One of the very best teachers I have worked with in 30 years in education!
Phil Ackerley is a naturally gifted and outstanding teacher. As his Headteacher for 11 years I saw countless pupils inspired with a love of English Language and Literature, and prepared thoroughly for their public exams, my own three teenagers included.
He is intelligent, patient, thoughtful and thorough, always having the best interests of his students in mind. A stickler for accuracy in all the right ways, he finds original ways to explain new things and help children when they are stuck.
I could not recommend him more highly as a teacher and a man...and nor could my kids!
My children all achieved A grades or better in the exams he prepared them for.
When you looks back on your education, some teachers stand out as having made a significant impact on your development. About eight years ago, Phil tutored me through my GCSE English exams, and he stands out very clearly as one such teacher.
Phil was an excellent tutor in all of the familiar ways; he ensured that I learned the material, that I knew what was expected in examinations, that I knew how to write appropriately, and so on. In addition, Phil was able to tailor his teaching to my specific way of learning. I have severe dyslexia, which made teaching me a tiresome challenge for most teachers. Looking back, I can see that Phil saw this as an opportunity rather than a problem, and this made Phil the best English teacher - and one of the best teachers - that I ever had.
On top of that, and most importantly, through Phil's tutoring I developed an enthusiasm for literature that I carry with me to this day. It was in those tutorials that I saw just how exciting it can be to get to know a cast of characters - to inhabit their world - and to ask what significance their story holds. I have many fond memories of Phil's teaching, and the two books he gave me in our final tutorial serve as heartwarming reminders of a significant stage in my personal academic development. I would wholeheartedly recommend Phil as a tutor.
GCSE results at A and A* level, and a newfound love for the subject
A fantastic teacher
I was taught English literature by Mr Ackerley for two years at a secondary level in 1999-2000. He was an outstanding teacher, who used innovative methods and a well designed and focused course structure. We covered a number of challenging texts, including Henry IV part one and poetry by Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney. He is also a reflective, erudite, and very genial person, and I can firmly recommend him as a tutor.
A* for English GCSE, A for English A level.