Lindsay McDonald
Chief Consultant

Lindsay has a MA(Oxon) from Oxford University and a PGCE from Greenwich University. He began his teaching career at Warwick School in Warwick and then moved to Shiplake College where he was Head of Modern Languages and Deputy Housemaster (Resident Tutor) for eight years. He has joined us from Tonbridge School, where he has been for the last thirteen years until August 2020. During that time, Lindsay has been whole-school Oxbridge Coordinator for the last eleven years and he has seen the successful application of over 370 Oxbridge candidates, including Tonbridge School’s record 41 offers in 2015. Lindsay has prepared a great number of UK Y12 and Y13 pupils in all subjects, advising on the UCAS process, offering guidance for the UCAS personal statement and coordinating and conducting hundreds of practice interviews. He was also in charge of all university admissions tests and overseeing preparation of all pupils for this crucial part of the admissions process. As part of this role, he was in charge of Law applications and he has vast experience in preparing pupils for the LNAT and Oxbridge interviews for law and law extension classes. Lindsay was Head of Modern Languages for ten years and worked in Tonbridge School’s admissions department for eleven years, conducting interviews for UK Y6 applicants to the school. Outside the classroom, Lindsay has directed/choreographed over 20 school plays and musicals in his 25-year career and he holds an Oxford Half Blue in Ballroom Dancing. He is a fervent cryptic crossword fan and has compiled his own cryptic crosswords to raise money for various charities.

 


Mike Edwards

Deputy Chief Consultant

Michael has a joint honours BA from Southampton University in English and History, a PGCE from the University of East Anglia and an MBA from Reading University.

For over three decades he taught English and Business at a variety of English boarding schools. At Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames, he was first Director of Activities overseeing the extra-curricular programme and then Director of Marketing meeting prospective parents and pupils to discuss admission to the college. As a 6th form tutor he advised many pupils on their UCAS applications.

For the last five years Michael has taught online mostly for Minerva Tuition, teaching many pupils from Hong Kong and Singapore. He has considerable experience of successfully preparing pupils, through entrance examinations and interviews, for admission to many prestigious U.K. schools. Additionally, he  has also taught pupils for English at IGCSE, A Level and International Baccalaureate. Recently, he has prepared pupils for the LNAT assessment.

Away from education, Michael is a freelance travel writer for a wide-range of magazines and websites. 

 


Hannah
Consultant

Hannah has a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck University. She has four years’ experience providing tuition in English, Maths, Latin, Religious Studies, Drama; as well as leading conversational classes and interview preparation for international students. She regularly works with Sevenoaks School in Kent; works part-time as a Performing Arts Youth Worker in South London; and additionally, produces theatre work across the UK. In her free time, she is an avid runner, reader and player of boardgames.

 


Dawn
Consultant

Dawn has a BA (Hons) in Mandarin Chinese from Durham University. She has almost 20 years’ experience teaching Mandarin in international and UK schools. She was a Head of Department at United World College of Southeast Asia in Singapore and more recently at the Stephen Perse Foundation, an independent secondary school in Cambridge. She has also been a pastoral tutor for many years and in her recent school career was the International Tutor helping overseas students settle into UK school life. She has a wide experience of living in boarding schools in the UK and overseas where her husband was Head of Boarding. In some school holidays, she hosts international students attending a local boarding school. In her free time she practises taichi and yoga and enjoys walking and reading.

 


Alexander
Consultant

Alexander has an MA (Oxon) in Classics from Oxford University and a PGCE from King’s College, London. With more than four years’ experience teaching in UK independent schools, he was a member of the Classics Department at Charterhouse School for four years. He was also an academic and boarding tutor in a boarding house at Charterhouse. He has also taught at the London Oratory School and St. Paul’s School. His specialism is Classics, but he is keen to teach German, which he speaks fluently. In his spare time he enjoys reading literature and cycling.

 


Chris
Consultant

Chris has a MA(Cantab) in Natural Science and a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Cambridge University. With more than 25 years’ experience teaching in UK independent schools, he has been Head of Department and Assistant Housemaster in a boarding house. He has taught at Christ’s Hospital, St Pauls Boys School and is currently at a reputed boarding school in Kent. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and walking.

