Rod Dethridge - Learning is Good

Rod Dethridge

Primary Subjects Offered: Biology

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Teaching & Tutoring Experience

I have taught Biology in UK schools for 31 years and was recently described by one senior manager as one of the best teachers in the school. I have also been a Housemaster in a co-educational boarding school, Head of Department and Head of Science responsible for over 20 staff; in this position I increased the performance of the Biology department to well above the school average.

As well as preparing students for Oxbridge I have taken a lead role in preparing successful UCAS applications.

For some years I have offered successful one to one tuition and have recently begun to use virtual classroom technology as well.


Cricket (I am a member of the MCC); building kit cars, sailing.

Educational History

  • • BSc (Hons), University of Durham
  • • PGCE, University of Durham
  • • Enhanced DBS
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“ We are so fortunate to have found Rod to help my daughter prepare for her Biology GCSE exams. She achieves so much in a lesson and it helps enormously that Rod knows his subject matter so well. He also has the ability to explain the most complex of topics in a way that is easy to grasp. His experience also shows in all the supplemental material he has given her and has helped so much to prepare her for the forthcoming exams. She enjoys every lesson with him and is now so inspired she is taking Biology for her A levels! ”

Gillian T

“ Rod is the best teacher I had at school. I learned so much off him and he inspired me so much I decided to follow a degree course in Biomedical Sciences at university. I really recommend him as a great tutor. ”

Tom M

“ I think the best testament to how good a teacher Rod was, came from a girl who I am still friends with and who was in the same class as me at school. She took Biology at Manchester University, and still says the only reason she made this decision was because of Rod and the love of Biology he inspired in her. ”

Thomas P

“ Mr Dethridge taught me A level Biology at school. All my class mates reckoned he was the best teacher they ever had and I certainly thought so. Hard topics were made easy and he gave me the confidence to improve. He is patient and understanding and I really recommend him. ”

Ella G

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