Matthew Handy  MA BSc DipMaths

Matthew Handy MA BSc DipMaths

Maths + Physics Tuition in Harrogate

I’m Matthew and I’ve been helping my students succeed at school and university since 1992. My philosophy is: more than higher grades.

I teach A level Maths and Further MathsA level Statistics, and A level Physics.

At GCSE level I have worked very successfully with students aiming for a grade 6 and above.

I also help undergraduates on courses with mathematical content, such as Economics and Business Studies.

My focus is on achieving high grades through understanding the material. I tailor my approach depending on individual needs and interests and I believe in making the subject as simple and enjoyable as possible. I am enthusiastic, friendly and approachable. I really want my students to succeed and I’m very happy to be contacted for help outside of their lesson time.

I was recently invited by Talksport Radio to be their “maths expert” to speak on the topic of coin tossing, in the context of determining who bats first in a cricket match. You can read a fuller version of what I said here.

UCAS + Oxbridge Advice

It is not enough simply to do well at A level, of course: students need to be given the tools to succeed at university. To that end I take a very full interest in their education generally. As one student recently put it, I am “so much more than just a maths tutor”. For example I give guidance and support with university entrance, including the UCAS personal statementapplying to Oxford and Cambridge, and interview preparation, and I have personal experience of working in both the legal and accounting professions. I’ve written a detailed guide for university applicants: Writing your UCAS personal statement.


I have an outstanding academic record and over twenty-five years experience as a teacher and examiner, during which I’ve received excellent feedback from my students and their parents.  I have tutored over 350 students in Harrogate: that’s over 10,000 hours of teaching since I started tutoring in 2006.


My fees are £180 per month, which covers four one-hour lessons and ongoing continuous support and help outside of lesson time. I do whatever I can to help my students succeed: I’ve even answered messages from a frantic student at midnight, and I’m always happy to talk to parents and guardians.

Frequently Asked Questions

Because I tutor full-time, I only teach from my home in Harrogate. I live at 68 St John’s Road, which is just off Skipton Road near the roundabout.

I have a waiting room (which has a table and chairs, free wifi, reading material, and even chilled bottled Evian water) so that students (and their parents) can arrive early or wait after their lessons to be picked up.

Some students walk from school straight to my house (it takes about 30 minutes), others take the bus (the 2B from the central bus station stops at the end of my street – click here for full details – or the 36 from the Leeds Road area stops nearby) and others drive: St John’s Road is not a disc zone, so you can easily park on the street, or you are welcome to park on my drive.

Most of my students come on weekdays after school, between 4pm and 8pm, but I am also available during the daytime and some students come to my house for a lesson during their study periods. I also teach on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.


In addition to my UCAS guide, I have produced a set of ‘cribsheets’ — revision flash cards for A level Maths students — and there is a whole section of the site devoted to the Solar System: part of my project to build a model solar system in Harrogate.

I am also currently writing a book about Probability and Statistics. The text is available here.