Stephen is an intelligent, dynamic and creative tutor.
He has a Masters in English Literature from Oxford University and a PGCE in Performing Arts.
He has worked as Head of English and Performing Arts at NewVic (Newham), Head of Performing Arts at Spelthorne College and was Curriculum Team Leader at Westminster, Kingsway College. He has taught students from Harvard, Yale and The University of Surrey up to MA level.
Stephen has extensive experience teaching GCSE, iGCSE and A level English Literature, Language and the IB, but has also tutored students through LAMDA examinations and towards US college entry (SAT). He has tutored extensively online using all major call platforms (Zoom, Skype etc.) and online whiteboards (BitPaper, Bramble etc.), and is familiar with all the current GCSE and A level English specifications (OCR, Cambridge, AQA, Edexcel).
He achieved Grade One results in his most recent Ofsted teaching inspections.
Stephen has also successfully tutored students into Dulwich College, Alleyn’s, JAG’s, Tiffin, LEH, Haberdasher’s Aske, Roedean, Emanuel, Whitgift, Eltham, Trinity, St Paul’s at 11+ and 13+. He has successfully tutored students towards internal scholarships at Westminster (The Challenge) and Eton (Kings). Although not formally trained, he has supported many students with Dyslexia or Dysgraphia.
Stephen’s interests include writing, cooking, literature and going to the theatre.
‘Words are not enough to express my gratitude to Stephen for his outstanding performance when he prepared my son for his GCSE’s in English.
Stephen believed in my son and this gave him the much needed confidence to improve his grade. With Stephen’s involvement and unwavering support as a Tutor, we were able to persuade the school to allow M to do a higher grade tier in English Language. During what was a very stressful period for the whole family, Stephen wrote letters to the school persuading them that M was capable of achieving a higher grade with the additional tutelage he has provided.
Once again, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Stephen for the outstanding service he provided and I have no hesitation in recommending him.’
‘I didn’t do as well as I hoped in my original A-levels, and wanted to improve my chances as much as possible in my gap year. I settled on taking English A-level from scratch, which meant that we had to plan how we were going to approach the course, choose the texts we were going to study, and do all the coursework – outside of, and independently from, school.
In just over 6 months, with three hours tuition per week, I managed to get to an A. Stephen was absolutely instrumental in getting me this result in such a short space of time, and I can strongly recommend both him and Dulwich Tutors for A-level tutoring.’
Stephen is brilliant, he is a genuinely wonderful teacher who takes the time out to prepare for every lesson. Stephen helped “me develop look beyond the simple text; our mantra was to squeeze the proverbial orange for as much analysis as possible. When I arrived in IB, it was this approach that set me apart from other candidates—I was never afraid to make a point, especially because Stephen taught me to rationalise it completely. I took this approach to my extracurricular life as well—I became known in the debate circuit as someone who takes analysis to the highest level, always looking to extract more from the topic than the obvious. All our hard work paid off when I topped my school with a 45/45 in the IB, the highest grade in Literature at a standard level, as well as having received an A grade in my extended essay (which was done in Literature—more specifically, on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness) as well as my Theory of Knowledge essay, which warranted a very coherent articulation of analytical thought—something I was able to do chiefly because of Stephen’s lessons.”
Our daughter’s English teacher at school predicted a 6 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature. With the help of Stephen’s excellent tuition just three months before the GCSE’s she ended up with 9 in both. He really turned things around and now she is doing English Literature A level. Talented teachers are not always easy to find but we were lucky in this instance and very grateful.