 


Anne
Consultant

Anne has a MA (Oxon) in Physics and a PGCE from the University of Oxford. With more than 30 years’ experience teaching in a range of UK schools (mixed, single-sex, diamond structure, middle, secondary, state and independent) she held roles as Head of Physics, Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator and Subject Leader for Science before switching to teaching mainly Mathematics. Since leaving school-teaching in 2016 she has developed her career as a private tutor and has enjoyed working with a range of students from ages 10 to 18, preparing them in Mathematics and Science for school entrance at 11+ /13+/16+ , (I)GCSE in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and IB, A-level and Pre-U Physics. In her spare time she enjoys walking, singing in her church choir and cooking for friends.

 


Paul
Consultant

Paul graduated in 1978 from Cambridge University with a degree in Classics and the History and Philosophy of Science and spent the next fifteen years combining a professional cricket career with periods of working in the city of London. Here he worked in financial services and in marketing. In 1992 he joined Tonbridge School as a classics teacher where he worked until his retirement in 2017. During that time he spent fifteen years as housemaster of one of the boys’ boarding houses and was fully involved in the sporting and wider curriculum. His wife was also a teacher until her recent retirement. They have two children, one of whom is a medical general practitioner and the other works in audit in a London financial company. His interests include playing golf, music, walking, reading and crosswords. He is currently trying to learn Russian.

 


Catherine
Consultant

Catherine has a MA(Oxon) in Modern Languages from Oxford University and a PGCE from King’s College London. Before becoming a teacher, she spent a few years working in international finance. She did the majority of her teacher training at Tonbridge School and worked several years at Caterham School before focusing on being a mother.. She has experience in providing private tuition in both Spanish and French. In her free time, she enjoys baking and learning to play the piano. 

 


Nicola
Consultant

Nicola has a first class Economics degree and has been teaching Economics and Business A level for 21 years. She has been Head of Department for more than 18 years, Head of Sixth Form, Director of University Entrances and jointly ran a boarding house of 80 boys with her husband. She has taught at the School of St Helen and St Katherine, Radley College and Abingdon School, and is currently teaching at a leading boarding school and has been involved with interviewing and preparing students for entrance exams for many years. She has been an examiner for all exam boards and has been heavily involved in authoring student resources and delivering CPD for the two top providers in the subject field for 20 years, as well as undertaking regular private tutees at GCSE and A level. In her spare time, she breeds rare breed dogs and trains puppies, enjoys gardening and undertakes regular upholstery projects.

 


Rob
Consultant

Rob holds a BSc from Imperial College and a PGCE from Cambridge University. He is a highly experienced teacher of Chemistry and Mathematics, including Further Mathematics, and has taught from ages 11 to pre-university level in several independent schools in the UK. He has been Head of Science and Chemistry for many years, as well as being a Housemaster. He has extensive knowledge of admissions processes at many UK schools and is highly experienced at both interviewing candidates for interviews, preparing and advising. He is also a winner of the prestigious Salters’ award for his outstanding contributions to Chemistry Education. In his free time he is a keen musician, artist, long distance runner and beekeeper.

 


Emma
Consultant

Emma has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Lancaster University and a PGCE from University of East Anglia. With 14 years’ experience teaching in UK State and Independent Schools and International Schools, she has been Head of Department and Deputy Housemistress in a boarding house. She has taught at; English College, Dubai, British International School HCMC and Headington School, Oxford. Her specialism is Biology, but she also teaches Chemistry and Physics. In her free time, she enjoys travelling to top dive locations and marathon running.

 


Max
Consultant

Max has a BA (Hons) and MA in History, as well as a PGCE, from the University of Durham. He also has a PhD in Geography from the University of London. He has extensive teaching experience in UK and international schools, having taught History at Brighton College; Bootham School, York (also Head of Department) and United World College of Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore. He is currently teaching at the International School of London, where he also has a senior pastoral role. He has had more than 20 years’ experience as a houseparent in boarding schools, most recently at UWCSEA, where he was Director of Boarding. In his free time, he enjoys travel, walking and reading.

 


Paul
Consultant

Paul gained his Bachelor degree at Cardiff University and his PGCE at Warwick University and has spent fifteen years teaching Mathematics. His career has seen him teaching in successful International Schools in Viet Nam, Germany and Dubai. He then spent a number of years at Headington School, Oxford and now works at a boarding school in Shropshire. He enjoys keeping fit, woodworking and spending time with his two young daughters.

 


John
Consultant

John has a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Massey University (New Zealand), four years post-doctoral research at Birkbeck College, University of London and six years lecturing Chemistry at The National University of Singapore. He then taught Chemistry (A level and IB) and general science at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore. He has been teaching Chemistry and Maths in the UK since and has tutored Chemistry, Science and Maths. In his free time, he does DIY, puzzles and pencil drawings.