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Wycombe Abbey

Whether for 11+ entry or 13+ entry, applicants should register at least 18 months before their expected start. Girls will be invited to interview the year before her start. The interview will include group activities with others of the same age and a Science and PE lesson. Following this, assessments are sat to measure skills in verbal, non-verbal and maths reasoning. This is a computer-based exam and lasts 1 and a half hours. Following the assessment day, candidates can be offered a provisional place. All offers are dependant on success in the ISEB 11+ Common Entrance exams.

11+ candidates take the ISEB 11+ Common Entrance Exams in January of Year 6, in English, Maths and Science. Each exam is 1 hour long.

13+ candidates take 13+ Common Entrance Exams in either January or June of Year 8 in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Religious Studies and one Modern Language (French, German, Spanish or Mandarin). There are optional papers in Latin and Greek. Alternatively, girls can opt to take the Wycombe Abbey Academic Scholarship papers at 13+. These are taken in January / February of year 8.

French

Why are there so many apostrophes and what’s all this accent business? Singing and dancing in French is fun but suddenly needing to write can be a... (Show me more)

Why are there so many apostrophes and what’s all this accent business? Singing and dancing in French is fun but suddenly needing to write can be a shock to the system. As vocab steps up and verbs creep in, Prep School Tutor will ensure that, whether in the run up to 13 plus Common Entrance exams, Scholarship or GCSE, learning is manageable and conjugations are no longer daunting, but rather just another piece of a growing jigsaw of language to play with. Prep School Tutor soon guides tutees to build impressive sentence structures, going beyond the realms of survival language towards a far more flexible and far reaching form of communication.

Lost? Don’t be! If you have missed out and feel behind your peers, we have a Fast Track programme to suit you. A great many children start French in Year 7 with no previous knowledge but still manage to shine by the time the 13 plus Common Entrance comes along. Also, for those who have studied French but perhaps not been overly engaged, this is the moment to make absolutely sure that the foundation is in place and the groundwork is complete.

GCSE: Most private schools work towards IGCSE as opposed to GCSE but, not to worry, our teachers tutor both. For IGCSE, the exam boards are either Edexcel or Cambridge OCR so worth checking with the school. In either case, the aim is, essentially, to have more fun in France! As a student learns to use language more effectively, they feel confident and more independent abroad, chatting in the boulangerie on one level, reading articles and watching a film on another. The first step is exam success, then doors open.

The course includes various cultural aspects which most children take a natural interest in, if only as a breather from grammar! The topics chosen for the reading and writing papers are designed to be suitable for the students with ‘personal life’ and ‘education’ a continuation of 13+ Common Entrance in part. Though these themes feel familiar at the outset, there is little room for complacency. To reach those top grades, students need to mature linguistically and develop a deeper understanding and complexity in their written and spoken communication. Let us help!

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Liz

Subjects
English, French, Latin

Qualifications
Oxford University: BA (Hons), MA and PGCE Teacher Training

Experience
Knightsbridge School, King’s House School, Epsom College, Bedford High School for Girls, Cheadle Hulme College, Devonport High School for Girls

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Liz is an immensely experienced teacher specialising in Latin, French and English. She has taught in Independent and Maintained schools, from years 5 to 13, and from Common Entrance through to Oxbridge Entrance.

Most recently Liz has been Head of Department in two London Prep schools, and on the Future Schools team, preparing pupils of all abilities for Common Entrance, CASE and Scholarship exams. Former pupils have gained scholarships to St Paul’s, Latymer Upper, King’s College Wimbledon and Hampton School, as well as places at schools including St Paul’s Girls’, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Downe House, Eton, Winchester, Harrow, Dulwich, King’s Canterbury, Tunbridge and Sevenoaks.

Liz has run enrichment and Scholarship classes after school, as well as extensive one-to-one tutoring, and has given much individual support to pupils at moments of need. Her friendly, common sense and encouraging approach enables students to achieve far beyond what they may think themselves capable of.

Liz is skilled at breaking material down into manageable chunks and simplifying concepts in a memorable way. Parents and former pupils have commented on how well prepared and confident they felt for their entrance exams and what an excellent grounding they received for their Senior School studies, as a result of Liz’s experience in teaching study skills as well as the subject matter for exams.

Liz has recently resumed working in a Senior school setting, working intensively with Special Needs students, especially those with autism and processing difficulties, as they approach their GCSE exams.

Diane

Subjects
English, French, Latin, History, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
King's Ely, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, Notting Hill Prep, Qatar International School, Gulf English School

13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Diane has a wealth of experience in education having taught English Language and English Literature from 13+ through to A-Level. She is also qualified to teach History, French and R.E. to 13+ and GCSE as well as Latin to 13+ in readiness for Common Entrance.

Diane has taught at, amongst others, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School and Notting Hill Prep in London, where she was Head of English. She is well versed in expectations for entrance to both London independent schools and to other major UK public schools. Diane has successfully helped many students, some hopping a couple of grades higher than their predicted levels, to reach their target schools with confidence.

With regard to her teaching style, Diane suggests that some students feed from straightforward information and learning facts, devices and techniques. Others need a different approach, perhaps via examples (WAGOLL), via one-to-one help, highlighting text, discussions/reminders of techniques they must use. Diane produces her own resources based on need so that every individual can excel. Her lessons are carefully planned and include varied learning activities to maintain focus and energy.

