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Dara Hanley

Director of Exceptional Academics

Graduating with a first class honours PGCE from University College Dublin in 2004, Dara began her teaching career in London ten years ago. Prior to this, she read English and French at UCD where she obtained a high 2.1; however, her academic achievements were first evident while attending Mount Anville School. Her Leaving Certificate (A level equivalent) results placed her in the top 5% nationally.

Over the past nineteen years, she has gained a breadth of experience teaching in inner-city state schools, where she was Head of Literacy across the Curriculum, to the elite grammar school, Tiffin Girls' School. Consistently rated outstanding or good with outstanding features from The Lead Inspector of Ofsted and Heads of English, Dara has a consistent, exceptional track record of facilitating students to excel in English at both Primary and Secondary level.

While teaching at Tiffin Girls' School, Dara achieved the highest early entry GCSE results in English. This wealth of experience has provided Dara a vast amount of educational insight, enabling her to direct Exceptional Academics into becoming the dynamic tutoring agency it is.

While Dara was working as an English tutor for 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance, her students have gained entry into elite academically selective schools including: Tiffin Girls' School, Eton College, Winchester College, Wellington College, City of London, Latymer, Lady Eleanor Holles, St Paul's Girls and Boys Schools, Alleyns, Dulwich College, Kings College Wimbledon, Wimbledon High and Putney High.