Who are they?
1 St Katharine’s Way
Tel: 0203 189 1248
We have met with Inspiring Tutors’ staff. In addition, 25 clients and 20 tutors completed an on-line survey (sent to 70 clients and 63 tutors) and we followed this up with additional short phone interviews with some of those surveyed.
The Good Schools Guide review of Inspiring Tutors
Surprisingly grounded, given that their website is packed with awe-inspiring Oxbridge photos and highly polished children in smart school blazers (subtext: ‘we are as high calibre as they come’). Friendly and down-to-earth co-founder and CEO, Siyu (Sherry) Zhang, runs the show from offices near Tower Bridge (‘complete with teaching rooms for hire – a godsend for families who prefer not to be taught at home,’ according to one tutor we spoke to, though nobody’s actually used them since the pandemic). The other co-founder (and director), Hao Li, looks after the money side of things, while the remaining five staff (who cover everything from marketing to business development, recruitment and client relationships) are mainly home-based from various London locations.
Sherry – a bubbly and youthful fast-talker – set up the company in 2017 after being a grateful recipient of tutoring herself when she arrived in the UK from China as a teenager. Her tutors (a retired teacher from Eton and an Oxford lecturer, no less) were her role models during her adolescent years – ‘they shaped who I am today,’ she told us. While at university she gave a helping hand to her younger friends doing GCSE and A level maths and loved it so much that when she graduated she taught English and maths as a volunteer in one of the poorest provinces of China. ‘This is when I realised I wanted to make a difference to children who are hungry for knowledge. I knew I might not be the best teacher but I could create a platform where we could provide the best.’
The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants offer assessments in English, maths and in reasoning. Most schools assess these subjects when considering a child for a place. This is especially important for children coming from different countries with different educational systems. But there can be many reasons for checking a child's progress in these basic skills. Contact us for further information +44 (0) 203 286 6824.