Our Staff

Shazia Tahir

Centre Director and Principal Teacher (Teacher in Mathematics and English with children up to Year 9 and a specialism in 11+ students).

Qualifications :
BEd (Hons) Manchester Metropolitan University | Age Range:- 5-12 | Speciality :- SATS and 11+

Personal Statement From Shazia Tahir
I have been teaching since 1999 and have in depth experience and knowledge in teaching Key Stage 1 and 2. The great thing about Bury Tuition Centre is that it is a place where children of all ages and abilities can come and feel welcome and realise their true potential. As for parents it gives them peace of mind that they can get continual professional and honest advice about the progress their child is making.


Luciana Whitehead

Teacher of Mathematics and English up to year 8 with specialism in 11+ students.

Qualifications :
Manchester Metropolitan University Diploma of Higher Education | Bachelor of Arts (English) | PostGraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) – Age range 5 – 12 | Teaching English a foreign Language (TEFL)

Personal Statement From Luciana Whitehead
I have over 15 years of experience teaching Maths & English to children of all ages and abilities,from whole class teaching to groups and 1 to 1 tuition. I have also spent time in Japan teaching English to adults. I’m a mum of 4 so have an insight of how to get the best out of children.


Chris Lucas

Teacher of Mathematics for GCSE - (foundation and higher).

Qualifications :
Bachelors Degree in Maths | PGCE in Secondary Education | Maths Specialist

Personal Statement From Chris Lucas
I have been teaching Maths and English to children of ages 7 – 16 for over 20 years. I have also worked as deputy head of a special needs school (SEN) and I have also been part of the teaching faculty at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar. Working at Bury Tuition Centre allows me to apply my knowledge and experience with students on a 1 to 1 basis which is very rewarding as I see children develop their understanding of the subject matter and grow in confidence.


Mark Ritchings

Teacher of Mathematics for GCSE and A-Level

Qualifications :
BEd Age Range:- 11-18 Mathematics Education | BSc(Hons) Mathematics | PGCE - Secondary Education

Personal Statement From Mark Ritchings
I have been teaching GCSE, A level and some undergraduate mathematics since 1996 and have worked at Bury Tuition Centre since 2001. Working at Bury Tuition Centre allows me to give each child more individual attention than is ever possible in school.
In my free time I am continuing my study of mathematics. I am currently working towards an MSc in Mathematics.