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TEAM INICIO


EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE TUITION

 

From our Founder

“My early experiences as a tutor helped us to realise that traditional tutoring wasn’t ideal for inspiring confident learning.

So we created INICIO to make learning fun, positive and interesting. Instead of tutoring at a kitchen table, we bring students together in our own homely learning environments. 

Our approach is unique because your child feels relaxed alongside other students but is guaranteed one-to-one attention from their personal tutor. 

Our tutors are talented, vibrant and engaging. We believe we get amazing results because our tutors connect with students on a personal level and give them the opportunity to learn independently.”

Sarah Ludden-Roughley, Founder

 

Our Team


Our Team


 

Lead Mentor

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 Charlotte wood   FULL-TIME mentor in French, maths, English and business studies    Interesting fact:  Charlotte was a keen hockey player at University, playing for one of the University teams.   Summed up in three words:  Kind, friendly, approachable.   Interests/hobbies:  Loves visiting family and walking in the Lake District, and exploring new places.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Business studies- financial ratios. French-irregular verb endings and remembering vocab. Maths- converting fractions, decimals and percentages.   Why do you love teaching these subjects:  Students at INICIO are always keen to learn and improve; it is so rewarding when a student says that they now really enjoy a subject!   

Charlotte wood

FULL-TIME mentor in French, maths, English and business studies

Interesting fact: Charlotte was a keen hockey player at University, playing for one of the University teams.

Summed up in three words: Kind, friendly, approachable.

Interests/hobbies: Loves visiting family and walking in the Lake District, and exploring new places.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Business studies- financial ratios. French-irregular verb endings and remembering vocab. Maths- converting fractions, decimals and percentages.

Why do you love teaching these subjects: Students at INICIO are always keen to learn and improve; it is so rewarding when a student says that they now really enjoy a subject!

 

Specialist Tutors


Specialist Tutors


 

Our Team

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  Jo    Science, Maths and English tutor    Interesting fact:  Jo is a qualified swimming teacher and plays the flute....but not at the same time!   Summed up in three words:  Loyal, inquisitive and friendly.   Interests/ hobbies:  Music, spending time with family, swimming and having a go at any sort of hobby craft.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  biochemical pathways, "how science works" questions, and applying knowledge to a new scenario.   Why do you love teaching this subject:  I love science because I like finding out how things work, and it's useful. I love maths because it's logical, and English because it allows you to be creative. I love teaching at Inicio because I can be involved directly with the students and be there for their eureka moments.

Jo

Science, Maths and English tutor

Interesting fact: Jo is a qualified swimming teacher and plays the flute....but not at the same time!

Summed up in three words: Loyal, inquisitive and friendly.

Interests/ hobbies: Music, spending time with family, swimming and having a go at any sort of hobby craft.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: biochemical pathways, "how science works" questions, and applying knowledge to a new scenario.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I love science because I like finding out how things work, and it's useful. I love maths because it's logical, and English because it allows you to be creative. I love teaching at Inicio because I can be involved directly with the students and be there for their eureka moments.

  Sam    Science tutor - physics specialist    Interesting fact:  Sam is a chartered Physicist, with membership to the Institute of Physics.   Summed up in three words:  Patient, hardworking, with high expectations for self and students.   Interests/ hobbies:  Enjoys playing guitar and spending time with family.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Electricity, radiation and momentum.   Why do you love teaching this subject:  Physics is great because the skills learnt can be applied to many different fields. INICIO students are very motivated and respond well to guidance- it's great to see them grow in confidence.

Sam

Science tutor - physics specialist

Interesting fact: Sam is a chartered Physicist, with membership to the Institute of Physics.

Summed up in three words: Patient, hardworking, with high expectations for self and students.

Interests/ hobbies: Enjoys playing guitar and spending time with family.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Electricity, radiation and momentum.

Why do you love teaching this subject: Physics is great because the skills learnt can be applied to many different fields. INICIO students are very motivated and respond well to guidance- it's great to see them grow in confidence.

