About us

Meet our team

Hi there! We work with primary, secondary and virtual schools across the UK and tutor children that need the most help. Our inhouse curriculum specialists devise the lesson content and all of it is then delivered by fully qualified UK teachers. This is what makes the biggest difference to our students’ academic outcomes. We make years of progress in months, using this system. Feel free to drop our team a line to say hello – we look forward to hearing from you!

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Simon Barnes

Founder and CEO

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Josh Blackburn


What is your day to day role?

Having joined the company back in 2013, I now oversee the day to day running of the company with the support of a great team.  No two days are the same; whether looking at financial information, developing new tuition delivery methods or identifying new areas to support with online lessons.

What is your favourite part of the job?

Making a difference to someone’s life. Over the past nine years we have worked with lots of students who have been in situations where their education wasn’t in line with the norm. Finding a way of putting amazing teachers in front of them and delivering bespoke learning has resulted in students achieving their true potential which may have otherwise not been possible.

What do you like doing outside of work?

My passion is food and drink having studied hospitality at university and having previously worked as a food buyer. In order to try and protect my waistline (usually unsuccessfully) I enjoy cycling and attempting to surf. I am also the chair of my daughter’s preschool committee.

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Ryan Lockett

Director of studies

What is your day to day role?

I oversee tutor recruitment, content development, lesson quality and I support our customers.

What is your favourite part of the job?

Making a difference and improving students’ academic outcomes is what I love doing the most.

What do you like doing outside of work?

I’m very active; I love bike rides, spending time with family and trips to the coast.

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James Jones

Senior account manager

What is your day to day role?

Ensuring we’re meeting the needs and demands of the schools we’re working with. Discussing the various options and pricing structures to ensure schools are happy and get the best value for money, year after year.

What is your favourite part of the job?

My favourite part of the job is receiving positive feedback from both schools and the students; it lets me know that we are making a positive impact.

What do you like doing outside of work?

Following my beloved Chesterfield FC around the country and keeping active and travelling.

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Charlie Gatward

Senior operations assistant

What is your day-to-day role?

I make sure that the lessons are running smoothly. I assist with booking in lessons by liaising with clients. I also communicate with tutors and schools, dealing with both telephone and email queries.

What is your favourite part of the job?

Helping provide education to students all over the UK!

What do you like doing outside of work?

Going to the gym, going to concerts and hanging out with my sister!


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Amy Martin

Sales manager

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Bianca Donald

Curriculum assistant

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Maddie Ellis

Operations assistant

What is your day to day role?

A real mix! Contacting carers if students don’t arrive for lessons, sending out attendance notifications to schools, finding cover tutors, providing support if tutors have trouble in lessons and liaising with schools and carers to help understand students’ interests and lesson attendance.

What is your favourite part of the job?

The variety!

What do you like doing outside of work?

Baking and cooking, going to the gym and spending time with friends!

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Lindsay Mann

Curriculum assistant

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Amelia Acford

Operations manager

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Holly Hughes

Attendance assistant

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Jenson McDermott

Account manager

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Maria Loppas

Operations assistant