Gráinne is a warm, enthusiastic, inspiring and engaging tutor. She graduated with First Class Honours in Music and Italian (BMUS) from University College Cork, and has a distinction in her diploma in Postgraduate Acting from the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Other subjects taken at university level include English, French and German.
She has over 15 years teaching experience, and is highly skilled at communicating to all ages – from 3 to 60! Specialist subjects include 7+, 11+, Music, Singing, Drama, English, Creative Writing, Maths, interview Preparation and Public Speaking. Languages that she tutors in up to GCSE level are Italian, French and Irish. She is also highly experienced at tutoring AQA English Functional Skills and in organising students so that their study skills support their learning.
Gráinne’s 2nd instrument at university level was piano, which she studied up to Grade 7, and she teaches now up to Grade 3. She is now particularly skilled in tutoring the 7+ and 11+, and is well versed in the requirements of these entrance exams. Students have benefitted enormously from her holistic approach, and have often achieved places at more than one school of choice. Schools attained by students, some on scholarship,include JAGS, St. Dunstans, Sydenham Girls, Eltham College, Emanuel, Dulwich College, Dulwich Prep, Royal Russell, Tudor Hall and the Brit School. She is particularly skilled at instilling confidence in students, using her skills as a performer and a qualified yoga 300 hr vinyasa flow yoga teacher. She has SEN experience, and has helped a number of students with conditions like dyslexia.
Gráinne has worked at a number of schools and colleges, including Clapham & Streatham School for Girls, Kingston College (both on diploma & the BA course) and the Urdang Academy. She also has coached students for LAMDA exams with a 100% distinction rate.
“I always aim to inspire enthusiasm for the subject at hand by instilling confidence in my students, and finding out what sparks their interest – with that, anything is possible!”
Thank you so much for appointing Grainne as a tutor to my daughter. In a space of 4 months she has made a big difference. My daughter felt comfortable with Grainne from day one and said she understood everything so much better than she had with her previous tutor. She has now taken all 4 entrance exams that she wanted to and has already been called back for an interview for one! Thank you Grainne for brining out the best in my daughter!
Gráinne tutored my daughter in Music GCSE. We both felt a lot was achieved in terms of topic knowledge in a short space of time and she was highly professional, passionate about her subject and always punctual.
We highly recommend Grainne. She has a wonderful, friendly-but-firm manner and prove to be extremely reliable and consistently provided weekly progress updates. Most importantly, she made learning positive, fun and something our 10-year old looked forward to (on a Sunday too!)
Not only did Grainne equip our son with all the additional academic skills he needed for school entrance exams, she gave him the confidence to approach these without any fear.
I also agree that Paris’ singing has come on leaps and bounds and really do feel Grainne should receive the praise for her fantastic vocal training.
“My son got a scholarship (we found out today), so we are very grateful for all Emmanuel did. My son really enjoyed the tutorials; they gave him confidence and polished his exam technique.”
Gráinne tutored our elder son for English in the 18 months leading up to his 11+ exams. Right from the first session, she instinctively knew how to spark J’s interest and motivation. She was engaging, encouraging, positive and patient. Gráinne made learning and improving fun; not a chore.
J’s writing, in particular, improved dramatically over the course of his 18 months with Gráinne. The confidence she instilled in him meant he went into his final 11+ English exam undaunted and positive about having to write for 50 minutes. He / we were delighted that he was offered a place there – his / our first-choice school.
Gráinne also tutored our younger son in English and Maths for 6 months for 9+ entry. He is a very different character, but she easily adapted her style of tutoring to engage and challenge him, quickly identifying any gaps in his knowledge and bringing out the best in his skills. He was also offered a place at his / our first-choice school.
We cannot recommend Gráinne highly enough and are hugely grateful for the positive impact her involvement had on our boys.