2018: A Year in Review

Management Changes

This year has seen fundamental change in the makeup of the ownership of Macclesfield Tutorial College (MTC) and Expert Tutorials Limited. On 31st August 2018, Mrs Janet Richardson retired and her partnership position and shareholding were taken up by Mr Toby Vintin. Janet was a founding shareholder with Mr David Furphy when forming MTC in 1995.

Janet brought an experience of teaching and experience of working in the retail world to the business as well as a tenacity for detail and hard work. David brought a wide experience of teaching having held several senior positions in secondary schools over many years. Toby has been working for the college for over three years and continues to develop his knowledge of the curricula and the examination systems which form an integral part of the work at the college.  He has worked in the City of London for many years and has wide experience of business management, experience which will be invaluable as MTC progresses.

MTC continues to teach a wide range of subjects at Functional Skills, GCSE and GCE levels and to provide examination entry and facilities for this wide range.  In addition examination facilities and support are provided for external university examinations.

Exams for Private Candidates

As an approved examination centre for Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, OCR and Cambridge International, we have been providing examinations for our own students and independent students in the UK since 1995. Over the years we have hosted examinations for candidates throughout England and have had the pleasure of welcoming others from Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, USA, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and Vanuatu via Belgium.

We are conducting examinations at MTC on behalf of universities and their distance learning students. These universities include Leicester, Robert Gordon, Arden, Queen Mary University of London and this year Harvard University.

In the last twelve months MTC has conducted examinations in Liverpool, Ellesmere Port, Warrington, Cumbria, Winsford in Cheshire, Tunstall, Urmston, Belper and Carlisle. The college has arranged these special provisions on behalf of various local authorities and universities: generally in the homes of students confined to home through physical illness or other difficulty. We have extensive experience of supporting candidates with special educational needs and have partnered with numerous local authorities and other agencies to offer a professional, supportive and discrete service.

College Facilities

The MTC building in Macclesfield has been extended to incorporate more office space.  This has allowed an increase in waiting-room space to be allocated with a view to refurbishing this area in the near future.

There are ongoing alterations to extend our laboratory space, particularly to enable more students to complete the increased number of practicals required by students to complete the new physics, chemistry and biology GCSE and Advanced Level qualifications.

Online Lessons

This year has seen an increase in the breadth and depth of our work.  Not only are we continuing to deliver online lessons we are now supplying those as far abroad as China and Holland.  The college and its tutors continue to develop an area of expertise in on-line teaching one-to-one and one-to-many. The changes and demands of UK education and the examination system continue to be met by the skilled team of teachers, experienced senior staff and administrators with enthusiasm and energy. It augurs well for the year and years to come.

David Furphy, College Principal