About Us

Your Tutors


Nigel and Sarah
Apart from a TEFL qualification, Nigel has a Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and a Masters Degree in Education.  He started teaching in 1983, and continues to be an enthusiastic teacher and learner.  His main hobby is sailing, but also loves walking, cycling, music and cooking.  During the summer months Nigel’s boat is moored on the creek, so there is always the chance that you can join him for a sail, or you can do an English with Sailing week.

Sarah has a Degree in Fine Art and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and has been teaching since 1984.  Sarah paints and teaches in almost equal measure, but also loves to garden and walk.  If you paint, Sarah will be more than happy to set up an easel for you to work on, or you can do an English with Art week.

Together we have an active life which includes being very involved with the local community.  We keep chickens, regularly go to the theatre, swim in the sea from our local beach, ride our tandem, and of course enjoy the company of our dog Sandy.

richardRichard Hutchins is our Music Tutor

Richard was educated in Peterborough and with an honours degree in education took up his first teaching post at Tynedale High School, Blythe, Northumberland. He studied piano with Cherry Maleham and voice with Carol Andrew.

He first taught on the Island in 1980 as Head of Music at Lake Middle School and during his first spell on the Isle of Wight he conducted the Tritone Singers and Ryde Chorus and directed the Don Mills Variety Players. He then spent six years as Director of Music at Heathmount School, during which time school choirs appeared twice in the finals of Songs of Praise Choir of the Year. He recently retired from school teaching, completing his career as Director of studies and Music at Ryde Junior School. Richard has conducted most of the major choral works including Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Poulenc’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Rutter, Mozart, Verdi, Faure, Durufle and Brahms Requiems, Vaughan Williams’ Mystical Songs, the Misa Criolla, Missa Luba, Carmina Burana and Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio. He took on the post as Musical Director of the Bembridge Singers two years ago and is also back singing with the Tritone Singers.

Home tuition Programmes for Adults (18+)

We offer levels from elementary to advanced, leading to an exam (taken in your own country) or informal learning tailored to your needs.  We will work on speaking, listening, reading and writing, and any specialist vocabulary you need.

We can ensure that you improve your language for social, business, or pleasure at every level and for all situations.

We can give you a week of intensive ‘formal’ lessons, or just let you pick up language at your own pace as you experience living in a home and country whose first language is English.

Let us know precisely what your needs and expectations are before you arrive and we will ensure that you spend the time as you choose to.

A Typical Week

For those wanting a more structured course your week could be planned as below.

 MorningAfternoonEvening
SundayArrival and settling inDinner with the family
MondayNeeds Analysis & Course DesignWalk and talk in the local areaStart the diary and dinner with the family
TuesdayGrammar and punctuationCycle, swim, sail or sightseeShop and cook together
WednesdayVocabulary and pronunciationVisit a tourist attractionEat at the local Yacht Club or see a film
ThursdayFluencyCycle, swim, sail or sightseeEat at the local pub
FridayWriting skillsShopping expeditionVisit the Fish and Chip shop
SaturdayAssessment of week and further study planPack and travel home or free time

Because we may only have you as our student (or you and your partner) how we spend the week is up to you!