Diane is positive and encouraging, whilst maintaining a highly academic approach, with a developed general knowledge, which supports and enhances her subject knowledge. She is a respected teacher who gives respect in turn to her students. She is particularly proud of the progress she made with a group of Year 9 students where motivation for learning was very low. Over the course of three terms, Diane managed them and they now are some of the brightest, most motivated and respectful students that she has taught. Diane says that this was a task comparable to turning the Titanic. However, unlike the Titanic, her class did not at all sink! They are enthused for learning and have a positive work ethos.

In the wider context of teaching, Diane is well aware of safeguarding. She is interested in the tenets of mindfulness: its worth and practice in education and, coupled with this Diane is also interested in the recent focus on emotional literacy and emotional intelligence. Diane feels that, as teachers, we must help to build the whole student, a well-rounded one, who can face the challenges of the modern world with a sense of strength, independence and confidence.

Penny W

Subjects
French

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, Cambridge University, Junior MBA

Experience
The Dragon, King's College Junior School, Dulwich Prep London

Penny W, the Founder of Prep School Tutor, has a sparkling background! She also has a great sense of fun and a contagious enthusiasm for her subject. Penny trained at Dulwich College and Dulwich Prep London in an extended course including a Masters in French as a Foreign Language at the Sorbonne, Paris. She kick-started her career at the Dragon School, Oxford, feeder to all major UK public schools. After 5 years at the Dragon as a specialist French teacher, Penny went on to be Head of Modern Languages at King's College Junior School.

In preparing children for 13 plus Common Entrance and Scholarship exams, Penny exudes energy and passion every step of the way. She tailors her style to suit a full range of ability, promoting an effective learning environment for each individual. Penny does everything possible to maximize potential in her tutees.

Penny S

Subjects
English, French

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
Bexley Grammar School, Lycée des Flandres, Extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A1
A2

Penny S is an energetic and engaging linguist. She specialises in French and Spanish with her predominantly secondary teaching career spanning both the private and state sectors. Recently, Penny has concentrated her language teaching on the prep school years, tailoring her methods to suit different abilities whilst keeping expectations high. She also teaches English and Verbal Reasoning towards 11+ entrance exams. Penny tutors a range of age - from 5 to 55! - and is fully versed in the requirements for 13+, GCSE and beyond! She has had significant successes this year with all of her Common Entrance students winning places at their first choice of public school.

Penny is a warm, friendly person with purpose in her step in all that she does. She is an exciting find for Prep School Tutor and a superb addition to the language team.

Noura

Subjects
French, Spanish

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
St Paul's School, Lycée Française Charles de Gaulle

11+
13+
GCSE
A1
A2

Noura is passionate about teaching languages. She is a French national who has lived and worked in the UK for over 14 years teaching both French and Spanish. Noura has led a department and worked in some of the leading London independant schools, including St Paul’s boys School and the Lycée Française Charles De Gaulle. She has prepared students for iGCSE/GCSE and A level as well as tutoring for Common Entrance Examinations with an excellent success rate. Noura has had consistently superb feedback from the families that she has worked with, from those struggling with languages to the very brightest sparks needing an extra stretch and challenge.

Noura makes it her priority to deliver high quality lessons with a variety of engaging and challenging resources which respond to a range of learning needs and abilities.

Nouara

Subjects
French, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, Oxford University

Experience
The Dragon, Abercorn Prep, Cokethorpe School

13+
GCSE

Nouara is a brilliantly qualified French and Spanish teacher with a PGCE from Oxford and a CAPES from France (impossibly difficult!). She has heaps of experience both in the classroom and with tutoring French and Spanish one to one. During her time at the Dragon School and at Abercorn Prep School, Nouara has guided both boys and girls to success with 13+ Common Entrance preparation and Scholarship Entrance exams to a diverse range of major British public schools. These include Eton College, Winchester College, Radley College and Harrow, Wycombe Abbey, Downe House and Marlborough College amongst many others. Being secondary trained and having taught at Cokethorpe School for a number of years, Nouara’s expertise also lends itself to tutoring French and Spanish GCSE, iGCSE, AS and A Level exams. As a private tutor, she is warm and personable, determined to guide and encourage every one of her tutees towards their very best.

Latin

13+: Latin, Greek, both even? Fostering an interest in the Greeks and Romans is one thing but navigating through the 13 plus syllabus of grammar, s... (Show me more)

13+: Latin, Greek, both even? Fostering an interest in the Greeks and Romans is one thing but navigating through the 13 plus syllabus of grammar, syntax and vocabulary can be a headache without some support and guidance. There are three possible levels for Classics at Common Entrance, as well as a more specialised scholarship level. Children who have studied for longer and feel more confident are stretched whilst those with less depth of learning are assessed separately. Our tutors ensure that children reach their level of potential. If there are gaps in knowledge for whatever reason, our specialists can fast track children who wish to take the higher tier papers. Tutors are also experienced in preparing children for Scholarship exams and school specific Classics awards.

GCSE: Latin is an extremely highly-regarded GCSE and one that still catches the eyes of university admissions tutors. Whether subsequent studies lead candidates into the Arts or the Sciences, anyone who has studied Latin to the age of 16 will be able to testify how useful a knowledge of this beautiful language has been to them, whatever their experiences of learning it at school might have been! Although the exam specifications are refreshing in that they do not tend to change hugely from year to year (the advantage to studying a dead language) some of the more challenging grammar points can be difficult to master in a large class working through them at pace.

