Who we are

Mallard Days Educational Services brings together two tutors in the North East of England, both of whom are dedicated to providing quality science and maths tuition to students of all ages and abilities.

  • Richard J. L. Hornby

    County Durham, Tyne and Wear

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

    Director and Senior Tutor
    Specialisms: GCSE, IGCSE and A-level Physics, Combined Science and Maths; Mental Health First Aid

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    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 the Institute of Physics, the Association for Science Education, and the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

    As an examiner for a large UK Examination Board, 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.


  • Victoria Bending

    Durham City

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

    Specialisms: Physics, Astrophysics, and Mathematics

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    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.

    She is also the Creative Director of our Phase 2 project.  Outside of science, she is a published Science Fiction and Fantasy author, and enjoys reading, drawing, computer games, climbing, caving, and general adventure.

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.