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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."

Our Tuition & Tutors

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.


BYT St Albans is a JCQ approved GCSE and A Level exam centre on the AQA and Edexcel boards
We are pleased to be able to give students outside of mainstream education the opportunity to sit GCSEs and A Levels.
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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.


35 Ridgmont Rd
St Albans

Our St Albans centre is situated on Ridgmont Road, a few minutes away from St Albans rail station and a short walk from the high street.


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

We offer free trial sessions. Call us today to book!


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

Fun with Fiction

We also have our ‘Fun with Fiction Workshops’ taking place throughout the October half term.

The focus of these will be on learning how to write imaginatively and getting involved in creative activities. For tickets click on the relevant links below.

  1. Monday 23rd October- Watford Library 10.30-12.30
  2. Tuesday 24th October- Harpenden Library 13.30-15.30

Creative Writing Workshops

At St Albans we're excited to announce a series of five creative writing workshops on 'Writing a Thrilling Story'

These workshops will take place every Sunday from 24th September to 22nd October from 2-3pm at Watford Library

  • Spark your imagination
  • Growing your characters
  • How to create the perfect plot
  • Creating suspense
  • Putting your creative skills to the test

Success in Sixth Form with BYT St Albans

We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Albans for our brand new workshop. Is the step up to Sixth Form bigger than anticipated? Or do you need a boost for the next stage?

This course will help you to find the revision style tailored to the way you learn, and will cover the grammar and writing skills you need for constructing an essay, whatever the subject. In this workshop we will put these new and refined writing skills to practice and evaluate your writing to ensure that you know how to make your writing the best it can be. Albert Einstein once said 'Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think'. Are you ready to think?


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.



Abigail Jeffs

Assistant Centre Director

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.

Sofia Carlson

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 Wickert

Marketing Manager

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.



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 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.


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 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.


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.



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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