  Jacqui    English literature and language tutor    Interesting fact:  I was a keen gymnast until my late teens   Summed up in three words:  motivated, professional and an effective communicator   Interests/ hobbies:  Spending time with my family, sports and leisure activates   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Structural analysis (breaking down information), essay writing and research skills   Why do you love teaching this subject: I am passionate about teaching, and helping students achieve the grades they deserve gives me a huge sense of pride. The subject of English is very diverse and really allows a student’s creativity to develop. I find teaching in a tutor based environment at Inicio an excellent way for students to become more focused on the subject and have fewer distractions than that of a classroom setting. My experience of working within a secondary school gives me an up to date knowledge of the current curriculum and an excellent insight to the type of pressure exams place on our kids today. I believe I can relieve this by giving students the confidence to reach the grades they are capable of achieving and more importantly give them the confidence to do so. If they believe they can do it they will and the possibilities are endless!

Jacqui

English literature and language tutor

Interesting fact: I was a keen gymnast until my late teens

Summed up in three words: motivated, professional and an effective communicator

Interests/ hobbies: Spending time with my family, sports and leisure activates

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Structural analysis (breaking down information), essay writing and research skills

Why do you love teaching this subject:I am passionate about teaching, and helping students achieve the grades they deserve gives me a huge sense of pride. The subject of English is very diverse and really allows a student’s creativity to develop. I find teaching in a tutor based environment at Inicio an excellent way for students to become more focused on the subject and have fewer distractions than that of a classroom setting.
My experience of working within a secondary school gives me an up to date knowledge of the current curriculum and an excellent insight to the type of pressure exams place on our kids today. I believe I can relieve this by giving students the confidence to reach the grades they are capable of achieving and more importantly give them the confidence to do so. If they believe they can do it they will and the possibilities are endless!

  Serena    Economics tutor    Interesting fact:  In Oct 2017, I donated 30cm of my hair to the Little Princess Trust Charity. This charity provides real wigs using donated hair, free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.   Summed up in three words:  Ambitious, Adventurous, Assiduous   Interests/hobbies:  I occasionally play sports, particularly Badminton. I love socialising and spending quality time with my friends and family. I enjoy volunteering where I can and like to spend some of my time cooking new dishes.   The three topics that students find difficult in your subject:  The mathematical concept, the subjective nature of economics and measurements of elasticities.   Why you love teaching this subject?  It is very rewarding to help others in areas where they simply need a little guidance and motivation, and is highly fulfilling to see that I am impacting another students learning experience.

Serena

Economics tutor

Interesting fact: In Oct 2017, I donated 30cm of my hair to the Little Princess Trust Charity. This charity provides real wigs using donated hair, free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses.

Summed up in three words: Ambitious, Adventurous, Assiduous

Interests/hobbies: I occasionally play sports, particularly Badminton. I love socialising and spending quality time with my friends and family. I enjoy volunteering where I can and like to spend some of my time cooking new dishes.

The three topics that students find difficult in your subject: The mathematical concept, the subjective nature of economics and measurements of elasticities.

Why you love teaching this subject? It is very rewarding to help others in areas where they simply need a little guidance and motivation, and is highly fulfilling to see that I am impacting another students learning experience.

  Sandip    Economics tutor    Interesting fact:  I have lived in Japan for a year.   Summed up in three words:  Sheldon, Geek, Bazinga   Interests/hobbies:  travelling, hiking/walking / Big Bang Theory   What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects:  labour markets, elasticities and drawing diagrams.   Why do you love teaching these subjects?  I love teaching my subjects as I believe they can help students makes sense of the world and it inspires me to travel and see the places that I teach about and the impact different theories have had on their development.

Sandip

Economics tutor

Interesting fact: I have lived in Japan for a year.

Summed up in three words: Sheldon, Geek, Bazinga

Interests/hobbies: travelling, hiking/walking / Big Bang Theory

What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: labour markets, elasticities and drawing diagrams.

Why do you love teaching these subjects? I love teaching my subjects as I believe they can help students makes sense of the world and it inspires me to travel and see the places that I teach about and the impact different theories have had on their development.

  Shahista    English tutor    Interesting fact:  I enjoy scriptwriting and theatre.   Summed up in three words:  Bubbly, Hardworking and Creative   Interests/hobbies:  Reading, Writing, Swimming, Learning Languages, Photography, Travelling   What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects:  Close Reading Analysis, Making an argument, Exam pressure   Why do you love teaching these subjects?  I enjoyed learning English (both language and literature) at GCSE and A Levels. I decided that I wanted to complete my degree in English Literature, the reason was to have a chance to take up independent research on topics that interest me. I feel that my passion for English will help students who feel that they are struggling and I understand that struggle because I went through it and it made me realise that my hard work improved my grade.

