Lucy Foster


MA (English) Christ Church, Oxford.


Oxbridge; UCAS; English to undergraduate level; French & Spanish A-level & GCSE; 13+ & 11+; dyslexia experience.

I studied English at Christ Church, Oxford, after A-levels in English, French, Biology and Maths (AS) at Francis Holland, Regents Park, and then Wellington School.

After graduation I went to Mexico to learn Spanish and stayed for four sunny years, working as an English, French and (eventually) Spanish teacher and as curator of an art gallery. On my return to the UK, I went back to Oxford for a Masters in Creative Writing and critical theory, for which I received a Distinction. For several years I worked in the editorial department of a large London publishing house, but missed teaching and went freelance in October 2013. Now I spend my time tutoring, writing, and working on the occasional manuscript for editor friends.

My specialist subjects are English (to undergraduate level), Spanish (up to A-level) and French (up to A-level). I also have extensive experience in Maths and English 11+ and pre-test preparation, essay planning, exam and study skills, interview technique, support with UCAS applications and support for autistic and dyslexic students.

I like to think that I build my students' confidence in, and enjoyment of, their subjects through patience, enthusiasm and, above all, fun. I especially enjoy the personal interaction with students, and the visible progress that is made through being able to tailor lessons to the specific needs of the pupil. I always come out of lessons thinking in a slightly different way about whatever work we have been doing!

When not teaching, I am usually reading, writing, dancing or in an art gallery. I am also a qualified aerobics instructor and fanatical about all things Latin American.

Georgie (19): 'I don't know how I would have got through the exams without Lucy - she is patient and so enthusiastic that I am enjoying the subject much more than I was before we started and feel a lot more confident - I think I'm going to miss homework during the holidays!'