Gordon recently retired after teaching Physics for 40 years at The Latymer School, Edmonton; The Sir William Herschel Grammar School, Slough (Head of Physics); Charters Comprehensive School, Ascot (Head of Sixth Form); and, for the last 27 years, St Paul’s School, London (Housemaster and Head of Universities and Careers, with special responsibility for science, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science applications). He studied physics at Imperial College, London and gained his MA and PGCE at The London Institute of Education. He has sat on UCL medical interview panels for some years. Gordon has taken many school trips and expeditions during his career, most recently leading St Paul’s expeditions to Everest Base camp in Tibet, trekking in Bhutan and Nepal, and exploring the Ecuadorean Andes, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.
Head of Academics - History, Philosophy and Religious Studies
William taught philosophy at King’s College London (winning the Graduate Tutor Prize in 2008), UCL and Birkbeck between 2003 and 2012 while also offering private tuition to A level students. During this time he completed a PhD in philosophy and published a couple of academic articles on metaphysics. In 2013 William did a PGCE at the Institute of Education and then joined The School of Classical Russian Ballet. He also works as a private tutor for A level students and philosophy undergraduates.
Exams Officer - Maths and Physics
Andrew graduated from Imperial College, London with a BSc in Mathematics, and tutored in the subject while working towards his MPhil in Philosophy at King’s College, London. He tutors Maths, Physics and Philosophy in the London area.
Biology and Chemistry GCSE
Petra has over 12 years secondary science teaching experience in a variety of state and private schools. She is a graduate in Biochemistry from Imperial College, London. This was followed by work in medical research then industry (chemical and airline telecommunications). She has a PGCE in secondary science from Roehampton University, QTS and Qualified Teacher status. More recently she has marked GCSE Chemistry, Biology and Physics and is currently a Senior Examiner at AQA for GCSE Chemistry.
John is a graduate of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.
He taught English at Cambridge, the Manchester Grammar School, Downside School, Malvern College, and St Paul’s School where he was Head of English for twenty-five years. He was an A Level examiner and chaired the ISEB CE English setting team. He is delighted to be teaching Pre-U English, having been part of the team which designed the exam.
English Language and Literature A-Level and GCSE
Sean achieved a First in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, where he then also completed a Masters in Philosophy. He has taught Humanities subjects since leaving Oxford, from GCSE up to Undergraduate level – including English Literature, Sociology, Philosophy and Politics – both privately, and at one of London’s top sixth-form colleges, and has, outside of teaching, trained in both dance and acting. In addition, for a number of years, he marked the PPE entrance essays for an Oxford college.
French, Spanish and German
BA French and German, Oxford, 1st class, then MA and Mlitt in German. Taught in Munich for a year, then travelled in Spain and Latin America leading to a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Birkbeck, 1st class. Jules is completing a PhD in Spanish History of Art.
Schools taught at: St Paul’s School (25 years), Notting Hill and Ealing High School, Wilson’s Grammar School. Visiting German teacher at the Harrodian School.
Marina is originally from Russia. She has worked for 18 years as a Russian Language Tutor/Lecturer for Colleges of Further Education in London, including South Thames College for the past 14 years.
William completed a music undergraduate at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and taught music at Whitgift School in Croydon. He has specialised in choral music analysis and pop aesthetics, as well as lecturing on hip-hop for the Oxbridge Academic Programmes. Now pursuing postgraduate vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, William enjoys teaching singing and academic music, alongside coaching for the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
History of Art
Dido is a practicing artist who has exhibited in London and abroad for thirty years, and is currently represented by NoonPowell Fine Art, she works on commissions for individuals, colleges, (City and Islington and David Game) and hospitals (St Mary’s Paddington, and Charing Cross Hospital)
Dido has been running themed series of museum guided tours in London through the Academy of Ideas since 2017 and has presented talks at The Battle of Ideas Conference for the last 4 years.
Dido has taught Art at schools and university level. Dido’s degree was in fine art from Leeds, and she also has a PGCE from the Institute of Education. She has taught History of Art at A level since 1980.
Art and History of Art
Andrew studied History of Art at St. John’s College, Cambridge, before completing a degree in Fine Art at the Ruskin School, Oxford. He teaches and tutors Art and History of Art alongside his own practice and has recently finished a residency at Eltham College in South East London.
Viktoria studied at the Music Specialist School in Kharkiv, Ukraine and graduated from the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow where she studied with Professor Semion Mikityansky, pupil of legendary Professor Stolyarsky and subsequently with Irina Grebneva in Ukraine. Viktoria became a soloist of the Kharkiv State Philharmonic and Professor of the Kharkiv State Conservatoire. She was broadcast on radio and television in Ukraine.
In 1996 Viktoria moved to London. Her career as an educator encompassed teaching and examining posts at Eton College, Rykkio School, Specialist Music School in Stockholm, London Music Masters and the London College of Music and Media.
Viktoria performed acclaimed solo and chamber music concerts at leading venues, including Wigmore Hall, where she gave the UK premiere of Valentine Silvestrov’s Post Scriptum Sonata. She performed in France, Sweden, Austria, USA and India.
Since 2001 Viktoria has been teaching at the Royal College of Music. Many of her students have won prizes at prestigious National and International Competitions such as the Martin Musical Scholarship Philharmonia Orchestra, Thirteen International Competition Young Virtuosos in Sofia Bulgaria, Golden Strings International Competition in Carnegie Hall, New York. Each year Viktoria’s students win major music scholarships to leading public schools such as Eton College, St Paul’s Girls and Boys Schools, Westminster, Wycombe Abbey, Menuhin School, and Purcell School. Many of her mentored students have progressed to universities such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, Oxford and Cambridge.
Viktoria has given Masterclasses at the Euro Arts Festival in Vienna, Young Virtuosi and Musical Summers in Moulin D’ande in France, Middlebury College in Vermont, New Virtuosi in London, Deli and Jaipur in India. She also was on international Jury panels for string competitions in Madeira and Finland.
Viktoria is a director of the Tsukanov Family Foundation. She is also the founding director of the Jersey International Music Masterclasses which provides performance experience for students at many concert venues in Jersey combined with soloist and chamber music tuition from distinguished professors; Dmitri Bashkirov, Leonid Margarius, Zakhar Bron, Mark Messenger, Vanessa Latarche, Leonid Gorokhov and Michael Kugel.