"Alison has been a great help to my son, in preparation for his Latin Common Entrance. Her teaching style is very clear and she is very patient. She quickly identified gaps in his learning and he made enormous progress. She has really built up my son’s confidence and enjoyment of Latin. I would thoroughly recommend Alison."
Parent of 13+ Latin student
Classics (Literae Humaniores) from Oxford University (class: 2:1)
A Levels (St Mary’s School Ascot): Latin (Grade A with Distinction in S Level), Greek (Grade A), Ancient History (Grade A) and French (Grade C)
GCSEs (St Mary’s School Ascot): Maths (Grade A), English Language (Grade A), English Literature (Grade A), Latin (Grade A), Ancient Greek (Grade A), French (Grade A), French for Business Studies (Grade A), History (Grade A), Religious Studies (Grade A), Physics (Grade B), Chemistry (Grade B), Additional Maths (Grade C)
I love to build confidence in my students as this will encourage them to learn more. If a student is keen to learn this will help them realise their academic potential. I have a very patient and encouraging approach and want students to know they can make mistakes. This is all part of the learning process. Like Maths, Latin involves building blocks and, through questioning and continual assessment, I make sure students have a solid grasp of the necessary grammar and vocabulary. This foundation makes all the difference. It can be fun too! I have a Classics degree from Oxford University so my subject knowledge is very good and I also ensure the more academically capable students are fully challenged. I am happy to be flexible – both to work around a student’s other commitments, if necessary and to accommodate specific learning requests from students and parents.
I predominantly teach Latin for Common Entrance/13+ entry. I have experience in Latin tuition for Winchester Entrance, Charterhouse Common Entrance and Eton Scholarship (all at 13+). I also have experience with preparation for Latin GCSE and A Level (OCR board), along with English Language GCSE (AQA board).
13+ Latin, Eton Scholarship
I helped James with his Latin for the Eton Scholarship (13+). He is a bright boy and was already in the Scholarship set at his Prep School. However the Scholarship papers for Eton are very demanding and the Latin one requires a high level of grammatical knowledge beyond that required for the language assessment at GCSE. I worked with James over the course of Year 8 to solidify his learning and stretch him in preparation for the May exam. He achieved grade A in his Latin Scholarship paper.
13+ Latin, Charterhouse
I supported Joseph in preparation for his Latin paper for Common Entrance to Charterhouse (13+). Joseph is dyslexic and responds very well as an auditory learner. I therefore made sure we varied the format of our sessions to reinforce his learning. I worked with Joseph over the course of Years 7 and 8 and he achieved grade A in his Latin paper.
13+ Latin, Winchester
I helped Arthur prepare for his Latin paper for the Winchester Entrance Exam (13+). Arthur’s school was not preparing boys for 13+ exams and I stepped in to support. Arthur is a strong linguist but the Winchester exam requires careful preparation. I worked with Arthur over the course of Year 8 and he achieved grade A in his Latin paper.
I tutored David in Latin in general preparation for Common Entrance (13+) (his future school was undecided). His parents wanted me to provide just a few sessions over the Summer, before the start of Year 7. David had joined his London prep school in Year 6 and had missed the first year of studying Latin (in Year 5). Over the course of our sessions I revisited the curriculum and helped him make sense of the Latin language. Within just 4 hours David’s improvement was marked. He no longer simply guessed but understood how to use a methodical approach for translation work.
GCSE English Language (AQA)
As a volunteer for the charity Action Tutoring, I tutored Ben for his English Language GCSE (AQA board). Action Tutoring works with students who receive the Pupil Premium grant, to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Over the course of Year 11 I worked online with Ben to help improve his comprehension and written English. Ben successfully developed his vocabulary and the way his structured his work. He was considered a borderline candidate, hoping to achieve grade 4 (or higher) at GCSE. (To date, I do not know his final result.)
A Level Latin (OCR)
I worked with Antonia in preparation for her A Level Latin exam (OCR board). She required an A for her Oxbridge offer and was worried she was going to get a B. With a couple of months to go before her A Level, her grammatical knowledge was surprisingly shaky. However I worked with her over the course of the Easter holidays to improve her unseen translation work and she achieved a grade A in Latin A Level.
Hobbies and Interests
I have always loved reading and over the last 20 years have been part of a Book Club. This has encouraged me to read books I wouldn’t naturally choose and adds a further stimulus to reading. I really enjoy sharing thoughts and criticisms when our Club meets. I learnt to play tennis when I was young and it’s remained a wonderful past-time. I enjoy the fitness element along with the social side. Recently I have started to play padel with my family and friends. This sport uses similar skills to tennis but involves an additional challenge of incorporating a wall. I have loved learning something new. We have a busy working cocker spaniel and the day usually starts with a walk on the Common nearby. I love the time to reflect when walking alone. Equally the companionship when walking with others is good for the soul!
Parent of 13+ Latin student
“Alison has been a great help to my son, in preparation for his Latin Common Entrance. Her teaching style is very clear and she is very patient. She quickly identified gaps in his learning and he made enormous progress. She has really built up my son’s confidence and enjoyment of Latin. I would thoroughly recommend Alison.”