Paul

Schools and University Consultant

Paul believes that support and mentoring on a 1:1 basis can lead students to far exceed their own expectations and build the foundations for lifelong benefits. His university admissions work started in his early career years at KCS Wimbledon and continued through to a long stint as Director of University Entrance at Radley. Throughout his time in these two schools Paul taught every facet of the Classics curriculum and drew no greater pleasure than helping to manage the transition for students from high achievement in public exams to a love of learning in the university environment.

Past roles and experience

Paul taught in two high-achieving schools and throughout his career held significant positions of responsibility. In particular, his 30 years at Radley gave him a deep knowledge of just about all aspects of senior education. As well as overseeing one of the country’s leading Classics departments, his work for exam boards gave him insight into how to achieve public exam success, and his reviewing of the work of departments in other top schools informed his own teaching methods. Holding the university admissions brief for over a decade, his driving philosophy was that each student should be seen as an individual – with the aim being to find the right higher education ‘match’. Paul’s mentoring work ensures that the individual’s voice comes through at every stage of the process and his aim is the building of self-motivation. In his Classics teaching he believes that steady incremental growth and rapid developments in understanding are equally exciting; in giving university advice, he places great value on regular dialogue, a ‘can do’ attitude, and honest feedback.

Paul’s commitment to the building of confidence in students is undimmed. His two children have progressed through top schools and universities, and their experiences add an extra layer of understanding of school, university, and career realities to what he has gained as a teacher.

Areas of Expertise

  • Classics teaching – GCSE and A Level
  • Classics subject preparation for 13+ scholarship entry
  • Academic mentoring of sixth-form students
  • University entrance strategies and processes
  • Personal Statement guidance
  • Interview preparation
  • Oxbridge preparation - Classics and related subjects

Positions Held