"A huge thank you for all the work you have done with E. over the last almost two years. Your hard work, enormous patience and encouragement made all the difference."
A Level Philosophy Tuition
Senior School Entrance
2023: Completed SLT Foundation Training in SEND
Pembroke College, Cambridge: MA 2:1 in Philosophy (2006)
A-Levels: English Literature (A), Music (B), Latin (B); GCSEs: 10 at A*-A
Having been tutoring full-time for 15 years in London, I’ve recently moved back up north to the Lake District. I continue to offer private one-to-one tuition online from a more relaxed setting in beautiful Kendal.
The move has allowed more time for my own reading, so I can specialise in supporting candidates for A-Level in Religious Studies, Theology and Philosophy. My students regularly achieve top grades in their exams and secure a place at top universities, Oxbridge included.
Most years I take on homeschooling students who have had to leave their independent schools due to illness or other issues. I teach them and mark essays across the full A-Level specification, up to sitting the exams independently. I give them the academic and moral support to both excel in their courses and pursue their own interests, as these emerge from and enrich their studies.
I value the these jobs for the opportunities they offer to teach more thoroughly and deeply over the long term. I have tutored across all major exam boards for my subject, including past iterations, giving me a solid grounding in RS/Philosophy/Theology across AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Eduqas/WJEC and IB.
My recent appointment as an examiner for AQA Philosophy (2023 series) has greatly helped my confidence in giving students clear marks and grades for their written work. It’s also given me valuable insight into the examination process.
Given the nature of Philosophy and Theology, my tutoring naturally tends to a focus on understanding, discussing and writing about ideas. As such, I specialise in helping students to to construct a clear argument in their essays for A-Level. My tutoring has also moved into helping candidates to prepare for their A-Levels in English Literature, an early love of mine, and they have all made improvements in their essays and achieved their desired grades. I’ve tutored Chaucer, Shakespeare, various poetry anthologies and poets such as Yeats, as well as a range of C19th and C20th novels and plays (Howard’s End, Dracula, Dorian Gray), especially for the comparative and coursework components.
I have also tutored pupils in both Religious Studies and English Language and Literature at GCSE, as well as being invited to teach short-course GCSE RS in a south London secondary many moons ago. After this, I began picking up homeschool pupils in both subjects for GCSE and have enjoyed several longer-term relationships with pupils out of the independent sector.
I have been asked to support many children throughout their two-year course of study at both GCSE and A-Level, as well as having homeschooled for the LEA in London, devising bespoke programmes in English, RS and the Humanities at KS3 and KS4 for a range of children out of school.
I have worked with students from schools including: Dulwich Boys, Oundle, Highgate, Wellington College, Rugby, Whitgift, Ampleforth, Stowe, King’s School Canterbury, Latymer Upper, Tiffin and Esher College Harrow, Alleyn’s, Cheltenham Ladies among others. I like to take on one or two students each year to help prepare for 11+ at a range of competitive schools
A-Level Religious Studies and Theology Eduqas
I am currently homeschooling Iona online six hours per week; Iona is a very motivated student, aiming for top grades, with particular teaching needs due to ill health and high-functioning autism. We quickly started getting along, have covered over half of her missed Year 1 with me providing top-grade notes, and are working on the Year 2 material and writing style for the exam.
GCSE English Language Edexcel
I am currently homeschooling Seb online, who is just at the beginning of his course and enjoying doing some imaginative writing and 19th century fiction so far; we work in short segments since he has been diagnosed with chronic fatigue after having covid.
A-Level Philosophy AQA
Over a term, I supporting Imogen who had just left Cheltenham Ladies after some struggles and ADD/dyslexia to help catch up on missed learning, tackle parts of the syllabus she was finding tricky to remember(Aquinas and arguments for God’s existence, Gettier cases) and to write in a way that brought out her admirable high ability in the subject.
A-Level Religious Studies OCR
I am back supporting Imran after his GCSE RS to catch up with the Ethics part of the course (meta-ethics: naturalism and non-naturalism, emotivism) before going onto do some pretty hefty revision across the other areas (environmental ethics, religious language, religious experience, others), writing past paper questions as a form of revision.
A-Level Philosophy AQA
Initially I was brought in to help Alex get a hold of the Epistemology part of the course (theories of knowledge) as he had not been finding it easy to focus at school; he enjoyed our lessons (and film chats) so decided to stay on with me to let me help him prepare across Mind and Metaphysics of God, as well as focus on his writing, which he found particularly demanding as a recently diagnosed high-functioning ASD learner.
A-Level Literature Edexcel
I was asked back by the family having tutored the younger daughter for GCSE English to help support her elder sister, who was struggling to get her Shakespeare essays up from a C; we reconstructed her essay technique for writing about Twelfth Night until she started getting As in school essays, then moved onto revise themes and write essays for Christina Rossetti and unseen poetry, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and her comparative texts.
A-Level Literature Edexcel
I spent a summer holiday and then intensive follow-up sessions in every other holiday helping Laurain to finish reading and getting a grasp of writing about Shakespeare’s Hamlet, then did similarly with A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and the comparative study on Dracula by Bram Stocker and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
I had some catch-up sessions over the summer with Phoebe, from Cheltenham Ladies, to get her head around some of the arguments for God’s existence and the different theories of religious language.
A-Level Religious Studies (OCR)
I gave a few catch-up lessons to a student who had missed the last month or so of his Year 1 due to ill health and wanted to catch up before returning; we worked through and wrote essays on Bonhoeffer and Key Moral Principles.
Hobbies and Interests
I read privately around literature, religion and public life and follow the TLS and London Review of Books. My personal interests include Dostoevsky and Camus (in translation!), early music and swimming.
“He did very well in his Dulwich College exam.. he was in the top 15% of boys.”
“Sarah has already really helped my son feel more confident about Latin. She is friendly, patient and explains concepts he had previously struggled with clearly. I would definitely recommend her.”
“She got a 6 for Language (better than her mark before) and, wait for it, an 8 in Literature!! She was over the moon! There is no way she could have got that mark without your support and we have enormous gratitude to you. She is hoping her Language grade goes up too, and if it does, we will let you know. Thank you for your enormous patience & support!”
“I was SO THRILLED with her Philosophy result; it was beyond my wildest dreams! Thank you so very, very much for your input and your expertise and for working so well with her.”
AS Level Religious Studies