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A pupil from King's Rochester playing the harpTutoring is big business in West Kent - driven predominantly by the grammar system but also to support applications to some of the best private schools and for more general support  in the leadup to GCSEs and A levels. There is a plethora of experienced tutors although be warned, some parents may not want to share details of their prized tutors in more competitive areas. 

Owl tutors has reach to Sevenoaks and is particularly good for 11+ preparation. Wise Owl Tutors, based in Rochester, is a small set-up offering on-line or in-person tuition. National chain Fleet Tutors has bases across Kent and is particularly popular. The Right Tuition Company offers tuition in each of the West Kent locales (with the exception of Sevenoaks). West Kent Tutors has become a bit of a local hit, as has Bright Young Things in Tunbridge Wells and Kip McGrath in Tonbridge. To find individual tutors not employed by agencies, one parent said, ‘It’s always worth having a quiet word with a trusted teacher at your child’s school - they sometimes supplement their income by private tuition.’ 

On-line tutoring has grown in popularity since Covid but you’ll still need to make sure your tutor agency does all the right background checks including interviewing all tutors face-to-face and ensuring an enhanced DBS check; we only review tutor agencies that do this. We also advise only using the more established agencies – again, we only review those that have been going at least two years. 

Two words of warning: Pushing a child through tutoring to scrape into an environment in which they may not thrive is a common mistake that parents often live to regret. But if you do go down the 11+ tutoring route, don’t leave it past year 4 to begin. 

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