Helene Plant, an experienced Senior Counsel in the City of London, joins to add knowledge of law as well as increasing the knowledge of London culture - particularly theatre, art and museums.
10. Oct, 2017
Ann returns from Bangkok
Following a week with business contacts regarding teacher training and assisting Thai students visit UK, Ann returns home.
4. Sep, 2017
Students start at their new schools
Three new students from overseas start at their new schools in UK. We wish them well in settling in to their new surroundings.
1. Aug, 2017
The ultimate tour guide
Ann joins with CEEDS to guide a tour of UK by 55 Chinese students. A whistle stop tour to give them as broad a view of UK as possible in the time available.
Less recent news
26. Mar, 2017
Visiting Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai
Setting off on travels with appointments with some parents already set in Hong Kong and with plans for Singapore too. This is the first trip Dubai so a voyage of exploration though with at least two appointments with contacts already set.
24. Mar, 2017
CLASS becomes a Supporting Member of COBIS
COBIS is the Council of British International Schools and CLASS has become a Supporting Member to work with such schools and students attending or considering such schools.
1. Mar, 2017
Busy first two months of 2017
As well as continuing to support existing students via tutors, there have been new students for whom appropriate tutors have been found and work with several new families to help select and place their children at UK schools.
1. Jan, 2017
New Year in Hong Kong
Watching the fireworks and lights last night from the harbour front in the warmth surrounded by happy locals was fantastic. This started as a holiday with Andrew to come to a wedding and see in New Year but already the diary is full with meetings for both of us. A working holiday!
25. Nov, 2016
Singapore and Thailand
The original plan was to accompany Andrew in the opening of his company's Singapore office, but being so close to Thailand resulted in an invitation to Bangkok to discuss English teaching development there with the people she'd met with in October. As with many business trips, it was a fly in, work and then fly out rather than having an opportunity to explore.
The big Buddha at Kamakura
Garden at the Nezu Museum, Tokyo
Flowers at the Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
Shrine roof decoration at Kamakura
Buddha at the Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
21. Oct, 2016
Invited to Japan
Ann is invited to Aoyama Gakuin High School in Tokyo to spend two weeks teaching students and helping their staff. This coincided with the exchange with The Leys School, Cambridge and the latter asked Ann to fly home with their students at the end of the exchange.
16. Oct, 2016
Ann hosts Thai educationalists
A small group from Thailand visited Cambridge to see different schools and colleges with Ann. They have invited Ann to Thailand to review their systems at their College in Bangkok.
9. Oct, 2016
Working for CEEDS
Ann mentored two groups of young students from Shanghai including projects comparing Chinese and British education and learning about horseracing (Newmarket is close to Cambridge)
17. Sep, 2016
Two week bespoke course
Ann delivers a two week bespoke course for a Japanese business man visiting the UK. It was a good balance between language teaching and cultural learning. Very enjoyable for both, if hard work!
It seems a long while ago
29. Aug, 2016
A week in Hong Kong
The visit included meeting a student coming to UK for Sixth Form study, meeting a Japanese businessman coming to UK in September for a bespoke English Language and Culture course, a contact looking to put a course together for bringing a group to UK next Summer and meeting with an agency to discuss tutorial support. Many other contacts were also seen.
Hong Kong Island from Star Ferry
Holly Brown - a good meeting point
Twin China and Hong Kong flags at the High Court
Hong Kong is nothing without its skyscrapers
Some old buildings do remain
22. Aug, 2016
A CLASS teacher returns to UK after two weeks teaching in Moscow
16. Jul, 2016
A CLASS teacher flies to Shanghai to teach some students for six weeks.
27. May, 2016
CLASS approached to prepare a course
Ann is approached to put together ideas for a possible two week course in UK for a visiting group of headteachers from China who are seeking to learn more about UK education.
18. Apr, 2016
Arranging specialist tutors
Being based in Cambridge has the great advantage of a good source of specialist tutors at the University. Ann arranges one to support a Russian IB student in philosophy.
12. Apr, 2016
Returning from Singapore and Australia
Ann arrives home after a short break in Australia followed by meeting up with friends and contacts in Singapore.
8. Mar, 2016
Proof reading University dissertations
Recent dissertations reviewed for undergraduates have included ones on Digital Marketing Strategies and Business Models for launching electric cars in the European Market.
5. Mar, 2016
Stamford Varsity Summer Course taking bookings
The 2, 3 and 4 weeks long Summer Courses run by Stamford Varsity, with Ann as Course Director, are now taking bookings. For more details click on the 'Stamford Varsity' tab on this website and you can also contact Ann direct.
