Bright Young Things St Albans: Who’s Who

Read about our tutors and staff at Bright Young Things St Albans below



I grew up in Wheathampstead and attended Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden, completing A Levels in Mathematics, English Literature, History and French. In 2015 I graduated from Downing College, University of Cambridge with a 1st Class degree in Law. Last year I spent time working as the research assistant to Judge Vajda at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, worked a ski season as a chalet host in Verbier and travelled around Thailand and Vietnam. I am now completing the Bar Course (BPTC) in London and I plan to begin working as a Pupil Barrister in October 2017.


I am an****Aerospace Engineering Graduate with a years experience working alongside major aerospace manufacturers such as BAE Systems, Airbus and Rolls Royce. I am currently studying for a Research Masters in high altitude aerodynamics and then planning to begin on a PhD program in the future. My specialist areas are Maths, Physics and Design Technology.


Although St Albans is my hometown, I lived in Peterborough for a number of years where I studied English Language, Sociology and Business Studies for my A Level studies.

I moved to London in 2015 to study for a BA honours in Linguistics at University College London. An opportunity arose in tutoring, and I began teaching in locations across London preparing students to take their GCSE exams. I also started working as a Team Leader for NCS. An experience which allowed me to work closely with teenagers by guiding them through an experience full of challenges to test their strengths and weaknesses.

I have returned to St Albans, and continue to study at UCL. My career aspiration is to practice as a Speech and Language therapist. My enthusiasm for language is what I would like to share with others, to enable them to see and understand language in such a way that I do.


I started off at Maple Primary School before moving to St Albans High School for Girls. I have also been educated in New York, at an international school, for a year. I achieved 10 GCSEs at A* grade, and completed A Levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry, as well as an AS Level in Biology. I sat the ACT and the subject SATs for the US further education system, and once I’ve completed my degree in natural sciences, I hope to study for a masters degree.


My name is Saima and I’m currently in my final year of studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire. At University, I am a student ambassador for the school of Life and Medical Sciences where I assist in applicant processes and promote applications to universities. After completing my degree, I aspire to work as a biomedical scientist along with studying for Masters in Research.


I am a budding physicist currently in my final year at the University of Hertfordshire. The head tutor at Bright Young Things St Albans, specialising in Maths and Sciences I have a wealth of experience tutoring for a wide range of examinations including the 11+, SATS, GCSE, A-level and Eton College entrance. I am dedicated to employing an individualised tutoring experience for each and every child, assessing strengths and weaknesses, tailoring a syllabus perfect for progression and excellence.


Sofia Carlson-Haynes

Centre Director

Sofia Carlson-Haynes grew up in Finland but moved to London to study for her undergraduate degree. She attended City University and graduated with a first class degree in Sociology with Psychology. Wanting to pursue her passion for gender equality she then went on to study for an MA in Gender, Society and Representation at UCL, graduating in 2011. From that point she started working in the education sector, managing tutor placements and home schooling arrangements in London and overseas for the Bright Young Things head office before opening her centre in St Albans a few years later.

Sofia is passionate about providing an individually tailored and focused learning experience for students attending Bright Young Things St Albans. She employs a fantastic team of tutors and managers who together work hard to ensure every child gets the best possible tutoring experience and reaches their potential.

Abigail Jeffs

Assistant Centre Director

I grew up in Harpenden and attended Roundwood Park School. After passing my A-Levels in Biology, Psychology and Economics, I attended the University of Hertfordshire where I graduated from my degree of a Bachelor of the Sciences in Psychology. I am the Assistant Director of BYT St Albans and am always making sure that we provide the best tuition for all of our wonderful students. I plan to further my education in Developmental and Nutritional Psychology, whilst being at BYT.

Alicia Wickert

Marketing Manager

I have grown up in Bedfordshire and attended Cedars Upper School. I completed my A Levels in English Language, Philosophy & Ethics and Product Design. I then attended the University of Bedfordshire where I achieved a Bachelor of the Arts English Language and Linguistics Degree. Furthering my passion for language I completed a Masters Degree in Intercultural Communication, where I was the youngest person on my course and graduated top of my class, with a Distinction. I am now the Marketing Manager here at BYT St Albans, ensuring everyone hears about our wonderful tuition and running lots of great, educational events through the year, for all to enjoy.