NEIL BELLINGHAM

Personal Tutor

Offering Insight, Explanation & Understanding

  • Physics A Level & GCSE
  • Maths A Level & GCSE
  • 11+ & 13+ Entrance Exams
  • Dorking & Croydon areas

Background


I started working as a tutor in 2010 because I found that helping students realise their academic potential is immensely rewarding.

Guiding someone to an understanding of a problem helps them gain knowledge, develop skills and build their confidence for life.

I have a broad range of knowledge across arts and science disciplines including degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from Oxford University and Natural Sciences from the Open University.

This love of learning stems from a simple curiosity about how the world works. It is the goal of good teaching to ignite that inquisitive spark in every student no matter their age by helping them acquire the intellectual tools and confidence to explore their world.

I divide my time between my home in Croydon with its easy commute to London and visiting family in Dorking with its welcoming town centre, leafy hills and challenging runs! I try to enjoy most things I do, otherwise why do them, and I particularly love good food and better company.

During my time at Oxford I became increasingly drawn to singing. Since leaving university, I have pursued a career as a classical singer both in ensembles and as a soloist.

British choral singing is second to none and I have had the good fortune to work with talented and inspiring musicians across the world many of whom I met at university.

Performance teaches you how to work as part of a team; demands a high degree of concentration, skill and expertise; and helps engender a level of self-confidence which is invaluable throughout life. It is a pursuit to be highly recommended whether as a hobby or a career.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats

Education


Whitgift School

I went to Gresham Primary School in Sanderstead then successfully passed the entrance exam for Whitgift School in Croydon, attending this wonderful school from 1980-1988.

New College, Oxford

I went up to Oxford in 1989. As well as jumping into a very intensive arts degree course I began singing regularly and paving the way for a career in music making.

The Open University

Though I have enjoyed discovering a vast wealth of vocal music, singing does not expand one's academic horizons so I joined the OU to learn something new. Science!

Experience & Ethos


I have tutored since 2010 on a broad range of arts and science subjects. However, I specialise in Maths & Science to GCSE (including for 11+ and 13+) and Physics to A-level.

Students' abilities and desired goals vary a great deal. Passing exams is not an end in itself but a means of progressing to the next stage. I aim to instil an intellectual rigour and curiosity that will be of use in any subject and throughout someone's life. This requires a sympathetic approach, tailored to the particular student, and delivered in a relaxed environment with a degree of enthusiasm and commitment which keeps them engaged.

Exam success requires a solid understanding of the core material; a productive, well-structured revision programme; and good exam skills. All three of these areas are key teaching objectives.

I really enjoy guiding someone through the process of understanding a new topic or one which they've found difficult at school. However, this requires hard work by both tutor and student and though there are other things which are more fun, the sense of achievement and gain in confidence is a very satisfying pay-off for that hard work.

Sometimes students struggle in a particular area, others are already high achievers. In the past I have helped a student who was struggling to achieve passes in core subjects but who excelled in practical arts and needed to meet the matriculation requirements to attend a leading arts college. Another was already competent but needed encouragement and confidence to pass the 13+ common entrance exam for the Royal Grammar School in Guildford.

Locations

Croydon Area

I teach from my house in East Croydon close to the Lebanon Road tram stop.

Parents are welcome to wait in the house during a tutorial.

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Dorking / Leatherhead Area

I teach from a house in Pixham Lane, Dorking.

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Charges

The cost of tuition is £40 / hour.
(£45 from Sept 2019)

Availability

I am available to tutor on:

  • Monday - Friday: 10am - 8pm
  • Weekends: Not available

Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB)


The Criminal Records Bureau check has now been replaced by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

A DBS check is not a legal requirement for working as a self-employed tutor. In fact you cannot apply for one:- "Individuals and the self-employed cannot apply for a DBS certificate of their own criminal record, as they cannot ask an exempted question of themselves" - GOV.UK.

The Government suggests that the self-employed who wish to provide some indication of their status with the police should use the Disclosure Scotland service. "A Disclosure is a document containing impartial and confidential criminal history information held by the police and government departments which can be used by employers to make safer recruitment decisions" - Disclosure Scotland. I have a clean Disclosure which I can show to parents at the initial tutorial.

Contact


If you have any questions or would like to discuss the possibility of tuition for either you or your child please email me at the following address and I will respond by return.

Please include your telephone number if you would like me to call you and any other relevant information.

Neil Bellingham

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,
All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.

Maria Edgeworth