Our tutors know that, without an extremely strong and confident knowledge of the basic rules of grammar and syntax in Latin, it can be hard to comprehend, let alone master, some of the trickier concepts introduced at GCSE. For this reason, we quickly find the point at which candidates lost their confidence and, using a carefully selected library of online textbooks and interactive resources, we introduce and practise each new concept at a pace that suits the individual learner. Much of our Latin teaching makes explicit the connections between Latin and many European Modern Languages, including English, and this is often a lifeline for those struggling with the retention of vocabulary. Our tutors are conversant with the OCR, Cambridge iGCSE and Eduqas (WJEC) examination specifications and can support whatever literature option a candidate’s school has chosen for them.

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George

Subjects
Latin, Mandarin

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, BA Classics, Mandarin Diploma

Experience
Parkside Prep (Head of Classics), Aldro School

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

George is all about instilling confidence and self-belief in his students. He started teaching 6 years ago and has been head of Classics and Mandarin Chinese at both of the schools he has worked at, Aldro and Parkside. George's main 'mission' was to create a curriculum that enabled all the students to undertake as a minimum the Common Entrance Latin exam, where as in previous years only a select few undertook it. George is a firm believer that learning should be balanced with time spent on the rigid structures of grammar but mixed with lots of activities and his specialty quizzes throughout the tutoring session!

George has been tutoring since his time at university where he gained a degree in Classics and then a Master's Diploma in Mandarin Chinese. His experiences range from introducing Classics to a newcomer all the way to working through GCSE and A Level set texts. In his 6 years, George has had the pleasure of preparing students for a breadth of schools ranging from Eton, Harrow and Charterhouse all the way to international schools in Dubai and Asia.

George's teaching style is all based on what benefits the student. He personalises his lessons according to each and every student and brings a calm and positive approach to the learning. George's clear passion for Classics is shown from his very first minute of each session and he believes this makes a huge difference in the learning for students.

Sophie

Subjects
English, Latin, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, Oxford University

Experience
Farleigh School, Hampshire; Sherborne Preparatory School, Dorset; Canford School, Dorset; Alleyn’s School, Dulwich College; extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

Sophie has 19 years experience teaching English and Latin at leading preparatory and public schools in the south of England. She has extensive knowledge of the transfer process at 13+, having held the role of prep school Director of Studies which involved liaising with senior schools and helping children prepare for interviews as well as overseeing their preparation for Common Entrance and Scholarship examinations in all subjects as well as teaching her own. Sophie has prepared scholarship candidates for Eton; Harrow; Winchester; Marlborough; Wellington; Charterhouse; St. Mary’s, Ascot; Cheltenham Ladies’ College and many other public schools. She also has extensive experience of teaching children with learning support needs and was Head of Learning Support at a prep school for five years.

Sophie is in high demand as a tutor. Her students have enjoyed significant successes in their exams this year and this looks set to continue. Parents have been known to return to Prep School Tutor to seek Sophie’s support for their children once they have moved on to senior school, such is the rapport she is able to build with her tutees and the benefit they gain from her tuition. Sophie specialises in unknotting the difficulties that can so easily occur when Latin is taught in larger classes, and then moving forward through the syllabus at a pace that suits the individual. As an English teacher, her methods for helping children to generate ideas and structure longer pieces of writing are, she has been told, used by her students even once they have moved on to university! She also specialises in teaching reading techniques that allow exam candidates to maintain the focus they need to perform well in comprehension papers, even when under the pressure of an exam situation. Sophie has a proven track record of obtaining excellent results for pupils in both her specialist subjects. She does this by breaking down the curriculum into manageable sections, smoothing out any problem areas and reminding pupils frequently of the progress that they have made to boost their confidence.

Sophie has been extensively involved in the preparation of candidates for interviews and selection days at academically demanding public schools, including most of the London day schools; she excels at preparing even the most anxious for interview. She has undertaken considerable research into the different approaches to selection taken by different schools and the sorts of questions they ask. Sophie’s method is to equip candidates with the strategies they need to be able to think calmly under pressure so they can answer taxing questions without becoming flustered. She also works hard to ensure that candidates feel they have plenty to talk about by drawing out their interests and enthusiasms in her encouraging preparatory sessions.

Sophie’s aim as a tutor is to prepare her pupils so well that they approach examinations or interviews fearlessly and embrace both as an opportunity to demonstrate who they are and what they know. She aims to give her tutees a love of learning - and even rigorous assessment - that will last for the rest of their lives.

When not teaching, Sophie enjoys spending time, preferably outdoors, with her husband, young son and their Border Terrier, Rosie. She loves food and growing and cooking her own vegetables. A good weekend away would include a city break (she lives very rurally) with a visit to a great restaurant and a trip to the theatre.

Peter

Subjects
Latin

Qualifications
Cambridge University: Classics MA

Experience
Dragon School, St Paul's (Junior and Senior), Berkhamsted, Colfe's School, Sherborne, Portsmouth Grammar

13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Peter has extensive experience of teaching Classical subjects in both UK independent senior schools and prep schools. He teaches Latin, Ancient Greek, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History up to A-level and university entrance standard and has recent experience of preparing students for Common Entrance Latin and Greek - all levels - and scholarship papers to top UK schools including Eton, Winchester and Westminster.

Peter has taught at St Paul's - both senior and junior schools, Sherborne, The Dragon and Berkhamsted and was also a head of department in Western Australia. He has a particular passion for Continuing Professional Development and is currently studying for a Masters in Research in Classics and Ancient History.

