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A Warm Hello and Welcome
 Whickham School  

A special video message for you from our CEO  to all members of the Whickham School

A Letter to Whickham School & Sports College. 

Dear Whickham School,

I wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude for the opportunity to work with Whickham School as your NTP (National Tutoring Programme) provider. It has been a pleasure collaborating with a school that shares our fundamental principle of creating an environment where learning is cherished and celebrated.

Whickham School truly stands as a beacon of excellence, proud to be at the heart of the community. We deeply resonate with your commitment to fostering a safe, caring, and supportive environment, where every student is valued and inspired to be the best they can be. These core values align perfectly with our own, and we are honored to work alongside you in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn and flourish.

As an NTP provider, we understand the importance of maintaining the unique identity of each school within an academy trust while being bound together by common values and beliefs. Collaboration and the sharing of successful strategies are central to our mission of providing the finest education for our students. We take immense pride in our online tutoring program, which exemplifies these principles. Through collaboration, the development of effective practices, and a constant drive for improvement, we strive to create an inclusive and supportive environment that empowers students to excel academically and in all aspects of life.

We wholeheartedly invite you, the School Senior Leadership Team, to join us on this exciting journey as we champion our shared values and work towards making a lasting impact on the lives of our students. Together, we can continue to create an exceptional educational experience that nurtures the potential of every child.


Our Guarantee: 

 - Price: We are reducing costs year-on-year to ensure that tuition at your schools will be a mainstay well beyond the existence NTP subsidies. 

- Security:  We have the highest possible Data Protection and Safeguarding Standards

- Results: We are able to provide tangible results backed up by strong data. 

- Service: We do not add additional burdens to your staff. We will handle all administrative work from scheduling to data and financial reporting.

- Quality:  Provide you with skilled teachers matched specifically to your student's needs, providing bespoke learning plans and flexibly adapting them as the develop a strong student-tutor relationship. 

Tutoring is here to stay. Our goal is to make sure that state-funded schools can access it so that we don't live in a world where only the rich can afford it, further entrenching the barriers to upward social mobility that were present before the pandemic and have become wildly exacerbated by it.


Let's work together to make sure that we live in a democracy of opportunity. 

Daniel Demarmels 


The Whickham School Story 

Simon Berry

Whickham School


We first met Simon in October 2022. We arranged a Teams call with him to present our unique, bespoke programme in the hope that we could support Whickham's pupils with online tuition.


Simon had already worked with other tuition partners with disastrous results. Simon was highly doubtful from the outset that the school would wish to go down the same path as before, namely investing funds in providers that did not deliver what they promised. Despite this initial reluctance to present our offers to the SLT at the school, Simon agreed to do so if we could show him evidence of what we do, plus ascertain the pupils' impression of what it would be like to learn with our tutors.


Such was our confidence that we could change Simon's perception of the value of online support, we arranged a free trial session with a group of Simon's pupils to see what their reaction would be. The results surprised Simon: not only did the pupils enjoy the session, but asked him if they could have more.


Simon was eventually satisfied that our courses would meet the high expectations of the school, and we started teaching the pupils on 17th Feb 2023.


We had a review meeting with Simon last month, and his feedback was exceptional. Both the pupils and the school are happy to continue working with us, and we look forward to supporting them and the Trust as a whole in the year to come.

Discounts for Scale

Can be applied for tuition across all Schools in your referral network. 

Purple Ruler Toolkit for Whickham School

We have created tools to help our partners schools. Please find the below. Recommend a school to us and we will do the same for them

3 Ways to Start


Book a Consultation 

We will introduce our principal and our service team and answer any questions


Book a Free Trial Lesson 

Or you can try us out for free, and book as many demo lessons as you wish  


Directly Onboard Your Students 

Or, if time is of the essence, you can directly enroll a group of students below 

3 Free Lessons For Whickham School Students for the Summer

We will reach out directly to parents that are interested to organise lessons. Express your interest and we will send you an email collection form. 

Online Education

Our Clients Say

“"Purple Ruler has transformed my opinion from last year, of NTP online tuition being a waste of time and money, to being one of definite benefit to our students. By the second week of the sessions, and everyone had settled into it, our students were giving me very positive feedback on the quality and enjoyment of their lessons and their tutors, and that has continued."."

Carolyn Daniels, Pupil Premium Lead, Enrich Learning Trust 

Review Meetings 

2 Weeks into our collaboration with schools we hold a review meeting, here is what our partner schools are saying in those meetings.

Whickham School

Tuition, Rewards & Trip Coordinator explaining how he feels Purple Ruler is being received in his school. 

Tennyson Road

Head Teacher Jo Quince talking about her experience with Purple Ruler and the feedback from her teachers about us. 

Cardinal Hulme

Deputy Head Teacher Chris Jones Talking About Observations of His Students Studying with Purple Ruler. 

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