Kay Atkinson


I find all Social Sciences fascinating as they give me a great understanding of the world. I studied Latin American Studies, a multi-disciplinary degree that included major components in sociology and Economics. These components helped me progress on the theories learned at A Level and discover how they relate to developing countries.     I then began teaching these subjects at A level following my PGCE and taught for 23 years in both 11-18 schools and Sixth Form Colleges around Hampshire and Yorkshire. In 2017 I also completed a part-time MA in Research at Leeds University.

For the last six years, I have concentrated on teaching and tutoring one-to-one, building on my twenty years of experience as an examiner and assessor for AQA, OCR and CIE exam boards. I enjoy helping my students love these fascinating subjects.   Alongside this role, I am a tour guide for Food Tours in Yorkshire, taking small groups to local independent restaurants and bars to taste delicious food and wine and meeting many interesting people visiting the area.  

I live in Harrogate with my partner and two cats and have two daughters who have now left home. I love the Spanish language and culture and have previously lived in Spain and Mexico. I am always trying to improve my use of the language, and  I am currently also trying to improve my French. I have always loved travelling, and my recent trips have taken me to Sri Lanka and the Baltic countries.  

Regarding my teaching, I hope my enthusiasm for my subjects, kindness, patience and clear feedback on students’ assignments help all students achieve their aims.

Subjects: Economics, Sociology