About Us

We are a successful family run business.
We know what it takes to succeed both
in the classroom and in life.

The College Founders
Craig and Sharon McDuff

The College emerged in response to a growing demand for individualised learning programmes. The competitive demands of external examinations such as the NSW Higher School Certificate and the variable quality in the teaching provided by schools meant that many students were often floundering with the academic demands and pressure of maximising their learning outcomes.

We believe all people have the ability to succeed with the correct guidance and input. We relish the challenge of identifying areas requiring more attention and structuring detailed learning programmes which both complement and enhance the work students are completing at school.

We are committed to the development of the whole individual. Importance is placed on the emotional and psychological growth of students, equipping them with the sense of self and confidence to engage successfully in a world of increasing complexity and change.

We have been delighted that a significant number of our past students have attributed advancement in their career to the confidence and communication skills they gained through the College.

Our experience enables us to stylise our learning programmes to accommodate the different points of emphasis and text selection which occurs between schools. This has ensured our programmes have remained dynamic and highly effective at maximising success in a multitude of learning contexts.

We feel fortunate to be able to guide and assist so many young people and approach all tasks we do with a mind towards nurturing and growing the individual’s potential on all levels.

Heads of College

Sharon McDuff – Executive Manager, Teaching and Programming.


Applied Holistic Counselling.
Processed Orientated Psychology.
Positive Psychology, Education.

Creative Writing

The College was formed from Sharon’s vision to offer more than just another centre of education but to strive beyond academics to nurture the inner growth of the students empowering them with resilience and an acceptance of self, this inturn helps the student towards not only academic success but life success which can only truly form from the core of each individual. Sharon is in charge of the overall running of the College, student welfare and the creative writing programme. She has drawn on her experience as a Psychotherapist to devise and implement effective creative writing programmes, enhance lateral thinking skills and teach students strategies for the management of pressured situations such as exams and speeches. The psychotherapy, together with her experience working with adolescents has generated an holistic approach to learning and life that is mindful of the teenage brain and the value of understanding the developmental phases of human psychology. This has enhanced the programming in areas such as memory retention, cognitive functioning and the hardwiring of the brain.

Craig McDuff – Teaching and Programming.
Bachelor of Education (English/History)
Masters of Education (Educational Leadership)

Craig’s experience and career has spanned over 24 years and featured numerous roles including classroom teacher, English Head Teacher and acting Assistant Principal at a private College as well as HSC marking and lecturing HSC texts at the University of NSW. He has been successfully teaching individualised tutoring programmes for 22 years and has tutored a very high percentage of students into the top ATAR bands from schools such as James Ruse Agricultural; North Sydney Girls; North Sydney Boys; Sydney Girls; Sydney Boys; St George Girls; Sydney Tech; Caringbah High; Knox Grammar; Sydney Grammar; MLC; Newington plus many other schools throughout Sydney. This extensive experience has assisted Craig in developing distinctive learning programmes, which are tailored to the specific requirements of each individual student. Craig oversees all the programmes to ensure the rigour, engagement and efficacy of the teaching and learning process.

Other Teaching Staff

Nurturing successful and confident students is important to us so we only employ qualified, motivated and caring teachers.


When you are ready to move beyond what you have already mastered and would like to apply for a position at the College you can complete the Student Application Form.

Once we have received your application, class availability will be evaluated and, if there is a position, an assessment organised to determine your strengths and weaknesses.

We look forward to working with you as you embrace the new found knowledge needed to excel not only in English but in life.

Craig and Sharon McDuff


McDuff English College

Main Location: 319 Forest Road
(corner Forest Rd and Bridge St)
Hurstville NSW 2220

Lead on McDuff

Shop 3/313 Forest Road Hurstville                                                                                               (2 Doors up from the main College)

College Hours:
Wednesday 2.00 – 6.00
Thursday 2.00 – 6.00
Friday 2.00 – 6.00
Saturday 8.30am – 5.00
Sunday 8.30 – 5.00pm
It is best to ring before dropping in as times change.