THE OPPIDAN APPROACH
Oppidan Education was set up in 2016 with a clear purpose. Our aim has been to change expectations: expectation as to the merit of one-on-one support and expectation amongst children as to the value of their education.
We believe wholeheartedly in the role of a mentor in a child’s development. Our philosophy, both within the scope of mentoring and our summer camps, continues to help children engage with the challenges ahead of them. Having people who make it their priority to nurture children and keep them grounded is of huge value in an increasingly uncertain world for the younger generation.
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 nurturing of principles, skills and 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.
MEET THE TEAM
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.
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.
MARINA OSWALD is Oppidan Education's Client Manager. She was educated at Moor Park and then Stowe School. She has worked in Public Relations over the past four years with a focus on the lifestyle and hospitality sectors. Marina understands the importance of instilling confidence and happiness in children during the often challenging school years. Her interests include cooking, nature and exploring European cities.
FELICITY McDONALD is Oppidan Education’s Marketing and Events Manager. She was educated at Mayfield Girls School before studying Sociology at Bristol University. Having worked in the financial industry for four years, Oppidan’s ethos resonated with her, having used drama throughout her teenage years to help build up her confidence both on stage and in her personal life. Her interests include cooking, travelling and running.
CHARLOTTE FABER was headmistress of Garden House Girls' School in London from 2013-2017. During her time as Head, her priority was helping each and every girl on their journey towards reaching her potential, achieving excellent academic results to both London day and boarding schools, with a focus along the way on happiness and kindness. She is familiar with the early stages of education, and with the prep school world, especially the important transfer to secondary education at 11/13+ or, for some children, to a preparatory school at 7 or 8+. We are delighted to have on board with Oppidan to offer her unique insight into the world of education.
SARAH CHARTERS has worked in independent schools since 1997, becoming Vice Principal at MPW London in 2007. She was educated at the University of Cambridge, where she read Modern and Medieval Languages. She has extensive experience within the independent sixth form sector and is well versed in all aspects of university applications. She can assist with applications for any subject with special expertise in applications to Oxford and Cambridge. She has authored four editions of the Trotman guide “Getting into Oxford and Cambridge. Sarah is a great support to our mentoring team and we are thrilled to have her on board.
ASTEX of Madrid have been responsible for educating over 10,000 students in the UK, USA and across Europe. The company’s experience includes relationships with a wealth of schools and universities worldwide. Founded 30 years ago, ASTEX works with its Spanish clients to advise and assist with placements abroad. Oppidan is delighted to work in partnership with ASTEX on the UK side of their business.
VC CONSULTANTS was founded in 2012 to provide a highly tailored mentoring and guidance service for students hoping to attend university in the USA. Since then, Victoria Clarke (Brown University, class of 2005) and her group of specialists have helped over 500 domestic and international students through some or all of the American university application process, with a high rate of success. Victoria and her team provide students with unparalleled advice and support at a critical time on their journey to American higher education.
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
What Koza has gained during this process is more important than the results. He was lucky to have such great mentors and learned a lot from you all. He looks up to all of you and takes as role models, which is indeed great.
Father of Year-6 Boy
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.
Mother of Year-7 boy
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 mentoring 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 mentor 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
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 mentor 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 mentoring. The level of engagement, and depth of experience was significantly greater than any individual we had come across before. My daughter found the 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