Peter adopts a methodical and structured approach to the teaching of Latin grammar and syntax, building firm foundations before moving on to more advanced work. In particular, he encourages students to draw parallels between Latin vocabulary and English and uses the study of Classical languages to enhance and complement students' use of English. He is a firm believer in the usefulness of the study of both Latin and Greek not only for its own sake but as an aid to studying a number of other subjects. To quote a recent examiners' report on the Westminster Challenge, there is a noticeable correlation between candidates' performance on the Classical papers and the overall classification.

As well as teaching Latin and Greek to CE and senior school scholarship level, Peter is au fait with all the current GCSE, A-level and Pre-U specifications for Classical subjects and teaches all language and literature options, including translation from and into Latin and Greek. He is particularly adept at demonstrating to students how to work effectively on their own and incorporates study skills into every lesson.

Judy

Subjects
Latin

Qualifications
Cambridge University: Classics MA, PGCE Teacher Training

Experience
North London Collegiate School (London and S Korea), Malvern St James, Bristol Grammar School, Tanglin Trust School(Singapore)

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Judy is a very experienced teacher who has taught in girls’, boys’ and co-educational schools, both in the UK and in Asia. This year, she moved from North London Collegiate School, Jeju (in South Korea) to the original NLCS girls’ school in London. Her favourite subject is Classics, including Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation. She has taught these to students from Year 5 to Oxbridge entrance level and worked as a Principal Examiner for Classical Civilisation at A Level. She has specialised in working with high-achieving students, but also is proud of her success with students who have had to overcome a barrier such as dyslexia, low self-esteem or a tendency towards carelessness in order to excel at Latin.

Judy’s aim in tutoring is to ensure that students have a deep understanding of the subject at the required level. She often finds that uncovering and righting a misconception or gap in knowledge can lead to significant progress. This is easier to do in a one-one situation, since students often hide their uncertainties, even from themselves. Once a student has mastered the key grammatical concepts and knowledge, Judy supports them in gaining confidence in tackling longer translations and other examination questions. She also aims to foster a deep love of the subjects she teaches. Many of her students have continued Classics to university level and some have become Classics teachers themselves.

Judy divides her time between the Netherlands, where her husband works as a university guidance counsellor, and London, where she teaches part-time and enjoys cultural activities, including attending performances of music written by her son, a composer and lecturer in Classical Music composition, and science talks given by her daughter who is a writer and ecologist.

Judy is available from September 2019.

Liz

Subjects
English, French, Latin

Qualifications
Oxford University: BA (Hons), MA and PGCE Teacher Training

Experience
Knightsbridge School, King’s House School, Epsom College, Bedford High School for Girls, Cheadle Hulme College, Devonport High School for Girls

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE
A-Level

Liz is an immensely experienced teacher specialising in Latin, French and English. She has taught in Independent and Maintained schools, from years 5 to 13, and from Common Entrance through to Oxbridge Entrance.

Most recently Liz has been Head of Department in two London Prep schools, and on the Future Schools team, preparing pupils of all abilities for Common Entrance, CASE and Scholarship exams. Former pupils have gained scholarships to St Paul’s, Latymer Upper, King’s College Wimbledon and Hampton School, as well as places at schools including St Paul’s Girls’, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Downe House, Eton, Winchester, Harrow, Dulwich, King’s Canterbury, Tunbridge and Sevenoaks.

Liz has run enrichment and Scholarship classes after school, as well as extensive one-to-one tutoring, and has given much individual support to pupils at moments of need. Her friendly, common sense and encouraging approach enables students to achieve far beyond what they may think themselves capable of.

Liz is skilled at breaking material down into manageable chunks and simplifying concepts in a memorable way. Parents and former pupils have commented on how well prepared and confident they felt for their entrance exams and what an excellent grounding they received for their Senior School studies, as a result of Liz’s experience in teaching study skills as well as the subject matter for exams.

Liz has recently resumed working in a Senior school setting, working intensively with Special Needs students, especially those with autism and processing difficulties, as they approach their GCSE exams.

Maria

Subjects
Latin, Spanish

Qualifications
MA Education, BA Hons Degree Classics, teacher training

Experience
Cambridge International School, Cambridge Centre for 6th Form, Instituto Cervantes, extensive private tutoring

13+
GCSE
A-Level

Energetic and inspiring, María teaches Latin and Spanish in preparation for 13+ Common Entrance Examinations, GCSE, iGCSE and A-level. She has quality experience with both the Cambridge board and Edexcel. Maria can fast track anyone feeling on the back foot, particularly in Latin, and ensure any gaps are filled. Maria is fully versed in the Common Entrance requirements and has had great success with 13+ Scholarship preparation to major public schools. Maria has an infectious enthusiasm for her subject and is naturally encouraging in her style. She does her utmost to ensure success for her students, always willing to go the extra mile with a combination of a vibrant learning, focus and a great sense of humour.

María is teacher trained and has BA Hons degree in Classics. Having found that her own love for the Classical World had a dramatic impact on her literacy and general language awareness, she is keen to stimulate curiosity and interest in the Classics, increase word-power for her students and give them the basis for future language learning.

As well as Latin and Greek, María specialises in teaching Spanish, through to A-level and even beyond! She is determined to enable her students to communicate and express their ideas and thoughts in the target language, developing their communicative competence to equip them to handle any situation in the future both in an exam environment and as social agents.

Diane

Subjects
English, French, Latin, History, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
King's Ely, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, Notting Hill Prep, Qatar International School, Gulf English School

13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Diane has a wealth of experience in education having taught English Language and English Literature from 13+ through to A-Level. She is also qualified to teach History, French and R.E. to 13+ and GCSE as well as Latin to 13+ in readiness for Common Entrance.

