University of Hertfordshire
PGCE in Secondary Modern Languages
BA Hons German and Linguistics
Wintringham School Grimsby
French, German, English
Information about Gill
I am a fully qualified (PGCE) French and German teacher, and have been offering private tuition to GCSE and A Level students since 2013.
I tailor my teaching for each individual student, working at a pace to build their confidence, whilst ensuring they are stretched and challenged sufficiently to achieve their own goals and potential.
I am renowned for quickly developing a really strong connection and rapport with students. Having taught in non-selective secondary schools for several years, I fully understand the needs and motivations of young people of all abilities, and what kinds of approaches are needed to really help them engage and make progress in their learning.
Availability: Weekdays and Saturdays
Willing to travel: 8 miles
Experience: My own journey in the wonderful world of languages started in my early teens, when I made regular trips to visit my French penfriend near Geneva. This sparked a passion for languages, and I went on to study German and Linguistics at UCL in the early 1980s, achieving a 2:1.
As a graduate I worked in market research in the banking sector for several years, and then ran my own business in research, working on international projects that made full use of my French and German skills.
In 2013 I fulfilled a long-term ambition to become a languages teacher, and was awarded a PCGE with distinction by the University of Hertfordshire. I then spent seven thoroughly enjoyable years as a teacher in Hertfordshire, but once my own children flew the nest, I decided to take a break from my permanent teaching post, to enable me to spend more time with my family and elderly relatives, and to have the flexibility to go on holiday in term time!
I continue to provide support at the secondary school I taught at, in order to maintain the connection with students and colleagues. I also continue to offer tutoring on a private individual basis, particularly to students who need a boost in confidence to get them back on track.
Due to Covid 19 all of my tutoring is currently conducted (very successfully) online, and I am able to offer a nationwide service.
Feedback For Gill (1)
My daughter was one of the many that were subject to Covid cancelled exams (2020). Having been disappointed with her teacher assessed grade, she opted to sit her A-Level German exam in October. We hired Gill for a few weeks before the exam as by that stage my daughter had not had lessons for 5 months. Gill was approachable, friendly, patient, reliable and dedicated, with a passion for her subject. Any reservations regarding online teaching soon disappeared as a rapport was quickly established. The fact that she is a teacher and fully familiar with the syllabus was a bonus for us as she was able to help with all areas. I am only sorry that we did not come across her sooner and I very happy to recommend her!