4. Mar, 2016
Ann attends the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students (BAISIS) conference in Birmingham keeping good links with numerous schools.
27. Feb, 2016
CLASS sponsors CPASS at Warwick University
CLASS sponsors the China Public Affairs and Social Service Society (CPASS) at Warwick University and Ann attends the 2016 Warwick China Summit entitled 'China and the transition to global leadership?'
23. Feb, 2016
Half term assistance
A hard working week with a Sixth Form Student helping with language skills and vocabulary for her Economics and Art courses. This also included visits to London at either end of the week to, for example, visit the Bank of England and Art Galleries. Assistance has continued since half term and the student now has much more confidence to raise issues with her Economics teacher directly.
17. Feb, 2016
Good news for a Student
One of the students Ann has been helping sat the entrance tests and was accepted for a Year 8 place at The Leys, Cambridge starting in September 2016. Well done to the student.
1. Jan, 2016
Happy New Year to all friends and visitors to the site
May 2016 be successful and prosperous for you all in all endeavours
16. Dec, 2015
Good news for a Japanese student
A Japanese student who sought advice from Ann regarding schools in UK is offered a place in Year 10 from April 2016 at King's School, Ely. Congratulations to her and wishing her every success.
30. Nov, 2015
No rest for Ann
Monday morning dawns in UK and Ann is busy following up leads made while away and catching up with other ongonig matters such as advising on admissions to local schools for a family repatriating from abroad, guiding students in applying to UK schools and finalising personal statments and references for students in UK applying to UK universities. While modern technology is great it is good to be back with all her resources, records etc so she can deal with matters first hand.
29. Nov, 2015
Ann arrives at London Heathrow
A safe return to UK and them home to Cambridge. Thank you to everyone who helped make her 5 week visit so enjoyable - those who let her stay with them, took her to art exhbitions, guided and advised her, were taught by her and with her, enjoyed her company and helped in oh so many ways.
28. Nov, 2015
Ann starts her journey home
After a frantic week Ann starts her journey back to UK. What a week! As well as meeting up with over 30 Old Leysians (former students of The Leys) either individually or at a dinner organised by one OL. She also taught students and met possible business contacts.
2015 and before
22. Nov, 2015
Hong Kong for many meetings with contacts and friends
17. Nov, 2015
Ann visits Hiroshima
The visit proved to be a moving experience seeing the memorials to such a devastating and important event in history. A former student, Yuka, accompanied her and made the visit more special as it gave Ann a greater insight into the visit.
6. Nov, 2015
The Exchange students fly home
After ensuring the students depart safely Ann remains in Japan for another two weeks. She is doing more teaching at Aoyama Gakuin at both primary and secondary level and is providing advice and guidance for parents seeking to send their children to UK for school or university. She hopes to do some travelling too, as well as meeting friends and making new contacts. She has attended events at the Cambridge & Oxford Club, Tokyo including meeting Oxford's Vice- Chancellor part of whose education was in Cambridge.
28. Oct, 2015
Teaching over Skype from Japan
Using Skype to teach students is a common feature of Ann's current work. This continues while she is in Japan, with it simply being a matter of re-calculating the time differences in the different time zone.
23. Oct, 2015
Ann flies to Japan
Three Year 10 students fly with Ann for their two week exchange at Aoyama Gakuin University School in Tokyo. The students will be staying with local families and immersing themselves in the school. Ann will provide any support necessary but is also teaching at the school and building on prior relationships with others in the area.
10. Sep, 2015
New Academic Year starts in UK
The new academic year has started here in UK. The two students to whom we are guardians have returned after a refreshing summer, ready to push on with their studies.
Other students Ann was teaching over the summer have also returned to their schools but are still receiving support from Ann. Modern technology, e.g. Skype, enables the teaching to proceed in a smooth overall program no matter where in the world Ann or the students are.
14. Aug, 2015
Teaching Hong Kong students in Cambridge
Ann finishes a two week period teaching English and Drama to young students from Hong Kong for Cambridge Programmes Ltd. The students stayed at Churchill College, Cambridge, had lessons based at a neaby school and a range of extra-curricular activities. The theme was 'Inspiration' with the aim to inspire the students to apsire to the highest academic standards they can achieve. The course finished with a formal dinner in the College' Hall (dining room) and an address by the College's Master.
17. Jul, 2015
Teaching in Portugal
Ann arranges for one of her contacts to spend two weeks with a family in Portugal teaching the son English in order to maintain his standards over the Summer.
