THE OPPIDAN APPROACH

Oppidan Education was founded in January 2016 by Henry Faber and Walter Kerr to offer a fresh approach to learning through the concept of mentoring. Self-worth, confidence and adaptability form the core objectives behind an ethos that goes beyond the narrow confines of exam preparation. Our team of mentors uses its energy and enthusiasm to help the children they look after: that is, to help them realise their potential to instil a humble curiosity in a wide array of curriculum subjects and to help foster independence in their work. 

Mentoring is the space beyond classroom teaching. It understands the value of education to be rooted in the formation and development of character. It exceeds academic support and allows for the schooling of principles, skills and life values that transcend exam-based teaching, preparing children for the challenges that lie ahead. Dubbed by many as "soft skills", these are, in fact, the hardest and most important. Walter and Henry founded Oppidan Education to promote these core values.

 

 
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MEET THE TEAM

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HENRY FABER is Co-Founder and Director of Oppidan Education. He was educated at Summer Fields, Head Boy at Eton College and studied Spanish and Italian Literature at Balliol College, Oxford. He has worked as an educational consultant in Madrid and Beijing and as a private tutor and mentor for all ages across the UK, USA, Europe and Asia. He is also an actor for stage and screen and other passions include racket sports, Chelsea Football Club and seaside golf. 

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WALTER KERR is Co-Founder and Director of Oppidan Education. He was educated at Cothill House and Eton College before studying Theology at Durham University. He has worked as an educational consultant in Shanghai and has helped pioneer full-time tutoring roles worldwide as a professional tutor for students across the UK, Europe and Asia. He greatly enjoys running marathons across European cities.

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TILLY ST AUBYN is Oppidan Education's Client Manager. She was educated at Beaudesert Park and then St. Mary's Ascot before studying Politics and International Relations at Bristol University. She understands that it is vital to find the right person and so as Client Manager, seeks to create a strong rapport between client and mentor. Her keen interests are African politics, travel, charity fund-raising and running. Next summer, she plans to complete the Lewa Marathon in Kenya!


TESTIMONIALS

 
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I just saw the Head yesterday and they told me, without hesitation, the exact projection you made for our daughter. We are so pleased to have found Oppidan; I knew we had found the best tutor London could offer!

Mother of year-6 student

 

We all absolutely loved Leonore. She was so adorable, clever, patient and what’s more, the twins would love her to come back in April!

Mother of 16-year-old twin girls

 

WE LOVE NESSIE - she is utterly charming and utterly perfect for Rose.  Cannot thank you enough for getting them together - a match made in heaven!

Mother of Rose, 17-year-old girl

 

Oppidan has subtly prepared my son for his Public School assessments without any direct 'interview practice', thereby avoiding the possibility of sounding in any way rehearsed or fake. He always looks forward to his sessions with Henry and never thinks of it as 'tutoring'. I am extremely grateful to Henry for his dedication and talent.

Mother of Year-6 mentee

 

Walter's approach was very original as he didn't only focus on solving Maths problems but he turned a small part of the lesson to a discussion about Maths topics and my son really enjoyed and looked forward to his lessons with Walter.

 

Oppidan completely unfolded English to my son in a wonderful way.  His enthusiasm and confidence have taken new directions since Henry began, seen clearly in his exam results. All of a sudden Shakespeare, W.H. Auden and Hemingway have become part our daily lives.

Mother of Year-6 boy

 

We are extremely pleased with Walter's efforts and moreover his manner and organisational abilities. Our son is enjoying his tutorials and this is a great achievement in itself. He is a star.

Father of 13+ student

 

My son has greatly benefitted from Oppidan’s help throughout his preparation for the Eton College entry examination which resulted in his admission. Henry's enthusiasm and passion for teaching made his sessions enjoyable and stimulating for my son, who views Henry also as a mentor with whom he has developed a lasting friendship.

William, father of successful Eton applicant

 

Intellectually brilliant, Oppidan works with passion, energy and rare charisma. Henry has a spontaneous, direct and warm approach. He knows how to talk to them, to inspire them, to gain their respect. Oppidan leads its students through the intricacies of exam preparation with a mature and contagious confidence. Oppidan mixes excellent education with a love for theatre, sport, football - the children can see how 'well rounded' they are, and are definitely inspired. Great role models.

Art executive, mother of Year-6 successful applicant to UCS

 

I just wish all education was like this - it would make so much more sense and be so much more effective.

Mother of year-4 boy

 

What an incredible young man! Walter is extraordinary! He was fantastic with our daughter and she clearly learnt a lot from him and found him inspiring.

