Greene's Tutorial College

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Greene's Tutorial College
Motto Non Sine Numine
(Aeneid Book II, line 777:"As to naught without providence")
Established 1967
Type Independent school
Religion Church of England
Master Christopher Upton
Founder Edward Greene
Location Oxford, Oxfordshire
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Staff 150
Students 300
Gender Co-educational
Ages 13–18+ (no age restriction)
Colours Oxford Blue     
Former Pupils Old Greenites
Greene's Tutorial College

Greene's Tutorial College is an independent college and the oldest of its type in Oxford, England which specialises in providing one-to-one tuition for students of any age, though particularly 16-18 year olds. Established in 1967 by Edward Greene,[1] an Oxford-educated tutor who had studied Classics and History at Wadham College, Oxford - University of Oxford, Greene's Tutorial College was originally named Edward Greene's Tutorial Establishment, and is the oldest tutorial college operating in Oxford. It is situated near Pembroke College and Christ Church. Many of the other tutorial colleges were in fact founded by former Greene's employees.[2] Unlike some other Oxford tutorial colleges, however, Greene's has an "overlay of pedagogic principle or style", and has been described as "the Rolls-Royce of Oxford crammers".[2]

The college takes on a variety of students, from students doing A-level resits, those preparing for university, particularly at Oxbridge and younger students preparing for public-school entry, to intellectually gifted children unable to find appropriate education within the mainstream system, and "the oddball or dropout who finds it hard to adjust to the restrictions of ordinary schooling".[2] The college has recently been taken over by Christopher Upton and Matthew Uffindell, both Oxford-educated tutors who had studied Agricultural science and English Literature respectively at the University of Oxford.

The college has educated 15,000 students since 1967 [3] and a number of high-profile students, which most recently included the 9 year-old Math prodigy March Tian Boedihardjo.[4] March was taught by about seven tutors during his two years of study.[5] Jonathan Christie, at the time the Academic Registrar at Greene's, said that March was one of the youngest students the college had had. "It is not normal [to have such a young student taking A-levels]. But we don't judge students by age or ability."[5]


The history of Greene’s Tutorial College goes back to 1967 when Edward Greene founded a small tutorial college known as Edward Greene’s Tutorial Establishment in the seventeenth-century buildings of 45, Pembroke Street in Oxford.[6] Since then, over 15,000 students have been taught at Greene’s at various stages of their education. Some, like the tutors who taught them, have gone on to distinguished and prominent careers. Many, fondly remembering their own time at Greene’s as students or tutors, have returned as parents with their own children, to seek the benefits of individual tuition – and also to see how much Greene’s has evolved over the years to meet the challenges of the present. Most of Greene’s academic staff have learnt through individual tuition at Oxford or Cambridge University[7] and combine substantial knowledge of education with an understanding of how a programme of tuition can best support each student’s learning. Greene's core teaching principle is therefore traditional Oxbridge University face-to-face individual tuition.[8] However, to reflect the school's global and international character Greene's increasingly also uses modern technology teaching methods based on E-learning.[9] Students are free to choose either face-to-face tuition or e-learning or a mixture of both. However, all exams must be completed and are invigilated at Greene's Tutorial College's Exam Halls/Testing Centre.[10]


In the Greene's system, tutors set homework after every tutorial, go through it at the next tutorial, and write reports about performance, effort in class, and homework after every class.[5] Greene's Tutorial College teaches primarily on a one-to-one basis, the same teaching method used at the University of Oxford. However, there are also group seminars for holiday revision courses and exam prep classes.[11] In addition to the traditional British curriculum preparing for GCSE and GCE Advanced Level qualifications, Greene's also offers the US-American curriculum geared towards SAT exams and SAT Subject Tests for students wishing to progress to university/college in the United States or abroad.[12]

Greene's Tutorial College operates all year round. One of the most notable luxuries at Greene's is that the college offers preparation for a vast choice of educational tests of almost any examination board which include: EDEXCEL UK, AQA, OCR, all GCE AS- and A-Level exam boards, IB, WJEC, CIE, EDEXCEL International, EB, IGCSE, NC, School's own curriculum/exams, Cambridge ESOL, CPE, French Baccalaureate, GCSE, IELTS, TOEFL, SATS (UK), SATs (USA), ISEB, Cambridge Pre-U, Common Entrance.[13] In addition, Greene's offers tuition and courses for a large variety of subjects which include core subjects such as English, Maths, Sciences & Foreign Languages but also:

Academic: Agriculture/Horticulture, Archaeology, Business studies, Classics, Critical thinking, Design technology. Drama/Theatre, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental studies, Geology, Government/Politics, Journalism, Law, Media/Film studies, Painting/Sculpture, Philosophy/Ethics, Photography, Psychology, Sociology, Theology

Languages: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English as foreign/2nd language, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Welsh

Sport: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Cross-country, Fencing, Fitness training, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial arts, Netball, Polo, Rounders, Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, Touch rugby, Volleyball, Water sports

Activities: Adventure training, Astronomy, Ballet, Canoeing, Chess, Cycling, Dance, Drama productions, Fishing, Horse riding and management, Horticulture, Language club, Orienteering, Public speaking/Debating, Rock climbing, Rowing, Sailing, Scuba diving, Shooting, Skiing, Yoga

Music: Band/Orchestra, Brass, Choir, Guitar, Jazz, Keyboard, Organ, Percussion, Singing, Strings, Woodwind

Miscellaneous: Experience of diplomatic corps' children, Experience of expatriates' children, Experience of gifted children, Experience of international students, Experience of services' children, Particular diets, Rail/Airport services


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Coordinates: 51°45′03″N 1°15′26″W / 51.7507°N 1.2573°W / 51.7507; -1.2573