Diane has taught at, amongst others, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School and Notting Hill Prep in London, where she was Head of English. She is well versed in expectations for entrance to both London independent schools and to other major UK public schools. Diane has successfully helped many students, some hopping a couple of grades higher than their predicted levels, to reach their target schools with confidence.

With regard to her teaching style, Diane suggests that some students feed from straightforward information and learning facts, devices and techniques. Others need a different approach, perhaps via examples (WAGOLL), via one-to-one help, highlighting text, discussions/reminders of techniques they must use. Diane produces her own resources based on need so that every individual can excel. Her lessons are carefully planned and include varied learning activities to maintain focus and energy.

Diane is positive and encouraging, whilst maintaining a highly academic approach, with a developed general knowledge, which supports and enhances her subject knowledge. She is a respected teacher who gives respect in turn to her students. She is particularly proud of the progress she made with a group of Year 9 students where motivation for learning was very low. Over the course of three terms, Diane managed them and they now are some of the brightest, most motivated and respectful students that she has taught. Diane says that this was a task comparable to turning the Titanic. However, unlike the Titanic, her class did not at all sink! They are enthused for learning and have a positive work ethos.

In the wider context of teaching, Diane is well aware of safeguarding. She is interested in the tenets of mindfulness: its worth and practice in education and, coupled with this Diane is also interested in the recent focus on emotional literacy and emotional intelligence. Diane feels that, as teachers, we must help to build the whole student, a well-rounded one, who can face the challenges of the modern world with a sense of strength, independence and confidence.

History

13+: History fascinates us on a personal level as well as a global level; there is just SO much to learn about though! Our tutors inspire a desir... (Show me more)

13+: History fascinates us on a personal level as well as a global level; there is just SO much to learn about though! Our tutors inspire a desire to learn more by making sessions fun as well as instructive and purposeful. They encourage curiosity in their students to question what went on in the past and how different events have influenced the present day. Children are helped along the way with learning tricky facts - dates, battles, pros and cons - but also, and importantly, shown how to analyse source material and to draw their own historical interpretations. Children are guided in how to read the question and answer the question asked, rather than trying to dodge the bullet with their own memorised anecdotes. The 13 plus Common Entrance syllabus for History can seem among the weightiest to manage; fear not, our tutors can clear the way to effective, confident learning.

GCSE: How would the world be different if the gates of the farm at Hougoument had not been shut against Napoleon’s infantry at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815? Would we be discussing Brexit if there had not been a break in the early summer storms off Normandy on the 6th June 1944? If Tim Berners-Lee had not been working on the Cern project would we have the World Wide Web?

All of these questions are impossible to answer definitively, but it is important to understand their significance.
However, the sheer amount of information and learning required for studying history can make it a daunting subject. This is exactly where Prep School Tutor can save you precious time and point you in the right direction. We can also remind you of the basic exam techniques which will maximise your chance to collect all the marks available.

For those students tackling theme papers, for example on the very topical subject of migration and empires since medieval times, or on monarchy and democracy there is the need to think of the big picture across the ages. This is where the experienced tutor can reduce the legwork and help you see the overview without having to do endless research.

A question on whether religion was the main factor in causing migration since medieval times will also reward you for writing about economic reasons for migration. But the real challenge will be explaining how reasons changed, for different groups at different times, or stayed the same, or were quite varied and rarely uniform. Being able to quote some examples from across the dates given in the question will also be useful. Once again, the tutor will be able to advise on the sources to use and speed the process to a successful conclusion. Do get in touch and see how we can ease the way to exam success.

‘A people without a knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’
Marcus Garvey.

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GCSE
iGCSE
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Paul

Subjects
English, History, Verbal Reasoning, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, QTS, MA History

Experience
Barnardiston Hall Preparatory School, extensive private tuition, 2 years as VSO teacher trainer in Nepal

11+
13+
GCSE
iGCSE

Paul specialises in powering his students towards success in English. He kick-started his career teaching to GCSE and A-Level and has now been in the prep school environment for over 5 years, working at Barnardiston, an excellent and extremely popular Suffolk preparatory school, with close links to the top Cambridge schools. Here, Paul has had particular success in making literacy, notably poetry, more accessible to pupils of all abilities.

He has also tutored pre-test and 11+ English for entrance to the major Cambridge schools. This has included Verbal Reasoning and some interview technique as well as exam strategy. He is used to working with children who do not have English as their first language, accommodating their needs both in boosting confidence for oral communication and in improving their literacy skills ready for exam success.

Paul’s scholarship and 13+ students have won places to top public schools including Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Stowe, Oundle, The Perse, Westminster and Wycombe Abbey. His students have been prizewinners in exams for Rugby school and achieved distinctions in exams at Westminster. Paul has attended Common Entrance courses at Eton, which have served to inform his approach immensely. He has a calm, methodical approach, and is determined on personalising his sessions, tailoring each element to suit the individual needs of his students.

Paul firmly believes that through sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for English language and poetry, he can make a huge difference to students preparing for the literacy demands of Common Entrance and Scholarship papers.

Diane

Subjects
English, French, Latin, History, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
King's Ely, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, Notting Hill Prep, Qatar International School, Gulf English School

13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Diane has a wealth of experience in education having taught English Language and English Literature from 13+ through to A-Level. She is also qualified to teach History, French and R.E. to 13+ and GCSE as well as Latin to 13+ in readiness for Common Entrance.