Mother of Year-7 student

 

She was charming. Ellie said she was great! Very focused and direct. They got loads done and they seemed to get on well so....all good!

Mother of Ellie, 16-year-old girl

 

Alex was absolutely great. Very inspiring. Martino adored him. He is charismatic, cool and knowledgeable. Thanks a lot again!

Mother of Martino, 11-year-old boy

 

I cannot stress how happy we are to have met Henry. He is charming, brilliant, totally professional and has been a wonderful mentor for Eliott. We would recommend Oppidan Education without any hesitation.

Mother of Year-6 successful applicant to Summer Fields & Eton

 

We wish great success to Oppidan Education. Henry has been and continues to be tutor and guardian to our son Eduardo. We greatly trust his judgement and intelligent care of academic training and educational advice for our son.

The Lord Norman and Lady Elena Foster of Thames Bank

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Henry has been an inspirational mentor to my son who is in his pre-test year. He has been positive and influential, helping him to mature in his thinking, to think outside the box and to organise his ideas in an intelligent and articulate manner.

Mother of Year-6 candidate for Eton & Winchester

 

She really enjoyed her lesson with Imogen today and is looking forward to her next lesson. She went from moaning about it before to looking forward to the next one.

Mother of Nabila, 16-year-old girl

 

We are very pleased with Walter. He is an excellent tutor and I cannot speak more highly of him. Moreover our son really likes him.

Father of pre-test student

 

Oppidan have been the most wonderful 'find' amongst the sea of agencies out there. Henry is a wonderful mentor, a great coach and inspiring role model to my 10 year old son. Totally original, fun, kind and very knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects. We are almost sorry that they cannot remain a secret for those in the know, but are sure Oppidan shall be hugely successful…

Mother of Year-6 candidate for Eton, Winchester & Westminster

 

Walter was an outstandingly good tutor for our ten year old boy and helped him at first regain confidence in maths, then latterly prepare effectively for entrance exams. Walter understood our priorities as parents very well from the outset, and had the flexibility to change topic and focus quickly to meet our changing needs. He very quickly built a rapport with our son, 'got' his learning style and worked with it superbly. The work they did together improved our son's maths results dramatically and almost immediately. It also equipped him with very useful mental tactics to bring out his best in the entrance exams. In addition to the technical learning, Walter also fostered confidence with his encouraging, coaching approach. He has given us consistently useful, detailed feedback and has, in short, been a total pro.

 Father of 11+ student

 

Oppidan has an uncanny ability to motivate young students while pushing them to broaden their perspectives. Our son always looked forward to his Skype sessions.

Nicholas, father of Year-8 scholarship candidate

 

It was lovely having you to stay and what a great job you have done, Ollie seems on track with his work and really enjoyed having your help. I hope you are around next year!

Mother of 16-year-old

 

We feel very fortunate to have come across your tutoring. The level of engagement, and depth of experience was significantly greater than any individual we had come across before. My daughter found the tutoring sessions well tailored and that you were able to really get into the detail of the subject, giving her much improved understanding. Whatever the results, she benefited hugely from the one-to-one sessions, which were always thoroughly prepared, and delivered with enthusiasm and energy. Communication with me as the parent was also comprehensive. I hope we get the opportunity to recommend you and Oppidan to many people. Thank you for being so inspiring.

Mother of A-Level student

 

Oppidan produces results. Henry engaged with our son immediately and made learning fun. James went from scoring a 'C' in his English, which was his achilles heel, to an 'A'. Oppidan is adaptable, to make the learning suit the child.  We could not recommend them more highly, however so highly that we guard them zealously!

Parents of Year-4 boy

 

What a pleasure it was to have Walter to stay a few days, he was delightful company and I know Ollie found him very good and he really did kick start the revision that Ollie needs to do over the next couple of weeks.

Charlotte, mother of 16-year-old

 

Somehow he manages to walk the tightrope between making real progress and maintaining a spirited and fun relationship with his charge. My son has only ever looked forward to his arrival. With L’s school work improving term by term, I have no doubt that this is because of the inspiration and excellence brought to the work by Oppidan.  I feel lucky to have their support.

Bungie, mother of Year-5 boy

 

‪I was so pleased to find a caring, energetic and stimulating mentor for my son's senior school entrance exams.‬‬ He helped to make learning fun and inspired my son to want to understand concepts, poetry and current events, provoking real interest in learning.‬

Mother of year-6 boy

 

I am impressed I have to say.  Thanks for letting us know and for your efforts in getting Marcus' written English to this level.  We can't thank you enough!

Mother of Marcus

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