About CTC

We are a small, Canterbury-based, local business. We believe in tailor-made, private tuition - the type which doesn't see children sit in a class, with one tutor and six students - all studying different topics at different levels. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail, support and guidance - as well as our weekly feedback.

Canterbury Tuition Centre - Joanna
Canterbury Tuition Centre - 11 Plus
Dr Joanna Thornton-Smith PhD, MA, BA (Hons)
Proprietor CTC and Tutor

Hello! I'm Joanna. I love being able to help students make the most of their abilities. It's so rewarding to see our students do well in their exams. I specialise in 11 Plus tuition. I also teach English and History up to A Level and History to undergraduate level. 

I grew up in Kent. I started having extra tuition just ahead of my 11+ exam. I went to Highworth Grammar School for Girls in Ashford, Kent. I took GCSEs and A Levels there. I had extra tuition for my Maths GCSE (I got an A). I studied History, English and Politics and left school with As. 


I attended the University of Liverpool for my undergraduate degree and my Master's degree - in History and Twentieth Century History respectively. I was awarded a scholarship at the University of Kent, where I completed a PhD. 

I have been an Assistant and Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent. I also have a lot of experience working in schools, lecturing and running workshops. My very first job was for a tutoring company in Ashford, Kent. I carried on tutoring children and students throughout all three of my degrees. 


I run CTC. I'm in charge of all the lesson plans and work schemes. I'm happy and friendly and I love to be around people who want to learn. Do get in touch if you have any questions for me. 

Gregory Smith MSc, BEng, AMinstP
Business Manager and Tutor

Greg went to school in Kent. He was educated at Sutton Valance School, near Maidstone, where he achieved A Levels in Maths, Design Technology, Physics and Further Maths. He went on to study Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University. Following a stint as a recruitment consultant in London, Greg returned to university to complete a European-style, two-year Master of Science at the University of Kent in which he was awarded a distinction. Following his Master's, he was conferred a place to study towards a PhD in Physics at the same institution. Greg specialises in the search for a solution to the Riemann Hypothesis via quantum mechanics and null Hopf-knotted solutions to Maxwell's equations. He also teaches for the International Space School Education Trust (ISSET). 

Greg's interests include all outdoor activities, reading, shooting and fitness. He also plays rugby semi-professionally. Greg is driven and focused and his ambition is infectious. 

Canterbury Tuition Centre - Greg
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