2. Jul, 2015
Skype is a wonderful medium
Ann is now teaching some students in Asia by Skype at times that fit the different time zones. By continuing learning over the long Summer holidays, the students' standards in English will not slide backwards.
1. Jul, 2015
Lunch at The Shard, London
Ann is entertained for lunch by valued colleagues from The Leys at the Shard, London. Thank you friends.
The lovely surroundings of Peterhouse
Careful lighting sets a lovely mood
All dressed up and ready to party
Roses 'floating' in the Hall
Champagne glasses waiting to be filled
17. Jun, 2015
Marking the end of Ann's time at The Leys
Ann and Andy joined their daughter, Annie, at the Peterhouse May Ball to mark the upcoming end to her time at The Leys. May Balls are a traditional way Cambridge students mark the end of their academic year. They give an opportunity to dress well and to enjoy a range of entertainments from dusk till dawn - or until sore feet or tiredness take over. The Peterhouse Ball was a wonderful event this year with glamorous dresses and 'white tie' (the most formal of UK evening dress for men) in abundance.
5. May, 2015
Ann attends the BAISIS Conference - the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students (www.baisis.org.uk). She was elected to an Honorary Member so she can still contribute in the future after she has left The Leys, and remains on the Executive Comittee
30. Apr, 2015
AEGIS Advisory Committee
Ann is elected onto the Advisory Committee of AEGIS - The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students (www.aegisuk.net)
30. Apr, 2015
AEGIS Spring Conference - Felsted School, Essex
Ann repeated the workshop on bullying she had given at AEGIS' Autumn Conference. The Conference Program stated "The presentation and workshop will cover bullying within and between cultural groups, identify bullying and how parents' expectations might be construed as a form of abuse".
20. Apr, 2015
Ann decides to move onwards from The Leys
After 19 years helping the academic and cultural education, and providing pastoral support for hundreds in international students during, and after, their time at The Leys, Ann decides she will leave at the end of the current academic year in order to focus full time on the activities of Cambridge English Class Ltd (as outlined on this website). While she will miss working in such a fantastic institution and with so many wonderful colleagues, the time is right for the next step in her career.
22. Jan, 2015
Japan Society Annual Dinner
Ann attends this at 1 Great George St, London - the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Westminster.
13. Jan, 2015
Ann represents The Leys at the January BAISIS meeting
4. Dec, 2014
Japan Society Christmas Party
Ann attends this in the ballroom of the Japanese Embassy, London.
Nov. 25, 2014
Ann leads a workshop at the AEGIS Autumn Conference "Cultural Awarenss and Communication"
This conference was hosted by Sedbergh School in picturesque surroundings at the foot of the Howgill Fells in northern England. Sedbergh is a small rural town that is becoming a 'book town' with many bookshops, or shops selling books as part of their business.
The workshop was a development of that which she gave in October 2014 - this time to an audiance of the Association of Educational Guardians in Independent Schools (AEGIS). Feedback received back has been excellent and a similar workshop is lined up for the AEGIS April 2015 conference.
Nov. 3, 2014
Home from Japan
Ann arrives home after 10 days in Japan. She taught several lessons at the Japanese exchange school as well as extended her cultural knowledge of Japan.
Oct. 24, 2014
Half Term arrives
In order to help one of our 'wards' who arrived late in the UK this term, Ann arranges for him to receive additional tutoring in English and in Economics during half term. Meanwhile Ann travels to Japan .......
Oct. 17, 2014
Ann leads a workshop at the BAISIS conference
Ann led a workshop on ''Bullying in a cultural context" at the annual conference of the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students held in Birmingham. This was a follow up to a presentation at a BAISIS Training and Development event in January 2014. She was also re-elected as an Executive Member of the Board. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet others teaching and looking after international students, to exchange experiences and learn new ideas for her work at The Leys.
6. Oct, 2014
Ann attends book launch in London
The book 'The Growing Power of Japan, 1967 - 1972: Analysis and assessments from John Pilcher and the British Embassy, Tokyo', complied and edited by Sir Hugh Cortazzi was launched at the Japan Foundation, Russell Square, London.
Headline. Fx. Latest news
27. Jun, 2015
Ann sings 'The Armed Man' at the Royal Albert Hall, London with the Leys' choir and 600 or so others in choirs from other schools to mark 100 years since the start of World War 1 in 1914. Having been to many concerts in this historic venue it was very enjoyable to participate.
