Meet the Team

Victoria Burt

Victoria qualified as a primary school teacher in 2005 and has worked in London, Bristol, Hampshire and Hertfordshire. She has taught from Year 1 up to year 6 was head of maths for 4 years and Key Stage 2 Leader, before taking time off to be with her 3 young children. While Victoria was still
working as a teacher in a primary school, several friends asked if it was possible for her to provide one to one tuition to their children who were struggling with maths.
After positive feedback, and more people asking for tuition in maths, English and preparation for entrance exams, she decided to take the plunge and set up Additions Tutoring to provide high quality small group and one to one tuition by fully qualified teachers.
She continues to research in best teaching practices and visits primary schools to maintain an excellent knowledge of the primary curriculum, changes to teaching methods and new initiatives that are being brought in.

Amy Ellen

Amy has been teaching for 10 years, and  most recently has worked in further education, training apprentices in early years and Key Stage 1 education. Having worked in an advisory capacity to improve quality in early years provision, her knowledge of the Early Years and Key Stage One curriculums is superb. 
In the last year Amy, has had experience in tutoring children aged 4 -7 and has developed resources that strengthen both English and numeracy skills. Thus, she has an excellent knowledge of the key objectives, standards and expectations of children from Reception to Year 2.  
She holds a wide variety of education qualifications including:
  • PGCE in Further Education and Training
  • BA Early Childhood studies, 
  • Early years professional status 
  • A1 Assessor award and Level 3/4 in education and training.

Gabbie

Gabbie is a fully qualified teacher and has been teaching in primary schools and as a private tutor for five years. She has taught in Key Stage 1 for several years, and as a result has an excellent knowledge
of the Key Stage 1 curriculum and expectations in years 1 and 2.
Having taught children with dyslexia and other learning needs, in both the classroom and as a one to one tutor, Gabbie has a superb understanding of how to support children with these needs, help them to gain confidence in their abilities and to reach their full potential.

David Roebuck

With 23 years of teaching experience, including 8 years as a Deputy Head and Acting Head Teacher of a primary school, there is very little that David doesn’t know about primary education!
After training in North Wales, David started his career in Lincolnshire. He then moved to Wiltshire and on to Hampshire, where he met his wife, and now lives with his two young children.
Over the years, David has taught children with a wide range of abilities and needs. He understands that all children are individuals and learn in their own unique way. David has many years’ experience teaching KS2 (year 3 to year 6) this, together with a number of years in teaching Years 1 and 2, David’s knowledge and understanding of children in the primary setting is second to none!
Recently, David started his Forest School training. He has a love of outdoor learning and the environment.
He has an excellent understanding of the primary curriculum and year group
expectations across the whole curriculum and is passionate about making learning meaningful and fun.

Alex

Alex has worked as a teaching assistant at a primary school in East Hertfordshire for the past five years. Currently, she is based in Key Stage 2, primarily years 5 and 6, but has also had experience in all primary aged year groups.

Alex works in supporting small groups of children preparing for SATS and transition to secondary school and is very familiar with the curriculum across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. She enjoys tutoring maths and literacy and making the learning experience lively and enjoyable. Alex has worked with children who have dyslexia or other educational needs and has also been part of a literacy support programme, working with children of all ages through the school.

She believes very strongly in giving each child a calm learning environment and the time and encouragement needed to develop their understanding and confidence.

Louise Nicolaides

Louise has been teaching for over 10 years, starting in the Higher Education and Further Education sectors but spending most of her career teaching in secondary schools.

She has a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies with Spanish and a MA in Contemporary Theatre. After graduating, she worked as an actress but soon realised that she had always wanted to be a teacher.

Louise’s degrees have enabled her to teach a variety of subjects and she has a wealth of experience in teaching, English, Spanish and drama. She loves Shakespeare and is always interested in making these texts more accessible to students in a fun, practical way.

Currently, Louise teaches in a partially selective school in Hertfordshire. The school is the head school of a Teaching Alliance, therefore, she is experienced in training and developing student teachers. As well as teaching in a school and mentoring student teachers, she works for a leading UK Exam Board as an Examiner for GCSE and A Level – this work has taken her around the country and through this, she has observed some really creative teaching practice in various educational settings.

Through her varying roles and experience in different educational settings, she has a wealth of knowledge in helping children to reach their full potential and gain confidence in their academic abilities.

Louise has always tutored alongside her teaching within a school and can see the positive impact that the 1-1 attention given to a student has on their academic and emotional development.

Louise is our specialist in:
11+ preparation (English focus)
English KS2 – 4
Drama KS2 – 5

Matthew Girvan

Matt grew up in Northern Ireland and qualified as a teacher from Stranmillis University, Belfast, with a primary education degree in 2015. He moved to England, to begin his teaching career in Roydon, Essex and continues to work there. Over the past 5 years, Matthew has taught Year 3 up to Year 6 and has excellent knowledge of the KS2 curriculum.

Matt is passionate about maths and has held the position of maths lead at his school since 2016. He was made a specialist leader of education for maths in 2018 through WETSA (West Essex Teaching School Alliance) and has just been promoted to lead practitioner at his school with responsibility for teaching and learning.

Matt has a firm belief that with confidence and motivation, every child is capable of becoming a good mathematician. He thoroughly enjoys the challenge of trying to help every child he works with reach their full potential and gain faith and confidence in their abilities.