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Former Tutors - Where are they now?


Josh Wooler

Josh is a former student of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and joined yipiyap in 2013 uncertain of the career path he wanted to follow. During his year with us Josh worked in a mixture of primary and secondary schools supporting both English and Maths.

I’m currently in my second year of studying history at Newcastle University, after this I plan to take a PGCE course to become a qualified history teacher.

My year with yipiyap was a fantastic experience that provided me with an invaluable insight into the day to day workings of a school from the staff’s perspective. Thanks to this I have a greater understanding of a teacher’s role, which can only be an advantage when I begin my teacher training.

On top of this, every day was thoroughly enjoyable and knowing you have made a positive change for somebody is an irreplaceable feeling.


Praveen Somarathne

Praveen came to us from Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College in the 2013 intake.  He had not been successful in obtaining an offer for medicine at any of his chosen universities and had decided to take a year out to reapply and gain life experience to improve his application.

During his year with yipiyap Praveen was indeed successful in gaining a place to study medicine at Liverpool University commencing Autumn 2014.

It has been a fantastic year – everything I hoped my medicine course would be. I’m so pleased I took a year out and chose to gain experience that would stand me in good stead, not just in getting onto the course but more generally for the future. My year with yipiyap really taught me a lot about how to work with people – the other tutors in my schools, the staff and some challenging but very rewarding pupils!

I’m looking forward to a fantastic summer, going to visit family in Sri Lanka and meeting up with friends (and relaxing a bit!) and then going back to university where I’ll be living independently with friends next year – I’m sure this will bring lots more challenges as I learn to cook!