sarah jane private tutor

crowborough Tutor

About Sarah Jane crowborough tutor

My qualifications

 After graduating from Leicester University with a BA (Honours) Degree in English, I completed a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) at Brighton University. I am also a qualified TEFL teacher (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).

My Teaching Experience

I have over 30 years of teaching experience. I worked as a Class Teacher at Radnor House Sevenoaks in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) for 12 years up until 2019. Before that, I taught at a London preparatory school, Pembridge Hall School, for over 10 years as a Class Teacher in Key Stage 2. Whilst living in Rome, I taught as a TEFL teacher for Telecom Italia and at a number of schools including the Castelli International School.

I am very excited now to be branching out on a new path and started up Sarah Jane Tutor with my first private student in January 2020.

 My Inspiration

We all have a favourite teacher who inspired us; mine was Mrs Livingstone Learmonth. She instilled all her pupils with the confidence and the motivation to succeed by uncovering our individual strengths and believing in us. Her lessons were always great fun no matter what the skill or topic was. Whether it was the complexities of algebra or the idiosyncrasies of English grammar, we were enthralled.

Likewise, I am passionate about ensuring my pupils achieve their full potential and educational goals by learning and growing with confidence. I plan each lesson with 2 things in mind: progress and enjoyment. When children enjoy what they are learning they will be motivated, they will grow in confidence and ultimately, they will be successful, often exceeding all expectations. By providing a nurturing and supportive environment, children also learn not to be afraid of making mistakes which is such an integral part of the process.

My lessons

My lessons are tailored for each individual pupil depending upon their needs and learning style. For example, a more active learner will understand weights and measures more readily by doing some cooking or grasp how to work out change in money by playing ‘shops’ rather than sitting in front of a set of written exercises. A reluctant learner may need lessons which are more tailored to their hobbies or interests. Games, songs, role-play and rhymes are also useful ways to engage them in their learning. Maybe your child just needs to sit down and calmly work through some sample exam papers for an upcoming test or needs some extra practice with a tricky area of maths. I really enjoy breaking down the complexities of a particular topic to help the understanding click into place. At the end of each lesson, I give feedback to the parents about what we have done, how your child has performed and any useful tips that you can follow through with at home. Homework tasks are also provided if required.


I can’t say in words how unbelievably grateful we are for everything that you have given Scarlett this year. Thank you so much for your sweetness, intelligence, creativity, humour, affection and wisdom. Scarlett has loved every minute of being taught by you – and for that gift we can never thank you enough.

Parent of year 3 pupil

Tunbridge Wells