I’m a native English speaking tutor in the Westminster/Victoria area with a university degree in English Literature and Creative Writing.
I have in-depth experience teaching children composition, comprehension, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, and have helped a number of children get into schools such as Westminster, King’s College Wimbledon, St Paul’s and City of London.
In addition, I work with children already in these schools, and others – including top Grammar schools such as The Henrietta Barnett School and Queen Elizabeth – improve their overall English ability and performance.
I teach students over a range of ages, including 7/8+, 11+, 13+/Common Entrance, GCSE Language and Literature and SAT/ACT (US university entrance exams).
I am a member of British Mensa/International Mensa, and DBS certified.
If you’d like to discuss your child’s situation, and how I can help them succeed in upcoming exams, or English school work in general, please submit your information through the contact page.
‘Kirk has been a blessing to our family. He has been assisting both our children (year 7 and year 10) with tutoring in English. Our son got a commendation from his headmaster for great work done in class, thanks to Kirk’s support. Our daughter has obtained this year the highest marks in her academic career, also thanks to Kirk for his continuous support. Kirk teaches in a friendly yet very effective manner. He knows the subject matter profoundly and has the ability to instil independent thinking in our children, which is incredibly important for their development in the subject matter.’– Email from a parent in Sloan Square
‘Before I started English lessons with Kirk, English tended to be a subject I greatly feared, always getting low marks and constant negative feedback from the teacher. He encouraged me to have a better mindset when tackling difficult comprehensions and taught me new skills, such as time management and how to properly phrase my ideas for both creative writing and comprehension. He is very entertaining, yet very effective in the teaching method he uses, and ever since the start of the year I have been doing really well and now thoroughly enjoy the subject.’– Student, year 6, Westminster area
‘When my son first started working with Kirk, towards the middle of year 7, he was in the bottom set in English at his school, and had been scoring below average on exams and papers for some time. He began improving very quickly, and within a few short months achieved his highest marks ever on his end of year English exams, and was promoted to the top set in English. In addition, with Kirk’s support he was able to improve his overall English level enough to gain an offer at the City of London school, where he’d been waitlisted for the previous year. Kirk not only taught my son the techniques required for comprehension and composition, he built his confidence so that he’s able to approach this kind of work on his own, with results far better than those he’d received in the past.’– Email from a parent in Sloan Square
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