Aug. 29, 2014
Research in and around Haworth, Yorkshire, England
A couple of days spent exploring part of Yorkshire around Haworth - the small town made famous by the Bronte family. The steam railway nearby was used for the filming of E Nesbit's 'The Railway Children'.
The canal basin at Skipton
The steep, cobbled Main Street, Haworth
Evocative steam train on 'The Railway Children' line
The Ashmount Country House - a very pleasant stay
More older news
Aug. 14, 2014
A level results for Ann's tutees
A level results are released and Ann is in contact with her tutees regarding their success at gaining the necessary grades to enter University. A small number need their reserve choices and some advice in general. Skype is so useful and makes the world so small.
Aug. 11, 2014
Working with Cambridge Programmes
Ann completes two weeks teaching English and Drama on Cambridge Programes Ltd's inaugural Junior Course - It was hugely enjoyable.
" Thank you again for your wonderful support for our programme. You were brilliant. " Says Peter.
Ann can now turn her attention to preparations for the coming academic year at The Leys, Cambridge.
Jul. 7, 2014
Tour de France in Cambridge
The day the Tour de France cycle race came to Cambridge also saw Ann start some work during July for CEEDS, building on work she did with them in China in April 2014.
Sponsor trucks passing the start
The start line
The leaders line up on the front
The UK's Chris Froome waits to start
The peleton waits for the start
Even older news
Jul. 3, 2014
Ann attends a Sino Anglo Education Meeting in London
This was the inaugural conference of The Sino Anglo Education Union (www.tsaeu.com) so Ann attended to learn more about it and its stated role of promoting and supporting access to British Independent Schools by Chinese students.
Jul. 3, 2014
Help for a young Russian student
Ann arranges for one of her teacher contacts to provide a week of intensive teaching (5 hours a day) here in Cambridge.
Jun. 28, 2014
End of academic year
The Korean and Hong Kong students to whom Andrew has been guardian this year complete their academic time at The Leys. One flies home to be with her family while the other's family has arrived in UK to travel and explore. A three week tour is planned drawing on our knowledge of places to visit, travel times etc.
Jun. 9, 2014
First class student
The Japanese student now at Exeter University achieves a 'First' in her end of year exams and flies home to be with her family for the Summer.
May. 20, 2014
Approach for help
The parent of a student studying in Cambridge approaches Ann with the following request:
"Wish 1: Keep tracking with H's school and monitor his progress in English and other courses. Get feedback from his teachers, make suggestions or plans to help him with his coursework.
Wish 2: Set up a English tutorial meeting with H once a week (around 2 hours) to help him practise English, improve his weak points and leave him some tasks to finish.
Wish 3: Bring him to some culture experiences or activities once a month (or twice per term), eg. some festivals, celebrations, day-time activities or sporting events"
These wishes are agreed and will start in September at the start of the next academic year, though with some contact via Skype over the summer to maintain high standards of spoken English.
Apr. 7, 2014
Ann travels in China
Ann travelled as an Educational Advisor with Cambridge Eastern Education and Development Society (CEEDS) to Shanghai and the surrounding provinces for an 11 day trip visiting schools to educate students about UK universities and UK culture.
Oct. 26, 2013
Ann in Japan
Ann accompanied the Year 10 students from The Leys, Cambridge on their two week Japanese exchange visit to Aoyama Gakuin High School, Tokyo. The Japanese students are due the return visit in January 2014. During her time in Japan, Ann taught lessons at the school as well as met up with some parents to broaden their mutual cultural knowledge
Sep. 25, 2013
Conversation classes arranged
Ann arranges for a Spanish speaker to have conversation lessons with a former colleague who shares similar interests.
Sep. 21, 2013
Taking student to Exeter University
The Japanese student to whom Andrew had been guardian the previous year arrived at Heathrow from Japan and Ann and Andrew took her, with all her belongings, down to Exeter University for the start of her three years study there. It is a long drive from Cambridge, but it was nice to help her transport everything and see her settled into her accommodation at the start of the next phase of her time in UK.
Sep. 1, 2013
Guardianships for the coming academic year
The Korean and Hong Kong sixth form students to whom Andrew is guardian for the coming academic year (September to June) arrive at The Leys, Cambridge to start their final year at the school.
Jun. 29, 2013
Farewell to our Japanese student
The Japanese student to whom Andrew has been guardian finshes her time at The Leys, Cambridge. Her mother came over from Japan for the occasion and attended the end of term ball (prom) and final day. Mother and daughter then have some days travelling in UK with Ann before saying a fond farewell and returning home to Japan.
Crossing Victoria Harbour from Kowloon on the Star Ferry