Chris, tutor profile

Location: Telford, Shropshire

Will travel up to 12 miles.

Expert subjects: Maths & English tutor to both children and adults, as well as 7+, 11+ and 13+ tuition.

Subjects and levels covered: 

  • Maths tuition
  • English tuition
  • 11 Plus tuition
  • Adult Tuition: In Numeracy & Literacy


Bsc in Mathematics with Statistics, from Queen Mary College, London, 1987


I am a highly experienced tutor of Maths, English, 11+ and 13+ entrance preparation, for the past 20 years, based in Calne (with my wife Kay). I also serve the areas of Telford, Shropshire, providing Maths and English tuition, for both children and adults.


I have 51 outstanding written references from parents – extracts of some of these can be viewed on the Testimonials page, and full signed copies of all 51 references can be viewed before any first lesson with me.

Maths tuition

I provide high quality Maths tuition with my speciality being GCSE Maths. I am fully up to date with the 9-1 Curriculum for GCSE Maths. My approach with exams preparation is to teach all topics in the GCSE Maths National Curriculum, but also to use many GCSE Maths past papers, to help students with their understanding of exam technique. I also have а proven track record generally of improving student’s grades by at least 1 level, and often 2 levels or more. For example, I recently helped a boy to improve from a level 4 to a level 7 in just 9 months’ tuition of 9-1 GCSE Maths (I have a written reference from the parent of this student).

I also had a student for GCSE Maths a few years ago, who came to me after getting a border-line C in her Mock exam. After 7 months’ tuition with me, she achieved an A grade in her GCSE exam. Another improved from an F grade to a B grade in 4 months! Such is my reputation as an experienced and successful GCSE Maths Tutor, that I have clients travelling to my home for GCSE Maths lessons from various areas, such as Chippenham, Swindon, Corsham, Melksham, Devizes and Marlborough etc.

English tuition

For English, I teach at KS2 English and KS3 English predominantly. But, I have experience too teaching GCSE English Language. For my English lessons, I have great experience teaching all core areas, such as Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Sentence Structure, Spellings and Creative Writing.

11 Plus tuition

I am also а specialist at 11+ entrance preparation, and I have а proven track record of getting students into selective schools (around 90% success rate, compared to only 5% of students who sit 11+ exams who get in). I provide high quality 11 plus lessons to students from all over Wiltshire, including Calne, Chippenham, Swindon, Melksham and Bath.

With 11+, I teach all 4 subject areas – Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

I also have extensive 11 plus resources, including the 11+ Bond assessment papers, both CEM and Standard Versions. I also have a great resource base of 11+ exam papers for both local Private and Grammar Schools.

I have successfully prepared students from all areas of Wiltshire for 11+ private Schools, such as Dauntseys, Lavington and various private schools in Bath, such as King Edward School, Royal High and Kingswood School. I have also enabled many students to gain entrance to many of the Gloucestershire CEM Grammar Schools, such as Stroud High School, Marlow Grammar and Pates Grammar School.

Adult Tuition: In Numeracy & Literacy

I am also now experienced at teaching Adult Numeracy & Literacy tuition, and I have had great success in these tuitions too. I am especially experienced in preparing adults students for QTS Numeracy & Literacy tests.

I have a 100% success rate for QTS Numeracy & Literacy Tests- all 5 passed their Numeracy Tests with me, and I also helped 2 of them to pass Literacy tests as well. I helped all of them improve significantly in their marks in the process. One of them had scored 9 out of 30 (pass mark was 18) on her 1st Numeracy test, but after 2 weeks’ tutoring with me, she scored 18 out of 30, to pass the test.

Another had scored 15 out of 30 on the 1st Numeracy Test, but she then improved to score 22 out of 30 to pass her exam. I also tutored this same lady for the QTS Literacy Test. She had failed the test before with a score of 16 out of 30 (pass mark was 18), but after 2 weeks’ tuition with me, she passed with a score of 24 out of 30.

Another student improved from an initial score of 9 out of 30, to score 18 out of 30 to pass her Numeracy Test. This student also asked me to help her to pass a GCSE Maths Equivalency Test, which she still needed to pass to get on a PGCE Teacher Training Course.

When I assessed her to begin with, through an initial exam paper, she only scored 32%, but after 10 days’ tuition with me, she then scored 78% in her exam (pass mark was 75) to pass her exam, and so was able to go on her PGCE course (I have a written reference from this student).

I also use 9-1 National Curriculum Resources for all my tuitions and have a vast resource base of past exam papers, for GCSE Maths lessons.

In addition, I am a great believer in building the student’s confidence with plenty of encouragement.

Extracts from parent testimonials for Chris

Index: Section 1: GCSE Maths references; Section 2: 11+ and Primary references

Full versions of these references, and all the rest of Chris’s 25 written references, can be viewed, before the first tuition lesson with Chris.