Diane has taught at, amongst others, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School and Notting Hill Prep in London, where she was Head of English. She is well versed in expectations for entrance to both London independent schools and to other major UK public schools. Diane has successfully helped many students, some hopping a couple of grades higher than their predicted levels, to reach their target schools with confidence.

With regard to her teaching style, Diane suggests that some students feed from straightforward information and learning facts, devices and techniques. Others need a different approach, perhaps via examples (WAGOLL), via one-to-one help, highlighting text, discussions/reminders of techniques they must use. Diane produces her own resources based on need so that every individual can excel. Her lessons are carefully planned and include varied learning activities to maintain focus and energy.

Diane is positive and encouraging, whilst maintaining a highly academic approach, with a developed general knowledge, which supports and enhances her subject knowledge. She is a respected teacher who gives respect in turn to her students. She is particularly proud of the progress she made with a group of Year 9 students where motivation for learning was very low. Over the course of three terms, Diane managed them and they now are some of the brightest, most motivated and respectful students that she has taught. Diane says that this was a task comparable to turning the Titanic. However, unlike the Titanic, her class did not at all sink! They are enthused for learning and have a positive work ethos.

In the wider context of teaching, Diane is well aware of safeguarding. She is interested in the tenets of mindfulness: its worth and practice in education and, coupled with this Diane is also interested in the recent focus on emotional literacy and emotional intelligence. Diane feels that, as teachers, we must help to build the whole student, a well-rounded one, who can face the challenges of the modern world with a sense of strength, independence and confidence.

Alison

Subjects
History, Geography, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
St Paul's Cathedral School, extensive private tuition

13+
GCSE

Alison is Queen of humanities ! As Head of Department at St Paul’s Cathedral School, a well-reputed London Preparatory school, she lead the Humanities faculty, teaching History, Geography and RS and making sure that pupils were thoroughly prepared for their Common Entrance and Scholarship exam papers. She is familiar with the demands and expectations of leading public schools, such as Westminster, Eton, Winchester and City of London Schools for Boys and Girls, and has more recently had success with students to Harrow and Bloxham. Alison has experience teaching History to GCSE as well and has had students queuing up to take her classes! She is innovative in her approach and experienced in adapting learning to suit the child. Alison is passionate about engaging children with a love of learning and determined to ensure their success.

Saira

Subjects
History, Geography, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, QTS, BA (HONS) Philosophy, MA

Experience
Durlston Court Preparatory School, extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE

Saira has a strong reputation for excellent results with many students gaining far higher grades than predicted. She has a great deal of experience teaching Religious Studies, History and Geography for 13+ Common Entrance in a well-regarded Hampshire prep school as well as attaining acceptance for students at Fettes and Wellington College. Saira has also guided students to sparkling Scholarship results at Rugby (student gaining above an ‘A’ grade), Harrow (student gaining one of the twelve scholarships given out that year) Canford (scholarship gained for History) and Ampleforth (during the interview the student was praised for their mature grasp of philosophy).

Through private tuition, both face-to face and online, she has had further success with Wycombe Abbey and the Westminster Challenge as well as Eton College’s Kings Scholarship. Each of these requires all of the Humanities with an excellent grasp of essay writing, current affairs and morality questions. She is frequently recommended from one family to another, not least for her calm, personable approach.

Saira is currently Head of Department and is also an examiner for the GCSE Religious Studies and Philosophy papers. This included attending a number of courses in Eton College, Southampton and Birmingham.

Saira’s lessons are fun and stimulating and, above all, encourage deep thought for the empathy questions in the Religious Studies and Philosophy paper. One of Saira’s main talents is in engaging students to understand exactly how essays should be constructed. She has an eye for strategy and will teach your child how to use knowledge effectively in exams, understand exactly what the questions are aiming for and point score to the max.

Geography

13+: Geography goes far beyond quiz questions like, ‘What’s the capital of Bolivia?’ 13+ Common Entrance Geography aims to stimulate a real curiosi... (Show me more)

13+: Geography goes far beyond quiz questions like, ‘What’s the capital of Bolivia?’ 13+ Common Entrance Geography aims to stimulate a real curiosity in the world around us, introducing children to different societies, cultures and environments. However, there is rarely quite enough class time to develop every idea fully. Some children may need more than a few minutes of map work practice to grasp the essentials, whilst others may need concepts expanded and glossary terms explained in more depth or in a different style before embarking on their own fieldwork enquiries. If there is a Geography project to tackle or a presentation to make, Prep School Tutor specialist 13+ tutors can assist with the detail, advise and help refine and tweak the end product to ensure that the tutee feels confident in their knowledge as well as their delivery.

GCSE: What is the world’s smallest country called? How many great lakes are there? What is the ring of fire? These are all great questions, but GCSE Geography is so much more than just the recall of geographical facts. GCSE Geography is an exciting course that balances the physical side of geography with the human side, whilst examining the battles between the man-made and natural worlds.

Our tutors are experienced in the teaching, marking and tutoring of the GCSE Geography assessment, across all exam boards. Geography is a thrilling yet challenging subject, where learning the techniques of how to answer a variety of questions, not just what you know, is crucial to achieving the top grades. Our tutors can help you with this challenge, guide you and prepare you for every type of question; whether it be the study of Ordnance Survey Maps, the comprehension of data tables and graphs or the evaluation of proposed environmental projects, you will be fully prepared for the rigours of this brilliant subject.

President Barack Obama said “The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together”. Let our tutors help you use your knowledge so you can achieve your full potential in this exciting world we live in.

