Susan R

South England

Susan R

My first degree was in Law. After university I spent a few years travelling and living abroad – in Iceland, USSR and the Middle East. Upon my return to England I qualified as a lawyer and worked as a commercial litigator for a number of years before deciding to go back to full time study. I gained my doctorate in philosophy in 2010 and thereafter decided to go into education.  In the past few years I have taught English to young learners and adults both in summer school and in my own home. I have also taught Law as part of a Business Studies course and delivered Management training. I regularly run courses and workshops on Moral Philosophy and give occasional talks in schools on matters of environmental concern.  I like to think my lessons are engaging and interesting as well as being fun and light-hearted. I firmly believe that confidence is a key element in acquiring new knowledge and focus on confidence-building exercises in all of my lessons.

No smoking Private bathroom available Wifi available at home Teacher pick-up from airport
No smoking Private bathroom WiFi available Teacher transfer

Location information

Location: St Leonard’s On Sea, East Sussex| View a map of this location

London airport(s) with transfers cost: 

Gatwick (LGW) £140

Heathrow (LHR) £260

Nearest railway station: St Leonards Warrior Square

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Academic information

I am a qualified Lawyer and have two Masters Degrees – the first is from King’s College, London – MA Medical Law and Ethics, and the second is an MA in Theology from the University of Kent at Canterbury. I also have a PhD in Philosophy, (Heidegger and Aristotle). More recently I qualified as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language.

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Family information

I have three children – 24, 25 and 31 – two daughters with a son in the middle. My eldest daughter works in London in University media. As she has a house in Hastings, she is often around for dinner. My son has just returned from living in Athens and touring the Middle East. He is about to start studying to become as osteopath. As Tom studied for his first degree at the University of Sussex, he has many friends in the area and is often down in Hastings. My youngest daughter is a special needs teacher trainee. She too often drops in to see me and to visit her grandmother who lives quite near. I have many friends in the local area. We often meet up to go to see a film or to listen to a band. I often give talks on Moral Philosophy in and around East Sussex. I also enjoy walking along the cliffs and the beach and in the local country park. I like keeping fit and go to the gym regularly. I also enjoy going to the cinema. We have such a range of different film venues here often showing interesting programmes of foreign and British films. I also like cooking healthy, well-balanced meals. I ran my own catering company for a few years and generally specialised in salads, soups and other nutritious dishes.

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About the teacher’s accommodation

I have an unusual 4 storey Victorian Town house, with a large living area and an enormous ground floor kitchen which opens onto the garden. Students’ cosy bedrooms are on the top floor next to a cosy study. There is a separate bathroom exclusively for students use on the ground floor with shower, wash basin and w.c. The house is well located for exploring the local area as so many amenities and places of interest are accessible on foot.  It is a mere ten minute walk to the sea front, with its bars, restaurants and coffee shops. A ten minute walk in the opposite direction brings you to a beautiful local park with an attached nature reserve.


About the local area

Hastings is a jewel of a town, not only do we have the sea, but also spectacular cliffs and a wonderful nature reserve. Hastings was recently recognised as the most musical town in the UK, with live performances being a common feature of the vibrant local scene. Festivals, street carnivals and fairs occur throughout the summer months; we even have a Pirates Day when just about everyone, and even dogs, dress up as pirates! We have no less than 4 cinemas, several art galleries, 4 museums – one of which is a true crime museum, an award-winning pier, and cobbled lanes lined with interesting shops and coffee bars. I have taken Young Learners to the fascinating smugglers, (St Clement’s) caves carved into the cliffs here. We have also taken the cliff-face railway to old Hastings Castle and learned all about the invasion of England and the famous Battle of 1066. Hastings was a medieval fishing port before it became a Victorian spa town as is evident from the Tudor architecture.

Excursions available with this teacher

Hastings Castle – Reached by the cliff face railway, the old castle stands on the cliff edge. There are educational talks throughout the day showing how the castle and Hastings has changed through the ages.

Cost: Free

Herstmonceux Space Observatory – Viewing the fabulous telescopes (11th best in the world!!) and visiting the open science activity laboratories. Visitors get to carry out a whole range of experiments with light and sound and water. It is great fun and very educational.

Cost: Free

Day trip to Brighton – Brighton has fabulous quirky shops and restaurants and is a great place to visit.

Cost: Free

Old Town Tour – A Guided Tour of Hastings Old Town delivered by the local History Society. The tour lasts 2-3 hours and provides a fascinating account of Hastings from Medieval times through the Victorian era until the present day.

Cost: Free

Smugglers’ Caves – The St Clements Caves are quite spectacular. They were used to store goods taken from wrecked ships. It was a huge business at one time which involved just about everyone in the local area. The caves have separate areas showing different past events.

Cost: Free