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Coulsdon Tutor

It was at school in Liverpool where I first developed my love of Classical Languages. After A levels in Greek, Latin and Ancient History I went to Pembroke College, Oxford to read Classics. My interest in things Greek continued and after several visits to Greece I learned Modern Greek and even married a Greek woman!

I am now retired from teaching mainly English in Secondary Schools and am delighted to have reconnected with my Classical Languages. I continue my enthusiasm for them by attending advanced reading courses in London.
I am also a member of the Classical Association, the Association for the Reform of Latin Teaching and the National Education Union.
I have an Enhanced DBS Certificate.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught in mixed comprehensive schools in Greater London for the majority of my teaching career. I have at different times been Head of Classics and Responsible for GCSE English. I have also been appointed to examine by two Examination boards in the past 5 years.

I have been tutoring for 7 years. I have taught Latin very successfully to GCSE, whether for EDUQAS or OCR, with all my students achieving A*. Although students have been of a wider ability range in English, I have managed to master the changes in exam syllabuses over a range of boards and am delighted to see that a number of my students achieved 9s in the 2018 entry.
I am very pleased that both in Latin and English my students have chosen to study the subjects at A-Level and University.

Additionally I have prepared students for scholarship exams to Eton and Winchester, specifically in Classics, English and General Papers.

Tutoring Approach

Effective tutoring is a joint enterprise. It is very rare for success not to come if we are both working together for it. So my first priority is to create a sense of community. I take an interest in my students and find that having a sense of humour often works.

But an eye for detail is also necessary. So I familiarise myself with what Exam boards want and try to analyse what the student needs to achieve that. I value the support of other Classics teachers and their support networks to keep me up to date.

I would expect students to devote at least as much time out of lessons to their tuition and regularly set homework to ensure that happens.

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

Qualifications

OXFORD UNIVERSITY1975BachelorsBA in CLASSICS AND THEOLOGY
ST MARTIN'S, LANCASTER1976PGCEPGCE in CLASSICS AND RS
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Subjects taught
English
Secondary£35
GCSE£40
A-Level£50
Latin
Secondary£35
GCSE£40
A-Level£50
Greek (Ancient)
Secondary£35
GCSE£40