Mary Lorimer Tutoring

Based at Devon Business & Education Centre, Mary Lorimer Tutoring was established in 2016 to support young people and adults needing an educational boost. 

Mary Lorimer Tutoring was founded by Mary Lorimer who has had a 25 year teaching career and has a particular interest in providing literacy support to young people who lack confidence in their abilities.

Mary works with a number of qualified teachers (including a GCSE examiner and a qualified dyslexia assessor) who between them provide support for all ages in the following areas:

  • English and literacy support
  • Maths support including specialist intervention programmes such as "Numbers Count"
  • Maths A level and Oxbridge entrance exam preparation for Maths
  • Modern foreign languages, including French, German and Spanish
  • Science up to GCSE 
  • School Entrance Exam preparation and 11+ for Grammar School
  • SATs preparation
  • English as a second language


Support is provided one to one or in small groups.

Dyslexia assessment is available through a qualified assessor.  

All staff are highly experienced in supporting young people with special educational needs including ADHD and dyslexia.

Contact Mary

Call Mary on +44 (0)1884 220150

Upcoming @DBEC
Do you like to draw?
12th January @ 2:00pm
12 Tickets Remaining!

‘Exploring through drawing’ is a five-week course aimed at children aged between 7 and 11 who enjoy looking, learning and…drawing!

We will make images from observation, memory and imagination, looking closely at natural and manufactured objects as well as the work of artists and designers when relevant.

Who are these sessions for? Children who are confident with their drawing skills but who are willing to try new methods and techniques.

Children will gain understanding and experience through the use of a wide range of conventional drawing media (pencils; felt tips; biros; wax crayons; charcoal; graphite; chalk pastels; oil pastels) as well as some unconventional ones (sticks dipped in mud; cotton wool soaked in ink; erasers; fingers..)

Full use will be made of the lovely surroundings at the Devon Business and Education Centre, weather permitting.


Session times / dates: 2pm to 4pm on Saturdays

January 12th, 19th, 26th February 2nd, 9th

Each session will focus on one of the "elements" of visual art, explored through a range of activities:

  • Line, texture and pattern - fantastic landscapes
  • Shape and tone - metamorphosis: shape-shifters and distortion
  • Tone and shape - shadows and smudges: lost in the fog
  • Line, pattern and colour - patterns in nature
  • Shape, line and colour - moving and still figures

Your tutor, Mark Mackie, graduated from Chelsea School of Art in 1985 with a first-class honours degree in illustration. He produced cover designs for Penguin Books before entering primary education, where he worked for twenty-nine years as an outstanding class teacher and art co-ordinator (Ofsted graded his teaching as ?excellent? or ?outstanding? in 2003, 2007, 2012 and 2014).

Mark has worked with the art advisory team in Dorset to develop county-wide art initiatives at primary level. He has also lectured on the BEd and PGCE art courses at St Luke?s College of Initial Teacher Training, Exeter University.

Latterly, Mark was Head of School at Kentisbeare Primary.

Mark is fully DBS-checked (updated in September 2018).

Children will need a basic art shirt for each session (an old adult shirt will suffice) or clothes suitable for slightly messy activities.

Professional artists materials will be provided.

Refreshments will also be provided.



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