Our Team

Dedicated, experienced professionals

From the moment you first make contact with us, you will be greeted by a member of our friendly team. All our staff have a passion for education and wholeheartedly share our company values. Flying Start courses are taught by high calibre, experienced tutors who have been selected for their enthusiasm, commitment and excellent teaching skills. Many of our tutors are qualified teachers; all are educated to at least degree level and all have many years of teaching experience. We also have a team of fully trained classroom assistants to support group lessons so that every child receives the individual attention they deserve. We are very proud of our comprehensive training and appraisal programme and supportive working environment.

Meet some of our friendly team below (more profiles and photos coming soon!) If you’re interested in possible job opportunities at Flying Start, contact our head office to find out what’s on offer. 

Aliss

Aliss

Marketing Manager

Aliss first started working for Flying Start in 2013. Her favourite thing about working for Flying Start are the strong company values and reading the pupil feedback forms at the end of the year. She enjoys going to the gym, travelling and cooking. Aliss is also studying a degree in Astronomy and Planetary science in her spare time.

Alistair

Alistair

Director of Finance & IT

Alistair quit his career in IT to join Flying Start as a director in 2014. His favourite thing about the company is the positive atmosphere and the buzz in the centre when lessons are running. In his spare time, Alistair enjoys whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and car restoration. He owns a shiny red classic mini that he has been restoring for the past 15 years.

Debbie

Debbie

Customer Care Manager

Debbie has been with Flying Start Tuition for 8 years and counting.  She comes from a customer service background and is pleased to now be the Customer Care Manager – you’ll often find her at the front desk when you visit the centre! She loves the variety in the role and the opportunity to meet new people on a regular basis.

Gill

Gill

Tutor

Gill has been working at Flying Start for ten years. In that time, Gill has enjoyed the wide variety of courses she has taught and she finds it very rewarding to see how the children gain in confidence and knowledge. Gill has taught the whole primary age range during her career as a teacher and has a wide experience of special needs education as well as the main curriculum. In her spare time, Gill goes carriage driving  and she is also a School Governor.
Hilary

Hilary

Tutor

Hilary has been tutoring with Flying Start since 2011. Before that she was a class teacher, an assistant head, deputy headteacher and acting headteacher. She also worked for the county as a literacy teacher consultant and a moderator during the summer term. In her spare time she enjoys walking, singing, water colour painting, tap dancing and having fun! Her favourite thing about working for Flying Start is watching children develop in confidence and skills during the year.

Juhi

Juhi

Tutor

Juhi has been a tutor at Flying Start for 3 years and before that was a Primary School teacher. Her favourite thing about working for Flying Start is centring her attention on her pupils and the holistic approach used, as well as her understanding and approachable team members. She likes to sing and colour when she has some spare time.

Kaitlin

Kaitlin

Berkhamsted Manager & Tutor

Kaitlin is the manager of the Berkhamsted branch of Flying Start Tuition. She has worked closely with Flying Start since its early days, writing resources, tutoring and now managing its pilot franchise. Helping our students to achieve their goals, both academic and personal, is a wonderful feeling and it’s why she loves working with Flying Start. Her own goal currently is to learn Swedish – something which is proving easier said than done! When she’s not busy trying to tell her ‘å’s from her ‘ö’s, she likes to read, bake and swim.

Louise

Louise

Customer Care Advisor

Louise has previously worked with both children as a childminder and teaching assistant and in the office as an administrator and PA, making her a perfect fit! Her favourite thing about working for Flying Start is being surrounded by a friendly team of people. She enjoys pilates, church choir and eating out with friends and family.  She is also related to Elton John!

Mel

Mel

Tutor

Mel has been a tutor at Flying Start for 5years and before that was a Headteacher. Her favourite thing about working for Flying Start is making the pupils feel confident in their learning, building their self esteem and sharing their successes. She loves singing and has performed with her choir at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Noni

Noni

Teaching Assistant

Noni has been working as a Teaching Assistant with Flying Start Tuition for four years. Before this, she was a Learning Support Assistant at a local primary school for 15 years. Noni enjoys supporting the pupils and the tutors at Flying Start and finds this very rewarding. In her spare time, Noni loves following Formula 1, delving into space exploration and learning about plants. She also enjoys going for long walks. 

Ruth

Ruth

Tutor

Ruth has been a tutor at Flying Start for 5 years and loves working with colleagues here, as well as meeting the pupils and helping them to improve their skills. At the moment she focuses on the English half of the Tuition Plus programme run by the Aylesbury Vale Housing Trust and 11+ teaching in Chesham on Thursdays. She comes from a village in the Yorkshire Dales, loves singing and reading, as well as walking her rescue Yorkshire Terrier.

Sam

Sam

Tutor

Sam has been tutoring for Flying Start for 10 years! She had tutored a variety of subjects over that time including 11+, Secondary Maths and our Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust pupils as part of our tuition plus project that provides subsidised tuition to lower income families. Her favourite thing about working for Flying Start is helping children and working with other Flying start team members.

Sian

Sian

Founder and Managing Director

Before creating Flying Start, Sian was a primary school teacher for twelve years.  She is also an author for educational publisher, Schofield and Sims and has written many 11+ books. Sian’s favourite thing about Flying Start is seeing the positive impact on so many children and being surrounded by an inspiring team of colleagues. In her spare time, Sian enjoys relaxing at home with her family, going out for walks or bike rides and having a family movie night in. Sian loves to sing and is in two choirs and an acapella quartet!

He passed!  Thanks for supporting him in class for a year and the mocks in the box did the trick in the Summer holidays.

N.F. Parent, Year 5 Eleven Plus course, 2017

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