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Mary French

Qualified Teacher, DBS checked, Experienced Tutor

I have been teaching since 1991. I qualified fully as a maths and outdoor activity teacher in 1994 and have been teaching in one form or another since then.

My first mathematics teaching post was in Zimbabwe in a small village school called Chakohwa Secondary School. This taught me how to teach with action and little English as their mother tongue was Shona.

On the maths front in the last decade, I have taught mainly at Ullswater Community College, and have had varying short term contracts at nearly all the local secondary schools (QKS, Kirkby Kendal, Cartmel, The Lakes and Ulverston Victoria High School.)
I have also taught in the public sector specifically at Christ's Hospital in Horsham, a Blue Coat school.


Jay Hebblethwaite 

Maths Tutor, DBS checked

​I finished my GCSEs with a 9 in maths and my A levels with an A* and A in maths and further maths respectively. I now have a position at Manchester University to study mathematics and computer science in the autumn.

I’m a qualified freestyle ski coach and alpine skiing instructor. I volunteer at Kendal's local dry snow sports slope offering beginner ski lessons to children ages 7-16 years. I coached freestyle skiing professionally with Snowsports England in a Futures Project, helping aspiring young freestyle skiers learn new tricks.

Working logically through these maths problems or ski tricks gives me an unrivalled feeling of success and I love to give this feeling back through my coaching and tutoring.



I am 53 years old, living in South Lakes. I enjoy swimming in the lakes here and I spend a lot of time cycling, climbing and bouldering too. My holidays tend to be sport focused typically climbing in the sun or cycle touring!

It has been and continues to be a joy and a privilege bringing up my two children. It has taught me a lot about myself and my priorities but more importantly, it has taught me how each individual is uniquely special and needs distinctly different attention.

My style

It's like building Lego. A firm footing gives the rest of the building a foundation to develop from. Plenty of activities and games, lots of concrete learning with blocks, counters, coins gives an emphasis on number work and the rest follows.

My experience allows me to provide sessions that develop in difficulty that matches the confidence levels, hence giving that lovely feeling of success when you have answered a question that you thought was just out of your ability!


I'm a firm believer in pointing out what has been done correctly.


By looking closely at the pupil's study methods and attitude to being presented with a problem I am able to support improvements with solving problems. This is obviously a maths skill but clearly has transferable learning into general life as well.



Students genuinely enjoy my sessions as they really can see their improvements. It is a privilege to work with these young people who work hard and reap their reward.

Mary's background and beliefs
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