“Antonia tutored our son for a year in his 3rd year and in that time we saw him grow in confidence and ability. Antonia has an amazing knack of bringing out the best in the children she teaches with an infectious sense of fun and a real passion for what she does. I would highly recommend Antonia!”

Tess, Year 3 Tuition

  • 11+

  • 7+/8+

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • History

  • Maths

  • Science

Academic History

2016-2017, Roehampton University: PGCE (Outstanding).

2008-2011, Newcastle University: BA Philosophical Studies (2:1).

2003-2006, Queens Gate School, London: A-Levels

Sociology (A), Religious Studies (A), English (B), History (A).

 About Me

I have worked as a private tutor since 2016, I am also a qualified teacher. My main specialisms are English, Maths and History. I can also provide support for Science and Geography. Furthermore, I have experience of supporting students through their Common Entrance Exam.

I am renowned for my ability to engage pupils in education and I use methods to make the subject as interesting as possible. I take time with the students to help them understand their capabilities. I use a range of activities and positive praise to help the students gain pride in their work. I have ‘outstanding’ pastoral care and adapt my teaching to each pupil. When tutoring I use resources and tools to aid learning and employ a variety of different teaching techniques. My approach is generally very positive and I like to encourage pupils to understand their own abilities and I attempt to inspire them with positive support and praise.

Recent tuition

Please find below a snapshot of my tuition experience.

In a tutoring capacity I have supported 10 students, building 100 hours of 1-to-1 experience. I support students from Pre-school through to GCSE level. Here is a sample of my recent tutoring to demonstrate my experience. I can teach a broad range of ages and find my positive attitude reflects well on the children knowledge. I am highly organised and plan in detail all the learning and hoped outcomes.

8+ Entrance Exam Preparation

I tutored in the holidays to help for the preparation of the 8+ exams. I did full day sessions with him which helped him to revise for all of the exams he was due to sit. He gained entrance to the two schools he was preparing for and his family were very pleased with the tuition and support he had received.

Year 3 English – SEN Dyslexia

I have been tutoring this child for the entirety of this academic year, he has severe dyslexia. I have been working with him weekly to go through different ways to use his vocabulary which is furthering his confidence. At the start of tuition he was unable to write more than three lines. He can now produce an A4 piece of work which has sufficient punctuation. His confidence and level of work is coming on a great deal.

Year 3 General Support

A very able boy who needs help across all subjects as he does not have the same pace to complete work as the rest of the class. We have been meeting weekly to go through work he needs to catch up on and to discuss techniques that we think would aid him in the work that he produces. For this specific child I am attempting to focus on an overall love of learning and make him enjoy his work. This I think is becoming increasingly successful and he now does appear to gain much more pride in produced work.

Year 3 EAL – Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar

We spend our weekly tutoring spot focusing on creative writing and comprehension. His improvement since we commenced tutoring is tenfold and he is now producing work that is of Year 4 standard, having started with a low level at Year 2 standard.

11 + Entrance Exams

I have helped several boys with their entrance exams to Laytmer, Kings, Wimbledon. I specialise in exam prep, interview prep and overall understanding of practice papers.

I have tutored a student in all aspects of the 11+ exam, including Interview Preparation who was successful in gaining entry to St Paul’s. I also worked with two students towards their interviews at Harrow, one of whom was successful in gaining a place. I also work with my classroom students towards their own interviews, and so have a wide range of experience for a range of Interviews.

GCSE English

This student was an EAL pupil and struggles with both written and spoken English. We meet twice a week for an hour and a half and practice for his exams. He is now showing a huge improvement and feels much more confident in the work he is producing. He is now developing skills to proof read his own work and amend when appropriate with spelling corrections and punctuation. We will be continuing our work together through his A-Levels.

Hobbies and Interests

Charity work. Exercise. Reading.

Client Testimonials

“Antonia tutored our son for a year in his 3rd year and in that time we saw him grow in confidence and ability. Antonia has an amazing knack of bringing out the best in the children she teaches with an infectious sense of fun and a real passion for what she does. I would highly recommend Antonia!”

Tess H

“Miss St. Clair Gainer tutored my then seven year old son during the last year. His lack of confidence in free creative writing and being overwhelmed by the task got us to the point at which he refused to start to write a story at all. In her gentle but effective way to teach, Miss St. Clair Gainer was supporting him brilliantly. Through her work with him she backed up his self-confidence and he has improved his English skills very much. He is now able to work independently, is not afraid about new tasks, and is using his grammar and punctuation with consistency. Now he loves to write his own stories and to develop his own ideas. Miss St. Clair Gainer also supported him before exams in Maths to make sure he knew the subject matter. My son loved his “Miss Antonia Club” and always proudly showed me his work with her.”

Barbara P

‘Miss Antonia has tutored my son for the last year 1:1 on skype. She has a wonderful positive attitude to learning and makes learning fun. We asked her to help him with entry to a desire secondary school and she spent time revising his learning with him. He was successful in his application and he now continues to work with him on things his struggles with at school. He ver much looks forward to his lessons!’

Miss Alissa Kim

When we were looking for somebody to help prepare our son for the 8+ exams for KCS Wimbledon, his Year 3 class teacher, Antonia, was a natural choice. Antonia had been teaching Ned for a few weeks when we we started looking for a tutor and they had already developed a really great relationship. Ned was genuinely excited when we told him that Miss Antonia was going to be tutoring him for the entrance exams.

Ned thoroughly enjoyed his sessions with Antonia. He always looked forward to them despite the fact that he had already spent a full day at school, and bounced about with excitement when she arrived.

Antonia clearly has an amazing rapport with her pupils and is able to turn that to great advantage in getting the best out of them in their tutoring sessions. Ned always came out of their lessons on a huge high and was massively buoyed up and enthusiastic about what they had covered. They seemed to manage to cover a huge amount during a relatively short lead-up to the exams and Ned was comprehensively ready to tackle everything from the interview to the maths, reasoning, comprehension and creative writing.

Whatever it was that Antonia did with him clearly did the trick as he was offered a place!

Bryony Hawkins

Antonia taught my son during his second year at Eaton House. He loved his ‘Miss Antonia club’ and was always keen to attend. We were thrilled that he was offered entry to both Kings College Wimbledon and St Pauls Juniors! Antonia has a lovely way with children and makes learning engaging and fun.

Lizzie Patel

Antonia helped my son Adam with his writing and reasoning. He is French speaking at home and has a good imagination but his writing can tend to be rather unstructured. Antonia did an amazing job at helping him to structure his learning and use more expressive detailed language. He now enjoys his English a great deal more and achieved 92% in his end of year assessment.

Oula Souki



  • Entrance Exam Specialist

  • Qualified Teacher

  • SEN Experience

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