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History (KS3, GCSE, A-Level, University) – John History A Level, GCSE, KS3


I am a fully qualified history teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience, with the last 29 years spent at Repton School – the first seventeen as Head of History, the last twelve as Master of the Scholars (aka Gifted and Talented Coordinator).

The last position involved acting as the school’s EPQ co-ordinator, liaising with organizations such as the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth, the Holocaust Educational Trust, and Villiers Park in order to maximise extra-curricular opportunities for stretch and challenge, as well as advising Heads of Department and otherwise promoting the teaching of the gifted and talented within the classroom.

Since taking early retirement I have tutored students through Arlen Education at Ashbourne.

When last appraised (at Repton) my report concluded that,

“You are held in high esteem by your colleagues who consider you to be thoroughly professional in your approach, both in the classroom and in your extra-curricular and super-curricular activities. You have a love, and an extensive knowledge, of the subject enabling your pupils to excel in external examinations.”

In the course of my long career I have taught themes ranging from the History of Medicine to the Arab-Israeli Conflict to Civil Rights in the USA, as well as all periods of History (concentrating on Early Modern and Modern British, European and American history) and all types of History (with a preference for the political, diplomatic, social and economic) and thus feel confident in preparing candidates with the necessary skills and key content for success in relation to any specification.

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  • Susan Carnwell
    January 11, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    We started tuition on a 1 to 1 basis last year, when my son was in his final GCSE year. he is now sitting A level History despite his other subjects being all science based. Hopefully this demonstrates the interest that John – Mr Plowright has enthused.

    He has been a real support to Charlie during dark Covid times, and even puts up with his like for political arguments.. His assistance with the structure of essays has been really helpful.

    I have no hesitation in recommending him to any parent.

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John is one of the most distinguished history teachers in the area, holding a First Class BA Honours degree from Cambridge in the subject and with experience teaching in some of the most rigorous academic institutions in the country.

After having spent five years teaching History at King's College School in Wimbledon, John moved on to Repton School where he spent 29 years in different guises. In the first seventeen years at Repton School, he was Head of History and for the last twelve he was Master of the Scholar (aka Gifted and Talented coordinator).

Throughout his career, he has also published a number of books including 'The Routledge Dictionary of Modern British History' (Routledge, 2006) and edited High Brogan's 'A School in England: A History of Repton' (Profile Books, 2020).