Who are they?
62B Thirsk Road,
Tel: 0203 002 3770
Email: [email protected]
We have met with Exceptional Academics staff. In addition, 32 clients and 21 tutors have completed an on-line survey.
The Good Schools Guide review of Exceptional Academics
Rarely do the owners’ names pop up so frequently in our survey responses – testament to the very personal way in which this outfit is run by Dara Hanley and Matthew Chan. ‘Great company, great people – Dara and Matthew are professional, highly skilled and knowledgeable in their disciplines.’ ‘Dara and Matthew are very good at what they do – and so friendly too.’ ‘Dara runs this agency to an exemplary standard.’ Etc. And with both clocking up a huge number of tutoring hours themselves (Dara tutors six days a week; Matthew five), you might even get lucky and wind up with one of them (unlikely, though, given the waiting lists). All calls come through to Ale, the office manager.
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Review snapshot: This is the Innocent Drinks (as in smoothies) of the tutor world – run by bright young things that have come in and shaken up all the industry norms, resulting in a friendly, energetic, highly branded, internet-savvy company with a clear edge.
Review snapshot: Tutors were consistently rated good or very good; a rating of average was as low as it got and even here numbers were relatively small. While there’s not much by way of formal training for tutors, resources are in ample supply – Lynne is on the must-invite list of every major examining board’s…
Areas covered: North west London locals make up the vast majority of the clientele - mostly in N14, N12, N3, N2, NW3, NW4, NW11, NW2, NW9, NW7 and HA8. Online tutoring has widened the company’s reach to include Cardiff, Nottingham, Potters Bar and even Cyprus…
Review snapshot: ‘It’s on the more expensive side, particularly for more experienced tutors, but it’s absolutely my favourite. They’re honest, on the ball and have the best quality tutors,’ concluded another parent. read more
Review snapshot: "Founded in 2006 by Kate Shand who is committed, passionate, energetic and hugely likeable. Clearly on a mission to deliver a top quality service to her clients – and her tutors – Kate is eloquent on the personal nature of the tutor-client-agency relationship and has a positively moral take on what she sees as her job."
Review snapsot: 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.