Our teachers are passionate, fully qualified and have QTS status, together with current enhanced DBS and Barring List checks. They  work effectively to plan the lesson for each student and work individually with them during the lesson. The teachers  set and mark relevant homework; re-enforcing the topics they’ve covered in their class. We always ensure your child is confident in a topic before introducing a new one.  

If your child has school homework that they are struggling with, we encourage them to bring it to Kip and get help from their  teacher.  


Sue is the Centre Director and is a fully qualified teacher with more than 30 years’ experience, working in schools throughout Derbyshire. In more recent times she was employed by Derbyshire LEA as an Advisory Teacher, across both Primary and Secondary schools – delivering pastoral care and training with great passion. 

With a B.Ed (Hons) degree from the University of Warwick and a Professional Counselling Qualification she loves the challenge of helping students improve their academic and life outcomes. 

Sue holds a Paediatric First Aid Certificate and enjoys home crafts, cooking and reading in her spare time. 

Sue has been a teacher all of her life; you could say it’s who she is – even when she was a child she knew then that this is what she would be. She’s always loved learning.  

Sue is a creative person, in particular she loves to make things through the medium of sewing and knitting. This is also seen in her cooking too – her creative side comes out in making food for family and friends. 

She loves nature and in particular the colours and patterns she sees. Sue is very happy when in the presence of any animal large or small. For her 60th birthday, we all went alpaca walking and she looks forward to the day when maybe she will have her own dog! 

Finally, Sue is never happier than when reading a book. She always has a pile next to her and enjoys reading novels, information books and books that help her to live better.  


Helen is a talented and experienced Primary Teacher, most recently working at Lakeside School in Alvaston. Her specialities are Early Years and Maths. Beyond this, she has taught in a variety of settings; even private tuition up to GCSE Level in Maths. Wow! 

In her spare time Helen enjoys quality family time and long walks in the countryside. 

She’s never owned a pet; enjoys reading books but doesn’t have an absolute favourite. Her most enjoyable films to watch are ones that make her laugh. 

Helen loves to see children’s confidence grow when realising they can do it! 

Her favourite colour is purple and she loves to eat strawberries. 


Gill possesses a wide breadth of experience, teaching at KS1 and KS2 levels in local Derby schools. She took early retirement from full time teaching and continues to work with us to the benefit of our students.

Gill loves travelling to Scotland to visit her daughter and grandson and their two gorgeous cats. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, board games, church choir, quizzes and lunching with friends! She also enjoys the theatre, especially musicals. 

Her favourite books are a set of 6 novels by Susan Howatch, based on the fictional parish of Starbridge. 

Gill’s favourite films are the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series!! 

Gill absolutely loves teaching because nothing beats the thrill of a child saying “ Oh, now I get it!” after her input 😊 

Her favourite colours are anything bright, especially pink. 

Gill’s favourite food would have to be steak and chips! 


Alison took early retirement from the local Primary School where she remains actively involved as a School Governor. Alison knows how to motivate and encourage her students to achieve their very best. She is truly enthusiastic and it rubs off on all around her.  

Alison doesn’t have any pets now, but she used to have a family dog when growing up. She enjoys swimming, tap dancing, going to the gym, trips to the theatre and travelling to different holiday destinations.  Alison enjoys reading lots of different books, especially autobiographies.  Her favourite book as a child was ‘Little House in the Big Woods’ by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Alison has 2 favourite movies; ‘Brief Encounter’ and ‘White Christmas’. 

After 35 years of teaching, Alison continues to enjoy helping children to develop and make progress in their learning, finding it very rewarding to see children gain confidence and become independent, as they acquire new skills and knowledge. Teaching is the best job! 

Alison’s favourite colour is Turquoise/Jade and she loves to eat any kind of cheese. 


Adrian enjoys everything to do with Maths; the more challenging the better. Most of all he loves to teach and see students learn and progress.  

He has a wealth of experience, most recently at Bilborough College in preparing students for GCSE Exams/ A Levels/ college/sixth form and university entry interviews. Adrian has coached students in maths entrance exams for Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick and other universities, such as STEP and MAT. He has worked on the Ambition programme for helping provide greater opportunity for students from lower income families or families with no previous members moving into higher education.  

