Durham University: BA Hons in Theology 2:1
Eton College: A-Levels - Theology A*, History A, Spanish A
Biography & Interests
I founded Oppidan Education in 2016 after 18 months working as a professional tutor in London. After leaving Eton College, I spent six months as an education consultant in Shanghai, advising students on entry into the British school and university system, before graduating from Durham University and taking on a full-time job in the education industry. I am a hugely keen sportsman and the luxury of organised sport at school is something I would love to return to. I am currently undertaking a challenge of running one marathon each year in a different European city.
Experience & Approach
As one of the few full-time tutors in the UK, my experience of tutoring is commensurate with any family’s expectation of knowledge within this industry. I have mentored students in the UK, Europe, Russia and China at all levels, for exams at 8+ through to A-Level and specialise in preparing children for the 11+ pre-tests. I seek to foster a comfortable environment to learn and to discuss, and a trustworthy platform to deal with and solve problems in subjects that students will undoubtedly have.
"You are incredible with kids. They connect so well and learn easily and very much as a consequence." - Mother of Virginia, 12-year-old girl
“What an incredible young man – Walter is extraordinary! He was fantastic with our daughter and she clearly learnt a lot from him.” - Mother of Year-7 Student
"I found our meeting today to be greatly enjoyable above all. It was a friendly and light-hearted discussion which felt very personal and professional at the same time. I feel like it was a productive time which has set me in a positive mindset for improvement and was an appreciated boost to the ego. You helped me acknowledge what I should strive to achieve and offered to provide what sounded like a far more general and personalised way of achieving those goals than anyone I've spoken to so far. Your approach took into consideration many elements of my life and looked to improve my happiness and work efficiency, with a set of high grades as a by-product of those factors, rather than focus on solely achieving a set of high grades, which I'm immeasurably grateful for, coming from an environment where little consideration is given to the external aspects of my life (aka the non-school parts) and pressure is put on me to attempt to achieve the highest grades possible. The inclusion of the information about your own life and experience made me feel more confident in your support. I greatly look forward to our meetings in the future." 16-year-old boy, July 2018
“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. 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 10-year-old boy
"What Ed has gained during this process is more important than the results. He was lucky to have such a great mentor and learned a lot from you. He looks up to all of you and takes you as a role model, which is indeed great." Father of Year-6 Boy
“Walter is currently working with two of my children and has completed two sessions with each. I cannot express how valuable they have found these sessions. They return full of confidence and brimming with positivity and enthusiasm. It's early days to see if this translates into academic uplift but everyone is thrilled with his incredible positive effect on them and I am more concerned with this than any particular academic performance. 'Everybody needs a mentor', says Walter. I couldn't agree more.” Mother of teenage boys, October 2018
“I can’t thank you enough. He really looks up to you (and in such a short time). He asked me if he can stay in contact with you after everything is finished this year and I said absolutely! The mentorship side is what I think he will really benefit from.” Mother of 11-year-old boy, October 2018
“Walter has been mentoring my 10 year old son and prepping him for his senior school interviews. He looks forward to his time with Walter and even asked me if he can continue working with him after the entire exam process is over. He leaves feeling even more confident than before. Walter was able to pinpoint exactly what his weaknesses were in such a short period of time and they are working on perfecting everything. I recommend Oppidan and look forward to working with them in the future.” Mother of 10-year-old boy, October 2018
”Thank you! He is so happy, he can't quite believe it as he found the test so hard. Thank you so much for giving him the confidence to enjoy the interview, I really think it made all the difference.” Mother of 11-year-old, May 2019