Leah Warren, Director of Watling Tutors
Committed to providing high-quality supplementary education for children and helping young minds to grow
English was my favourite subject at school and the teachers were really inspiring. I knew early on I wanted to study it at degree level, and then – after finishing university – I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do than wax lyrical with a class of teenagers about the finer details of Shakespearean sonnets.
I trained as a teacher and taught at a high school for a couple of years before moving into the advertising sector as an account manager. At the end of 2008, when I was on maternity leave with my daughter, I set myself the goal of creating a business that would combine my marketing and teaching experience in a way that would be flexible.
By 2010, I’d established Watling Tutors – an ethical, transparent tutor agency where tutors choose their own rates and hours, and have total control of their own timetables for once! Since then we’ve worked with hundreds of local students in North London and South Hertfordshire, but we also support their parents too – ensuring they can achieve the optimum gain for their children in their formative educational years.
The one aspect of my business journey I’m most proud of is that I’ve grown Watling Tutors alongside raising three children. I remained committed to it as a side hustle whilst always working elsewhere (including teaching and project-managing various community initiatives), and my ultimate objective was that it would become my full-time career when my youngest started school. That was in September and here I am!
Every day is hugely rewarding, but there’s two in particular every year which are extra-special: GCSE and A-Level results days. To see what it means to our students when they achieve the grades they’ve worked so hard for is all the motivation I need. There aren’t many jobs where you get to share a moment like that year in, year out – knowing that a person is preparing to pursue their own hopes and dreams, and that you’ve played a part in their development – so I feel incredibly lucky.
My advice is to stay in your own lane, focus on what it is you want to provide and don’t worry about what other people are up to.