Ian studied English at Oxford University and has been working professionally as a tutor for several years. He teaches children as young as five, and coaches students for 13+, 11+, 7+ and common entrance. Many of his students are preparing for their 11+ entrance and Ian specialises in developing and enhancing his students’ comprehension and creative writing skills. Ian’s particular strength lies in the relationship he forges with the student. He works particularly well with children who lack confidence or need motivation and encouragement. Ian’s interests include: film, theatre and good food. He also enjoys taking care of his dog, Willow.

Ian has successfully tutored children recently who have been awarded places at Whitgift, Hampton, Haberdashers, Alleyns and St Paul’s. He is particularly interested in developing the child’s writing skills. This is a difficult area for many students facing entrance exams and he enjoys building their confidence and developing their approach to creative writing. He has had particular success in this area, where children have become less afraid to write with courage and spirit, over time replacing a rather simple prosaic style with an engaged and richer one. This applies also to older students taking GCSE. Ian has had considerable success when working with individuals who struggle to find their writing style both creatively and in terms of language analysis.