I am a patient, friendly, highly-qualified teacher and AQA GCSE examiner with a passion for English and an excellent record of supporting students to obtain their targets and above.
A lot of my students come to me, throughout key stage 3 and 4 but particularly in Year 10 and Year 11, as they are struggling with English in large classes in school and have lost confidence in their ability. Some students have dropped out of school altogether due to severe anxiety. I find that, within a couple of sessions, they are already feeling happier and more confident because I am able to work at their pace, talking them through their literature set texts and language papers, advising them on exactly what is expected in their answers, answering their questions and giving them lots of encouragement and instant feedback on the writing they do. I love seeing all of my students blossom and realise that they can achieve their target levels and above.
I offer tuition in all aspects of English to home-educated students, those in primary, secondary and sixth-form/college and adults. I am currently tutoring students from a number of local schools including Millfield, Wells Blue, Crispin, St Dunstans, Wells Cathedral, Whitstone, Huish Episcopi Academy, Heathfield and Bridgwater College Academy.
I also enjoy tutoring home educated students; I understand there are a variety of educational philosophies and I am always mindful of these and flexible with my tutoring to suit the needs of each individual child and family.
Some students come to me for support with verbal reasoning skills and English exam papers to get them ready for 11+ and 13+ entrance exams. Verbal reasoning is not taught in school so it is helpful to have a few sessions to understand what is required and speed-up on their answers.
I generally see students in my well-equipped tutor room with beautiful, relaxing views across the Somerset levels. Parents are welcome to stay; I have a comfortable settee, tea and biscuits. There are also peaceful walks or a vibrant town with plenty of coffee shops you can visit within 5 minutes. I am also happy to travel to a students home depending on the timings of the sessions.
I also offer fun, creative writing lessons for children and adults and poetry workshops.
If your child would benefit from some extra support and a confidence boost, please message me and we can discuss their needs. I offer the first lesson free, with no obligation, so you and your child can get to know me.
Thank you so much for all your creative and truly inspiring poetry and English lessons with my daughter. I can honestly say that I have never encountered such a wonderful, truly dedicated and caring tutor. Thank you so very, very much.
Karen (Home educator)
I learnt more with Tracy in 3 hours than I did with my teachers in school in 3 years.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday. When we left yours Dec was so different, he seemed positive, willing and keen to carry on trying to learn which is a very different boy to what I have been seeing for a long time. Its almost like a big weight has been lifted for both of us. I was amazed by the content of his words and writing yesterday, it just proves he can do it.
Email from mum of Declan, Year 11 GCSE student, after his first lesson (printed with permission)
A brilliant teacher!
We are thrilled with the progress our son made with Tracy - his confidence improved along with his levels and he started to enjoy English again.
"Tracy is an inspirational teacher. Whoever she teaches can only benefit from her time and expertise."
I attended Tracy`s poetry evening classes in autumn 2017. Tracy struck the perfect note of being beautifully organised and professional, as well as brimming with warmth, ideas and creativity. Her lessons set a theme, sowed a seed and offered great materials to get our own creative juices flowing. Tracy is immensely supportive and encouraging, and her house offers a truly lovely environment for this work, with the most fabulous, inspiring view across the ever-changing Somerset landscape to Glastonbury tor. A joyous, fun and thought provoking experience, heartily recommended!
Availability: I tutor on Saturday mornings, weekdays and evenings. I am also happy to see students over the holidays to get them ready for a new school term or for extra, pre-exam support.
Please message me for my current availability.
Willing to travel: 10 miles
Experience: Experienced, highly-qualified English teacher and GCSE exam marker working in a local secondary school with a masters degree in poetry and an excellent record of supporting students to obtain their levels and above. Contact this Tutor
I have experience tutoring home-educated students, students with severe anxiety, students who only attend school part-time and students who are full-time in school but need some extra support.