We have met with Dulwich Tutors staff. In addition, 38 clients and 28 tutors have completed an on-line survey. For an explanation of the different tutor sections in the Good Schools Guide see which tutor agency?
The Good Schools Guide review of Dulwich Tutors
Surprised by the scarcity of tutor agencies in south-east London, tutor and FE teacher Lucinda Burgess (BA Hons in history from Oxford and another from Guildhall School of Music and Drama; MA in drama from King’s College London) decided to set one up herself in 2009. Brought on board fellow actor Caroline Butler (BA in Eng Lit from Sheffield) as fellow founder and director for her business expertise and ‘because I didn’t want to do it alone - Caroline is the big picture person; I'm all about the detail.’ Lucinda, warm and idealistic, now works remotely from France; Caroline, more matter-of-fact, has stayed put in London.
Most tutoring is by trained teachers for GCSEs and A levels, with a little (but growing) amount at university level (‘but we hold our hands up if we can’t help, for instance we recently had to turn down a tutoring request from a property development student,’ says Matthew). Specialist subjects currently span biology, chemistry, physics, maths, further maths, English language, English lit, geography, history, RE, philosophy and ethics, psychology, French, Spanish, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, PE, business studies and economics. Small amount of 11+ and 13+ also on offer from non-teacher trained tutors.
Review snapshot: This section covers tutor agencies that actually know their tutors personally, ie they interview them and keep in close touch. Most do this in person, although some by Skype. We have visited and had extensive consultation with all the agencies in Section A.
Review snapshot: This is the BMW of tutor agencies – wow-factor quality, innovative, always evolving, an authority in the industry. It doesn’t pretend or want to be Ferrari – rich jet-setters and Russian oligarchs aren’t their target market.
The 11+ is the entrance exam procedure for getting your brightish little button into a fee-paying or state grammar school. Much of the country abolished the 11+ several decades ago for state schools, but a few local authorities, such as Bucks and Kent, retained a large number of grammar schools and run county-wide entrance tests. In some other areas, such as Barnet and Kingston, a few grammar schools exist in tandem with the comprehensive system found in most of the country. These grammar schools set their own entrance exams.
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