Who are they?
The Golden Circle
69 Lombard Wharf
12 Lombard Road
Tel: +44 207 887 2586 / 07882 122737
Email: [email protected]
We have met The Golden Circle staff. In addition, 24 clients and 26 tutors have completed an online survey.
The Good Schools Guide review of The Golden Circle.
The business is family owned and run, with tutors and families claiming it’s particularly ‘friendly’ and ‘personal’ as a result. Surprisingly softly spoken (in this industry) Hannah Titley BA (biological sciences, Oxford), MA (public policy, King’s College London), PGCE (outstanding) was first on board, having founded the organisation in 2017. Her sister and now marketing manager, Lydia Titley BA (international business management and French, Bath), joined a year later. Both run the agency full-time from a shared office space in Waterloo – a magnificent building used by King’s College London for university alumni. With youth, glamour and etiquette on their side, you could almost mistake these immaculately turned out women for the Middleton sisters.
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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.
Review snapshot: DT increasingly works in independent schools, including Habs and Sydneham, but more interestingly in state schools - to help small groups of struggling students, which they offer at a reduced rate. ‘The fact that DT does this work in state schools is the reason I work for them,’ one tutor told us.
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.
Review snapshot: "Back in the early noughties, friends Ekaterina Ametistova and Anna Kunitsyna (who met at Moscow State University, where Ekaterina did an MSc in maths and Anna an MSc in physics) spotted a growing demand for tailored tutoring services among local Russian families. ‘Anna has two children and was increasingly hearing about the shortage of tutors available,’ says Ametistova.