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The Good Schools Guide review of Harrison Allen
Sheila Allen and Julie Harrison began Harrison Allen way back in 1989. The key members of the team are Nicola Smith, Karen Abbott, Rosa Coakley and Pippa Harris, who together run the show from the top floor of a large Victorian house, five minutes from Wandsworth Common. The team's energy, enthusiasm and clear pleasure in their work is palpable and this beady old GSG editor wanted to roll up her chalky sleeves and get in there. Julie explains that ‘Nicola brings her extensive experience to the business in a wise, diplomatic and charming way. She is critical to the strong relationships which we value so highly with clients and tutors.’ Nicola is equally complimentary about Julie, saying ‘Julie’s wealth of knowledge in the education sector and specifically her astute recruitment of excellent tutors are key factors in how we maintain high professional standards in everything that we do’. Both work in conjunction with tutor manager, Pippa, while finance and operational efficiency is down to Karen.
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: ‘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: ‘We have families that stay with us throughout their children’s upbringing – then we look after their own children. This really does happen, with generations of the same family having worked with us.’ ‘Having a small register, we know our tutors personally. Some have been with us for many years which helps greatly in matching clients and tutors appropriately.’
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." read more
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