Sherrie A

South England

Sherrie A

I love my job as a homestay teacher, which I started in 2013 when I stopped working as a manager in an international bank.  The one-to one and two-to-one teaching allows me to develop a proper understanding of my students so that I can create a course which meets their needs whilst also being fun and useful. I get great satisfaction from hearing that they have done well in their exams or in their professional lives. My family and I really enjoy having students as part of our family and we like to include them in all aspects of family life (if they are willing) and care for them as family members. We like to make both the lessons and social activities relaxed and enjoyable. Many of our students have returned for second or third visits and have become friends.

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Location information

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Nearest airport with transfer cost: Southampton (SOU) £230

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £ 310

Heathrow (LHR) £ 260

Nearest railway station: Bournemouth

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Academic information

CELTA grade A
I have provided courses for the following exams:
• First Certificate
• Baccalauréat (English element)
• Maturité (Swiss) (English Element)
I have also assisted mature students in writing their c.v. and cover letter and preparing for job interview.

Courses taught

Family information

I live with my husband Colin, who is semi-retired but works from home. We both worked in banking and IT (computers) in London then in Bournemouth.  We have three sons, Jonathan  (born 1991) and Simon (born 1993), both live at home and work locally. Our youngest son Laurence is based in Manchester and only comes home occasionally. We host students from a local language school so our house can be quite busy with students, their friends  and our sons’ friends. As a family we play a lot of board games and cards and we enjoy  going on outings and picnics in the local area (we are members of the National Trust and Hilliers Gardens.)  I am interested in art and contemporary literature and am a member of a book club. My husband and sons all play in a local ten pin bowling league and are qualified instructors. Jonathan plays cricket and the family follows the England cricket team with interest.  I also love to watch tennis. We are enthusiastic gardeners and enjoy home cooking, especially using our own vegetables.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

We live in a comfortable 6 bedroomed detached family house in a quiet residential area 5 minutes’ drive from Bournemouth town centre and beaches. Our guest room is a sunny twin bedroom. The bathroom is a large family bathroom. Our garden is large enough for entertaining, barbeques, swingball or French boules and also growing vegetables. Our local high street with banks, supermarkets and a variety of shops and bus stops is only 5 minutes away or you can walk into town or to the station in around 30 minutes. We also have a swimming pool and gym 2 minutes away.


About the local area

Bournemouth is a traditional English seaside town with 7 miles of clean, golden, sandy beaches where English families come on holiday. Bournemouth’s entertainments include cinema, theatre, dance studio, museum, restaurants and clubs, sports centres, water park (small), climbing centre, roller skating, trampolining.  In the summer there are activities for visitors including firework displays and major events such as the Air Festival  in August.  We are close to The New Forest, Arne bird sanctuary, the Jurassic coast and historic towns of Poole, Christchurch, Salisbury and Wimborne and the world famous Stonehenge. We have annual tickets to National trust properties, including Stonehenge and to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Tank Museum Bovington so students under 18 do not have to pay for  their ticket.  Although Bournemouth can be lively it is also considered a safe family town. It has good transport connections for example to London (2 hours by train), and Oxford.

Excursions available with this teacher

Bournemouth Town beach experience….if weather is good – Drive into Bournemouth. Walk down through the pedestrianised shopping centre through the public  gardens past the historic  Victorian bandstand along the river Bourne to the mouth of the Bourne (if you can find it) where the river  meets the sea.

Cost: Free

Christchurch Town – Drive to the historic town of Christchurch. Visit the Red House Museum, a former Victorian Workhouse, which contains a large selection of fascinating Victorian household items such as an early manual washing machine, cooking equipment, etc.

Cost: Free

PooleTown with Poole Harbour Boat trip – Drive to Poole and walk through the historic Town to the quayside. Take the Poole Harbour boat trip around the second largest natural harbour in the world (Sydney Harbour is the largest) watching the kite surfers in the shallow part of the harbour.

Cost: Free

Stonehenge – Drive through the beautiful Dorset countryside to Stonehenge. Take the land train to the magnificent stones  and follow the audio guide through the history of this ancient and spiritual monument enjoying the song of skylarks and the views over the rolling.

Cost: £19.50 adults, children under 19 free

Portmouth Historic Dockyard – Drive to the outskirts of Portsmouth and take the Park and Ride bus to the Dockyard. Choose from the large number of attractions to see….there are too many for just one day, but don’t worry, your ticket allows you to return as many times as you wish.

Cost: £31 adult annual pass. Free to under 18s