Hello and welcome to Bright Stars Education Ltd!

Bright Stars Education is owned and run by Victoria Carlin and Rachel Atkins and is a tuition company based in Hockley, Essex. We specialise in Key Stage 1, 2 and 11+ tuition as well as Key Stage 3 & 4 Maths, English and Science.


We are both experienced primary school teachers and between us have over 30 years’ teaching experience covering Reception to Year 6. We have been key members of senior leadership teams with Rachel holding an Assistant Head position for 5 years.

As well as being teachers, we are also mums.

This has put us in the privileged position of being on the other side of the playground.  We have both found in our teaching careers and as mums that parents have a real desire to be able to help their children and sometimes need to look beyond the classroom to do this.  We want parents to feel confident in their choice of tutor and that we will all work together to help your child fulfil their potential.

Bright Stars Education was formed in 2013 from our kitchen tables and allowed us to go back to our roots of teaching children: helping them to progress, develop and grow in confidence as well as having fun in their learning. We now have a team of experienced, qualified and dbs checked tutors all working towards the same goals.

At Bright Stars Education we strive to make our tutoring sessions fun, relevant and up-to-date. We use a range of different teaching styles and resources to match your child’s identified needs.

"Shelley has only been tutoring my son for a little while and already we’ve seen a huge improvement, especially in his English work. My son enjoys his weekly session and it has boosted his confidence at school greatly."

Parent of a Year 5 child

"My daughter’s confidence in maths has grown considerably since going to Bright Stars and is continuing to grow. She now enjoys maths and doesn’t have the ‘dread’ feeling when it’s mentioned. She is now in a higher set. Although this was never the reason for signing her up. It was purely to get her that little extra help. She has come on and achieved so much."

Year 7 Parent

"Sally has helped our daughter immensely, not only with her academic work and preparing for the 11 plus but with her self-confidence and self-belief."

Parent of an 11+ student

"Victoria is really nice and teaches me things in a really easy way. If I don’t understand something she helps me to remember it."

Noah Year 5

"Theo is a different child since tutoring with Shelley! He now finds learning fun and engaging and his concentration levels have improved beyond belief. He has such a lovely bond with her and she knows how to get the best out of him."

Parent of a Year 3 child

"Victoria has worked miracles with my daughter! She had such low confidence when it came to maths, but with Victoria’s encouragement she’s come on leaps and bounds. Victoria gives her different techniques to use when she doesn’t understand the schools method of teaching."

Year 7 Parent

"Finley has been tutoring with Debbie for the past few years, as being an academic child we really wanted to encourage him to reach his potential. Debbie has been amazing with him and has really built up his confidence and fine tuned all areas of his learning. They have a lovely relationship and he really enjoys his time with her."


"Rachel and Victoria were brilliant at the start of lockdown and adapted so well and quickly, although on Zoom is was a weekly class with other children, an element of normality for the children when nothing seemed normal!
My daughter really enjoys her tutoring with Rachel and is looking forward to studying for her 11plus with Rachel’s support."

Year 4 Parent

"Maya feels confident and well-supported by Sally. It’s been a long journey since the 11+ preparations and we have continued on the educational journey as Sally provides the right curriculum, structure and support."

Parent of KS3 student

"We cannot speak more highly of Bright Stars. My daughter has been coming to Bright Stars over the years, and the progress we have seen in her English skills, particularly her comprehension has been amazing. She now feels confident in her ability, and this is reflected in her results at school. Thank you so much Bright Stars."

Year 5 Parent

"Debbie is a very kind teacher. She makes it fun for me to learn and I enjoy going to our sessions."

Steven Age 9

"My daughter has been with Bright Stars Education since 2018 (year 4 - KS2). Our initial concern was her confidence with maths and numbers. She was assigned to Rachel who has worked tirelessly with her through the past four years to improve her confidence and ability in maths. The teaching style and curriculum is directly aligned to that in school so the children will not be confused by different teaching styles. As a direct result of the assistance Rachel has given, our daughter is now in top set for maths in secondary school and continues to grow in confidence.

When the country went into lockdown due to COVID we started alternating her learning with English and she was learning with Victoria. Victoria has a wonderful teaching style and makes the children feel so relaxed. She has chosen subjects close to our daughters heart to write about making the experience interesting and worthwhile.

I cannot recommend Bright Stars enough. They are a magnificent team who have helped my daughter grow in both confidence and ability for which I am eternally grateful."

Year 7 Parent

"Debbie is really good at explaining work so I clearly understand what it is I need to do and I feel I have improved more since I started tutoring with Debbie. Thank You"

Macy Age 10

"Luke really looks forward to his sessions with Shelley, she keeps them engaging and always gives feedback from the lessons.

I can see luke's improvement in the maths required for the 11+."

Parent of a Year 5 child

"Liz has tutored all three of my children. She has a lovely way with each child she teaches and it shows how much she enjoys the tuition process which in turn, helps the children to enjoy their time with her."


"Natalie has been a great tutor for my daughter on various levels. She’s always known how to get the best from her, even in the subjects she struggles with! She explains things in a clear and concise manner that Erin can comprehend easily and take forward in her learning. She is both structured and organised in her delivery, whilst maintaining a relaxed and positive teaching style that Erin responds well to."



Meet the team

To find out more about our team of tutors


To find out more about our private, group and 11+ tuition