Coming back to work after a holiday is always a slightly sad time. This year I was astonished at the amount of thank you cards on display, more than I seemed to remember.

I always mean to share these comments, a lovely job, but one that slips down the list of priorities.

There is a mix of comments from parents and children. I really treasure the comments from pupils, younger and older, after all we’re told children are a tough audience!

To Simon, Thank you for all you have done this year. You bring out the best in your students and make learning seem easy. Hope to see you when I’m doing my A levels.


To Simon, Thank you so much for all the help you have given me, from passing the 11+ to feeling confident in my GCSE’s.

You always understood how my brain saw maths and how to help me in a way no other teacher has. I’ve actually enjoyed coming to Kip and doing extra maths and I think I’m going to miss it. I don’t think my 10-year old self would have thought it possible to miss maths! Thank you for all your support, Love Phoebe x

A follow up email came in August……

Hi Simon!

I GOT AN A IN MATHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOO

and I got a B in Statistics! I am soooo Happy! Thank you so much for everything!!

Overall, I got 5/6 A*s (if you accept that Media is a double, its 6), and 5 A’s and 2 Bs in stats and French.

Thank you for all your help, and in English too. I got A* for lang and an A in lit, which I am slightly disappointed by because my coursework was so good, but I am happy with an A.

Thank you so much!

Phoebe X

Dear Sally and Simon

A big thank you to both for all your care, Simon’s brilliant encouragement, and Sally your great cajoling. As N would say “I can ask Simon anything, no matter how silly”

I know that Harry and Natasha would not have achieved what they have without your support.

Mr and Mrs Lloyd

To Simon and Sally

Thank you very much for your help and support.

Mr and Mrs Pun

Many thanks to you Simon, as you have increased the strength of my grammar and taught me how to solve difficult questions.


Dear Simon

Thank you very much for all your help. I am now ready for the test and I have enjoyed working with you for the past few years!

Ola 10

ps I have passed the test and I am suited for Grammar school!

To Simon

Thank you ever so much for being a wonderful tutor as well as a friend. You’ve patiently helped me through the hell of GCSE and lightened the screw on my head.


To Helena and Simon

Thank you so much for giving Oli a first class tutorial.


Dear Simon

We would like to thank you for all the support you have given to Rotimi over the years.

You have really made a difference and we will always be grateful.

He has improved in leaps and bounds over the years and in many ways you have not just been a teacher but also a friend.

Patience and Femi

To Simon and Sally

Thanks so much for your help in the 11+ test. I passed! NVR 140, VR 140, Maths 131

Anamol and family

To Simon

Thanks again for all your help and support. You will be missed by me! As a gift you can have my love and respect, two things that can’t be bought.


To Helena

Thank you for helping me in the first few months of Kip McGrath, you have explained everything clearly.

To Simon, Thank you for preparing me for my 11+ exams. I now think I am ready. I think Kip McGrath has helped me in school by 100%

Ada (10)

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