Director and Senior Consultant
Shirley has been working with young people since her late teens. Her experiences as a tutor, au pair, assistant and counsellor combine to give her an intimate understanding of the support and encouragement students need.
She joined OC in 2007 and since then, Lucy and her have worked closely to develop and evolve the agency. She knows everything about the business and is particularly brilliant at ensuring we remain accurate and efficient when dealing with clients and tutors.
Over the past few years, she has dealt with an increasing number of families either moving to the UK or changing school system and has therefore built up substantial experience helping children integrate and settle into a different environment.
Her Gallic charm cuts straight through British waffle to the heart of the matter and her dedication is tireless.
Formative years spent...in peaceful Brittany, France, pretending to be a strict primary school teacher to a one-student class consisting of her younger brother.
Mind honed at...Lycee of Quimper (Literary Baccalaureate) followed by Universities of Brest and Le Mans (B.A. English Literature, Language and Civilization).
First student...September 2004 teaching French to two sisters, aged five and seven.
Since that she has taught...French to over 50 students between the ages of 7 and 50; these students have included dyslexic children, teenagers preparing for exams, as well as adults wanting to improve their conversational skills.
She's also...taught French and English to foreign cyclists (from Poland to Australia and everywhere in between) going to France to race; been an au-pair in London for a year and been a French Foreign Language Assistant in two secondary schools in the Richmond borough.
What else...Shirley has taken up cycling to try and tackle the effects of her impassioned love of food (cheese in particular) and wine. She is a stickler for spelling, has acquired a certificate in Counselling Skills from Birkbeck University and more recently a certificate in Leadership and Management from CMI.