Welcome from Sumantha

Qualified Teacher (QTS)

I'm a former school teacher turned private tutor with a strong record of success.

My approach:

  • Focus on confidence-boosting to unlock progress
  • Tailored to individual strengths, weaknesses and goals
  • Purposeful homework and feedback to accelerate progress


Why I teach online:

Having taught both face-to-face and online, I've found a vast improvement in engagement and attention during online lessons.

In fact, when I switched, every single student stayed with me because they too, realised the benefits.

What you need for online lessons

  • A computer or laptop (tablets like iPads are often too small)

  • Speakers and microphone

  • A stable internet connection

  • Access to Zoom and Skype (used as a back-up)

1:1 lesson prices include:

  • Exclusive access to a private and online learning space

  • Content tailored to strengths, weaknesses and goals

  • Purposeful homework and feedback

All 1:1 lessons include homework and purposeful marking

  • Key Stage 2 & 3 English


    £40 per hour

    Supporting Key Stage 2 students with the development of higher-level skills and knowledge.

    Supporting Key Stage 3 students on the flightpath to GCSE Literature and Language.

  • Entrance Exam English & VR


    £60 per hour
    Tailored to specific exam boards/schools.



    Small Group
    (Year 4 & 5 students)


    £15/£25 per student per lesson, half-term blocks

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  • GCSE Literature & Language


    £55 per hour

    Various examination boards including AQA, Edexcel and Cambridge iGCSE.


    Price includes exclusive access to:

    • Individual chapter/poem exercises
    • 12+ sample exam papers, per text/module
    • Revision booklets

The Details

  • Every Tuesday 5.45-6.30pm

  • Maximum 10 students per class

  • Lessons are recorded for unlimited replay

  • Access to recorded lessons for entire half-term plus one extra week

Some feedback from parents

Elly Clark

5 star rating

“Really glad I signed my son up for this over the summer! A comprehensive course covering a wide range of English topics, all of which were very useful. Brilliant teaching at an appropriate level. Feedback from my son was that he really loved th...”

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“Really glad I signed my son up for this over the summer! A comprehensive course covering a wide range of English topics, all of which were very useful. Brilliant teaching at an appropriate level. Feedback from my son was that he really loved the lessons! Amazing :) ”

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Jackie Heath

5 star rating

“This class was well organised and the technology worked really well. Sumantha was really engaging and works hard at involving all the students and the lesson plan and structure was easy to follow. Her feedback to each child was encouraging and p...”

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“This class was well organised and the technology worked really well. Sumantha was really engaging and works hard at involving all the students and the lesson plan and structure was easy to follow. Her feedback to each child was encouraging and positive. My daughter enjoyed it too - we actually caught her telling her friends about it independently of us, so that is high praise indeed.”

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nahla salim

5 star rating

“My daughter attended The Upgrade project summer camp and she really enjoyed it. Sumantha is really energetic and organized , she usually hates studying and can be quite difficult to motivate. I think the biggest change was that she wanted to study...”

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“My daughter attended The Upgrade project summer camp and she really enjoyed it. Sumantha is really energetic and organized , she usually hates studying and can be quite difficult to motivate. I think the biggest change was that she wanted to study because of the camp and now she still wants to study and improve. I would definitely recommend these classes to any parent whose child needs that extra push or is lacking confidence in English.”

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Elly Clark

5 star rating

“My son has really benefited from these lessons and his confidence has definitely grown. He has a clearer sense of what needs to be included in his work to make his writing more varied and interesting. From my perspective, the teaching has been f...”

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“My son has really benefited from these lessons and his confidence has definitely grown. He has a clearer sense of what needs to be included in his work to make his writing more varied and interesting. From my perspective, the teaching has been fantastic. Different topics have been comprehensively tackled, with each week building on the previous one. My son has remained engaged and positive, has enjoyed the group format but most of all has benefited from very skilled feedback, that both encourages but also constructively pushes him forward.”

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Past Recorded Group Classes

Purchased in half-term blocks

  • 2020/21 Half-Term 1: 11+ English & VR (Video lessons from group class)

    1. Retrieval & inference comprehension (multiple choice)

    2. Writing accurately & concisely (creative writing)

    3. Retrieval & inference comprehension (long answers)

    4. Descriptive writing based on picture prompt (stretching vocabulary)

    5. Narrative writing using descriptive writing techniques

    6. Narrative writing using first-line prompt

    7. Poetry comprehension & understanding unfamiliar words

    £35.00

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  • 2020/21 Half-Term 2: 11+ English & VR Group Class

    1. Argument style writing

    2. Advance grammar exercises & multiple choice comprehension (fiction)

    3. Multiple-choice & open-ended comprehension (non-fiction)

    4. Formal letter writing (using argument writing techniques)

    5. Informal letter writing

    6. Stretching vocabulary, spelling & punctuation

    7. Advance grammar & inference comprehension (fiction and non-fiction)

    £35.00

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  • 2020/21 Half-Term 3: 11+ English & VR (Video lessons from group class)

    1. Writing for different purposes

    2. Boosting creative writing with powerful vocabulary

    3. Vocabulary booster & Cloze techniques

    4. Open-ended comprehension questions

    5. Creative Witing based on an extract

    6. Grammar booster & multiple-choice comprehension strategies

    £30.00

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