GCSE and A Level Results Summer 2023

Congratulations to all of my GCSE and A level students on their super results! After the anxious wait through the summer months, they can now move forwards into the next stage of their lives with confidence having secured the grades they needed in English.

Below is a selection of the lovely messages I’ve received on the GCSE and A level results days. You will see a range of grades below as I help students of all abilities to achieve their potential.

Each one of these students presented different challenges and pleasures over the time I worked with them and I wish them all well for the future.


Hi Jonathan

I got an 8 Lit and a 9 in Lang – who was expecting that? Thanks so much, three years of your tutoring paid off! 

Asha Davies


Hi Jonathan

We just wanted to let you know Caiden’s English results which we are over the moon with! An 8 in Literature and a 7 in Language. We can’t thank you enough for all your help.

Wendy and Caiden Holland


Hi Jonathan

Emily got a 6 in Language and a 4 in Literature. We are absolutely delighted with the results. Thank you so much, she would not have got there without your help.

Ange and Emily Cole xx


Hi Jonathan

Morning!  I believe the boys both messaged you with their results. So a big thank you for getting them across the line!

Di Finney


Good morning Jonathan

Ethan got grade 6 in English and grade 7 in English Literature. He is very happy and would like to say thank you for your help over the past two years.

Anna Lau


Hi Jonathan

So in my English Lit I got an 8 and English Lang I got a 6. Thank you so much for your help over the years you have been amazing.

Luke Harrison


Hi Jonathan,

Thank you very much for all of your help! I got a 6 in English Language and a 7 in English Literature.

All the best, Dan

Daniel George


Hi Jonathan

I just wanted to thank you for helping me to a B in English Language A level. From a predicted grade of D at Christmas you really helped me turn it around. I knew my coursework was good enough after your advice and the redrafting I did and this gave me a push at just the right time to get my focus right. I could not have done it without you. Especially all the work on Child Language Acquisition I had been struggling with! Thanks so much.

Will Stone


Hi Jonathan

I did it! The A in my Lit A level I needed to get me into my first choice university. Am so happy – thanks for all the help and making me learn my notes properly. But most of all, thanks for the encouragement and help with my writing style.

Andrea Scott

GCSE and A Level Results Success


All twelve of my GCSE and A Level cohort for summer 2022 have now received their results and, without exception, they have performed extremely well. All at least matched their predicted grades in Language and Literature and in over 90 % of cases the final grades were above those predicted.

I am absolutely thrilled for all of them and pleased too that such kind feedback was sent to me on results day. It has been a tough couple of years for these students and the rewards they have received for their outstanding efforts make everything worthwhile.

Below is a selection of comments from parents and students to give you a flavour of how important success is to each of them. I am really proud to have had the opportunity to work with all of them.

Hi Jonathan,

I got my A level results yesterday, and I got three A*s! Thank you so much for all of your help with my personal statement and interview prep, as well as all of our sessions over lockdown. I really appreciate it and feel like they’ve prepared me well for Cambridge!


We wanted to let you know that we can’t express in just a few words our gratitude for the possibilities and opportunities you have given to Aurélia to explore.  This journey wouldn’t have been the same without your professional guidance, all your care and attention.  We know it was going to be difficult to be home-schooled. We needed the best teachers. We feel very privileged and blessed to have found you😊

Not only did you help her reach the highest grade in English literature with a  A* as well as a  A in English in her IGCSE but you also gave her the confidence to move forward and beyond in her learning.


Hi Jonathan

I got an 8 in English Literature and a 9 in Language! Thank you so much for all your help and I’ve decided I’m definitely doing English Literature for a-level.


To Jonathan

I got a 7 in English language and 6 in English lit!!!!!! After getting 5 and 6s the whole of year 10 and 11!

Thank you so much


Hi Jonathan

Thought you would want to know that Charlotte got 7s in both Lit and Lang, she is so pleased!!


Hi Jonathan,

Killian got grade 5 in English Language and 4 in English Literature!

We are really pleased for him,  he is delighted. Thank you so much for all you did.

Kind Regards,


Hi Jonathan

I hope you are well. I wanted to let you know that Shaan got grade 9s in English literature and English language.

Thanks so much for your support and looking forward to continuing working with you in Sept.

Kind regards,


GCSE English Language Resit Results

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Students of mine who sat the November English Language GCSE resit received their results this week and there was some great news for many of them. 

The highest praise has to go to Anoushka who transformed a grade 5 into a quite remarkable 8, an achievement which is going to have a significant impact on her future path in education as well as her employment prospects. Employers looking at her grades will see evidence not only of a high level of competence in critical reading and a range of writing skills, but also the tenacity and determination that underpin success in a whole variety of challenges that are encountered in the work place. 

I am so delighted for all of those students whose efforts have been rewarded.  It makes everything so worthwhile.


A level and GCSE results

Exam Success!

Congratulations to my A level and GCSE students on their excellent results in English.

I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work with so many well motivated students over the last year, all of whom have demonstrated commendable determination to succeed in very testing circumstances.

For anyone looking to the coming academic year for support in A level English Literature or Language, or to help prepare for GCSE exams in November or June, please drop me an email via my Contact page.

I have a little availability as things stand at present but expect this to change once the new academic year comes into sharper focus as we move towards the end of this month.

Thanks to all



Examination time – with a difference

It has been a very challenging time for all students in secondary education but those whose external exams have been cancelled have had to contend with more uncertainty than seems fair. Year 11 and 13 students have a challenging term ahead of them once the Easter break is over as they face a series of assessments to determine their final grades.

After last year’s chaos, the good news is that the algorithm chaos of last year has been avoided. Instead the situation for 2021 is that schools can determine grades by using a combination of mock exams, coursework and essays. In essence then, the grading system for this year is built around teachers’ judgements.

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GCSE resits success!

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Congratulations to all my GCSE English resit students for their super results in the November exams.

Every single one of them secured at least the equivalent of a pass, with a couple of students performing superbly to secure grade 7, or what used to be thought of as a low A.  I received some really kind feedback from one of their parents:

‘I wanted to let you know that William boosted his English grade and got a 7- we are all so happy!

Thanks again for all your help – couldn’t have done it without you.

Thanks again,
Kathryn Edward and William’

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Online tuition and the coronavirus

There’s an interesting article on the BBC today which includes a good section on the outlook for education in the near future and the role of online tuition.

Scroll down to the fifth section to see what Branwen Jeffreys has to say:


Over the past five weeks or so, all my sessions have moved online and students have adapted to this with remarkable ease, using technology like Zoom and Facetime effortlessly,

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GCSE and A Level Results

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A big congratulations and thanks to all the students from this year who have done so well in achieving the grades they needed. Thanks too for the great feedback on results day!

Best wishes to everyone.