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HARRY L

  • British Psychotherapy Foundation: Psychotherapy Today

  • BPP Law School: Legal Practice Course (Distinction)

  • Graduate Diploma of Law (Distinction) 

  • University of Oxford, Lincoln College: Classical Archaeology & Ancient History 1st Class Degree

  • The King’s School Canterbury, King's Scholar: A Levels - English A, History A, Latin A, Critical Thinking A

Biography & Interests

I'm an ex-magic circle lawyer who joined Oppidan's team after finding my previous mentoring experiences very rewarding. I went down the legal route after graduating from Oxford, but then discovered that I much prefer the rewards of working to bring out the best in the young people I mentor. Personal development is, unsurprisingly, a strong interest of mine, and as well as mentoring I'm currently an English teach and am also doing the British Psychotherapy Foundation's 'Psychotherapy Today' course, as well as training to be a volunteer with The Listening Place. I'm also very interested in meditation and mindfulness, and have a daily practice. On the less serious side, I'm an enthusiastic rock-climber, a fan of Juventus football club, a regular theatregoer and I love playing and listening to music of all sorts, amongst other things.

Experience & Approach

My approach is shaped by my previous experience mentoring with Haggerston School and participating in reading partners schemes with local schools in London, as well as working in a summer school whilst at Oxford. I realised that the most important thing that I could do was to help my mentees develop skills and ways of looking at the world that they could use in all areas of their lives, rather than making them reliant on me to solve problems for them. I strongly encourage my mentees to believe in and express their own unique personal character and qualities, because, to quote David Henry Thoreau, you must "[i]nsist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession". I see building character as the heart of mentoring.

Testimonials

C got the headmaster’s award for her work in maths. Charlie has shown a great improvement in her attitude to Maths recently. Well done Harry, really pleased to see the difference you are making!” Mother of Year-6 student, November 2018