Qualifications & Curriculum

Hawthorn Education offers each of its students a comprehensive, bespoke curriculum, designed just for them.

Their learning pathway is created in conjunction with their current school or education provider, in order to compliment and enhance past and present learning, whilst ensuring measurable progress at all stages.

We are able to do this by putting into place a hand-picked team of specialist teachers, to create the perfect blend for every student.

We are able to offer teaching across the following areas:

  • GCSEs
  • ‘A’ levels
  • Entry Level
  • Functional Skills
  • Step Up to English
  • Open Awards
  • City & Guilds

Please contact us to find our more about what we can offer.

Hawthorn Education Benefits


Our mission is to bring education to young people at any stage of learning.

DBS Cleared

All of our tutors are fully DBS cleared and have extensive experience within the teaching profession.

Education Package Implemented Immediately

We have a proud track record of delivering our education packages in an efficient and timely manner.

Individual Learning Plans

Hawthorn Education have experience with most of the major exam boards but understand that some pupils need a more practical educational bespoke experience which caters to their individual needs.

Keeping your Informed

Written progress reports are provided on a daily basis for all of our students.

Building Confidence

With all of our students we follow a structured and intensively managed process which is always focused on outcomes in order to build confidence and raise attainment standards.

A broad and balanced curriculum leading to nationally recognised qualifications

At Hawthorn Education, we provide access to the national curriculum and teach to a range of external examinations at a variety of levels, including GCSE, entry level certificates and a variety of QCF vocational awards, certificates and diplomas, which are all recognised nationwide by employers and colleges.

Our pupils access a wide range of subjects, including:

  • English (Literature and Language)
  • Science
  • History
  • Religious Education
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE
  • MFL – French/German/Spanish
  • Maths
  • Computing
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Citizenship
  • Food Technology
  • Land Based Studies

Our education packages are structured, carefully managed and focused on outcomes in order to build confidence and raise attainment standards. By working closely with local colleges, we aim to ensure successful transition to further education and or vocational study.

Meet the Team

Faiza Member

Teaching for me is not only about imparting knowledge but building meaningful and trusting relationships. I’m passionate about helping young people be the best they can and love what we do here at Hawthorn Education. When I’m not teaching, I love to be with my family; my husband and our son. We enjoy taking walks, cycling, but most of all exploring the world and making memories together.
Volunteering is also an important part of my life, where I support and work with vulnerable women and children in our community. I can’t forget, football and food! These play a huge part in my life too, if I’m not cheering on my son from the sidelines, I love to cook and experiment with new recipes!

Simon Bray

Most of my career has been in teaching Media, Film and Communication Studies and the side-lining of the arts and humanities continues to distress me!  In my spare time I like to defy the ageing process by still seeing as many bands as possible, my genre of choice is power metal (look it up).  I also love to travel and have visited some amazing places including Table Mountain in Cape Town, the Cape of Good Hope, Mandarin Bay in Singapore, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Great Wall of China.

Letty Musso

Antony Smith

Kerry Parker

I am very passionate about teaching and it is my philosophy that every young person should have access to a quality education delivered in a way that suits their individual learning style. I can honestly say that I absolutely love my job, because I get to work with really great young people every day. Who else gets to say that?

In my free time I love a city break where I can wander around and check out the local history, Dublin and York being my favourite places so far. I also enjoy listening to live music and going to music events in muddy fields.

The most adventurous thing I have ever tried is paragliding!

Tim Milner

I am an experienced teacher and passionate believer in child-led education.  My lead subjects are maths and science but am also a bit of a techno buff and enjoy incorporating the use of technology to transform learning outcomes.

When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading non-fiction books, listening to podcasts, and watching stand-up comedy.  I also likes cooking, photography and of course, keeping abreast of new technology.

Caroline Mason

‘I created Hawthorn to fill an important gap in education: to give vulnerable children the attention, support, and learning environment they needed to grow in ability and confidence.  All of the team at Hawthorn share the same passion and drive, and are dedicated to providing a tailored learning approach to each individual student.

My personal time is spent with my large family, which is noisy but fun, in our old farmhouse with a menagerie of animals, sheep, lambs and hens to name a few; not forgetting an energetic collie dog and two rescue cats.’

Angie Letchford

It is such a privilege to work with Hawthorn students – they teach me, an educator and therapist – so much about perseverance through their resilience in a broken world.  I am excited to announce that alongside my vocation and calling to run an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Centre in Morecambe where I offer private therapy sessions as well as Equine Assisted Learning, I am due to be Ordained deacon in the Church of England in September and am involved in a wide range of ministries in the church.

Mary French

I’ve spent the last 2 or 3 decades in education and training in various guises.  From being the only white person in a small Zimbabwean village teaching maths to guiding adults up world peaks and leading young people on expeditions to remote mountainous areas, my life has been full of experiences.  But best of all is being based at home in the Lake District cycling the lanes, swimming the lakes and having a purpose to life!

Joanna White

I’m Joanna and I have worked for Hawthorn Education for almost three years.  I have to say that it’s been a fantastic opportunity!  What I love about my job is the way it enables me to personalise my teaching and tailor it to the needs of the individual.  Working with young people brings such variety and no two days are ever the same.  When I’m not working, I love spending time with family and friends.  You’ll also find me out in the open air, walking or gardening when I have chance.

John Brookes

I have been a fully qualified PE teacher since 2007.  My main sport is rugby league which I have played all my life.  I am currently the head coach for the Cadishead Rhinos open-age rugby league team.  I left mainstream teaching in 2018 to set up my own sports coaching business called EdStart.  In my spare time I live to travel, especially to cold countries where I can ski and snowboard!

Sarah Johnson

I am passionate about helping children to develop to their full potential.  As an Assistant SENCo I feel it is important to provide a safe, stimulating and fully inclusive environment for all.  My personal time is spent with my wonderful family, often on skiing adventures.  I am blessed with 2 children and 2 cats, who keep me entertained.  I love music and can play a variety of instruments.  I have a passion for being active and enjoy sports and the outdoors.

Debra Skeoch

I have been with Hawthorn for 3 years now and enjoy working with vulnerable children who through no fault of their own, have challenges that require personal guidance and support – ‘Every child deserves to succeed.’
My family are a major part in my life.  I enjoy making wonderful memories with all 4 of my grandchildren; lots of lovely family fun times!
I recently acquired an allotment which is a challenge but great therapy for the body and soul.  Football also plays a major part in my life as a lifetime supporter of P.N.E!

Lindsay Dudley

Hi, I’m Lindsay.  I’ve been teaching for almost 20 years now and first and foremost see myself as a teacher of children, rather than a teacher of a subject.  Over the years, I have taught mainly French, German, English language and literature, as well as PSHE and Spanish.  I have been involved in Scouting (the biggest youth organisation in the world!) for nearly ten years,  and am a big advocate of ensuring that all young people, no matter what their ability or background have the opportunities to develop all forms of life skills.  I also believe learning is a life-long adventure.  Over the past year, I’ve been developing my forest school skills and I am almost a fully trained Forest School Leader (Level 3).  I love being outdoors, in nature and discovering the world around us.  I hope I pass on my enthusiasm for learning, along with helping young people to become well-rounded, caring and compassionate individuals.