Helen Chaplain

Helping you to achieve in English

About Me

Helen Chaplain

Hi, I'm Helen. I am a fully qualified teacher and hold an MA in English Literature & English Language from Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Following a decade practising law with a city law firm, I have been teaching since 2010 and have worked in two independent schools, both with "excellent" gradings from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

In my tutoring, I aim to help you achieve your potential, from establishing a secure understanding of the basics to really stretching what you can do.

Whatever grade you’re currently working at, I can help you to improve your knowledge and skills.



I have experience of teaching Years 7 to 13 in English Literature and Language, with significant exam class experience and a strong record of value added at GCSE, iGCSE and A level. I also have 10 years’ experience as an EPQ supervisor.

My roles as Oxbridge Co-ordinator and Head of More Able and Talented at a high achieving independent school has given me significant insight into how to tailor individual approaches to learning to help you understand exactly how to respond to the demands of your course.


I am able to offer one to one or small group tutoring relating to English Literature and Language from Year 7 up to degree level, and can cover any text or examination board you require. I also offer preparation for the ELAT and mock tutorials/supervisions for Oxbridge and English degree interviews, and advice on preparing your UCAS personal statement.

I will work closely with you (and your family) to understand your goals and increase your skills and subject knowledge, ensuring that all sessions are bespoke to address your needs.

Each session includes advance tasks to maximise teaching time and feedback, work marked in detail with guidance as to how to improve and a detailed follow-up, summarising the advice given and work for your next stage, to suit your time and desired rate of progress.

I also run masterclasses on individual texts, targeting 9 at GCSE and A* at A-level. Contact me using the form below to enquire about availability for your text.

All lessons are conducted online via Zoom. Lessons can be recorded for revision. 

My rate is £60 + VAT, £72 in total per one hour lesson, which includes work set and marked per session. 

Additional marking and work can be agreed - just let me know your requirements.