What am I like as a tutor?  I am patient, friendly and thorough, and I enjoy making learning fun.  I adapt to how pupils learn best, taking a positive and practical approach to help them achieve their goals. 

Using a stimulating range of learning strategies and materials, I encourage in students a love of writing and reading, and I enjoy helping them make progress, think independently and realise their full potential. 

My excellent subject knowledge inspires confidence and motivation in my pupils.  I studied English at Cambridge University and gained MA and PhD degrees from University College London.  After completing my PGCE at the Institute of Education, I taught at South Hampstead High School in London.  I have over 25 years’ experience in teaching KS3, GCSE, A-level and English as a Foreign Language in secondary schools and colleges. 

My most recent teaching post was at The Towers Convent School in West Sussex, where I taught English for ten years, with outstanding results.  While at The Towers, I worked as an examiner for AQA English Literature.

I am a published writer: my book on Elizabeth I’s love of gardens was published by Faber and Faber (‘Elizabeth in the Garden’), and I have written for national newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times; I am also an experienced public speaker and have lectured at Birkbeck College, University of London.  My experience as a professional writer and speaker has equipped me with specialist skills and techniques to help pupils realise their potential and gain confidence in reading, writing and speaking.



I have worked with Trea for eight years. Throughout that time she has been an inspiration to the pupils in her classes. Her lessons have always been full of fun whilst stimulating intellectual curiosity. Trea has a passion for the English language both in its written and spoken form. Her gentle teaching style enables all pupils to engage with her and the task they are learning. She has a ‘you can do it approach to learning’, developing with pupils smarter ways to work and learn.  I have no hesitation in highly recommending her to you as a tutor for your child.

Anne Bowerman, Deputy Head, The Towers Convent School