Samantha Morbey-Burras


Learning and helping others to learn is something that I have enjoyed my entire life. Even at age twelve, when I made my family sit through my presentation on the sinking of the Titanic, I think I was destined to become a teacher. Fast forward through a BA Honours in English Literature and Media followed by a PGCE qualification, I finally reached my goal and became a teacher.

For nine years, I have loved being both in the classroom and tutoring students on a one-to-one basis, helping as many people as possible to reach their full potential. Although I have become a specialist in GCSE and A level (I am an A level  exam marker for the leading exam board in English Literature), I have experience in teaching all ages.

In addition to teaching, I have also been an Oxbridge Co-ordinator, helping students write interesting personal statements, research colleges and honing interview techniques. This has been incredibly valuable as I have been able to help guide students through an otherwise daunting process.

I have always been fascinated by all of the different voices and stories out there and the endless possibilities that writing allows. Where else can you hear forgotten voices of Greek mythology in one instant and then be transported to a futuristic world questioning the ethics of clones the next? Writing opens up worlds that would otherwise be unavailable to us, and I love helping students discover and question a range of different texts to see what they think.

Outside of teaching, I will usually be found on adventures with my family. We love being outside, gardening, crafting and creating our own stories.

Having a good understanding of English is vital. It can open up opportunities in such a wide variety of careers: Politics, Psychology, Advertising, Travel Writing, Teaching, Law Enforcement, Screenwriting- the list is endless. With so many options ahead, I look forward to helping equip students with the skills they need to start their own adventures.