Experienced English teacher (MA, BA HONS, PGCE)


My aim is to engender an enthusiasm for studying literature and fostering self – expression through a lively approach to the written, spoken and acted word.

I have an infectious passion for my subject as well as long experience inspiring others to share my love for language.

I work hard to make learning relevant and accessible, maintaining my proven track record of improving predicted grades and varying my approach to suit the individual’s needs.

Literature:         poetry, plays and novels

Language:          grammar and punctuation

Writing skills:    creative, non-fiction and essay skills

 2018  11+  Academic Scholarships awarded by:

Reigate Grammar School, Hampton (100%), St Paul’s School & Whitgift

     2018 ‘A’ level success: see testimonials

                        GCSE and A Level revision classes

Creative Writing, Non-Fiction, Writing Format, Excellent Essay Skills,

Poetry Analysis, Unseen Poetry / Prose Preparation…

                                                 ( If you don’t see what you need, just ask!)

NEW: GCSE writing guides for information texts ( non-fiction ) now available to purchase as a bundle     

             Now booking for September ’19!

  • 11+ and independent schools’ exams
  • Common Entrance preparation
  • A Level
  • UKCAT practice
  • Tuition for home-school pupils
  • Dissertation support
  • Adult education
  • Individual and small group classes
  • Revision classes with exam technique & practice questions
  • A personalised learning plan
  • Current knowledge of the curriculum and exam boards (eg IGSCE, AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEP …)
  • Experience examining at 11+, GCSE & A Level
  • Creative Writing Workshops
  • Scholarship guidance
  • E-mail support outside lessons
  • CRB checked
  • References available


Value for money

The lesson fee includes personalised notes, thorough marking of written work, e-mail support and regular feedback to parents. Prices  vary according to age group.

Discounted prices are available for group lessons and revision classes.

Quotes from students:


Mrs Coombes is la crème de la crème of teachers. All three of my sons have benefitted from her GCSE revision classes and they have been thrilled to receive A grades with her help,” Sally Ann from Reigate.
“Mrs Coombes is a real star – she has transformed my daughter’s love of English” (from Chris M., Founding and Company Director of the Public Law Company)
Mrs Coombes’ help  converting my predicted GCSE B grade into an A helped me get into Bristol University, where I gained my degree and met my wife. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help! (Jonathon ACA)
Tim is really enjoying the poetry section now that he has been studying with Mrs Coombes (GCSE student from Epsom College)
“I wish I had found Mrs Coombes earlier” (Sean, AS Level)
“My son was predicted C/D grades in English and has just achieved A/B with Mrs Coombes’ help. Not only could he not have done it without her help, he grew in confidence and developed a real love for poetry with her enthusiastic support. We are thrilled with the progress he has made” (2013 GCSE candidate)



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available for international and domestic clients alike:

 no matter where you are in the world, I am able to tutor you!