13+
GCSE
iGCSE
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Piers

Subjects
Maths, Geography, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training UCL, Masters in Education

Experience
The Hampshire School, Chelsea, Beachborough School, Private tuition

11+
13+
iGCSE

Piers is an inspiring Geography and Maths teacher who instils the positive mindset needed in all learners. He is passionate about his subject and encourages learning through positive and interesting methods. As well as being teacher trained, Piers is currently completing a Masters in Educational Leadership. Piers has always had a love for learning and encourages his students to feel the same through creative and thought-provoking learning.

Piers has been a Head of Geography for over five years, firstly at The Hampshire School, Chelsea a Preparatory School in Chelsea, London before moving to Beachborough School, a Preparatory School in Buckinghamshire. Here, he has prepared students for numerous entrance exams, including 13+ and Scholarship to schools such as St Paul’s, Godolphin and Latymer, Westminster, Eton and Stowe. His students achieve consistently excellent results with Senior schools commenting on how well-prepared his students have been for their exams. Piers has also taught Geography to GCSE students with great success and is familiar with both the GCSE and iGCSE specifications.

As a further string to his bow, Piers has also taught and tutored Mathematics, preparing students 11+ and 13+ exams with clear success; his students have been offered places at leading senior schools, with many being awarded a Scholarship.

On top of his teaching expertise, Piers has also been heavily involved in preparing candidates for interview with their senior schools of choice. Competition is fierce but Piers, through his research, preparation and experience has an excellent understanding of the interview requirements of many of the leading senior schools, including the format and the types of questions that are asked. Piers encourages students to be confident within themselves and to talk expressively, allowing his students to show their prospective schools the best person that they can be.

Piers has a love for travel and exploration and looks to make the most of life through his friendly and energetic nature.

Robert

Subjects
Geography, Religious Studies, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
Appleton Community College, extensive private tutoring

11+
13+
GCSE
A-Level

Robert is a high-energy English tutor! A fully qualified teacher, he has been teaching across the age ranges for the last 5 years, specialising in KS3, GCSE and A-Level (Ages 11-18) with added skills in teaching literacy, numeracy and other life skills to students of all learning abilities (including dyslexia). He has experience in tutoring extensively for 13+ Common Entrance and Scholarship, tutoring Geography, Maths, English and Religious Studies to 13+ Common Entrance level. Robert has guided even the least willing through Eton entrance exams with humour and motivating activities to bring out the best in his tutees.

Alison

Subjects
History, Geography, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
St Paul's Cathedral School, extensive private tuition

13+
GCSE

Alison is Queen of humanities ! As Head of Department at St Paul’s Cathedral School, a well-reputed London Preparatory school, she lead the Humanities faculty, teaching History, Geography and RS and making sure that pupils were thoroughly prepared for their Common Entrance and Scholarship exam papers. She is familiar with the demands and expectations of leading public schools, such as Westminster, Eton, Winchester and City of London Schools for Boys and Girls, and has more recently had success with students to Harrow and Bloxham. Alison has experience teaching History to GCSE as well and has had students queuing up to take her classes! She is innovative in her approach and experienced in adapting learning to suit the child. Alison is passionate about engaging children with a love of learning and determined to ensure their success.

Saira

Subjects
History, Geography, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, QTS, BA (HONS) Philosophy, MA

Experience
Durlston Court Preparatory School, extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE

Saira has a strong reputation for excellent results with many students gaining far higher grades than predicted. She has a great deal of experience teaching Religious Studies, History and Geography for 13+ Common Entrance in a well-regarded Hampshire prep school as well as attaining acceptance for students at Fettes and Wellington College. Saira has also guided students to sparkling Scholarship results at Rugby (student gaining above an ‘A’ grade), Harrow (student gaining one of the twelve scholarships given out that year) Canford (scholarship gained for History) and Ampleforth (during the interview the student was praised for their mature grasp of philosophy).

Through private tuition, both face-to face and online, she has had further success with Wycombe Abbey and the Westminster Challenge as well as Eton College’s Kings Scholarship. Each of these requires all of the Humanities with an excellent grasp of essay writing, current affairs and morality questions. She is frequently recommended from one family to another, not least for her calm, personable approach.

Saira is currently Head of Department and is also an examiner for the GCSE Religious Studies and Philosophy papers. This included attending a number of courses in Eton College, Southampton and Birmingham.

Saira’s lessons are fun and stimulating and, above all, encourage deep thought for the empathy questions in the Religious Studies and Philosophy paper. One of Saira’s main talents is in engaging students to understand exactly how essays should be constructed. She has an eye for strategy and will teach your child how to use knowledge effectively in exams, understand exactly what the questions are aiming for and point score to the max.

Religious Studies

When did anyone last discuss the purpose of our being? Religious Studies provides a unique and valuable forum to explore contemporary issues and ... (Show me more)

When did anyone last discuss the purpose of our being? Religious Studies provides a unique and valuable forum to explore contemporary issues and world religions. Lessons in the classroom are often discussion led but it can be difficult to then consider the influence of beliefs, values and traditions, for example, in an essay for homework. Our specialists guide their tutees to select and organise knowledge related to a question asked and to include relevant forms of analysis, evidence and explanation in their answers.

13+
GCSE
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Diane

Subjects
English, French, Latin, History, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
King's Ely, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, Notting Hill Prep, Qatar International School, Gulf English School

13+
iGCSE
A-Level

Diane has a wealth of experience in education having taught English Language and English Literature from 13+ through to A-Level. She is also qualified to teach History, French and R.E. to 13+ and GCSE as well as Latin to 13+ in readiness for Common Entrance.

