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The story of Greene's

A 21st century education: preparing you for the 22nd.

The quirkiness of the spelling of ‘Greene’s’ stems from our founder’s (Edward’s) family name in the 18th century, and is recognisable as the surname of one of England’s well-known 20th century novelist, Graham Greene – Edward’s family relative.

Soon after Edward established Greene’s in Oxford in 1967, we moved to our current 17th century buildings in Pembroke Street, in the heart of the city, surrounded by university colleges, inspiring architecture and eminent academics.

Many of our tutors are graduates of either the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, and our students are taught through the tutorial method, the highly effective approach to teaching adopted by both universities through many centuries.

Greene’s is the oldest tutorial college in Oxford, indeed quite possibly in the U.K., and throughout its history has only changed owners once.

However, while proud of our heritage and depth of experience, we are passionate about innovation and preparing our students for the 21st, and indeed the 22nd century.

To be able to monitor your academic progress, we have created a bespoke, in-house student online resource called Greene’s Online. It is a system that allows you to see the status and progress of your studies anywhere and at anytime, in real time.

Our History

Times change, values endure.

Greene’s crest

The lineage of Greene’s distinctive crest can be traced back to 1732.

The 60's

Royal Society’s call for a ‘competing alternative to remaining at school’


Edward Greene’s Educational Establishment founded in 97, The High, Oxford

Pembroke Street

Edward Greene moves to 44 & 45 Pembroke Street, Oxford

Greene’s proprietors

Matthew Uffindell & Christopher Upton become Greene’s proprietors

Greene's Online

Greene’s launches the first version of Greene’s Online, a unique student, tutor and client online management system

St Aldate's

Greene’s acquires the lease of 97a, St. Aldate’s, Oxford, opposite Christ Church

ISI Inspection

Greene’s inspected by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI), the regulatory body for independent schools

Alex Gray

Alex Gray joins Greene’s, and Greene’s begins to become a specialist in online education


Greene’s expands its premises to include 43 Pembroke Street, Oxford, consolidating its central Oxford campus


Greene’s opens its first sixth form centre outside Oxford in Portugal

Greene's online 3.0

3rd generation of Greene’s Online launched, managing & recording all student, client & tutor interactions


With more than 50 years of student contact, Greene’s continues to develop an alumni database of over 15,000 students.

Meet the team


The Greene’s team considers itself to be a community of educators. We are passionate to deliver an outstanding education that starts with the individual.

Our core academic team has oversight over the studies hosted at our college in Estoril.

Meet the Team

Our Philosophy


At Greene’s, we believe in learning through courses tailored to suit each individual; and we focus on individual learning because each student has unique qualities and needs. Our mission is to liberate students of a one-size-fits all curriculum. By designing your education with Greene’s your are the leading force in transforming your future.

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Greene’s method of learning


The ultimate goal of the tutorial method of learning is to enable students to think analytically, creatively and independently.

This style of learning is defined by one-on-one tuition, taught in the Socratic method, with an emphasis on independent study.

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The history of Greene’s Tutorial College goes back to 1967 when Edward Greene founded a small tutorial college known as Edward Greene’s Tutorial Establishment in the seventeenth-century buildings of 45, Pembroke Street in Oxford.

Since then, over 15,000 students have been taught at Greene’s at various stages of their education.



Greene’s students achieved fantastic results last year and the college was inspected by the Independent School Inspectorate.

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