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About the lesson

After nearly 2 decades of working in science businesses in London I decided to return to North Wales. I am a qualified teacher I am committed to improving the academic achievements of children.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach science at all levels, GCSE science, biology, chemistry and physics, A-level chemistry and physics and I also teach business studies through to A level.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I am a qualified teacher, I have a degree in chemistry, I have an MBA (Masters in business) and I have 18 years experience of working in industry in science.

- How much do you charge?

If you book a whole terms worth of lessons I will give a discount of up to 15%, depending on the length of the term. I also run group sessions which not only improve your child's learning through being able to learn from others and to practical science, but also save you up to 45% compared to one-on-one sessions.

- Where do you teach?

I have offices at the Riverside business Park in Conwy. This is easily accessible from the A 55 and the A 470. It is easy to get to me from Llandudno, Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Llanrwst, Llanfairfechan, Deganwy, Llandudno Junction and Conwy.

- When are you available?

I work all term time weekday evenings, from 4:30 onwards. I run study groups and exam preparation classes during school holidays. I am also available during the day for 6th form pupils and for homeschooling.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I'm happy to teach pupils of any age and will help your child achieve their full potential from junior school through to 6th form.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

Whether you want to do science at University or just need the GCSE because you're supposed to have it, science is important to you. I believe the best way you can prepare for an exam is to have fun learning about a subject. I try make science fun and I think that having the tools to unlock the secrets of the universe is important in anyone's life. If you just take a look around you now there will be dozens of things that you don't understand. How does this computer that you're using work? What is the nature of the light coming from the screen? Why does the computer get hot? why is the sky outside my window blue? Why is that tree green? Every one of these questions and virtually any question you care to ask about the world around you, I can give you the tools to answer.

- Classes

Durring term time we offer face to face sesions designed around the students needs. We assess all term time students and build a programme around them. The face to face sessions offer a mixture of supported learning and examination preparation. We insist that students complete an hour per week of homework.
During holidays we run intensive classes with up to three students at a time. These are based on very specific exam preparation following a past paper and delving into the learning behind each question.
Our local relationships allow us to teach GCSE science to mature students and allow them to sit there exams and controlled assessments at a local school.

- Ages and Levels Covered

All ages are covered.
We support KS2 and KS3 Maths and science helping children to get the levels they are capable of.
We support GCSE maths, core science, additional science, triple science and applied science.
We support A level maths, physics, chemistry and biology.
We have experience of WJEC, OCR and AQA but will support students sitting any of the exam boards.
We support international baccalaureate students.

- Opening Times

Weekly lessons are at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 during term time.
We have slots available during the day for 6th form and mature students.
We are open a selected days during school holidays between 10am and 4pm.

- Tuition Fees

Face to Face term time lessons
KS3 £18.50 per hour
GCSE £28.50 per hour
A Level £35.00 per hour
All students are charged a £30 registration fee. They are provided with a folder containing all of thier worksheets support notes and homework. They get a pack of relevant past papers and a relevant text book.

Holiday programmes are charged at £50 a day for GCSE and £60 for A Level. Each day contains 4 hour teaching in a group of no more that 3 students, all materials and light refreshments are provided.

- Centre Director(s)

James Astrop MBA BSc (HONS) MRSc is the MD and Senior Tutor.

Dr Andy Stenson, Ms Roz Lofts BSc Hons and Mrs Janet Hughes BSc Hons are associate tutors.

Thier biographies are listed below.


I have a degree in chemistry and I am a passionate scientist. After nearly 2 decades of working in the pharmaceutical and healthcare businesses in London my family and I decided to return to North Wales. Since completing my teacher training I have made a commitment to improving the academic achievements of individual children by providing one-to-one tuition, study groups and holiday revision classes. I feel strongly that the education provided by the state in Wales is 1st class, however individual children need individual support that one cannot give as a teacher teaching up to 30 pupils at a time.

