Why Us?

Learn - Achieve - Grow!

why-chooseRise to the Top Education is run by a caring, nurturing and friendly teacher who wants your child to learn, achieve and grow. Whether they are receiving support for literacy difficulties, embarking upon an Eleven Plus course or commencing a programme to improve their handwriting, students develop core skills whilst building confidence and self-esteem in a growth mindset environment. They are encouraged to develop a growth mindset in order to become inquisitive learners who persevere and enjoy challenging themselves. This will ensure that they are equipped with valuable behaviours for learning that will help them throughout their education and beyond.

Gillian has high expectations for every student and endeavour to inspire active participation from all children throughout their learning journey. As such, intrinsic motivation to achieve individual targets and goals increases, as learners begin to reap the rewards of their own hard work.

Lessons are always highly structured, and devised to ensure that a range of learning styles are catered for to promote maximum interest and engagement.

Gillian is an accomplished teacher who understands both state and independent sectors. Continued professional development ensures that Gillian is familiar with current educational thinking. You can be confident knowing that your child is receiving first-class tuition from someone who is passionate about education and lifelong learning.

All lessons are taught in a calm, relaxed, supportive environment. Even young children experience exam stress, but rest assured that your child’s well-being is at the forefront of Gillian’s mind. As such, she is dedicated to reducing your child’s exam anxiety and enabling them to get the best out of themselves when they feel under pressure. By teaching learners techniques to manage their emotions, prior to and during exams, you can be confident that Gillian will provide them with skills that they can use time and again throughout their academic lives.

If you would like your child to be equipped with the knowledge they need to work towards achieving their potential, please do get in touch and help your child take their first steps to success.



Thanks Gillian, for your work with our son, he has drastically improved and is as proud as we are. Thanks for your encouragement and kind approach to him… it’s all about the teacher!!! Thank you ever so much Gillian.

K. Farley, Amersham

Gillian did a brilliant job of teaching my daughter the Magic Link Handwriting Programme. My daughter has complex needs, including Dyspraxia, so Gillian had a bigger challenge than usual to help her. Gillian’s lovely manner, patience and kindness put my daughter at ease and transformed her handwriting. Not only can she communicate through the written word more clearly, but also her self-esteem has been boosted. Thank you Gillian, your bespoke approach to each child is so refreshing and very much appreciated.

K. Robertson, Beaconsfield

Gillian produced a thoroughly comprehensive and actionable report following the educational assessment she completed on my eight-year-old daughter. It was such a relief to understand that my daughter’s struggles could be attributed to dyslexia and dyscalculia. Now we understand her needs we can work with her school to ensure her needs are met. Gillian conducted the assessment at a pace that suited my daughter, it took as long as it needed to and she gave her the breaks she needed. Thank you Gillian for your patience, kindness and professionalism.

K. Robertson, Beaconsfield

Gillian provided a very thorough assessment for my 8 year old daughter and the report has been very useful in supporting her at school and at home.  I would definitely recommend her assessment work.

A. Playle, Wendover

Our daughter lacked confidence in Maths as she approached Year 5 for 11+. We felt she needed some 1:1 expert tuition to fill gaps in Maths, as well as coordinating her studies in her the other subjects. Gillian worked very well with our daughter; she has a patient and friendly manner, which my daughter really responded to. She enjoyed her sessions and progressed so well that she passed her 11+ comfortably despite initially being a borderline candidate. Many thanks to Gillian!

W. Rehman, Chalfont St Giles

Where do I start about how absolutely amazing Gillian is! We were totally at a loss with what to do with our son who had some challenges. No one seemed to have the answers until we met Gillian, who was able to help us understand what our son’s needs were and how we could best support him. Our son is totally at ease when around Gillian and she is able to get the best out of him, she’s incredibly calm and patient around him. Having felt completely alone with nowhere to turn, you get this sense that Gillian is in your corner for you, and your child, offering the best advice, which is not often available in the school system. Not only is she helping my son, she cares and that, in my opinion, is priceless! Thank you so much, we don’t know where we would be if it we didn’t find Rise to the Top Education! 

D. Williams-Sappor, High Wycombe

My 11 year old son was really struggling with his handwriting and I enrolled him with Gillian for her intensive writing course, and I have seen tremendous improvement in my son’s handwriting. I am very pleased with the progress he has made following the course, which has also improved his confidence.

Dr S. Sachdeva-Mohan, Langley

Fantastic programme.  My daughter felt comfortable with the teacher, who was friendly and calm.  The guidance we were both given has made a huge improvement in my daughter’s confidence and handwriting.  She is now able to read her work and is happy for others to look at it.  I tried contacting the school for help and also self-teaching books, but nothing worked. Magic Link was brilliant and she continues to practise.    

V. Kypros, Slough

Gillian carried out an educational assessment on my 8-year-old daughter who had been struggling and falling behind at school. Gillian was very friendly, explained what the assessment would involve and instantly put my daughter at ease.  Gillian is extremely knowledgeable and professional.  We received a detailed and very thorough report within 2 weeks of the assessment.  Gillian was also very prompt in responding to any questions I had relating to my daughter’s report.  Highly recommend!

J. Fitzgerald, Watford

Thank you Gillian you have been such a big support to both my boys. She helped my younger son with his common entrance exam and he passed with excellent grades and currently she is helping my elder son, who is in year 8, with literacy and history. Her positive attitude and lovely nature brings the best out of my boys and they absolutely love working with her. Gillian’s new techniques and ideas are always welcomed by the boys.

J. Jilani, Stoke Poges

I would like to thank Rise to the Top Education for their excellent service.  I am in my fourth year of a BA Honours degree, and needed to have an assessment to access additional help.  My assessor, Gillian, was extremely thorough in her assessment and attentive to all my concerns with a great deal of patience.  She also ensured that I received my assessment in a timely manner. Thank you Gillian for your professionalism.

C. Kruse, Milton Keynes

Gillian was brilliant with my son, He has always found school work hard but Gillian made the work fun and exciting. He would even be disappointed when we had to rearrange which was great to see as he really enjoyed the session. Gillian is lovely in her nature, very kind and patient and was always willing to discuss any worries I had about his learning.

Thank you Gillian for all the hard work you put into helping us.

H. Lawrence, Hazlemere

Gillian is a lovely lady: kind, calm, committed, approachable, knowledgeable, organised… and my children told me she was fun to boot! Gillian tailored her tuition to meet their individual needs on a session by session basis and took the time to give me feedback afterwards, which I found invaluable as it helped us to understand the areas we could offer further support and practise at home. 

I would heartily recommend Gillian.

Mrs Scott, Chalfont St Giles

After long and extensive searching for the right tutor for our children, we finally decided to go with Gillian due to her vast credentials and proven educational experience. We are absolutely delighted with the excellent choice that we made. Gillian is always very friendly, kind and accommodating and has an outstanding teaching style, which we are very impressed with. Genuinely amazing and very highly recommended! 

S. Singh, Buckinghamshire

Having worked alongside Gillian I believe her teaching to be outstanding. She is professional and thorough and adopts an encouraging and engaging approach. Gillian identifies individual strengths and inspires pupils with her enthusiasm. Her kind and approachable personality enables pupils to relax and gain confidence in their own abilities and to reach their full potential.

L. Turner, Reading

Gillian has an outstanding knowledge of the testing process and techniques. She is committed to ensuring that her pupils acquire the skills necessary, whilst nurturing their love of learning.

M. Heeney, Chalfont St Peter

Only one word to describe the service we received AMAZING!!!!

C. Hancock, Slough