CURRENT tutors

Maths & Science

dan rourke
Claire colley


Dan is the owner and Managing Director of The Solent Tuition Network, and has been tutoring Maths & Science privately for the past 8 years, working full-time as a private tutor for the last 2. Previously he has worked in secondary education as a cover teacher in a busy maths department.

He always aims to show as many students as possible that Science, and by extension Maths is a fun, exciting and continually growing subject. He fully believes that it's an integral part of our society, lives and future, and the more we can understand it the more fulfilled we can be. He keeps this at the forefront of his mind when tutoring, and always attempts to inject his enthusiasm for the subject at every opportunity.

He has an A-Level in Maths, Physics & Environmental Science, and is currently studying towards an MSc Astronomy and Planetary Science degree with the Open University.

Claire loves English.  She has an obsession with grammar and punctuation and is a writer.  What you can expect from her is a friendly and knowledgeable tutor, with a wealth of experience.

She has worked in secondary education supporting young people from 11 - 16 in the classroom and 1 to 1, and has taught at university level as a lecturer in English and Creative Writing.

She holds a BA (Hons) English, MA in Creative and Critical Writing and a PG Dip in Education Studies (Research Skills).  She's happy to work with young people of all ages, helping them fulfil their potential in English, both with literature and language.

Before you choose her as your child's English tutor, Claire will meet with both you and the young person for an informal chat about their needs and expectations, and letting you and the student decide if they are happy to have her as your tutor.

katie jennings

Primary English & Maths

Katie has been a primary school teacher for twelve years, working in a number of local schools, with experience of working at both key stage one and key stage two.

Throughout her teaching career so far she has taken on many roles including English specialist leader and booster teacher, preparing year 6 pupils for the end of key stage assessments and supporting their move onto secondary education.

Additionally she has experience of working with children on a one-to-one basis, both in school and privately, helping to develop their maths and English skills.

She has a sound, up-to-date knowledge of the new curriculum and this year she has also taken on the role of a SATs marker for the English SPaG tests which will further enable her to support pupils.

Clare price

English & Maths

Clare has over 20 years experience working in education.

She has supported across all ages and abilities and has focused on students studying Maths & English GCSEs.

She not only has experience in mainstream education, but has also supported those who, for a variety of reasons, were unable to attend school.

She has particular strengths dealing with students who struggle to achieve their potential, lack confidence, find learning a challenge and those that suffer from exam nerves.

Theresa powell

English & Maths

Ellena d'costa


Ellena has been teaching maths for over 9 years in local secondary schools. 


She studied Biomedical Science at Southampton University and went onto complete her PGCE in mathematics at Portsmouth University.  During her first few years of teaching Ellena also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Mathematics Education. 


She is currently the Lead Teacher of Mathematics and Science at her current school at which she started at in April 2016.

Theresa has 27 years of teaching experience, 12 of which have been as a 1-2-1 teacher for Hampshire County Council.  She has experience teaching Key Stage 2, 3 and GCSE.

Theresa has taught English Language, English Literature & Maths to GCSE level, often helping students achieve results higher than their predicted grades.

She uses a patient and varied approach to individually support pupils encountering lack of confidence, or other difficulties.

Rebecca Howell


Maths & Science

Gemma Allen

Gemma has been a secondary science teacher since 2010 since completing her PGCE after her marine engineering degree at Southampton University. She started teaching at a local secondary school before moving to a Pupil Referral Unit in 2014.

Gemma teaches both science and maths to GCSE level and specialises in borderline students as well as those aiming for the top grades.

Learning is also a full time hobby for Gemma who is not only teaching full time but is also completing her qualification to become a SENCo as well as continuing with her MA in Education at Winchester University.

Rebecca completed her PGCE at the University of Exeter and worked in a number of challenging schools. In addition, she has three years of teaching experience in local and outstanding schools in the South, working with pupils from 11-18 in the classroom and 1 to 1 as a tutor. When you meet her, you will see she is a friendly tutor with a real passion for her subject.


She has enjoyed great success with previous students at both GCSE and A Level, helping students to achieve results higher than their predicted grades. She does this by encouraging enthusiastic debates and discussions as she believes that the most effective study of texts occurs when you are fully engaging with them.

Abby whittall


David Rendle

Geography, Study Skills, Career Support & Primary Literacy/Numeracy

David is a qualified teacher with more than 20 years’ experience of teaching secondary geography at an independent school and he is now a part-time tutor and lecturer on a number of the University of Chichester teacher training programmes.


During his teaching career, he taught geography to the 11 to 18 ages, was Head of Geography and worked as a geography A Level
examiner. David has extensive experience of teaching GCSE, A Level and International Baccalaureate Diploma exam classes and his students have tended to meet or exceed
expectations. He has also helped students to prepare for Oxbridge entry.


More recently, David has taught in the primary sector and provided literacy and numeracy tutoring to primary aged students.

