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  • UCL: MA Anthropology 1st (Distinction)

  • Oxford University: English Literature 2:1

  • St Paul’s Girls’ School: A-levels - English Literature A, Latin A, Ancient Greek A

Biography & Interests

I graduated from Oxford University in 2016 with an English Literature degree and have since received a distinction for my masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology at UCL. I currently work at an education charity in Hackney, supporting students between the ages of eight and eighteen with their academic and future goals. Outside of academics, I am an author whose first non-fiction book about a small fishing village in Cornwall will be published by Bloomsbury in January 2020. Previously, I was an intern at the Times Literary Supplement and continue to write bylines for them as well as other literary publications. My favourite thing in the world is reading - be that children's literature, non-fiction, poetry, plays or contemporary fiction. A huge part of mentoring, for me, is instilling the same passion and enthusiasm for literature in my students, no matter their age or ability.

Experience & Approach

I am an English specialist at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. I have been mentoring and tutoring for the last five years and have extensive extensive experience in 11+, 13+ and common entrance examination practice, as well as A-level and GCSE support in English Literature, Classics and Social Sciences. I have worked with over 30 families at Oppidan and have completed recently my 500th hour of teaching.

In 2018, I was the Leader on Oppidan Camps and had over 250 children in my care over the course of the summer. I now work helping children get into university with the charity IntoUniversity.

I have also worked with multiple students for several years, offering them more general support with homework, reading and creative writing. I also taught Latin to primary school students as a teenager. For me, the most important aspect of mentoring - and the one that gives me most pleasure - is to take my students well beyond their school syllabuses and inspire them in their studies. I don't believe there is a single approach to mentoring that suits all students, so I like to really get to know the child I am working with and tailor the sessions towards them and their interests.


"Lamorna was a lovely girl who Millie quickly took to. She seemed to take on board Lamorna's tips so that is very helpful. We all liked her. Thank you for sending her." Mother of Year-7 girl

"She was an absolute pleasure to have around. I could not think of a nicer house guest. David liked her very much." Father of David, Year-7 boy

"Eddie has really enjoyed his sessions with Lamorna, she has been a great help with both English and his interview practice.  We think she is ACE!" Mother of Year 5 boy, June 2018

“Lamorna has been fantastic. Alfie built up a great rapport with her on the Oppidan Camp this summer, and it is wonderful to see how sparky he is in her company. She is brilliant at making their sessions fun and interesting. She has a wonderful way with children and has also been very supportive to Poppy who is 17 and in Upper 6th. She recommended a very good book for Poppy to read whilst researching for her Personal Statement. She encouraged Poppy to email her with any questions (Poppy is not always very good at asking for help!) and gave her some really constructive feedback for the PS. She would be an amazing teacher!” Mother of 11-year-old boy, October 2018

“Lamorna is amazing with M. I mean amazing. M has really been able to talk to her and it has been a hugely successful relationship.” Mother of GCSE student, February 2019

“Ms. Lamorna is an exceptional teacher. She helped me so much with my english work and made me believe in myself, and learn not to doubt my work. Even though I’ve completed my english A level now, I’m still reading and writing. I can’t thank her enough for all the help I was given.” A level student, August 2019