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I am one of the most experienced full-time RS/philosophy tutors in the UK. I have a degree in Theology from Cambridge and thousands of hours of experience in RS/philosophy for OCR, AQA, Pre-U and Edexcel exam boards. If you want a professional RS tutor who's been doing the job full-time since 2010, look no further! I have a great track record of producing A grades and lots of letters of recommendation.

Feedback from my students emphasises my friendliness, ability to boost confidence, understanding of the specifications and my ability to teach exam technique. Book me for a free one hour trial session and we can take things from there!

I prefer online tuition, but depending on your location and exact free times I can offer in person tuition.

Extracts from letters of recommendation (available in full on request):

"James is an extremely capable and sensitive tutor. He really managed to engage my 18-year-old son at a point when he was feeling out of his depth and pretty despondent about having chosen to study theology at A level. James repeatedly managed to explain complex ideas through simple analogies and yet was not in any way condescending. He was very thorough and always seemed to take great care to ensure that concepts were fully understood and that the correct notes had been taken. Indeed he managed to turn things around completely for my son, and got him to really start enjoying theology again. It is fair to say that it was James who was solely responsible for regenerating my son's enthusiasm for the subject."
Mother of RS (OCR) A-Level, 2019
Grade received: A

"I am just writing to thank you for your support and input. My daughter got a D in her mock earlier this year ... You immediately set about lifting her spirits and inspiring her with high-quality one-to-one tuition. She loved her on-line sessions with you and it was quickly obvious to my wife and me that you were getting traction. But for her to get an A really was at the top end of our expectations. Thank you. You have made a big difference to one very happy 18 year old."
Father of A-Level RS (Edexcel) student
Grade received: A

"James know the Pre U syllabus very well - something that can't be said of all the tutors...I would not hesitate to recommend James."
Mother of Pre-U Theology & Philosophy student, 2019
Grade received: Distinction

"Incredibly reliable and professional...James' superior knowledge and passion for his subject resulted in my son gaining both in confidence and ability and led him to succeed in achieving a Distinction grade when his school had predicted a Merit."
Mother of Pre-U Philosophy student
Grade received: Distinction

"James's enthusiasm, attention to detail and ability to make the lessons interesting and absorbing has paid off...I cannot recommend James highly enough. He is punctual and thoughtful and I would not hesitate to hire him again in the future."
Mother of Religious Studies (Edexcel) student
Grade received: A

"A great source of help to my daughter over the past two years making smooth preparations for her to retake her AS level, alongside her continuing work towards her A level. He contributed invaluably."
Mother of Philosophy A-Level (AQA) Candidate.
Grade received: A

"He immediately established a very good working relationship with my daughter which encouraged her to really engage with the subject and plan and think about the topics in depth. He helped her with the structure of her essays and how to build up a coherent and well thought out argument...I would highly recommend James as a Philosophy tutor."
Mother of Religious Studies (OCR) student.
Grade received: A

"My daughter was unable to attend school due to illness, and so James was entirely responsible for her preparation. James was a diligent tutor, who managed to convey this difficult subject with a lightness of touch. I know that my daughter enjoyed her lessons enormously and that she found it easy to learn from James. He not only imparted the necessary knowledge but also inspired her with confidence."
Mother of Pre-U Philosophy & Theology student
Grade Received: Distinction

"James was brilliant. Despite tutoring my two twin daughters at the same time, he adapted his teaching style to suit both of them differently. He made the whole course much easier for them to understand than they had found at school. Beyond this, he boosted their confidence and increased their essay writing skills. He provided a large amount of digital handouts which they also found useful. Both girls ended up with very high As in all the topics he taught them in."
Mother of twin daughters taught in Religious Studies (OCR) and Philosophy (AQA).
Grades received: A

If there is a results-based bonus I am happy to negotiate the hourly fee.

Tutoring Experience

I have thousands of hours of tuition experience built up years of full-time tutoring. Some of the specific subjects I have taught include:

Cambridge Pre-U Theology & Philosophy
Philosophy A Level (AQA, OCR and Edexcel)
Religious Studies (OCR, AQA and Edexcel) GCSE, A Level
Government & Politics (Edexcel and OCR)
Theology and Religious Studies at degree level (I have helped six different students receive good grades for third year RS dissertations)
Oxbridge applications and interview practice

Tutoring Approach

Receiving tuition can be a bit daunting at first, so I try to make sure my students feel I'm on their side and there to help them with anything they might not feel able to figure out at school.

My approach to tuition is to assess what specific needs a student has and then to organise the sessions around those needs. Some students need essay technique help and some have a specific set of topics they want to go over. Others might need an entire course taught to them as they have left school or are being home educated.

In my years of tuition, I have built up a cloud-based digital archive of hundreds of handouts which can help a student get back on track and achieve the highest possible grade.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Cambridge University2010BachelorsBA (Hons) Theology & Religious Studies
Haywards Heath College2007CollegeA Level History
Haywards Heath College2007CollegeA Level Politics & Government
Haywards Heath College2007CollegeA Level English

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