In addition to the teaching, David has worked as a sixth form tutor and he has experience of supporting students with UCAS higher education and job applications. He now provides guidance
on UCAS and careers applications, using a decision making model he has developed over the years.

Dee Greig-dunn


Dee began life as a weather forecaster.  Her career in teaching started at the Met Office College in 2002 and in 2004 she retrained as a Secondary Maths teacher.


After two years at Swanmore School, Dee started working at Warsash Maritime Academy teaching GCSE level maths to merchant navy cadets where she continues to work, priding herself on turning maths phobic students around.


She has done private one to one tuition since 2007 with excellent results.

caroline simpson


Caroline is qualified to Postgraduate level in English and has 5 years experience of tutoring students on a one-to-one basis, primarily at GCSE level.


She has supported many students with Dyslexia or mental health issues in the course of her work and has the patience and initiative to accommodate her lessons to suit different student requirements.


She is also able to support younger students with their eleven plus or SAT exams. 

liam gallagher


Liam is an enthusiastic, friendly and patient Math’s tutor.


He believes that mathematics is a part of every day life and likes the fact that no matter which language you speak or which culture people come from, everyone can understand Math’s as a universal language, which explains and helps us understand the world around us.


Liam is very patient and will go through a concept as many times as he needs to, and explain in varying ways a concept, until the student understands. Students have commented how much they like the fact that he shows different ways of solving problems and letting them choose the way which appeals most to them. 


He has been tutoring professionally for two years and Liam has tutored friends and family before, all of whom, commented how much he was able to help.

Abby has gained experience teaching and tutoring during her time at university, as she is passionate about sharing her love for English and education. She is currently completing a PhD studentship at the University of Winchester, where she also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching. She received her MA and BA from the University of Southampton in English Literature.


During this time Abby has delivered university lectures, acted as a professional copy editor to improve academic writing, and tutored a range of students. She has enjoyed tutoring at a range of levels, but specialises in one-to-one tutoring of GCSE and A-Level English. Her teaching centres around creating engaging activities, and tailoring an individual approach to each student’s needs and interests.

Debbie maton

Primary Maths & English

Debbie is a passionate and nurturing teacher with extensive experience in Key stage 1 & 2 primary and special schools. 

She is also an experienced one to one tutor in Maths and English, boosting self confidence and self esteem as well as coaching for SATS. 


Debbie is also an experienced special needs teacher at Key stage 3 and 4, including dyslexia, speech and language difficulties, Autism and Downs syndrome as well as emotional and behavioural difficulties.  


She is also able to pinpoint specific learning difficulties and devise individual bespoke learning steps to learning.

sam guillen


Sam is a qualified lawyer of 6 years, currently part way through a teaching qualification due for completion in June 2018.

He works full time at a national law firm based in Whiteley.  Whilst he has enjoyed his legal career his true passion lies in teaching and training.  This resulted in him becoming the company's Trainer and therefore teaches and trains lawyers on a daily basis, as well as developing engaging materials for staff.  Despite this legal background, his true passion lies with maths.

He tutors Maths and hold maths at GCSE and A-Level to a high standard.  He also has 3 years experience with teaching, and takes pride in his one to one work both in his professional legal training role and when he tutors.

alex wall


Alex has taught his entire career in Worcestershire, gaining his first Headship at Broadway First School at the age of 30. Eventually, he was to do 27 years of Headship in a variety of schools.


He took early retirement when the opportunity arose, but has never lost his passion for teaching and helping young people to realise their potential and achieve positive outcomes.


He joined Cotswold Home Tutors as a Private Tutor 5 years ago and built up a client base of up to 15 students per week and have specialised almost exclusively in teaching Maths to students at Key Stage 2 (Both SATs and 11+), Key Stage 3 and G.C.S.E.(Both Foundation and Higher Tier).

Alex is not a Mathematics teacher, but is a teacher of Mathematics. He uses his knowledge, experience and skills to explore students’ understanding and help them in various ways to clarify their thinking and to challenge them, ensuring they have a deep knowledge of the subject to enable them to succeed.

joanne kirman


Joanne graduated with a first class degree in English Literature and Language and went on to complete her PGCE Secondary English through Southampton University.  She has 5 years experience of teaching English at secondary level covering the Key Stage 3 and GCSE curriculum.


She has a real passion for literature and always aims to make lessons engaging for students through discussion of how the themes, characters and events link to modern society and personal experience. She believes it is imperative to have strong written and verbal communication skills through the use of the English language.


As a tutor Joanne treats each student as an individual. People learn in different ways and at different speeds, so a personal approach is imperative. Her lessons are always full of discussion and she is a firm believer in student led sessions, where the individual is free to voice their opinions or questions about their learning.


Her particular strengths are dealing with students who lack confidence and find learning a challenge in the classroom.

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