Section 1: GCSE Maths references:

“My daughter was tutored for GCSE Maths by Chris for a period of 7 months leading up to her exams, because she had just received a border-line ‘C’ grade for her GCSE Maths Mock exam. She took her GCSE in June 2011 and she achieved an ‘A’ grade. Both my daughter and myself believe this would not have been possible, if she had not been tutored by Chris.” 

Mrs Baker (parent), Radlett, Herts

“Chris was engaged to prepare my daughter for the GCSE Maths Foundation level exams she dreaded, and through his patience and expertise, he boosted her confidence considerably. The outcome for my daughter was that she passed her exams with a ‘C’ (rather than the predicted ‘D’ grade). I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris as a GCSE Maths tutor.”

Mr Llewellyn-Thomas (parent), St. Albans, Herts

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“Your teaching has been exceptional, Chris, as you were very patient, and went over certain topics I was unsure about in detail. Your years of experience and extensive knowledge of the exam boards were very helpful, and which subsequently allowed me to achieve a grade A (from a predicted ‘B’) in my GCSE Maths exams.” 

R Patel (student), Hemel Hempstead, Herts

“Mr Haycock was extremely effective in his teaching skills, and I was able to understand topics from the curriculum which previously seemed like a foreign language to me. His continuous encouragement built my confidence, which initially was very little. I felt very prepared when my exams finally came, and I achieved a grade ‘B’ in my GCSE Maths exam, which I was overjoyed about.” 

Ms L Lambrou (student), London Colney, Herts

“I first started tuition with Chris, to re-sit my GCSE Maths exam, as I wanted to get a higher grade (a ‘B’) which was extremely important for my further education. Chris is an excellent tutor and a friendly person, and knows GCSE Maths in depth. His lessons were efficient and well-organised, and I managed to achieve a grade B thanks to Chris’s tuition.” 

M Patel (student), Hemel Hempstead, Herts

“Chris Haycock tutored my son after the disastrous results of his GCSE Maths mock exams. In the 6 months leading up to the exams Chris taught, encouraged and mentored my son to achieve a good grade in his Maths exam (a ‘C’ grade). Chris’s one to one teaching method is intensive and thorough and flowed smoothly from week to week.”- 

Mrs M-D (parent), Stevenage, Herts

Section 2: 11+ and General Primary references

“Chris Haycock provided tuition for my daughter from November 2009 to January 2011 in preparation for five 11+ entrance schools, all of which she successfully secured an offer for. He provided a good structure to my daughter’s preparation for the entrance exams, and he successfully kept her calm when the exams were approaching. I would recommend Chris as a tutor without hesitation.” 

Mrs D (parent), Cockfosters, London Borough of Enfield

“We first approached Chris to tutor our son in June 2009 for final preparation for 11+ exams for Dame Alice Owen and Parmiters. My son gained a place at Dame Alice, achieving 5th place out of 900 students. I was also informed by Parmiters that he would have been offered a place there too. Chris’s gentle and supportive style led my son to like him personally and respect him as a teacher. I don’t believe my son would have achieved such good results without Chris’s tuition.” 

Mrs K (parent), Colney Heath, Herts

“Chris tutored my son for 7 months in preparation for 11+ exams for Rickmansworth School, and I am confident that Chris significantly contributed to my son’s success. Chris gave intensive tuition in Maths and Verbal reasoning, and had access to a large number of past papers. Chris exhibited a high standard of teaching and genuinely cared about my son’s progress, while inspiring confidence in him.” 

Mr Lee (parent), Croxley Green, Herts

“Chris Haycock has been tutoring both of my sons for the last 4 years. My younger son has been tutored for the purpose of 11+ entrances for Queens’ Bushey. At the start of the tuition he was only in middle sets for Maths and English. It is very rare for any middle set student to get into these selective schools, but my son sat the test in November 2010, and passed. He also achieved a level 5 in his Maths SATS, and reached top set in English by the end of Year 5

My older son has been taught by Chris in Key Stage 3 and GCSE level Maths and English, since October 2007. He is now demonstrating good targets in both subjects at his school. I am confident in recommending Chris for tutoring for 11+ tuition and KS3 / GCSE Maths and English.” 

Mr Rayner (parent), Watford, Herts

“Our daughter received tuition from Chris Haycock from September 2009 to July 2011, in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning. By the end of the tuition with Chris her levels had improved remarkably: Maths from a 3a to a 5a, Reading from a 4c to a 5a and Writing from a 4b to a 5a. She received the highest SATS results in her class. This is undoubtedly due to Chris’s extensive knowledge and resources.” 

Mr & Mrs G (parents), Shenley, Herts

“My daughter came to Chris for Maths tuition, because she was rapidly falling behind in Maths at school, and began tuition in Year 6 at a level 3c. Six months later working with Chris, she achieved a strong level 4b, due to the outstanding teaching by Chris. He was always very patient with her, putting her at ease with his friendly manner and continual encouragement. The tuition has now made my daughter a more confident child.” 

Mrs O (parent), Borehamwood, Herts

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