Alison is a highly qualified and experienced local teacher, tutor and researcher. She offers one to one and small group tuition tailored to meet your needs. Wanting to learn French or Spanish, improve current skills, mystified by computers, eager to uncover your Family History? Look no further and get in touch!

Local Area Covered:

Based in Hailsham, East Sussex, Alison will travel to you (up to 20 miles including: Battle, Eastbourne, Heathfield and Uckfield areas)


French (BA Hons), Spanish (Diploma with Merit), Computing (BCS Level 2) and Family History (IHGS Higher Certificate Studies ongoing), Alison has a PGCE ("Threshold Criteria" since 2000).

About Alison

Lycée educated and bilingual in French, Alison is a highly-qualified tutor with a proven track record. Prior to tutoring adults, Alison taught in maintained secondary, and private schools at both preparatory (where she was Head of Department) and senior level. For more than 20 years, students of all ages and abilities have responded to her skills and qualities, delighting in their progress.


What students say:


Involving, inspiring, elucidating, entertaining and practical.

Eddie S, Hailsham

Conversation classes, one-to-one sessions? None worked. Now Alison has succeeded where others failed by helping me give a decent account of myself travelling in France. Like the best teachers she makes complex issues clear and because she supports rather than criticises, you never feel discouraged. I learn more from two hours with Alison than a week with many classroom teachers.

Sue B, Cross-in-Hand

We have had private French tuition with Alison for a year, and are delighted to have made such good progress. Alison is an excellent teacher, she has given us confidence and makes learning French fun. Each lesson is interesting and different. We start each class chatting in French, and learn from a course book and other French resources that Alison brings. We highly recommend Alison to anyone wanting to learn or improve their French.

Tessa and Paul, East Hoathly with Halland


We have been having beginners Spanish lessons with Alison for a few months and she has been a very enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. She has been able to make learning a new language fun, shown great patience and been happy to progress at a pace to suit us.

Bruce and Anna C, Hailsham

Alison makes every lesson fun, interesting and varied, working at a pace to suit me and has a most encouraging, supportive and pleasant manner.

Adam S, Battle

Alison has supported me through my GCSE course, helping me to achieve “A grades” in my exams to date. I enjoy the lessons and she explains anything difficult in an easy to understand way. I would highly recommend her.

Aidan S, Battle

Family History

Outstanding tuition - well-delivered, filled with information, tips and helpful hints! Nothing was too much trouble for Alison. Her enthusiasm is catching!

Sheila H, Uckfield

An excellent introduction to work on the census for an absolute but enthusiastic novice. Super!

Claire T, Burwash

Great content and incredible number of websites highlighted for research, very enjoyable!

Andy P, Crowborough

Alison's help has enabled me to order several BMD Certificates and I now have GRO Index references noted to order more! All set now for my first trip to WDYTYA-Live, and really appreciate Alison bringing this event to my attention.

Sue P, Crowborough


Alison was knowledgeable on her subject and patient and flexible in dealing with a small group with mixed prior experience, focussing on practical areas to help people broaden their computer expertise for ongoing day to day use.

Murray L, Wadhurst

Alison Standen

Please contact Alison outlining your subject of interest.

Telephone: 07929 830189


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