Cranleigh Tutor

I have always been a passionate reader and love introducing other people to the joys of literature. I am a founder of the Cranleigh Writer's Group and I have just finished writing a fantasy novel, which was published this year. I also have had several abridgements of classic novels published by MacMillan. I have recently won a prize in an international poetry competition and won first prize in the Guildford Poetry Competition. My collection of poems, 'Thor's Light' came out in June 2016.
I am married and have three daughters; we live in a village and I am very interested in the countryside and gardening. We also have two cats and I love animals of all types. I spend a lot of time listening to classical music and I like visiting places of archaeological or historical interest.

Tutoring Experience

I qualified as a teacher in 1985 and spent most of my career teaching English and Film Studies in a Sixth Form College. I was head of A Level English Literature and GCSE English Co-ordinator; both roles gave me experience of exam moderation and marking.
I left the college ten years ago, taking early retirement and have been tutoring on a part-time basis ever since. I have enjoyed one-to-one tuition and my students have had good results. Previous parents have been delighted with my work and will happily supply references. Many of my A Level students have gone on to study at top, Russell Group, universities and I have prepared students for Oxford/Cambridge English entrance exams. I also offer advice on personal statements and interview techniques.

Tutoring Approach

I am patient and believe that encouragement brings out the best in students. I foster reading with enjoyment and understanding, using texts as a springboard for good writing practice. I like to work alongside tutees, writing with them to act as a guide.
I teach GCSE English Language and Literature, A Level English Literature and undergraduate Literature. I am afraid I have no experience of teaching A Level English Language and therefore cannot accept students studying for this exam.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekdays (all times)
References Available On File


University of Sussex1985PGCESecondary Teaching
University of London1984MastersM.A. Modern Literature
University of Cardiff1976BachelorsB.A English 2:1

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