In Adrian’s spare time, he hugely enjoys camping, unicycling and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He admits to being a lifelong Derby County fan and enjoyed playing football and rugby well into his 50’s. Adrian is actively involved in table tennis, running an over 50’s session at Derby Community Table Tennis Club in Normanton, and also coaching young players. He plays the harmonica to a reasonable level and has been known to perform in public. Adrian’s an advocate of live music and does his best to support it. Incredibly, Adrian still practises and teaches circus skills (especially juggling) and performs every now and again. His only surviving pet, is a still very lively 13 year old Russell Terrier called Tinks. She’s really friendly and affectionate but spirited! 

Adrian’s favourite books are La Peste (Albert Camus) and the book by Philip K Dick that Blade Runner is based on; his favourite films are Blade Runner and the Matrix.  

His main education motivation is the impact that learning has on students. It’s so much more than just understanding how to do something. Seeing students grow in confidence and fill up with enthusiasm and motivation is inspirational and a real privilege to be part of. 

Adrian’s favourite colour is purple and his favourite food is any vegan spicy and full flavoured curry. 


Kathryn has been teaching for approximately thirty five years, acquiring a wealth of experience across KS1, KS2, KS3 and KS4.  She enjoys teaching the wider curriculum in a variety of settings, both state and private. 

She loves reading, and believes every child has a right to know how to read, both for purpose and pleasure.  Kathryn did a post-graduate training course in Dyslexia and Literacy studies to better equip her to teach those students with Dyslexia. 

Kathryn has five grandchildren and spends as much time with them as possible. Her personal loves are reading, baking and knitting.  

During lockdown she has become a dedicated jigsaw expert. Kathryn’s favourite book is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; her favourite film is The Sound of Music, which was one of the first movies she went to see with her parents. She has a beautiful 16 year old Burmese cat, Heidi, that is very needy of cuddles and pampering.  

Kathryn favours pinks, blues and lilacs (think of a Monet painting!) and enjoys anything authentically Italian.    

Kathryn knew she wanted to be a teacher from the age of eight, pretending to play schools in her room at home. She likes learning and transferring that love of learning to her students.  She very much enjoys seeing children discover ways of problem solving that works for them and uses a touch of humour to try to make learning more enjoyable. Nothing beats the relationships that Kathryn builds with her students. 


Louise has worked extensively as a Learning Support Teacher in Scottish Schools.  Her expertise has been supporting individual students with their GCSE English and Maths preparation. She is hard-working and very motivational to her students. 

Louise loves to sing and play the guitar for relaxation. Family time is spent traveling both to Scotland and Manchester to visit her sons. Hill walking is definitely a favourite pastime. 

Louise’s son and daughter in law once had two pet rats which she looked after sometimes! They were very friendly and quite intelligent. She loves baking cakes, though admits could never do Bake Off – too much pressure!  

Her favourite books are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson and her favourite movie is Jaws (the first movie). Suspense!  
Louise’s favourite colours are blue, turquoise and burgundy and her favourite food has to be chicken curry. Homemade is best,  next best is takeaway, then ready meal or jar.  

Louise loves teaching because it’s wonderful when a student understands or discovers something for the first time.  


Kalley is an experienced and inspirational Primary Teacher across the whole Primary age range. She worked with us several years ago and has now returned, following the birth of her daughter. We are delighted to have her back with us. Kalley’s students love her methods and creative abilities.

Kalley is married to Jonny and has a daughter, Annie, who’s 1. In her spare time Kalley creates play set up’s for Annie and her friends; sometimes becoming very messy in the process. She also loves drawing and being creative, including making lots of resources for Annie. Together, they love baking everything from pancakes to cakes, scones and pastries. Yum!

Kalley’s favourite things to do to relax are spending time as a family, always looking for new places to explore. She’s a music lover; nothing beats going to see live music, especially her favourite bands, Fall Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco. Unfortunately, singing in the car is as close to this experience as Kalley is able to get at the moment.

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