Diane has taught at, amongst others, St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School and Notting Hill Prep in London, where she was Head of English. She is well versed in expectations for entrance to both London independent schools and to other major UK public schools. Diane has successfully helped many students, some hopping a couple of grades higher than their predicted levels, to reach their target schools with confidence.

With regard to her teaching style, Diane suggests that some students feed from straightforward information and learning facts, devices and techniques. Others need a different approach, perhaps via examples (WAGOLL), via one-to-one help, highlighting text, discussions/reminders of techniques they must use. Diane produces her own resources based on need so that every individual can excel. Her lessons are carefully planned and include varied learning activities to maintain focus and energy.

Diane is positive and encouraging, whilst maintaining a highly academic approach, with a developed general knowledge, which supports and enhances her subject knowledge. She is a respected teacher who gives respect in turn to her students. She is particularly proud of the progress she made with a group of Year 9 students where motivation for learning was very low. Over the course of three terms, Diane managed them and they now are some of the brightest, most motivated and respectful students that she has taught. Diane says that this was a task comparable to turning the Titanic. However, unlike the Titanic, her class did not at all sink! They are enthused for learning and have a positive work ethos.

In the wider context of teaching, Diane is well aware of safeguarding. She is interested in the tenets of mindfulness: its worth and practice in education and, coupled with this Diane is also interested in the recent focus on emotional literacy and emotional intelligence. Diane feels that, as teachers, we must help to build the whole student, a well-rounded one, who can face the challenges of the modern world with a sense of strength, independence and confidence.

Robert

Subjects
Geography, Religious Studies, Interview Technique

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
Appleton Community College, extensive private tutoring

11+
13+
GCSE
A-Level

Robert is a high-energy English tutor! A fully qualified teacher, he has been teaching across the age ranges for the last 5 years, specialising in KS3, GCSE and A-Level (Ages 11-18) with added skills in teaching literacy, numeracy and other life skills to students of all learning abilities (including dyslexia). He has experience in tutoring extensively for 13+ Common Entrance and Scholarship, tutoring Geography, Maths, English and Religious Studies to 13+ Common Entrance level. Robert has guided even the least willing through Eton entrance exams with humour and motivating activities to bring out the best in his tutees.

Alison

Subjects
History, Geography, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training

Experience
St Paul's Cathedral School, extensive private tuition

13+
GCSE

Alison is Queen of humanities ! As Head of Department at St Paul’s Cathedral School, a well-reputed London Preparatory school, she lead the Humanities faculty, teaching History, Geography and RS and making sure that pupils were thoroughly prepared for their Common Entrance and Scholarship exam papers. She is familiar with the demands and expectations of leading public schools, such as Westminster, Eton, Winchester and City of London Schools for Boys and Girls, and has more recently had success with students to Harrow and Bloxham. Alison has experience teaching History to GCSE as well and has had students queuing up to take her classes! She is innovative in her approach and experienced in adapting learning to suit the child. Alison is passionate about engaging children with a love of learning and determined to ensure their success.

Nouara

Subjects
French, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE teacher training, Oxford University

Experience
The Dragon, Abercorn Prep, Cokethorpe School

13+
GCSE

Nouara is a brilliantly qualified French and Spanish teacher with a PGCE from Oxford and a CAPES from France (impossibly difficult!). She has heaps of experience both in the classroom and with tutoring French and Spanish one to one. During her time at the Dragon School and at Abercorn Prep School, Nouara has guided both boys and girls to success with 13+ Common Entrance preparation and Scholarship Entrance exams to a diverse range of major British public schools. These include Eton College, Winchester College, Radley College and Harrow, Wycombe Abbey, Downe House and Marlborough College amongst many others. Being secondary trained and having taught at Cokethorpe School for a number of years, Nouara’s expertise also lends itself to tutoring French and Spanish GCSE, iGCSE, AS and A Level exams. As a private tutor, she is warm and personable, determined to guide and encourage every one of her tutees towards their very best.

Saira

Subjects
History, Geography, Religious Studies

Qualifications
PGCE Teacher Training, QTS, BA (HONS) Philosophy, MA

Experience
Durlston Court Preparatory School, extensive private tuition

11+
13+
GCSE

Saira has a strong reputation for excellent results with many students gaining far higher grades than predicted. She has a great deal of experience teaching Religious Studies, History and Geography for 13+ Common Entrance in a well-regarded Hampshire prep school as well as attaining acceptance for students at Fettes and Wellington College. Saira has also guided students to sparkling Scholarship results at Rugby (student gaining above an ‘A’ grade), Harrow (student gaining one of the twelve scholarships given out that year) Canford (scholarship gained for History) and Ampleforth (during the interview the student was praised for their mature grasp of philosophy).

Through private tuition, both face-to face and online, she has had further success with Wycombe Abbey and the Westminster Challenge as well as Eton College’s Kings Scholarship. Each of these requires all of the Humanities with an excellent grasp of essay writing, current affairs and morality questions. She is frequently recommended from one family to another, not least for her calm, personable approach.

Saira is currently Head of Department and is also an examiner for the GCSE Religious Studies and Philosophy papers. This included attending a number of courses in Eton College, Southampton and Birmingham.

Saira’s lessons are fun and stimulating and, above all, encourage deep thought for the empathy questions in the Religious Studies and Philosophy paper. One of Saira’s main talents is in engaging students to understand exactly how essays should be constructed. She has an eye for strategy and will teach your child how to use knowledge effectively in exams, understand exactly what the questions are aiming for and point score to the max.

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