Jo ThesigerBA DipLaw PGCE

  • Year 5 Form Tutor
  • English
Age Groups
  • Lower Years
  • Middle Years
  • Upper Years

Jo read English and Classical Civilisation at Nottingham University, then studied law at the College of Law in London. Pursuing her love of language and words, she chose to work at a publishing and libel law firm, where she qualified as a solicitor. This role led to a career in legal publishing and Jo became editor and founding editor of a number of well-known legal titles, including ‘Lex 100: A Student Guide to Law Firms’.

Jo has always loved to travel and fully embraced the opportunity when her family moved to Malaysia in 2010. She joined hiking and biking trips in Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos; visited Cambodia on a charity house-building trip and climbed Mount Kinabalu in Sabah. Jo also worked for the UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur and studied Malaysian history and culture to qualify as a museum tour guide at the National Museum.

It was in Asia that Jo began to teach English, initially at a school for refugees from Myanmar, then at an orphanage for Indian girls and finally at the Alice Smith International School. She holds a PGCE from UCL and has also tutored students from a range of countries, including Japan, Korea and France. She loves to encourage reading and writing through a whole range of classical and modern texts.

Jo has wide-ranging tastes in literature and poetry and particularly enjoys writing that evokes a sense of place – from Wordsworth to the Brontes, to John Irving and Malaysian author, Tan Twan Eng.