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"We bring years of teaching experience to St Albans, offering Maths and English to 5-18 year olds as well as 11+, Preparation for Secondary School, Secondary Success, GCSE and A level preparation."


We offer free trial sessions or assessments. Call us on 01727 260239 to enquire about availability.

Centre Director: Sofia Carlson

Assistant Centre Director: : Abigail Jeffs

Marketing: : Alicia Wickert


Meet the St Albans Team

Sofia Carlson
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Sofia Carlson

Director of Tutoring

Alicia Wickert
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Alicia Wickert

Marketing Manager

Abigail Jeffs
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Abigail Jeffs

Assistant 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.

Alicia graduated from the University of Bedfordshire with a Bachelor of the Arts English Language and Linguistics Degree. Furthering her passion for language she completed a Masters Degree in Intercultural Communication, where she was the youngest person on her course and graduated top of her class, with a Distinction. She is now the Marketing Manager at BYT St Albans, with a focus on communicating regularly with students and parents alike alongside running lots of great educational events through the year for all to enjoy.

Abigail grew up in Harpenden and attended Roundwood Park School. After passing her A-Levels in Biology, Psychology and Economics, she attended the University of Hertfordshire where she graduated with a BsC degree in Psychology. She is the Assistant Director of BYT St Albans and works to oversee day to day operations and ensure that St Albans provides the best tuition for all of their excellent students. Whilst at BYT Abigail plans to continue to further her education in Developmental and Nutritional Psychology.


We are open 6 days a week during the following hours:

Day Opening Hours
Monday 9am - 7.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 7.45pm
Wednesday 9am - 8pm
Thursday 9am - 7.30pm
Friday 9am - 5.15pm
Saturday 9am - 3.15pm

At Bright Young Things in St Albans, we teach a variety of classes for children of ages 5-18.



For children ages 5 to 12 years old, these classes are made up of 35 minutes of Maths and 35 minutes of English.
These timings can be adjusted for your child's individual needs.

Perfect for entrance exam preparation for grammar or private schools, our 11+ classes include English, Maths, Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning. We ensure each child is able to fuflil their full potential and work confidentently towards achieving a place at the school of their choice.



We currently offer a number of GCSE and A-Level classes in Maths, English and Science to ensure you are on track to meet your target grades.
This is ideal for anyone preparing for their exams in 2017 or deciding to retake. Our tutors will ensure you thoroughly understand the topics as well as deepen your knowledge and build your confidence.

Creative Writing workshops are a wonderful vehicle for getting children enthused about writing and language in general.
Children will have the opportunity to create play scripts, write short stories, general topical newspaper reports in sync with current affairs and also develop their persuasive writing techniques through letter and leaflet writing. There will also be fun literary games based around a chosen text.



By popular demand we have added a brand new Handwriting class to our timetable. This class is offered on a Wednesday from 16:00-17:00.

Our Handwriting class has been created for all ages and offers a wide range of materials and activities tailored to help improve the existing abilities of our students. Book in advance to secure your place 01727 260239.

These are taught classes where students will be grouped with others of a similar age and level, including:

Prep for Secondary: Specific for Year 6 students preparing for SATS and Secondary school. This course includes exam practice and teaching in the core subjects.

Secondary Success: Specific for Years 8 and 9, providing a solid foundation for upcoming GCSEs and Secondary school in general. Classes include revision and exam techniques, as well as following their regular school curriculum.


An increasing number of parents are opting to provide homeschooling for their child, and here at BYT we can support that learning. We will work with you and your child to create the perfect, tailored educational plan and provide you with best possible education outside of the traditional school environment. Give us a call to find out more about our Homeschooling and how we can help you.

We have a dedicated online learning platform to support students and teachers preparing for the 11 plus. With an extensive range of English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning practice tests, BYT Online is an excellent way to help take the pressure off the 11 plus for parents and students alike.



Here you can find all details as to upcoming events at BYT St Albans.


We’re thrilled to announce our brand new summer school classes. Running from the 28th July to the end of August we’ll be offering a range of classes and activities to keep your child engaged over the summer holidays. Open to non-members too, for course details and costs please email alicia@brightyoungthings.co.uk.

Summer School Information Pack (PDF)

Please find our new 2017 Summer School timetable available to download here

The Hertfordshire Schools Show 2017

Supported by The Good Schools Guide, Herts for Learning and Mumsnet, we are delighted to be hosting the Hertfordshire Schools Show 2017. Alongside an extensive exhibition of local schools and academies we will have various talks and workshops throughout the day and the event will help to guide Hertfordshire parents from the local community through the educational choices available to them.

The show will be held at The Alban Arena, St Albans, on the 2nd September 2017 and will be open to the public from 10am-4pm.

Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions or would like any more information.

Find out more here.



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Tuition courses at BYT St Albans are always popular and many parents register their child a year in advance. Although it’s not essential to do so, in order for us to place your child on a course on a particular day at a specific time, we do recommend booking ahead.

Please contact our centre for more information about our membership schemes and classes.

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