Useful Information & Terms and Conditions
My tutoring sessions last an hour and take place weekly during school term-times. Sessions will also be available during most school holidays but these must be booked separately from any regularly scheduled term-time sessions. Sessions are payable termly, in advance and payment can be made in cash, by bank transfer or by card. Once a set of sessions has been paid for, refunds will not be issued for any missed sessions but I will make details of the work missed available so that you can work through the main elements of the session content with your child at home if you wish.
If you need to change the timings of an Individual Session after it has been scheduled then I always appreciate as much notice as possible. I will do my best to offer an alternative session, although I have a very busy schedule and another session may not always be available within the same term. If I am unable to offer an alternative session during the same term, I will 'carry forward' the payment that has already been made and this will show as a credit on your next invoice. This will apply for a maximum of 3 sessions, per pupil, per school year, after which further credits will not be offered. If a booked session is not attended, and no notice of non-attendance is given, full payment for the cost of the session will be incurred and no alternative session will be offered.
I endeavour to keep my own requests to change booked session times to an absolute minimum but there may be occasions when I need to request that we make an alternative arrangement. I will always give you as much notice as possible and I will always offer an alternative day or time for a session if this situation arises.
My tutoring sessions take place at my house. My address is as follows:
72, London Road,
My house is easy to find: it’s on the A2, near to The Abbey School, and almost directly opposite the turning for Brogdale Road.
I am also able to teach remotely, using Zoom. Please contact me to discuss this option if sessions taught via Zoom are of interest to you.
Practice books & Homework
For my Kent Test pupils, I ask that specific practice books are purchased and that you support your child as they work regularly from these at home. I will give guidance on the use of these books as our sessions progress.
For my curriculum support pupils, dependent upon the focus of our work together, I may ask that workbooks are purchased to support my work with your child.
I ask that all practice books be brought to each session please so that I can keep track of the work that is being completed at home.
Sessions are paid for termly and in advance so, in the event that you wish to end our tutoring arrangement, I ask for a notice period equal to the remaining time until the beginning of the next school term. No refunds will be possible if you wish to stop tutoring sessions part-way through a term.
Session arrival and departure
Please arrive promptly for the start of each session. Please collect promptly at the end of each session. I will not be available until the agreed start time of our session, although you are most welcome to wait on my driveway if you do arrive early. If you arrive late for a session then that session will still end at our previously agreed time. If your child will be arriving independently please ensure that they do not arrive early as I will not be available to welcome them until the agreed start time of our session. If you intend to allow your child to leave the session independently please send me an email informing me that this is your intention. If your child will not be collected by a parent at the end of a session then you must let me know in advance of the session.
For Individual Sessions, I will give verbal feedback at the end of each session. If a child is collected by someone other than a parent after their session, I will send a brief feedback email either the evening of the session or the following day.
For Group Sessions, I will give any urgent feedback immediately after each session but for general feedback please expect an email either the evening of the session or the following morning. I prefer not to discuss individual children’s progress whilst there are other children and parents within earshot and communicating by email ensures that information about progress can be kept confidential if you wish.
I hope that the information I provide each week, either verbally or in my feedback email, will keep you abreast of your child’s achievements and progress. However, if, at any point in the year, you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s progress with me in more detail, please make contact and I will be happy to address any individual issues, concerns or questions.
In instances where I am working with your child towards a test or exam, I am unable to make any guarantees regarding the outcome of these tests or exams. I will always do my utmost to ensure that your child is as prepared as possible but can make no assurances that the work your child and I complete together will result in the desired outcome.
Your child does not need to bring any equipment or stationery to our sessions. When written tasks are completed, I will provide all of the necessary resources. However, I prefer to teach using a range of practical activities, games, through discussion, and with questions answered on white boards and laminated task cards, so your child will not produce written work in sufficient volume to require you to supply them with notepads or folders.
Proceeding with a booking for my tutoring services will constitute agreement of these terms.
I look forward to working with you for the best possible outcome for your child.