and Greek (Ancient) Tuition in Clapham

I am a teacher with over 20 years' experience, teaching in schools both in Australia and, since 1998, in the United Kingdom. Friendly but firm, grounded but flexible, I possess a wide variety of interests, maintaining in particular a deep passion for the Classics, for Archaeology and for Ancient History in general.

Having studied Latin and Greek at school, I continued with these ancient languages at the University of Sydney, relishing their vitality and enduring legacy, while appreciating their practical application to our study of the past. A High Distinction grade in ancient Greek was matched with my winning the prestigious Nicholson Scholarship in Latin.

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

Tutoring Experience

I am Head of Classics in a fee-paying, academically-selective independent day boys' school in north-west London, part of the Harrow School Foundation.

An important part of my remit was to reintroduce the Classics to our day boys, after an absence of several years, and in this we have succeeded beyond expectation. As of 2017, I and my departmental team teach Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation from beginners in Key Stage 3, through to GCSE and A Level students. I have examined experience with both the OCR and Educas examination boards.

Outside my School environment, I have taught and tutored Common Entrance students for Classics. More recently, I have 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 weaknesses to pursue the best grade possible. The first lesson will nearly always involve some review of past results and work, in order best to prioritise our combined strategy.

I like to incorporate fun and variety in lessons, while also maintaining the depth and rigour necessary to achieve at the highest level. I have at hand a large number of GCSE and A Level teaching resources, most of which I have designed myself for the benefit of students working to master the relevant Classics 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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