ABOUT GRIFFIN TEACHING
If you are anxiety-riddled by playground chatter around the 11+ exam, then let us reassure you. Our knowledge of the 11+ process, our ability to teach such a high level of exam technique and our consideration for each child’s specific needs has given us a great, local reputation. We also know plenty about entrance tests for private and public schools…
Griffin Teaching was founded by me in 2011 – although I roped Deborah in almost immediately to run more classes when I found myself swamped. Teaching is my great love and the joy of the clubs is that I only have to teach my
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Helen is our fixer and we couldn’t be without her. She manages the bookings, is on top of the invoicing, and handles those essential details including our health and safety paperwork and DBS checks. Somehow, she has managed to tame our admin and it is now in perfect order.
Contact her directly about club vacancies, holiday bookings and if you need to re-schedule a lesson.
We’ve been lucky to have Deborah with us from the very beginning as she is a wonderful teacher. Before moving to Kent she taught in Putney but since then has been through the 11+ process three times as a parent, with all her children attending local grammar schools. Highly qualified for the job, Deborah has a BA (Hons), an MA and a PGCE from the University of London. Ask her anything about the local secondary transfer process as she has a detailed knowledge of the Kent Test and the appeals process too. She’s warm, wise and a huge support to her pupils and parents alike.
We persuaded Charlotte to join us after thirteen years teaching at a Kent grammar school. Ofsted described her as an ‘outstanding teacher’ and she has a BSc (Hons) from Sheffield University and a PGCS from Canterbury University. She is on a break from full-time teaching as she has two young children at home. Charlotte has a brilliant, upbeat attitude to club teaching, a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge of the Kent Test in its newest form.
We are thrilled that Fran has joined us. She was working full time at a primary school in East Sussex and comes highly recommended, with a BA (Hons) from Leicester University and a PGCE from Canterbury University. Her background is in performing arts – which is such an asset when your role is to teach lessons packed with content, whilst keeping children enthused and on-task. Fran has a wonderful, positive approach, over a decade of teaching experience and
I’m delighted to welcome Clare to our small team of teachers. She teaches in our Goudhurst venue. She is wonderfully qualified with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and a distinction in her PGCE. Teach First rated her as ‘outstanding’. I have known Clare for over a decade as her son and daughter came along to my Kings Hill clubs and were at school with my own children. Clare taught English at Bennett Memorial before joining us and she is also an exam board marker of GCSE English papers.
Sarah is a wonderful addition to our team. She always knew she wanted to be a teacher and spent her spare time during her A levels volunteering at local primary schools. She gained a BA in Primary Education at Oxford Brookes University and loved all the teaching placements. Since qualifying, she has taught at a village school near Lenham and for the last 11 years at a local independent school. Recently she has decided to take a little break to spend more time with her three young children.
TracyAnn has a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology and has worked in a cancer research lab and as a forensic scientist. After having her children she became the Science Lab technician and teaching assistant at Walthamstow Hall School for Girls in Sevenoaks, for 13 years. The school invited her to become a fully fledged teacher (which doesn’t surprise me because she’s brilliant) and she taught science to Years 3 to 6 and maths to Year 6. She loves reading so was also the Junior School librarian. Currently she teaches English to refugees. My son recommended her to us, and she has stepped in to be our cover teacher.
Fresh out of school, Jen began her career as a teaching assistant. It wasn’t long before she realised she wanted to teach – completing a degree in Primary Education with QTS at Canterbury Christ Church University. And we are delighted she has agreed to join our team. She’s taught a range of primary ages with the majority being Year 6. Now she has 13 years teaching experience (and 19 years in education). Ofsted graded her as an ‘outstanding practitioner’.
Nick is an experienced tutor and maths expert. We’ve known each other for years as our sons were at school together. As a parent he has supported all four of his children in successfully achieving a place at a selective school in Kent. In 2015 he switched to tutoring after many years working in the City of London and has delivered in excess of 1,000 hours of lessons since then. His degree is in Banking and International Finance from City University, and has also completed two maths degree modules with the Open University. He is a great asset and we are so pleased to welcome him to our team.
Elloise and Emily
Elloise and Emily (along with Lara and Erin who are not pictured here) join us for our mock exam and strategy sessions. In full time education locally, they have passed the Kent Test 11+ themselves not so many years ago, and are super-familiar with the style, content and tricks of all the papers. They work hard making sure our Extra Sessions are delivered safely and successfully, offering caring and sympathetic support to all our students along the way.
What makes us so special?
Easy. It’s the mix of these three strengths:
• We care about our pupils (and their worried parents)
• We have
• Our teachers have bags of charisma
What do we offer?
What do we achieve?
Why choose us?
• All our teachers are experienced, talented and work closely together as friends.
• We really care about our pupils and give parents regular, detailed feedback
• Underneath we are anxious parents just like you, who have lived through all of this ourselves.
Why don’t we assess children first?
What if the 11+ and a grammar education isn’t appropriate for my child?
Please don’t worry we will tell you straight away. Communication is at the heart of our offering and we contact parents immediately if we have a concern.
Previously this has meant arranging a meeting after a couple of lessons for an honest chat. Throughout the year we regularly talk on the phone with parents, answer emails and catch up with some over a coffee. In addition to this we send out individual record sheets in December, March and July.
What does it cost and how does it work?
Clubs are charged at £112.50 (including VAT) per month for the year. We don’t ask for a deposit but we do ask you to let us know quickly if your plans change. We haven’t charged parents beyond a child’s final lesson if they have left mid-year.
The cost includes having us on your side throughout the whole process. We make ourselves available to discuss your worries, email planning to you if a week is missed, give you regular detailed feedback. Our teachers have great fixes for most academic issues and are able to guide you to the right professional if further investigation of a specific learning difficulty is required.
WHAT PARENTS HAVE SAID
We’ve already had a look at Madeleine’s books and there’s a map of the solar system on the wall now!
As for our dealings with the school, we’ll certainly focus on getting them to properly extend Madeleine in class.