Holland Park Tuition & Education Consultants is comprised of a team of friendly and professional individuals who are driven by a passion for education and helping young people. We are delighted to have families return to us year after year, and recommend us to their friends and colleagues.
We focus on providing impeccable service, and make it our mission to fully understand the needs of every family we work with. Our in-depth knowledge of the competitive UK schools landscape and our extensive network of some of the country’s most in-demand private tutors, enable us to deliver on this promise.
Having been educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School and Oxford University, Camilla believes passionately that education should be enriching and exciting. Camilla trained with the Teach First programme, giving her valuable insight into the changing landscape of British education and the impact of government policy on schools. She then taught History for eight years, latterly at Latymer Upper School, west London’s most competitive and dynamic co-educational school.
Her broad knowledge of UK independent schools enables her to support and advise families in identifying suitable schools for their children and then to prepare children for entrance examinations and interviews. Similarly, Camilla has many years of experience in advising families on university entrance, including Oxbridge, from identifying the right course and college through to impressing the admissions tutor at interview.
Padraic was Deputy Master at Westminster Under School, a selective preparatory school of 290 boys aged 7 to 13; and more recently was Headmaster of Cameron House, a co-educational pre-prep and prep school in Chelsea, London.
With over 15 years’ teaching and leadership experience, Padraic has an outstanding understanding of the UK’s independent schools landscape. He is perfectly placed to support families in a range of areas including identifying the right schools and universities; and preparing children for entrance exams and interviews into competitive schools and Oxbridge.
Padraic will lead our Consultancy team whilst Camilla Smiley, our Director of Consulting, is on maternity leave.
Educated at Radley College, and SOAS, the University of London, and Beijing Normal University, Alec has been based between China and the UK since 2014. Alec has over three years’ experience in education with over two years’ experience in education consulting in China, successfully helping Chinese students apply to the UK’s top boarding schools. With experience tutoring and mentoring students aged from 9 to 15 years, Alec is in the best position to help families find the right school for their child, as well as ensure they are fully prepared for any entrance exams or interviews.
Alec is based in our Shanghai office and will work closely with our London team to provide Chinese families with a comprehensive and international service.
Phoebe McKirdy read History and English Literature at Loughborough University before going on to achieve her Masters in History of International Relations at The London School of Economics. With an International outlook and interest in Education, Phoebe has studied and/or tutored in various capacities and countries including Russia and Sweden.
Now based in Dubai, Phoebe has developed an expertise in the workings of different international curricula, schools and universities. With this knowledge, she is able to offer impartial and expert support and advice to families in identifying the best academic route for their children. Phoebe’s love of learning motivates her to find the best tutor, school or university for each student.
Richard Scott attended King’s College Wimbledon before going on to study music at The Royal College of Music. He spent several years teaching both classroom music and singing lessons at several schools in Notting Hill, London. Richard later enrolled at the University of London where he studied for an MA in English Literature and Poetry. His love for teaching fostered during his first degree saw him supplemented his Masters’ work by tutoring for Holland Park, and over the years he became a highly sought-after private tutor, specialising in preparing students for school entrance examinations (such as the 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+).
His years of experience have certified his belief that one-to-one study represents the best way to harness a child’s educational potential and, in so doing, reinforces their self-confidence and their feeling of self-worth. Now managing Holland Park’s tutor recruitment process, his experience informs our selection of only the most capable and engaging tutors.
Philip Lough is the former Head of Westminster Under School, and in the last two decades he has held headships and senior posts in prestigious prep and public schools. Prior to Westminster Under School, Philip was the head of The Hall School in Hampstead and Windlesham House School in West Sussex, and before that he was a Housemaster and languages teacher at Marlborough College, Wiltshire.
Philip is a former ISI school inspector and since 1998 a governor of various state and independent schools. He is a trustee of an educational charity promoting good practice across the primary sector, for both maintained and independent schools. Philip was educated at Sherborne School (where he was a scholar), and Trinity College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages. Philip received his PGCE from Durham University.
For many years, Gary Leboff has worked as both a private sports psychologist and a Performance Consultant at the Royal College of Music.
Through his love of coaching, he has developed methods of applying the psychological skills of international sport to the fields of business and education. Building upon his record with Premiership footballers, Olympic athletes and top-level golfers, amongst others, Gary has adapted sports-related strategies to the demands of students going through the different stages of their educational career.
Steeped in the ethos of champions, Gary’s approach to confidence coaching and sport psychology is refreshing, accessible and user friendly. His clients include England striker Jermaine Defoe, Champions League winner Michael Carrick and Premier League winner Gareth Barry, as well as other international footballers including Peter Crouch and Joe Cole.