Shahista

English tutor

Interesting fact: I enjoy scriptwriting and theatre.

Summed up in three words: Bubbly, Hardworking and Creative

Interests/hobbies: Reading, Writing, Swimming, Learning Languages, Photography, Travelling

What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Close Reading Analysis, Making an argument, Exam pressure

Why do you love teaching these subjects? I enjoyed learning English (both language and literature) at GCSE and A Levels. I decided that I wanted to complete my degree in English Literature, the reason was to have a chance to take up independent research on topics that interest me. I feel that my passion for English will help students who feel that they are struggling and I understand that struggle because I went through it and it made me realise that my hard work improved my grade.

  Yolanda    Spanish tutor    Interesting fact:  Yolanda is a Spanish native, and worked in the tourism sector for many years after graduating.   Summed up in three words: Responsible, committed,proactive.   Interests/hobbies:  Enjoys reading, making puzzles and jogging.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects:  Conjugations of verbs, accents and pronunciation.   Why do you love teaching these subjects:  It's a good way to help spread my language and culture.

Yolanda

Spanish tutor

Interesting fact: Yolanda is a Spanish native, and worked in the tourism sector for many years after graduating.

Summed up in three words:Responsible, committed,proactive.

Interests/hobbies: Enjoys reading, making puzzles and jogging.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Conjugations of verbs, accents and pronunciation.

Why do you love teaching these subjects: It's a good way to help spread my language and culture.

  Lavina    ESOL/EFL/IELTS tutor    Interesting fact:  Taught English in Madrid, Spain during Franco's rule.   Summed up in three words:  Empathy, patience, conscientiousness   Interests/hobbies:  Piano, sewing, gardening, walking, ecology.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  erb tenses- particularly present perfect tense, irregular verb endings, pronunciation of 'th' 'v'   Why do you love teaching this subject:  Having lived in Spain and having learnt other languages, I fully appreciate the difficulties of living abroad. I enjoy helping other people live more fulfilling lives through language acquisition and have witnessed the success that my past students have enjoyed as a result of their improved language skills.

Lavina

ESOL/EFL/IELTS tutor

Interesting fact: Taught English in Madrid, Spain during Franco's rule.

Summed up in three words: Empathy, patience, conscientiousness

Interests/hobbies: Piano, sewing, gardening, walking, ecology.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: erb tenses- particularly present perfect tense, irregular verb endings, pronunciation of 'th' 'v'

Why do you love teaching this subject: Having lived in Spain and having learnt other languages, I fully appreciate the difficulties of living abroad. I enjoy helping other people live more fulfilling lives through language acquisition and have witnessed the success that my past students have enjoyed as a result of their improved language skills.

  Kieran    A-Level Law tutor    Interesting fact:  Kieran is currently learning to play the guitar.   Summed up in three words:  Fun, Positive and personable.   Interests/ hobbies:  Watching Liverpool FC, playing golf and guitar.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Differentiating between murder and manslaughter, institutions of the European Union and presenting a logical and coherent argument using legal terminology.   Why do you love teaching this subject:  I enjoy Law as it is pertinent to everyday life. Law also encourages students to develop an opinion and construct an evidenced yet balanced argument.

Kieran

A-Level Law tutor

Interesting fact: Kieran is currently learning to play the guitar.

Summed up in three words: Fun, Positive and personable.

Interests/ hobbies: Watching Liverpool FC, playing golf and guitar.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Differentiating between murder and manslaughter, institutions of the European Union and presenting a logical and coherent argument using legal terminology.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I enjoy Law as it is pertinent to everyday life. Law also encourages students to develop an opinion and construct an evidenced yet balanced argument.

