Oliver Saunders


My love of history started with a fascination with stories. History stories were even better because they also happened to be true. As a BA Hons History student at King’s College, London, I focused on ancient and medieval history. At university I particularly enjoyed reading accounts from people writing at the time. 

Following university, I became a teacher, initially at primary school, where I enjoyed bringing history to life with trips to Durham and Chartres. I soon moved to secondary school so that I could share my love of history with older pupils and complete my Graduate Teacher Training. I taught history at all levels for many years, working with several exam boards, and was also Head of History for nearly twenty years. About ten years ago, I started teaching Politics to a select group of students who specially requested it. This soon became a very popular subject, leading to many interesting debates and discussions. During this time, I marked exam papers for a major UK exam board, gaining a real sense of what examiners are looking for. 

I recently completed an MA in Military History with Birmingham University. The MA was taught entirely remotely, giving me a chance to experience what it is like to be a student learning outside the classroom, and giving me an understanding of remote learning. I am keen that students enjoy their studies as well as developing their potential and achieving exam success, and I am excited to help you on your learning journey!

I am married with two adult children. I am a passionate bread maker and home bake bread to be enjoyed by family and friends. I also love reading and challenge myself to read a little more each year. I live in London and enjoy long walks by the river Thames. Soon, I hope to move to Cornwall to enjoy wonderful walks along the wild coastline of north Cornwall.

Subjects: History, Politics