Penny Barnes


I am a passionate and organised English Language Tutor. I studied for my English Language and Literature degree with the Open University. So I know how important it is to have quick and relevant feedback on your assignments.

I’ve taught everything from large classes to one to one tutorials, and from young children to grannies. I tailor my teaching to match my students’ requirements.

I specifically teach English Language KS3 and IGCSE as well as IELTS. I have a PGCE in teaching English to speakers of other languages. And I have taught international students for 14 years from beginners to advanced levels. I like to vary my teaching methods to ensure every student enjoys their studying. This will build confidence and help you to excel in your Wolsey Hall course.

As well as teaching, I work as a Cambridge English Language examiner. Being an examiner informs my own teaching, and enables me to give my students specific advice to pass their IGCSE exams. Passing exams requires more than a good level of English. Sometimes you need to unlock the question and produce just what the examiner wants to read. It’s always a pleasure to give a high mark to a well-answered question.

I live in Cardiff, in Wales, with my two children Charlie and Georgina and our old dog Pip. I also foster abandoned dogs and help to re-home them. We often have large hounds lurking in the house. They are great for a lovely long walk. And it is rewarding to help them find a good home. I also love reading, eating good food and walking on the long sandy beaches in Wales. I am delighted to be a Tutor for Wolsey Hall. I look forward to building your language confidence and helping you achieve your full potential.