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I am a highly qualified English teacher with a BA Hons in English, an MA in Renaissance (Shakespeare) Studies and a PGCE in English.


Teaching experience

I have 30+ years of educational experience at primary middle, secondary and adult levels, including ten years’ experience as Head of English in an independent school.

  • The University of Hong Kong : Examiner
  • Hong Kong Baptist University: English tutor
  • Reigate Sixth Form College : English tutor
  • Notting Hill & Ealing High school (GDST; Independent Secondary) : English teacher
  • Bramley School (Preparatory): Head of English


Examination success

I have experience examining at 11+, Common Entrance, GCSE & A Level English enabling up-to-date knowledge of examination requirements across all boards.

I have a high rating of scholarships offered to past pupils.

2016 Scholarships:

Greenacre (Academic Scholarship)

Reigate Grammar School (2 Academic Scholarships)

St John’s Leatherhead (Academic Scholarship)

Scholarships awarded, with favourable feedback from subsequent English departments include:

Benenden, Caterham, Cheltenham Ladies’ College (Glos.), City of London Freeman’s, Coombe Bank (Kent), Dunottar School, Epsom College, Francis Holland (London), Greenacre, Woldingham School, Reigate Grammar School, Sevenoaks School (Kent), Sutton High School and St John’s Leatherhead, amongst others.

I have received excellent feedback on past pupils’ grasp of written and spoken English, such as:

‘Ruby’s new teacher remarked on her use of grammar and beautiful writing style. She was full of praise for Mrs Coombes. Sue said that Ella’s teacher had said similar things and both of them are thriving at their different schools!’

Tuition for

  • 11+ or independent schools’ exams
  • Common Entrance preparation
  • A Level
  • UKCAT practice
  • Tuition for home-school pupils
  • Dissertation support
  • Adult education

Learning Environments

  • Individual and small group classes
  • Revision classes with exam technique & practice questions

What I offer

  • 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
  • Scholarship guidance
  • E-mail support outside lessons
  •  CRB checked
  • References available