Welcome to CATS Cambridge

Welcome to CATS Cambridge, where inspirational tradition meets global innovation in one of the UK's most beautiful cities.

Craig Wilson DPhil MChem PGCE

It is a privilege to be a part of the life-changing journey students at CATS Cambridge make, and with a brand new purpose-built state-of-the-art school, we are delighted to offer you some of the best learning facilities in the UK, with first-class welfare support and the highest academic standards.

Our College will help you focus on success and seize opportunities. We encourage ambition, recognise potential and give you the opportunity to stretch your abilities in an atmosphere that is safe and supportive.

Whatever your intended career is, we will provide a unique level of support, including unlimited additional tuition when needed, as well as professional expertise in university placement and careers guidance.

Cambridge is a beautiful, friendly city steeped in history, renowned as a centre of learning for over 800 years. We look forward to welcoming you to CATS Cambridge.

Craig Wilson DPhil MChem PGCE
Principal

Craig is an Oxford University graduate with a first class degree in Chemistry. He stayed on to study for a DPhil, with his project making the front cover of the journal Angewandte Chemie.

Following a PGCE in Secondary Science he became a Head of Chemistry in the UK before moving to an international school in China as Head of Science, promoted to Deputy Head soon after.

Craig spent ten months as Vice Principal of CATS College London before joining CATS College Cambridge.


Meet some of CATS Cambridge staff


Dominic Tomalin, Vice Principal

Dominic joins CATS Cambridge for September 2016. He brings a wide range of expertise across various subject areas, teaching and learning, pastoral roles and higher education.

Before joining CATS Cambridge, he was Head of Economics & Business and Head of Further Education at Culford School. In addition to these roles he also led a strategic review of teaching and learning at Culford, building on his interest in educational psychology and the implications of recent developments in neuroscience and ICT for education. 

Prior to working at Culford he was at Kelly College for 7 years, where he taught Maths, Physics, Economics and Business Studies to A level and he was also a senior boys’ housemaster. Before entering teaching he held a variety of senior roles in the defence, logistics and telecommunications sectors, having previously served as an officer in the Corps of Royal Engineers, the civil engineering branch of the British Army.


Dr Eric Boston FRSA, Head of Arts

A Cambridge University graduate, Eric achieved a Double First in History followed by a PhD in Medieval History at Jesus College. Eric oversees the Oxbridge programme and Gifted and Talented cohort, he is a Senior Examiner for two major Exam Boards and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

What’s special about CATS is that it provides a genuine preparation for university - a real learning path towards being the type of independent learner that any university wants.


Susanna de Beer, PSHE Co-ordinator and Programme Director for Pre: Programme

I have been teaching for sixteen years, in locations as far afield as California and Cape Town, until I joined CATS Cambridge in 2009. I believe that there are keys to unlock learning for students of all abilities, and this conviction lead me to study my first degree in Education and subsequent, postgraduate degrees in Psychology and Applied Linguistics.

I make sure our students have a 'soft landing', settle well into their new surroundings, meet new friends and make a great start before the hard graft of the academic year begins.

My other roles are to coordinate our Personal Development Programmes and oversee our Pre: Programme students while teaching English.

Some of our students arrive shy, uncertain and unaware of their own strengths. As academic and pastoral staff we confront them with new knowledge, guide and encourage them. In turn, these students engage sincerely with their subjects, become involved in college life and make good friends. Then in a relatively short space of two or three years, they mature into amazing young adults, who know exactly who they are and what they want from life - their futures opening up before them.


Rob Mathers, MMath (Hons) PGCE, Maths Tutor

I studied a Mathematics Master's Degree at Durham University, specialising in Pure Mathematics. In my fourth year of study I worked in a group designing and analysing the Mathematics of different bubbles and how this could be used in other topics. After graduating I taught in three schools in the South West of England, before joining CATS Cambridge.

I love working with students from all over the world and finding out which different parts of Maths they've studied and enjoyed.

As well as being a Maths Tutor and a PT at CATS, I also work with the student council, helping to make the changes that students want to see happen in the College. Outside of college I captain one of the University of Cambridge college's MCR football teams, and I also play guitar in a band who gig in Cambridge.


Giusi Tocci, Student Services Manager

Giusi Tocci is the Student Services Manager in Cambridge. She holds a BA (Hons) in Italian and Language Studies. A confident Italian speaker, Giusi has been working within the Education sector for over 6 years.

She manages a team of three Student Services Officers, who together deal with customer enquiries and ensure students are happy and settling in well. Giusi and her team support students with non-academic queries after they've arrived such as student induction, visa renewals, bank related queries, and police registration as well as being the main point of contact for any post arrival enquiries from parents and agents.

For a full staff list and other college enquiries please contact: studentservices@catscambridge.com