I have worked, trained and volunteered at a number of schools in North Wales, including Eirias High, Ysgol Clywedog, Ysgol Emrys ap Ewan, Ysgol Emanuel and Gogarth. I am familiar with the teaching, syllabi and examinations used at schools in the area, as well as having a detailed working knowledge of the National Curriculum for Science in Wales. I am a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and I am in the process of gaining membership of the College of Teachers and the Association of Part-Time Tutors. I have up-to-date CRB checks and hold public liability insurance. I believe very strongly in providing a safe learning environment, to this end with one-to-one sessions parents are welcome to stay and all sessions will be recorded on audiotape. I am a qualified 1st aider and have attended specific courses provided by the North Wales Ambulance Service to administer first aid to children and young adults.


I moved to North Wales in 1993 to attend the University of Wales, Bangor and graduated in 1996 with First Class Joint Honours in Biochemistry and Zoology and also won prizes as the top biochemistry student in the second and third years. I immediately began studying for a PhD in evolutionary ecology which allowed me to carry out extended periods of fieldwork in the Caribbean. After working at the university for nine years, I was faced with prospect of leaving North Wales when funding for further research was no longer available, but chose to stay where my family were happy.

All sciences, including mathematics, have always fascinated me and during my time studying and working at the university I found teaching and sharing the knowledge I had gained with others to be highly rewarding. I taught a number of courses in statistics, data handling, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as giving a number of presentations at international conferences and publishing numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Since leaving academic research, I have continued my interest in science and education, not least through my two daughters, the eldest of which is now following in my footsteps by studying at Bangor University. I completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, again at Bangor University, in 2011 during which I taught at Emrys Ap Iwan in Abergele and at Holyhead High School and have been marking GCSE examination papers for over 5 years. This has given me an understanding of the course material taught through local schools and an insight into the common misunderstandings held by some pupils and how some fail to achieve their full potential in the examinations due to relatively small issues. Tutoring has given me the opportunity to share my scientific knowledge and hopefully contribute to the next generation of scientists.

Roz Lofts

Rozalind qualified as a science teacher in 1992 and began working at Ysgol John Bright September that year. The next 20 years she taught A level biology, G.C.S.E. science and the beginning of GNVQ which later became NVQ and also BTech. Gaining experience in the different types of qualifications available Rozalind is able to teach in a variety of learning styles to gain the best possible grade from each of her students. Rozalind is also an A level examiner and has the insight needed to pass the exams at the highest grade.

- Special Offers

We offer a 5% discount on all fees for block booking.

- Directions


From either direction on the A55 take junction 18 and proceed past the cinema and Tesco's to the roundabout junction between the A546 and the A547 at Llandudno Junction. Turn left onto the A 547 towards Conwy. Cross the bridge and turn left at the mini roundabout by the castle onto the B5106 signposted Trefew. Continue through the archway and take the next left Benarth Road. The Riverside Business Park is on the right approximately 100 m down this road. Ashdown house is the ground floor of the1st building on your right hand side. To get to number 14 enter the building next to Guto Bebb's (our local MP) office and follow the corridor though the fire doors and taking the left turn. My office is on the right hand side.

From Llandudno drive to Llandudno Junction on the A546 New Road and turn right onto the A547 then follow the route as above.

From the Conwy Valley come into Gyffin on the B5106 Llanrwst Road, pass Ysgol Porth y Felin on your left hand side then as the road bears left past the old Billington's garage you will see Benarth road on your right just before the Bowling Green. Then followed the route as above.


The number 19 bus stops at the end of Benarth Road other buses stop in Conwy town centre by the railway station.
Once in Riverside look for ashdown house, it is on you right as you drive onto site. Enter by the downstairs door next to the MP Guto Bebb's constituency office. Turn left and follow the corridor though two fire doors to the end, turn right and we are in number 19 the second office on the left, next to the picture of the Butterfly Blenny.

- Additional Information

We accept payments by direct debit, standing order, bank transfer, cheque, cash and barclays pingit


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About James

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have teaching experience from Key stage 2 (junior school) through to 6th form. As well as being able to teach subjects, I have working knowledge of the skills pupils need to achieve good grades at key stages 2 and 3 (the national curriculum in Wales).

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes I have an up-to-date CRB

- Where and with whom did you train?

I trained as a teacher at Bangor University by undertaking a PGCE.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

The Royal Society of Chemistry.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I have pupils in key stage 3, key stage 4 and 6th form. my pupils have ranged from a high-flyer who needed straight A's to get into university to a "school refuser" in alternative provision needed a grade C GCSE to get into college.



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