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Gemma Langley

BSc, PGCE

Subject: Science & Biology

I’ve always wondered how things work, from rocket ships to the human body. Why do we sneeze? Is there life on Mars? What causes disease? Science aims to provide the answers; it is the subject of discovery. I love it and I’m sure you will too.

I grew up in Wales surrounded by stunning scenery and beautiful beaches. My love of my surroundings and my desire to explore, understand and conserve them led me to do a degree in Marine Biology at Swansea University. There I spent my time studying the animals and plants (flora and fauna) of the sea and beaches.

I then worked as a Coastal Ranger and Heathland Warden on Gower, the first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. There I had the privilege of sharing my passion for nature with school groups, youth associations and ramblers as well as carrying out biodiversity studies.

With a Marine Biology degree and conservation experience under my belt I was able to spend a year volunteering with Marine Conservation Organisations on Maui, Hawaii. This was an experience of a lifetime, where I was able to educate the public about humpback whales, dolphins, turtles, reef fish, and the environmental issues that they face.

These educational roles made me realise that my passion was not just Biology itself, but the desire to teach it. I completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Swansea University, and then went on to teach Science, specialising in Biology, at Dwr-y-felin Comprehensive School in Neath. I taught there for seven years and thrived on watching my pupils blossom and succeed.

Following a move to Oxford in 2011, so that my husband could carry out further study, I became a Tutor with Wolsey Hall. Oxford is a wonderful, historical city that I enjoyed exploring. I now live in Dartmouth surrounded by stunning countryside and beautiful beaches where I can surf, paddle board and walk my dogs, Breeze and Beau.

I have three children who love nothing more than asking ‘Why?’ and I get great pleasure from helping them find the answers. As your Tutor I’m here to support you and answer your questions. Learning may not always be easy but it should always be enjoyable. Remember there’s no question too small, so please don’t hesitate to contact me when you need help.

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