Barnes/Putney/Online Tutor

A freelance writer and teacher with a background in theatre and public speaking, I support and inspire my students with the skills, joy and confidence to fully explore and share their texts with reader and audience. I am currently completing my PhD in Creative Writing.

Before going fully freelance, I was senior tutor at the Questors Youth Theatre (Years 7-9) directing The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and a Selection of Grimm Tales; Speech and Drama Teacher at Heathfield School with regular winners in the Watford Festival; and designed and led the 11+ Creative Writing syllabus for Susan Daughtrey Education.

I teach all levels in English, Communication and Performance skills from my base in SW15 (close to Barnes Station) and online.

Specialist Subjects:

  • Creative Writing
  • Comprehension
  • English Literature and Language GCSE
  • English Home-Schooling Classes for secondary school aged children
  • 11+ Exam Preparation
  • Public Speaking
  • Acting
  • LAMDA Examinations

Teaching Experience:

  • Speech and Drama Teacher
  • LAMDA Examinations Teacher
  • Drama Teacher
  • Senior Tutor
  • Director
  • Public Speaking Teacher
  • English and Creative Writing Teacher


  • BA English Literature (2004)
  • MA English Literature (2007)
  • LAMDA Diploma in Speech and Drama Education (2012)
  • PhD Creative Writing (2020)
  • (NB: Rachel does not have Qualified Teacher Status but has completed a PhD in Creative Writing and qualified as a Speech and Drama Teacher in 2019. She has a wealth of experience in schools, private tuition, writing and performance. )

DBS Status:

  • Enhanced DBS Certificate


“Our daughter was nominated as Scholar of the Week at her school today. Her teacher gave the reasons for her receiving such a recognition. In a nutshell her teacher highlighted the immense progress she has made with her creative writing and she is absolutely so happy with her work. She also mentioned that a couple of weeks ago, teachers from an independent secondary school came for a visit and a couple of the teachers noticed her creative writing work. They praised her quality of her writing and one of them exclaimed how he wished that some of his students could have her standard of writing!

We are so happy with the progress she is making with her writing and other areas but more importantly she herself has noticed that she can be really good at it. We just wanted to share her achievements with you as you are helping her in her journey to discover that writing can be improved and can be so much fun. Thank you SO much for your great efforts!”

(Mary, parent)

“Thank you. My daughter is really enjoying the sessions. She looks forward to them all week. The thing she appreciates the most is that you speak to the group like adults. I think they feel very grown up in your sessions – my daughter likes how direct and honest you are. It feels like good preparation for year 6 and secondary school.”

(Laura, parent)

“We’ve known Rachel for around a year in which she has helped my son not only enjoy his lessons but also further advance his skills. Rachel is nurturing, patient and very pragmatic in her approach. She makes lessons interesting and relevant. My son has enjoyed  his GCSE tuition with Rachel and is looking forward to completing his course.”

(Gabby, parent)

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