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HENRY B

  • Durham University: English and Philosophy (2.1)

  • Eton College: A Levels English (A), History (A), RS (A), Latin (A)

BIOGRAPHY & INTERESTS

I became very interested in academic work during my time as an undergraduate at Durham, where I read English Literature and Philosophy, and wrote a dissertation on the importance of autonomy to emotional well-being, alongside playing tennis for the University 1st team. After graduating I then spent two years in the world of professional tennis, where I played, studied coaching theory, and worked as both an assistant coach and sports psychologist. I am now doing a Masters degree in Philosophy at Kingโ€™s College London.

EXPERIENCE & APPROACH

I believe that everyone has the potential to thrive both personally and professionally with the right guidance and support. My studies and experiences (in both sport and education) have led me to a clear conclusion that helping young people achieve such holistic success depends on empowering them to develop autonomy as the basis for directing their lives. The external pressures of the education system often undermine this, however, with the constant testing and emphasis on results at ever younger ages leading to a fear-based model which diminishes sustainable long-term motivation by sapping enthusiasm and creativity. Negotiating this system is unavoidable, however, and so the challenge is to help students develop the core skills that they will need to navigate it, in ways that are inwardly productive for them. 

TESTIMONIALS

"Since working with Henry, there has been a significant improvement in both her performance and enthusiasm levels. He is a subject-matter expert, who carefully aligns his tuition with the specific requirements of the coursework. I've been impressed by his positive approach and energy levels. I have already recommended Henry to other parents and would have no hesitation in doing so again." Father of A Level student, April 2018

"I got an A* in History so Iโ€™m really happy and the work paid off! Thank you for all your help with the subject." A Level Student, August 2018

"Henry has been great in the last 2 sessions . You could see he cares about his students greatly and is very nurturing in his way of mentoring. I look forward to the next sessions to come." Mother of Year 6 Boy, September 2018