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Everything you need to know about choosing a tutor for your child.

This section covers tutor agencies that actually know their tutors personally, ie they meet and interview them and keep in close touch.

We have visited and had extensive consultation with all the agencies in Section A. These are:


Athena Tuition

Review snapshot: Nice’ and ‘helpful’ are words that cropped up frequently among parents we spoke to. Nelson, as the front man, got a huge amount of praise. ‘He gives good advice, is efficient and friendly and ultimately provides great tutors.’ ‘He’s very professional, amiable and brilliant at his job.’ etc. read more

Bespoke Tuition

Review snapshot: ‘Because he was a teacher, he knows the schools inside out, as well as the best resources for tutors and he gives us access to them. He’s also excellent at matching families to the right tutors and he’s a great problem solver. He bothers with the fine detail to give an outstanding service.’ read more

Bonas MacFarlane

Review snapshot: ‘This is the seriously upper crust of the tutoring industry, kneaded and done to a crisp according to the precise educational recipe for your privileged progeny." read more

Bright Young Things

Review snapshot: 'Their selling point is mirrored in their name: tutors are mostly in their 20s and thus not too far removed in age from their tutees.' read more

British Home Tutors

Review snapshot: ‘A bunch of committed teachers who have organised themselves into a sort of collegiate collective. They’re in it for the enjoyment of the thing.’ read more

Carfax College

Review snapshot: "International families send their children here to study on a long-term basis. Principal Rupert Alesbury was a King’s Scholar at Eton, studied French and Russian at Oxford, and picked up Mandarin Chinese, too, during a stint in China. Sartorially elegant as befits the principal of a ‘reassuringly expensive’ establishment, he is an experienced..." read more

Carfax Private Tutors

Review snapshot: ‘We are extremely specialist and a lot of the requests are niche ones. Our clients have very specific requests and often have already identified the problem..' read more

De Silva Tutors

Review snapshot: ‘The tutors are his friends and most of his clients seem to be friends – or certain to become friends – and he is on dining and tennis-playing terms with many of them.’ read more

Enjoy Education

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

Gabbitas Educational Consultants

Review snapshot: Gabbitas Educational Consultants ‘The grandmother of all tutor agencies – and far more besides…This is the crusty end of the market with nothing to prove.’ read more

Griffin & Bell

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

Hampstead and Frognal

Review snapshot: ‘Because he was a teacher, he knows the schools inside out, as well as the best resources for tutors and he gives us access to them. He’s also excellent at matching families to the right tutors and he’s a great problem solver. He bothers with the fine detail to give an outstanding service.’ read more

Harrison Allen

Review snapshot: ‘There is a unique sense of enjoyment here…this is an unpretentious but top class organisation which other parts …of the country could well look to and emulate.’ read more

Holland Park Education

Review snapshot: "With demand for bright young Oxbridge grads seemingly insatiable, this firm has busily carved out what was a niche - but is now rather larger - in this expanding market." read more

Ivy Education

Review snapshot: 'We're quite small, so we can give our clients the individual attention they deserve, and I happen to think our approach is very methodical. We're always thinking about the best way to help students, and we're proud of our focus on qualified teachers and experienced practitioners.' read more

James Layland Tutors

Review snapshot: 'This is a real family firm: James Layland runs it; his sister Wendy is his PA; when we visited, his mum (also visiting) let us in and made us a cup of tea. Included on the staff are his two luscious, cream, long-haired Burmese cats, who sprawl nonchalantly across much of the table in the conservatory where most of the teaching takes place, and help to break the ice with reluctant or nervous tutees.' read more

JK Educate

Review snapshot: The parents we spoke to couldn’t get enough of these add-on options. ‘It’s a one-stop shop for tutoring, but it’s a la carte, which means you can pick and choose what works for you. What could be better?’ said one parent. read more

Keystone Tutors

Review snapshot:  ‘They are all passionate about teaching, passionate about education.’ read more

Kings Tutors

Review snapshot: 'We had two tutors via this company and they were both fantastic,’ says one parent. Their enthusiasm was contagious, and they managed to motivate my son to try his best, and he really looked forward to his tutor session.’ read more

Osborne Cawkwell Educational Consultants

Review snapshot: I have used them on and off for my three children to prepare for exams, from Common Entrance to GCSEs or Alevels, to give a bit of confidence when needed, to boost effort when there was some lagging. They have been most reliable, professional and courteous, always providing tutors with an amazing fit for the children,’ another one said. read more

Riviera Tutors

Review snapshot: Tutors enthuse about the company too. ‘I am very satisfied that the company responds well to my needs as a tutor and I feel that all my tutees have benefited from my tutoring. This is testament to how well they fit tutors to tutees,’ says one. ‘The company is very responsible, accessible and holds the needs of it pupils in very high regard. I have an extremely positive appreciation of the company,’ read more

Simply Learning Tuition

Review snapshot: 'We are particularly impressed by their care for children who do not find learning easy.’ read more

The Basic Skills Centre

Review snapshot: ‘We’re a happy and caring place where pupils come first.  Children enjoy coming here, and we aim to make it as encouraging and supportive a place as possible.' read more

The Fulham Study LLP

Review snapshot: Praised by parents for warmth and empathy and by an employee as ‘motherly, lovely but firm,’ dyslexia specialist Carol Cox started tutoring local children in her basement at home as a favour to parents worried about looming entrance exams. read more

Trefoil Tutors

Review snapshot: You could grab yourself a (relative) bargain here, with fees starting as low as £33.80 an hour, moving up to £60 an hour for the most experienced tutors, including Vivek himself. This includes travel expenses and tutors get all of it, bar £5 which goes to Trefoil as commission. read more

Tutor House

Review snapshot: SEN is a growing speciality. ‘I’m mildly dyslexic, and don’t feel I got much support at school,’ says Alex. read more

Tutors International

Review snapshot: This is the Dom Perignon, rather than the Cava end of the market. Clients – who quite likely already employ butlers, housekeepers and cooks – say Tutors International ticks every box. read more



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