our GCSE teachers

Jo Hurley

Science Double Award IGCSE teacher

Jo graduated from the University of Wales, Bangor in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. From there she worked as a seal handler on the Cornish coast rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing grey seal pups. With her love of the Sea Jo decided to train as a SCUBA instructor and then take this one step further by starting her own business doing what she loved most… bringing the wonders of the sea to children, through snorkelling, SCUBA and rock pool safaris.
Her love of teaching led her to gaining her P.G.C.E in 2007, where she went onto to teach Marine Biology at Falmouth Marine School in Cornwall. Jo also set up a weekly youth club for the over 5’s. It was here that she co-taught along with her very own college students, who volunteered their time once a week engaging the children in fun marine biology-based experiments.
After sometime teaching, Jo got the travel bug and with a deep personal practice in yoga she decided to take this a step further in Costa Rica and train as yoga instructor, where she worked for a year before emigrating to Canada.
Canada offered untold adventures of the wilderness… Teaching yoga in remote communities was a wonderful experience that she will never forget.
In 2015 Jo returned home to settle on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. Since then she has returned to teaching Science both as a home tutor and at local college lecturing in BTEC’s Biomedical Science and A-Level Biology and Chemistry.
Living in North Wales Jo loves to swim and snorkel, rambling coastal walks and taking care of her array of farm yard critters. She does all of this accompanied by her partner of many years and their mischievous 6-year-old daughter.

Jo is a Marine Biologist and former seal handler.

Sarah has a PhD in English Literature from St Andrews University and home-educates her own children.

Sarah Sneddon

English Language IGCSE teacher

Sarah has taught for over two decades in a career that encompasses primary education, secondary education, home education and further education. She graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA in English Literature and History and then stayed in St Andrews to complete a PhD in English Literature. While she was there, she also completed a LTCL clarinet teaching diploma. Over the years she has taught in the state sector and the private sector both in the classroom and as an instrumental instructor. She began her working life teaching Music, English, Latin and Social Subjects in a prep school, then taught primary in the state sector before teaching for six years in the Music Department at St Andrews University. She was an Associate Lecturer with the Open University for many years teaching interdisciplinary arts courses and the knowledge she gained there encouraged her to move all her teaching online in 2016. For the last five years she has been teaching IGCSE English Language, IGCSE English Literature, A Level English Language and Creative writing. She has been on an ever evolving (and always interesting!) home education journey with her children since 2008. Sarah’s interests include musical theatre, reading, knitting, ice hockey, camper vans and yoga. She qualified as a yoga teacher in 2019 and is working hard on maintaining a daily practice!


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