Check Mate, forensic proofreading

CIEP: Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading

Recent responses to my work:

‘This is excellent and wow, what an improvement on the previous. Your changes make it much more ‘real’. Thank you so much for your careful and meticulous approach.’ (Headteacher, November 2022)

‘Wow thank you so much for such detailed feedback and doing it so quickly. I really appreciate it. You have made some excellent points which I will spend time on over the next few weeks.’ (Author, July 2021)

‘Chris’ attention to detail was evident in her proofreading of my novel. As well as going through the entire novel and marking changes, she provided me with a very useful summary sheet with details of what she had done. She also gave me a list of dilemmas – things I could change if I wanted to which allowed me to still have control over my work. An excellent job done. I would fully recommend her services to any author trying to get their novel up to scratch.’ (Author, January 2023)


For primary school education professionals, I conduct forensic checks:

  • policy documents
  • web-pages, including compliance with statutory requirements
  • School Development Plans and/or self-evaluation documents
  • Ofsted inspection preparation documents
  • other documents such as headteacher reports to governors.

For writers, I can support you to reach a stunningly accurate final draft:

  • proofreading: more than a spellcheck; I will work on consistency of style, spelling, punctuation, grammar, typos, spacing etc
  • editing: I will also work on theflow, accuracy and consistency of your content, focusing on ease of reading and the impact of words.

I can also check websites, marketing material, documents and essays.

After a detailed look by my second-pair-of-eyes, your documents will be transformed, becoming professional, clear and engaging for the reader.


I charge for documents using the word count, so you know exactly how much I will invoice you for, once the work is finished. Proofreading is £15 per thousand words, and editing is £20 per thousand words, with negotiable discounts for documents over 20,000 words.

My website charge is £10 per page, or £100 for a school website, plus linked document checks, for example policies, charged by word count.

About me

I have a first-class honours degree (Open University), a diploma in management from the Chartered Management Institute, and Proofreading 1 from the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. A qualified teacher, I worked in education for thirty years, including as a headteacher, an Ofsted inspector, and in leadership roles in councils, including as Head of Education. After retirement, I wrote five novels, two about education, and a dystopian trilogy. I am also an experienced pre-publication ‘beta reader.’ Read more at:  


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