  Shoko    Japanese tutor    Interesting fact:  Collecting British vintage ceramics   Summed up in three words:  proactive, hardworking and creative   Interests/hobbies:  Textiles design (especially weaving), making dresses and clothing, baking and cooking, travelling, vintage hunting.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Writing and reading Japanese, particles, verb form changing.   Why do you love teaching this subject:  I would love to share my passion for a Japanese culture as well as language, as I am from Japan. I use not only textbook but also use some other teaching materials that the students could be interested in, so that the students can have more interesting and motivated and individual lessons. It is rewarding to teach and see the student progress.

Shoko

Japanese tutor

Interesting fact: Collecting British vintage ceramics

Summed up in three words: proactive, hardworking and creative

Interests/hobbies: Textiles design (especially weaving), making dresses and clothing, baking and cooking, travelling, vintage hunting.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Writing and reading Japanese, particles, verb form changing.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I would love to share my passion for a Japanese culture as well as language, as I am from Japan. I use not only textbook but also use some other teaching materials that the students could be interested in, so that the students can have more interesting and motivated and individual lessons. It is rewarding to teach and see the student progress.

  Silvia    Italian tutor    Interesting fact:  I am a native Italian, I am an architect and I have walked the Rome marathon.   Summed up in three words:  accurate, creative and easy-going   Interests/ hobbies:  I love hiking, gardening in the sun, baking pizza and listening to Italian Radio.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  pronunciation, the genre of nouns and tenses of the verbs.   Why do you love teaching this subject:  I love teaching Italian because I love my country and I like to spread the Italian culture wherever I go. In my opinion, learning Italian is not only studying grammar but also knowing interesting facts about Italy: history, geography, food, music, art...the list is endless!

Silvia

Italian tutor

Interesting fact: I am a native Italian, I am an architect and I have walked the Rome marathon.

Summed up in three words: accurate, creative and easy-going

Interests/ hobbies: I love hiking, gardening in the sun, baking pizza and listening to Italian Radio.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: pronunciation, the genre of nouns and tenses of the verbs.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I love teaching Italian because I love my country and I like to spread the Italian culture wherever I go. In my opinion, learning Italian is not only studying grammar but also knowing interesting facts about Italy: history, geography, food, music, art...the list is endless!

  Patty    Spanish tutor    Interesting fact:  Patty is a Spanish native.   Summed up in three words:  Caring, patient, friendly.   Interests/ hobbies:  Dancing, yoga and spending time with family.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Conjugations of verbs, learning vocab and speaking with confidence.   Why do you love teaching this subject:  Spanish is my native language and I have a love for its culture, history and food. It is great to share this passion with my students, who are polite and really want to achieve in Spanish. .

Patty

Spanish tutor

Interesting fact: Patty is a Spanish native.

Summed up in three words: Caring, patient, friendly.

Interests/ hobbies: Dancing, yoga and spending time with family.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Conjugations of verbs, learning vocab and speaking with confidence.

Why do you love teaching this subject: Spanish is my native language and I have a love for its culture, history and food. It is great to share this passion with my students, who are polite and really want to achieve in Spanish. .

  William    Computer Science and physics tutor    Interesting fact:  I am half Italian and my grandmother was one of 12 brothers and sisters!   Summed up in three words:  Unique, Individual, Helpful   Interests/hobbies:  Computers (particularly Apple), Photography, Reading about aircraft, watching Wrestling and Formula 1.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  1. The Fetch/Execute Cycle and System architecture. 2. Boolean Algebra. 3. Correct programming syntax.   Why do you love teaching this subject:  I have always found Computers fascinating ever since playing games on a BBC Micro Computer at age 4. I find it satisfying being able to guide students to understand something they found difficult.

William

Computer Science and physics tutor

Interesting fact: I am half Italian and my grandmother was one of 12 brothers and sisters!

Summed up in three words: Unique, Individual, Helpful

Interests/hobbies: Computers (particularly Apple), Photography, Reading about aircraft, watching Wrestling and Formula 1.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: 1. The Fetch/Execute Cycle and System architecture. 2. Boolean Algebra. 3. Correct programming syntax.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I have always found Computers fascinating ever since playing games on a BBC Micro Computer at age 4. I find it satisfying being able to guide students to understand something they found difficult.

