Grow Achieve Soar – Mentoring and Tuition

Meet our Awesome team


Our team of tutors have been carefully selected to reflect our commitment to helping young people achieve academic and personal success. 

All of our tutors are qualified QTS teachers with many years of teaching experience under their belts, both in the classroom and online. 

As you would expect, every one of them is DBS checked and has completed at least Level One Safeguarding and Child Protection Children Training.

We’re extremely proud to be members of the Tutors Association – the only government-regulated body for tutors in the UK.

Jemma Roye

Jemma Roye

founder of Grow Achieve Soar Academies Ltd

Jemma is the Founder and Managing Director of Grow Achieve Soar Academies. She is a qualified teacher with over 16 years experience of teaching in both the state and independent sector.

Jemma’s work as an academic coach and  mentor is her driving force. She is passionate about the well- being and inclusive education of young people.

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Lavina Lewis

Ks1 & Ks2 Lead Tutor

A highly sought after tutor of ours, Lavinia has over 25 years of teaching experience. She is specialised in teaching all abilities and works carefully to tailor her lessons for her students.

She has a wonderful ability of raising both student confidence and progress and there isn’t a parent or child that doesn’t love Lavinia’s lessons!

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Jackie Blisset

English Lead Tutor

Jackie is a dynamic and passionate English specialist with experience of GCSE English Literature & English Language

She is highly skilled in encouraging students to challenge themselves.

She is an exceptional tutor, bringing out the best in students in a fun and creative way.


Karla Stone

11+ Specialist

Karla is our 11+ specialist. With over 30 years of teaching experience,  she is highly qualified in helping students to prepare for common entrance exams and the 11+ process. 

She is skilled in encouraging students to challenge themselves and is a specialist at helping students to achieve the best that they can.


Julie Ball

English, French & Spanish Tutor

Julie is a successful KS2-KS5 English, French and Spanish teacher.

She is highly experienced in teaching GCSE English Literature and Language. Her love of languages is at the heart of her lessons and she has an exceptional record of student progress.

Julie has extensive experience teaching students with learning barriers and has a passion to see every child she works with unlock their potential. 

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Sharif Adams

Maths GCSE Specialist

With over ten years of teaching experience, Sharif is passionate about helping students to achieve their GCSE potential.

Highly skilled in motivating students to achieve their best, Sharif has a track record of adding value to predicted grades GCSE grades.

Sharif has extensive experience of working with high achieving and underachieving students.


Katie Balcombe

KS1/KS2 Maths & English Tutor

Katie is a dedicated and creative teacher that brings out the best in all students that she tutors. Presently also working as a Yr 3 teacher, Katie is able to bring her classroom experience to her 1:1 tuition.

Nurturing and supportive by nature, Katie is able to develop quick relationships with students. She is highly skilled in helping students to thrive and grow in confidence.


Kyle Litchmore

English Tutor & Student Mentor

As a Learning Support Practitioner, Kyle is passionate about mentoring young people and working with them to maximise their potential.

His experiences as both an Enrichment Tutor and Progress Coach enable him to support students to grow in their personal and social skills. Kyle is experienced in working with vulnerable learners and those with a range of learning needs and. Kyle is also highly experienced in teaching GCSE English and Functional Skills.


Synthia Ahmed

KS1 & KS2 Maths Specialist

Synthia is an innovative and enthusiastic Maths specialist with over 9 years of teaching experience.

As a former Yr 4 & 5 Phase Leader and Curriculum Lead, Synthia is highly qualified in teaching KS1 & KS2 Maths.

Driven by her passion to see her students grow in confidence, she helps them to connect with Maths in a unique and special way. 


Carl Nolan

Accelerate Coach &
Maths & English Tutor

Specialising in coaching and mentoring students, Carl helps students to accelerate in their studies. A qualified football coach, Carl has a natural ability to bring out the best in students.

Experienced in the field of counselling and mental health, Carl also has an MA in Applied Psychology. He is highly experienced in teaching Functional Skills and supporting students with a range of learning needs.

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Michael Bassford

Maths specialist

Michael is a qualified Maths teacher with over ten years of experience of teaching both secondary and primary level maths.

He is highly skilled at teaching to all students needs and abilities and has a track record of student success and progress.

Michael is able to bring Maths alive for his students and successfully helps students to unlock their potential.

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Abigail Wilson

KS1-KS3 Tutor

A specialist tutor of Early Years teaching, Phonics, English, Mathematics and the 11 Plus. Abigail has a wealth of teaching experience and has a wonderful way of relating and engaging with all her students. 

Abigail’s nurturing approach and focus on rewards and praise, helps all of her students to make exceptional progress. She has a unique way of creating bespoke and personalised leesons of which  students thrive in. 

What our parents & students say

Mrs Roye is a dedicated, and insightful teacher. She was incredibly helpful during my A-levels and a key reason as to why I was able to achieve the grades I had aimed for. She instilled strong values of hard work, as well as skills such as research, and perceptive thinking. As a result, I have found that even in university, my work seemed much more approachable and understandable. Mrs Roye is an influential teacher who has helped me with my confidence and empathy, which I believe have made a better student and individual overall.



I have two children one in Yr 2 and one in Yr 5. They both love their tuition. They said how nice the tutor was and are both looking forward to their next lesson. Having never done online tuition before, I wasn’t sure how it would work but it was so easy and the whole hour was spent teaching the children in a way they enjoyed but also making sure they were happy and understanding the lesson. As a first time Mummy with limited support, discovering GAS has been huge for our family.

Mrs Blake


I would like to thank the wonderful tutors of GAS for their continued support and guidance. Our son who can be quite shy, has really grown since connecting with his tutor. It’s great to see him eager to learn and looking forward to his sessions. I feel they really do go above and beyond to cater to your child’s individual needs and teach them in a way that best suits them.

Sia B