"Stephen supported our son with English lessons throughout years five and six (KS2). Stephen’s knowledgable and encouraging teaching style gave our son the skills he needed to gain good Sats results. In addition to this, with his new confidence in both writing and comprehension skills our son passed the 11+ exam and gained entry into Torquay Boys Grammar School, where he is progressing well."

A D Exeter


"The major benefits from my son’s time with Stephen were helping him to break down into bite size pieces the various prose and poetry texts and really think about the context and meaning of the words. His organisation and work layout improved greatly and this in turn helped with concentration.

The homework set for him each week mirrored what had been taught and was a good rehearsal factor. Above all, Stephen’s encouragement and patience together with his background within the educational system was a huge factor in Hamish getting an A in his English language and is a fabulous testament to Stephen’s guidance and his ability to motivate Hamish."

M G Exeter


"I have worked with Stephen McConnell for several years on various assessments of A Level work in English Literature from the UK and abroad. He has a keen sympathy for students and their work, but is also rigorous, with a detailed understanding of what examiners and moderators are looking for in successful answers."

NJ Cassidy,  Principal Assessor for UK and international examination boards.


"Stephen McConnell is one of the most gifted teachers I have ever met. Both of my children (now aged 18 and 16) made fabulous progress with him at GCSE and A level, and I cannot recommend him highly enough. Stephen is a highly experienced teacher who knows his subject inside out. He quickly developed an excellent rapport with each of my children and they thoroughly enjoyed his lessons. Stephen's lessons were always thoroughly planned and personally tailored to my children's individual needs. He was able to adapt his teaching to their respective learning styles, which ensured that they each obtained optimal benefit from every lesson.

Stephen's manner is absolutely lovely and he is kind and encouraging. My son and daugher both grew enormously in confidence over the four years that they worked with him. A fabulous, gifted and highly experienced teacher with a lovely manner. I would recommend him unreservedly. "



"Stephen provided a number of tutorial sessions [via Skype] for my son in the run up to his A Level English and History examinations.  He prepared interesting discussions and other exercises which focused his mind on the key points in the subject material as well as providing invaluable advice on exam technique.  Stephen is a gifted communicator and an inspiring teacher with a genuine enthusiasm for his subject(s).  I recommend him without hesitation to other students and parents.”

SH Cambridge