Joseph specialises in exams and school entry for students aged 10-13
He has been preparing students in London and around the world for these varied and difficult challenges over the last fifteen years. He has secured entrance for students to institutions with extremely tough overall acceptance rates, including Westminster, Eton, Winchester and Harrow.
Joseph had particular success with students for whom English is not a first language, and with scholarship students. These are the crucial years that decide whether or not they attend a top school like Eton or Westminster, which reject 60-80% of applicants using a series of pre-tests, interviews, English and Maths tests, and finally their Common Entrance grades two years later.
Joseph has been tutoring since he graduated from Oxford University in 2000 with a degree in English Literature
Tutoring has taken him around the world since then, and he has lived and worked in India, China and Russia. He grew up in Scotland, Yorkshire and Hampshire, where he attended Winchester College. Joseph has drawn deeply on the rarefied air of England’s oldest and most intellectual public school, and he is passionate about helping other young people experience the best that England’s best schools have to offer.
He is interested in politics, and has worked in many government policy roles, including health and education agencies. He was part of a small team creating a personal tutoring policy to be rolled out to three million students. He has also worked in the Houses of Parliament as a political researcher to a Member of Parliament.
He loves watching films, and sometimes uses them in his teaching. He also writes films, and has sold a script to a production company. He is currently writing a graphic novel about the Battle of Britain. He enjoys international cuisine and international football: as Eric Hobsbawm wrote, “The imagined community of millions seems more real as a team of eleven named people”.
He lives on a marina with his girlfriend and hundreds of ducks in Kew, West London.
- Essay/ exam technique
- Private school and university interview technique
- SAT verbal and nonverbal reasoning tests (aka ‘pre tests’)
- English as a Foreign Language
- Ancient Greek