South Manchester English Tuition

Private English Tuition &

Grammar School Entrance Exam Preparation

Didsbury, South Manchester

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My specialism is preparing children for grammar school entrance exams of which I have 25 years experience. I teach all abilities and provide specialist tuition for dyslexia (and other special needs), general struggling readers/writers, English for speakers of other languages through to English for university dissertations and Business English.   


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The Lessons







Lessons are generally once a week for an hour and fees are dependent upon the number of tutees sharing a lesson.

Typically, I provide 1:1 tailored tuition in my home in Didsbury (or remotely during lockdowns), but group tuition is an option if preferred.  

Once areas for development have been identified from a thorough assessment, lessons are tailored to individual needs and learning style, with clear, achievable goals.

My tutees make excellent progress because I transmit my enthusiasm, make lessons fun and apply a multi-sensory teaching approach which includes drawing on my extensive bank of learning resources, many of which I have designed to accommodate all areas and individual needs.


During term-time I generally tutor weekdays until 7 p.m., and restrict tuition to the minimum during school holiday periods.

Please access my contact page HERE to enquire about current availability.

Generally, I am fully booked with a waiting list for after school hours. Should this be the case when you apply,  I will endeavour to let you know as soon as a place becomes available. 


Child Tuition







Lessons are mapped to the National Curriculum, including the following areas:

11+ Preparation Spelling Strategies Handwriting
Recount Writing Grammar Vocabulary
Essay Writing Punctuation CEM & GL 11+ exams
Narrative Writing Comprehension Reading
Descriptive Writing Exam Strategies Verbal Reasoning
Planning & Structure SATS Preparation  Speaking & Listening

I hold an enhanced DBS certificate to work with children and vulnerable adults which is available to view on request, along with my professional qualifications.

I have wide experience teaching diverse abilities from severe learning difficulties, autism, sensory impairments, dyslexia to exceptionally gifted children.  

Over many years I have gathered an extensive bank of past and sample entrance exam papers for leading grammar schools, and my success rate in procuring places into them (including places for tutees with dyslexia) is exceptional.

I often work with the same family over a number of years for several siblings, and the majority of my tutees come to me by word of mouth.


Adult Tuition


Many of my adult tutees come to me simply to ‘brush up’ on their English skills, while others are concerned about their work-related English or their uncertainty about how to support their children's literacy.    

Some require ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) tuition, while others, due to a variety of reasons,  have missed much of their formative education and require Basic Literacy tuition. Those with dyslexia come to me to learn strategies to overcome their barriers to learning.

I also support tutees with their academic dissertations and vocational training courses covering planning, research strategies, grammar, punctuation, proofreading and Harvard referencing.




I hold high expectations for both my tutees and myself. Homework is therefore an integral component of my lessons to reinforce and practise what has been learnt. Equally, completed homework enables me to assess tutee understanding and inform future lesson planning.

The amount of homework will be negotiated and agreed on from the onset, and dependant upon the tutee's age and other commitments. Obviously, the more homework completed, the faster one’s progress will be.


Anything else

Just ask and I will be delighted to assist. For details of my qualifications, experience and fees please follow the links at the top and bottom of each page.


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