Who we are

Mallard Days Educational Services is organised and co-ordinated by Richard Hornby, who, alongside providing quality tuition in Maths and Science himself, has brought together a small team of tutors to provide quality science and maths tuition to students of all ages and abilities.

Richard J. L Hornby

Tuition provided online and in our Durham City premises

Specialisms: GCSE, IGCSE and A-level Physics, Combined Science and Maths

Mental Health First Aid

MSci (Hons) Physics and Astronomy, PGCE Secondary Science (Dunelm), MInstP, ACIEA

A photograph of Richard Hornby

Richard has a masters degree (MSci) in Physics and Astronomy, and, with a PGCE in Science Education, has all the attributes necessary to aid your learning. This will allow you to develop the necessary skills to understand Science and Maths at Key Stages 3, 4, 5 and above.

Richard is a member of several professional bodies, including Association for Science Education, and the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

As an examiner for large UK and international Examination Boards, he can confidently tutor you in a way which will allow you to reach your maximum potential.  He also supports the other members of the partnership with their students and provides them with regular professional development.

His research interests are astrophysics, educational psychology, and mentoring students with learning difficulties and mental health issues. He is also a mentor and Senior Common Room member at Van Mildert College, Durham University.

Richard is a long-standing examiner, and has received the 2017 and 2019 JCQ awards for continuing services to examining.

Mallard Days Partners

Mallard Days Partners are independent tutors who work with Richard to provide additional subjects and capacity, and provide different options for our students. As a Mallard Days Partner, these tutors can use Mallard Day’s booking and payment facilities, making a seamless administrative experience for out tutees. Richard also works with Mallard Days Partners to deliver some of our larger activities, including exam season revision workshops.

Victoria Bending

Tuition provided at Bowburn Community Association and online

Specialisms: Physics, Astrophysics, and Mathematics

BA (Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Open), MPhys Theoretical Physics (Dunelm), Ph.D Exoplanetary Atmospheres (Open), MInstP

Photograph of Vicky Bending
Photograph of Vicky Bending

Vicky is an active tutor based in Durham City, and is a specialist in both Maths and Physics. She has experience tutoring at all levels, including preparation for GCSE and A-level exams, and also works with University students. Having been entirely home educated herself, she has a great deal of experience with home-schooling.

Outside of science, she is a published Science Fiction and Fantasy author, and enjoys reading, drawing, computer games, climbing, caving, and general adventure.

Ruth Whelan

Tuition provided online

Specialisms: Chemistry and Biology

BSc (Hons) Biology and Chemistry (Dunelm), PGCSE Secondary Science (York), MRes (Liverpool)

Photograph of Ruth Whelan

With 6 years teaching and tutoring experience, Ruth has good knowledge of the exam system and has the ability to help students gain the maximum possible marks in their exams.

She has tutored across all age ranges and abilities, ranging from helping students struggling to pass to helping prepare students for successful Oxbridge applications & interviews. She has also taught in four different secondary schools, and have experience in tutoring GCSE and A-level, as well as Scottish Nat5, Higher, and Advanced Higher qualifications.

Away from tutoring, she enjoys fell walking, camping and observing the Northern Lights.

Angelina Anderson-Groves

Tuition provided online.

Specialisms: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Combined Science (Primary to KS4); Literacy, Numeracy, Phonics, Handwriting, Philosophy for Children, English, Maths, R.S. (EYFS to Upper KS2); Special Educational Needs (EYFS to KS4).

Qualifications and experience: BSc (Hons) Secondary Science with Education & QTS, Qualified SENCo, MInstP, CCRS.

Having been a Teacher of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths for over 20 years, Angelina has a wealth of experience planning and delivering outstanding Mastery lessons. Using tried and tested methods, her aim is to facilitate the opportunity for every student to reach their full potential. She is also a qualified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, and has worked at all levels from Primary EYFS to Key Stage 5 (A-Level).

Her tutoring techniques vary depending on the individual learning style of each student, providing personalised teaching and learning according to the needs of the student. Tuition is tailored to the current level of the child with the aim of using Mastery techniques to enable them to reach their full potential.

Outside of tuition, Angelina has gained invaluable experience as a School Governor (Raising Achievement & SEND) and Pastoral Mentor for University Students and is passionate about providing Physics outreach at public events and regional festivals, as well as supporting new Teachers with their professional development. She is also a regional STEM Ambassador and former Branch Chair of the Institute of Physics North East, (currently Vice Chair). Angelina also enjoys walking holidays in the countryside with her family and regularly visits members of her local community on a voluntary basis to ensure that they have someone to talk to and help them out if they need support.

Interested in becoming a Partner?

If you are an experienced tutor and are interested in becoming a Mallard Days Partner, please get in touch for further details.

Occasional Helpers

We sometimes ask other experienced colleagues to help us with some of our more interesting and activities, and also give us a hand behind the scenes.

In the past, these have included:

  • Maria and Marylin Burton – Accounts and administration.
  • Georgina Uttley – Chemistry support.
  • Hannah Wynn – Geology and Earth Sciences support, Primary education.
  • Nicolle Finch – Photography, First Aid, Administration.
  • Simon Armstrong, Beth Holmes, Tim Wiles, Jamal Kinsella and Rachel O’Leary – Outreach and Science in the Community activities.
  • Angelina Cooke – Special Needs Education adviser, and Continuing Professional Development mentor.
  • Ben Thompson (a.k.a. Cosmosquark) – Web server management.