Lucy Cawkwell

Lucy Cawkwell

Founder and Managing Director

Lucy has been involved in the tutoring world since her gap year in 1992, first as a tutor and then establishing and running OC. There aren't many tutoring situations and scenarios that she doesn't have direct personal experience of and is therefore extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of her industry. In recent years, she has developed a passion and reputation for supporting children who find themselves out of the traditional school environment. Lots of bosses like talking, but Lucy likes to listen carefully before launching in. It's a rare skill and the reason why she is so good at finding exceptional tutors, matching them to the right students and getting fantastic results. Lucy is incredibly discreet. Working with well-known families and students facing all sorts of difficulties, she always maintains strict confidentiality. She's fair, honest, dedicated and will always go the extra mile for her staff, clients and tutors.

Born... November 1972

Formative years spent...in London, collecting stamps and playing with Lego.

Mind honed at...Rugby School (A levels in Maths, French and Art) and Edinburgh University (MA Hons in Spanish).

First Student...April 1992, tutoring a boy sitting his 13+ Common Entrance exam.

Since that she has taught...over 70 students between the ages of 5 and 18 in subjects ranging from maths and English, to French, geography and science; for the past few years she has focused on teaching maths. Before setting up OC she tutored families living in France and Chile. Many of the students she has worked with have been dyslexic and dyspraxic, so although not being specifically special-needs qualified, she has a good understanding of teaching methods and approaches that may help students with learning differences.

She's also...worked at an orphanage in Mexico for six months; been an au pair in France; taught English in Colombia with the British Council for a year; assisted in a special needs school for a term and worked in the summer camp kindergarten at an American school.

What else...Lucy is on the board of governors for a primary academy in Shepherd's Bush. She is a keen swimmer and London's slowest cyclist; hopeless at cooking, but particularly talented at cleaning. Lucy and her husband have a little boy who will start school in 2015.