In 1993, James Layland graduated from Imperial College with a first class degree in Physics. A keen musician, he won the Sir Eric Ash Scholarship to study the flute at the Royal College of Music. He retains strong links with Imperial College and has helped numerous students gain places there.
Since leaving Imperial he has been continually involved in education. After several years teaching Maths and Physics at a private tutorial college in South Kensington he gained the post of Co-Principal in 2000. Within a year he was Principal. Over the following six years, James took the college from strength to strength, in academic results, reputation, size and financial stability.
Throughout his career in education, James’ passion for teaching has helped change the lives of a great many students from young children to university students to adults returning to education. Teaching Maths and Physics remains his passion and, over the years, James has clocked up over 30,000 hours of tutoring.
Our tutors are our greatest asset. They are a carefully chosen bunch and, unlike with larger tutorial agencies, they are well known to us; some of them have worked with our Director, James, for almost 20 years. This enables us to select the best tutor for each job.
In taking on a tutor, one of our main requirements is that they have a good degree from a good university. This in itself is not sufficient; they need to be friendly, reliable, able to teach and to communicate well with young people. All this, and much more, is considered when we interview prospective tutors.
We have about 30 tutors who work regularly with us. Our close relationship with them and our clients allows us to fine tune our service to best suit the needs of each student.
Wendy looks after us.
She is the main point of contact for parents, students and tutors and she manages the smooth running of the agency. By being in constant touch with our clients and our tutors she continually strives to ensure that everyone is happy with the service we provide.
A key part of her role is to work closely with James to decide which tutor is best suited to which student. This is absolutely essential if we are to provide the best service we can to our clients.