  Boris    Russian, German and History tutor    Interesting fact:  Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies (which means knowledge of Russian is a must because of the immense contribution of Russians to the field)   Summed up in three words:  Curious, lucky, loquacious   Interests/hobbies:  I am interested in Byzantine Studies and in the history of mediaeval Italy; in 18th- and 19th-century literature; and in music (baroque, classical and jazz); I love to cook and to walk.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  The alphabet – at least initially; the cases; and the vocabulary.   Why do you love teaching this subject:  I love doing this because it allows me to spread knowledge and keep my mind alive.

Boris

Russian, German and History tutor

Interesting fact: Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies (which means knowledge of Russian is a must because of the immense contribution of Russians to the field)

Summed up in three words: Curious, lucky, loquacious

Interests/hobbies: I am interested in Byzantine Studies and in the history of mediaeval Italy; in 18th- and 19th-century literature; and in music (baroque, classical and jazz); I love to cook and to walk.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: The alphabet – at least initially; the cases; and the vocabulary.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I love doing this because it allows me to spread knowledge and keep my mind alive.

  Jayne    Sociology and Geography tutor    Interesting fact:  Climbed Kilamanjaro   Summed up in three words:  Honest, hardworking and the belief that everyone can achieve.   Interests/hobbies:  Travelling, book shops, cycling and horses   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Analysing data; skills and field work investigation   Why do you love teaching this subject:  The subject is interesting and covers a wide range of topics

Jayne

Sociology and Geography tutor

Interesting fact: Climbed Kilamanjaro

Summed up in three words: Honest, hardworking and the belief that everyone can achieve.

Interests/hobbies: Travelling, book shops, cycling and horses

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Analysing data; skills and field work investigation

Why do you love teaching this subject: The subject is interesting and covers a wide range of topics

  Eva    Biology and Chemistry tutor    Interesting fact:  I have climbed Kilimanjaro   Summed up in three words:  dedicated, self-less and a good sense of humour.   Interests/hobbies:  silversmithing, hiking, allotment.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Maths calculations in biology & chemistry, Genetics, Biochemistry   Why do you love teaching this subject:  buzz, challenging, rewarding.

Eva

Biology and Chemistry tutor

Interesting fact: I have climbed Kilimanjaro

Summed up in three words: dedicated, self-less and a good sense of humour.

Interests/hobbies: silversmithing, hiking, allotment.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Maths calculations in biology & chemistry, Genetics, Biochemistry

Why do you love teaching this subject: buzz, challenging, rewarding.

  Tony    History tutor    Interesting fact:  I am currently studying for a PhD   Summed up in three words:  Patient, determined, inquisitive   Interests/hobbies:  Marathon canoeing, Harley riding, music festivals.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Using their subject knowledge to back up their point of view, showing an appreciation of the historical debate, making inferences from historical sources   Why do you love teaching this subject:  I like trying to work out why people thought and acted as they did and using evidence to convince people of the same.

Tony

History tutor

Interesting fact: I am currently studying for a PhD

Summed up in three words: Patient, determined, inquisitive

Interests/hobbies: Marathon canoeing, Harley riding, music festivals.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Using their subject knowledge to back up their point of view, showing an appreciation of the historical debate, making inferences from historical sources

Why do you love teaching this subject: I like trying to work out why people thought and acted as they did and using evidence to convince people of the same.

  Aaron    Mathematics Tutor    Interesting fact:  I once went on Holiday to France with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Rowan Williams)   Summed up in three words:  Fun, Passionate, Friendly   Interests/hobbies:  I enjoy participating in CrossFit most days. Also, I enjoy Japanese logic puzzles especially Hanjie puzzles and going to the theatre.   What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Vectors, Kinematics and Chain Rule.   Why do you love teaching this subject:  I enjoy sharing my knowledge and inspiring others to be the best they can be. Watching students gain confidence in mathematics and having those eureka moments is what keeps me teaching.

Aaron

Mathematics Tutor

Interesting fact: I once went on Holiday to France with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Rowan Williams)

Summed up in three words: Fun, Passionate, Friendly

Interests/hobbies: I enjoy participating in CrossFit most days. Also, I enjoy Japanese logic puzzles especially Hanjie puzzles and going to the theatre.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Vectors, Kinematics and Chain Rule.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I enjoy sharing my knowledge and inspiring others to be the best they can be. Watching students gain confidence in mathematics and having those eureka moments is what keeps me teaching.