What We Do
Each month our tutors reward student effort and progress by nominating for the ‘Student of the Month’ Award. Winners are rewarded with a certificate and a coveted place on the ‘Wall of Fame’.
Meet The Team
Gill TerryThe centre is run by Gill who is a qualified teacher with over 20 years teaching experience. Originally training and working as a Primary School Teacher in Bristol, in recent years Gill has taught Maths at two local Secondary Schools, including taking on the SENCo role in her most recent post. She is a dedicated and committed professional who has experience of working with students of all ages and backgrounds.
John AylwardJohn is a Law graduate from Southampton University who most recently has had 15 years’ experience in the IT industry working for a multinational software company. His roles include sales and marketing as well as technical and management aspects. In particular John has a wealth of experience in training both on IT and Commercial topics. John’s main role is to keep us up and running by looking after all the IT.
Becky ThomasI started work straight after school at the age of 16, working part time in retail. At 17 I started a new role within an admin and data inputter, followed by a role processing mortgage applications.At 21, I started my career at Barclays Bank, where I worked various roles including cashier and personal banker for 6 years.Alongside my role at Kip McGrath, I am currently studying for my ‘Child and Youth Studies’ degree with the Open University.
Graham CooperGraham has taught in primary schools in Surrey, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire for 37 years as a class teacher, deputy headteacher of three schools and headteacher of two schools. He works to the needs of the individual child and places great emphasis on enjoyable learning. He believes fostering a positive, friendly approach is key to successful learning. He lives in Peterborough and is married with two grown-up children.
Peter WilsonI joined the Royal Air Force at the tender age of 16 as an apprentice and served all over the UK and Europe as a Radar engineer and laterally as an instructor in the RAF School of Education. On leaving the RAF I spent 7 years working as a Technical Lecturer in the telecoms industry for Siemens and Nokia. My next move was into engineering management, where I ended up managing 4 departments of engineers. A career change then ensued when I joined Thomas Deacon Academy as a member of the Intervention team, working with classes and small groups to improve their basic maths skills. My duties at “TDA” also involved teaching maths to year 7 to 11 pupils both as a class and intervention teacher.
Liza PignatielloI’m Liza Pignatiello. I live in Peterborough with my husband, four children, Peppy the dog, Tsuki the cat and a snail called Jerold.I studied Linguistics (learning about different languages and how they work) at University College London. After that, I went on to do a PGCE at Homerton College, Cambridge because I wanted to become a primary school teacher. I taught in a local primary school for many years, where I especially enjoyed teaching English, French and Cookery. At the moment, I’m busy looking after my family, but if I have time, I love to cook, read, run and practice yoga.
Maddie PembertonMy name is Maddie and I live in South Lincolnshire with my husband and four amazing children. I trained to become a Teacher in 2000 at Roehampton in London where I specialised in Early Years. I went on to work in both State and Private Primary Schools teaching throughout Reception and Key Stage 1. In addition to teaching in School I spent six years marking Key Stage 2 SATs Tests in Science until they were phased out.
As well as being passionate about Early Years Education I am currently training with the British Dyslexia Association and working towards becoming a Certified Specialist Teacher of Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties. Inspired by my beautiful youngest daughter I am working hard to collect and develop resources and ideas to help children gain and retain literacy skills when the usual methods haven’t worked effectively.
When I am not busy with my family I love spending time with and competing with our horses.