Welcome to Headstart English.

Headstart English specialises in providing one-to-one tuition to students of all ages in Nailsea, Backwell, Portishead, Long Ashton, Clevedon, Congresbury, Yatton and surrounding areas.

All tutoring sessions are led by a highly qualified and experienced teacher of English with a proven track record of outstanding results at KS2, KS3, KS4 and university level.

Students at Headstart make excellent academic progress. Lessons are meticulously planned and resourced to ensure progress is made in EVERY session and that students develop a true passion for English and learning.

So, whether it’s preparing for GCSEs or A-levels, mastering SATs grammar, structuring university-level essays, or learning English as an additional language, Headstart English can help.

Take a look at the different services we offer and contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation.

How it works

How it works

All tutoring at Headstart English begins with a free informal consultation appointment (in person or via Skype) where we can discuss in detail the individual needs of the student and how these can be addressed.


A personalised and fully resourced scheme of lessons is then created. Lessons are carefully designed to be interesting and engaging so students make progress in every session.


Book your tutoring sessions. Tutoring is available throughout the week, including evenings and Saturdays, to best suit your needs. Tutoring can take place at my home address (Nailsea BS48) or your own home if you live locally. Tutoring sessions are also available via Skype for those who live further afield.


You will receive regular feedback about your child’s progress and areas for further improvement.


Optional additional reading and homework can also be set to reinforce what has been learned.


My son has had private tuition with Charlotte since September. I could not have asked for a better tutor. Before starting with her, my son was working below his target level and his teachers weren’t sure he would achieve a grade 5 in his final GCSE. With Charlotte’s help, he got a 6 and is now off to college to start his A-levels! I would absolutely recommend Charlotte as a tutor; without her support, this would not have been possible.

Caroline Nicholson, Portishead


I have been having weekly tutoring sessions with Charlotte for 2 years now. When I started my A-levels, I found English Literature really tough. I was getting low marks for my essays because I didn’t know what to include or how to structure my ideas, and I found some of the texts (Shakespeare!) really difficult to understand. Charlotte has been amazing. She’s really patient and knowledgeable and always pushes you to do your best. Thanks to her, my predicted grade has gone from a B to an A and I’ve been offered a place at Cardiff University this September.

Lucy, Backwell


We came to Charlotte because we felt our son needed pushing in English. He had a high target GCSE grade of 8 and we wanted to make sure that he achieved his very best in the exam. Charlotte has brought out his confidence and love for English, and we are very pleased with the progress he has made.

Mark T, Cleeve


Madeleine absolutely loves her weekly tutoring sessions with Charlotte. Her confidence has grown and her most recent school report commented on her improved spelling and writing skills. Madeleine has dyslexia and has found English difficult in the past. Now it’s her favourite subject!

Marta Hill, Weston-super-Mare


Charlotte helped me a considerable amount with my English over 18 months as I prepared for my Cambridge Advanced English exam. I would highly recommend her to anybody wishing to improve their English.

Gigi de Pedro, Asturias, Spain


Punctual, flexible and approachable. Well planned lessons. You can see progress really quickly. Highly recommend.

Eric Cantos, Dubai


During the writing of my dissertation, Charlotte’s incisive approach helped me throughout all of the different stages; from refining and strengthening my research proposal to editing and proofreading, Charlotte was always on hand to guide me to achieve the best possible result. Without Headstart English, I definitely would not have been able to achieve my First-Class Honours degree. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Leanne L, Edinburgh


We’ve noticed a huge improvement in Connor’s writing in just a few months and he always leaves tutoring with the biggest smile on his face. Thank you so much for all your help.

Sara, Pill



£30 £40 £50 £270
1 x 1 hour tuition 1 x 90 minute tuition 1 x 2 hour tuition 10 x 1 hour tuition
10% sibling discount available 10% sibling discount available 10% sibling discount available 10% sibling discount available


Charlotte Reeves
Private English Tutor

I have a BA first-class honours degree in English Literature, and a Master’s degree at distinction level. I am a fully qualified teacher of English Language and English Literature, and have taught for 8 years in both UK and international schools, where my teaching has consistently been rating as ‘outstanding’.

During my career, I have taught students in Year 6 through to Year 13 and, as a result, I have extensive knowledge of the SATs, GCSE and A-level curriculum and examination requirements. I have worked as a GCSE examiner since 2016 and also write GCSE schemes of work for an educational publisher.

I am an experienced TEFL qualified teacher and have helped hundreds of students with English as an additional language to improve their spoken and written English and prepare for language proficiency examinations.

I have worked as a private English tutor for the last 6 years. During this time, I have helped numerous primary, secondary and university-aged students to achieve their goals in English and I have a 100% pass rate record in examinations.

I am also a fully trained SEN teacher and have experience of working with students with a range of needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and ADHD.

I have an up-to-date enhanced DBS (criminal records) certificate.