I am a fully qualified and well-experienced French and ESL teacher (French national). I studied English for my DEUG at Université de Perpignan. My third year was spent at Sheffield University under the Erasmus scheme, my fourth year earned me two maîtrises (Double Masters) one in French as a Foreign Language (FLE) and the other in English Literature; the two years of my CAPES were split by a year as an assistante in the UK, and my CAPES was validated in 1999. Since I qualified as a teacher, I have taught both langages in private and state schools, in the UK, in France, in Spain and in Denmark.
"Academic rigour combined with kindness, patience and support - we
could not have been happier with the tuition our daughter received from
Fraser and Sophie when the school system let her down. With their help
she achieved her potential in her GCSEs and gained confidence, too. We
can’t recommend them highly enough."
"Initially, we approached Sophie as a speech coach for our grandson 4 years ago. A shy boy, often lacking in confidence and suffering anxiety, his communication skills were suffering due to some difficulty pronouncing and articulating certain words. Sophie was amazing in that she gave him techniques and exercises such as tongue twisters in front of a mirror and reading out aloud. There was often much laughter, the lessons were great fun and they had an instant rapport and trust. She was extremely helpful with the English GCSE syllabus and Frasier too as he helped with his Maths and computing skills. I cannot recommend these two tutors enough as not only did they go above and beyond in their fields of teaching they have become valuable mentors in our grandson’s life and given him excellent advice with regard to interview techniques and skills. They continued lessons, supporting and guiding through lockdown via the internet. Today, our grandson is outgoing, communicates clearly and with confidence and through the constant encouragement of Sophie and Frasier together with support from his family and friends has obtained excellent grades in his GCSEs and A’ levels. Thank you so much Sophie and Frasier."
"As a home educating mother of 3 (and now 4) children I wanted to teach
my children French but having taken my French GCSE more than 25 years
ago realised that I needed some help! My eldest three children started
having fortnightly French lessons face to face with Sophie in 2018 and
latterly we have had the lessons online with her. My children are now
12, 11 and 9. I can heartily recommend Sophie as a French tutor - we
have been delighted by her work and efforts. She has built a wonderful
rapport with my children. They work hard with her but still have fun.
We have seen real progress with their learning. In between lessons
Sophie provides us with structured ways to build on our learning which
gives me a clear focus to follow up, and she provides the children with
individual constructive feedback - always done kindly and with great
encouragement. She is always keen to ensure that I understand what the
children have been learning so that I can assist them with it at home.
I am confident that should our children wish to continue to GCSE level
Sophie would provide them with excellent support and guidance. I have
no hesitation recommending her as a tutor."
"Our son asked us to find him a tutor as he has a real interest in
science and maths and didn't feel his secondary school was pushing him
enough and stretching his mind. We feel incredibly lucky to have found
Fraser. Our son really enjoys his time there and the fact Fraser has a
laboratory to back up the theory with practical lessons is a massive
bonus and keeps his enthusiasm for science well and truly alive."
"My daughter had maths and science support from Fraser just before her GCSEs and through college. She is a bright young woman, but things had gone adrift because of various health issues, domestic problems and the “system” not being tailored to catch someone in her position. She arrived at Le Loft with some catching up to do, but also under-confident in her abilities and emotionally battered by what she had been through.The teaching was excellent and very individual to her educational needs and her personality. I know that my daughter perceived her progress as a collaborative process between her and Fraser and for the first time in many years she felt that her teacher had a genuine interest in her success as a person. The practical experiments were what really rekindled her interest. I will never forget the day that my 17 year old daughter came home chattering with wild enthusiasm about how she and Fraser were separating proteins from meat and that she had suggested hair dye as a marker as it binds to proteins and could she go back to help collect their data.The calm, supportive, atmosphere at Le Loft, Sophie’s presence, the cats, the genuine interest in my daughter’s personal development, made such a difference. I know Fraser and Sophie provided a sounding board when there were issues in my daughter’s life where an external adult opinion was needed rather than boring old mum’s!The teaching she received was great value and helped her to acquire the grades to get her onto the next stage of her life. However, it is the other aspects of what she gained from her time at Le Loft that have been so formative in the young woman she has become and I am so grateful for that."