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We have carried out in-depth reviews of over 50 tutor agencies nationwide, involving independent surveys and follow-up interviews with both tutors and clients, as well as visiting the tutoring company itself. These reviews are available online to logged in subscribers.

Able Tutors

Review snapshot: The company’s bread and butter work is support for GCSEs (15 subjects) and A levels (19 subjects). Maths, English and science perennial high demand subjects, joined recently by A level computer science (teacher training hasn’t yet caught up with syllabus changes). For primary age pupils the agency offers...

Areas covered: NW London locals make up the vast majority of the clientele - mostly in N14, N12, N3, N2, NW3, NW4, NW11, NW2, NW9, NW7 and HA8, where popular schools include Aldenham, JFS and Hasmonean High School. read more

Athena Tuition

Review snapshot: Nice’ and ‘helpful’ are words that cropped up frequently among parents. 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. The agency’s flexibility was also...

Areas covered: For ordinary hourly lessons, tutors cover anywhere within the M25 (plus a few in the home counties), and the rest of the world via online tutoring. Occasional holiday jobs or residential placements and they also provide home school packages. Athena has strong links to the Chinese market. read more

The Basic Skills Centre

Review snapshot: There is clearly some first-class teaching going on at this inconspicuous little company. Results are sterling, and parents are unanimous in their praise. ‘I would recommend it to anyone,’ ‘My daughter looks forward to her lessons and works hard; she has gone from a B to an A in maths,’ Teachers are mostly aged 40-60, although some are...

Areas covered: Pupils come from all over the locality: Beckenham, Bromley, Penge, Sydenham, Dulwich, Croydon, Anerley and Bexleyheath. read more

Bespoke Tuition

Review snapshot: From Arabic to zoology, there’s no subject that Bespoke Tuition won’t teach. ‘From anthropology to Nepalese, media studies to IB Theory of Knowledge, I have never had a request for a subject for which I have not been able to find a tutor – either a tutor already on my books or, if needs be, via bespoke headhunting,’ says Emma...

Areas covered: Hourly tuition in London and Hong Kong (in person or online); overseas residentials; and full time home schooling. Tuition almost exclusively takes place in family homes. read more

Bonas MacFarlane

Review snapshot: Parents pay tribute to the professionalism and care taken. ‘BM plans tutorials with meticulous detail, yet let the child dictate the pace – it’s a delicate balance, but one they get just right,’ says one. ‘The tutors never talk at the children – they work with them, using the same techniques as experienced teachers,’ says another. One family told us...

Areas covered: For ordinary hourly lessons, they cover central and inner London. For day-long assignments they cover a circumference of 100 miles around the capital. For weekly assignments or longer, literally anywhere, with recent examples including Mumbai and Sardinia. Online tutoring also available. read more

British Home Tutors

Review snapshot: A bunch of committed teachers who have organised themselves into a sort of collegiate collective, cutting out the merchant side of tutoring which can be pretty off-putting. They’re in it for the enjoyment of the thing and, ‘not a dating agency – other set-ups are businesses who don’t care whether there’s love at the end of the thing or not’...

Areas covered: London and roundabout but dependent on the right tutor being available and able to travel. Best areas are around the central London crammers as tutors can easily come after work. read more

Bruton Lloyd

Review snapshot: Clients like the tailored approach and efficiency. ‘Bruton Lloyd are experienced professionals, understanding your needs and always ready to resolve problems.’ ‘There’s a real willingness to deliver an individualised programme, with an understanding of specific needs.’ For tutors, acclaim is mainly around the lack of bureaucracy and ‘providing exactly the right...

Areas covered: Hourly tuition mainly in central London, Surrey and Berkshire – either in clients’ homes or Bruton Lloyd’s offices. Tutors have also travelled to France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Greece, USA, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. Bespoke and intensive residential programmes on offer in Norfolk and Dorset. Online tutoring on the up. read more

Capital Tuition Group

Review snapshot: Expect no exaggerations about this firm’s raison d'être. ‘Our aim is getting the tutee better marks; it is not to engender an interest or love for the subject, although sometimes that may happen,’ says Matthew. Most tutoring is by trained teachers for GCSEs and A levels, with a little (but growing) amount at university...

Areas covered: Tuition mainly across south west London including Putney, Wimbledon, Chiswick, Kensington, Richmond, Regents Park, Highgate, Southfields, Wapping, Fulham, Balham, Clapham, Streatham, St Margarets, Westbourne, Holland Park, Mordon, Sydenham, Barnes, Harrow Weald, Notting Hill, East Sheen, Ravenscourt Park, Hampstead. North Surrey also covered by some tutors. Skype tuition available. read more

Carfax Private Tutors

Review snapshot: 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 tutor himself, as are many of the other administrative staff. Students say: ‘The tutors are...

Areas covered: Oxford. The small numbers of pre-GCSE pupils are taught in the Beaumont Street headquarters, a tall thin townhouse built of honey-coloured Headington stone, on the site of the former Beaumont Palace. Older pupils use the tutorial establishment building above a row of shops just down the road in Hythe Bridge Street. read more

Chelsea & Fulham Tutors

Review snapshot: Half of the agency’s work involves preparation for 7+ and 11+, with many families hell bent on getting their child into a particular school. The other half is mostly GCSE preparation work. But with clients ranging from 3-years-old (yes, really, although they assure us most are turned away) to 25, they can...

Areas covered: The 200-odd clients are no longer confined to Chelsea and Fulham, with families also hailing from Hammersmith, Westminster, Kensington, Notting Hill and some further afield in areas such as Ealing, Kennington and Enfield. A small amount is done online. Residential placements in the UK and Europe are also on the menu and there is a dedicated fluent Mandarin associate on board for Chinese clients, as well as associates in Hong Kong and Bangkok. read more

Choice Home Tutoring Ltd

Review snapshot: Such was the repetition of the words ‘efficient and caring’ from tutors and parents that we quizzed about the staff that we started to wonder if this was the company’s strapline (it’s not). Also cited by many were the parenting and teaching backgrounds of both Jo and Colin - ‘it means they understand exactly what...

Areas covered: This is the go-to agency for hourly tuition for families in Manchester and the surrounding areas, with south Manchester, Stockport and parts of Cheshire their heartland. read more

De Silva Tutors

Review snapshot: A warm, efficient agency that seems to sprinkle magic dust on parental stress and anxiety and turn out kids as relaxed as Craig himself, reaching their potential not through pressure but through improved confidence and a love of learning. A perhaps uniquely...

Areas covered: Covers Greater London but some will travel slightly further out into the edges of the home counties – always worth asking. Skype increasingly available and home schooling and residential are on the menu. read more

Dulwich Tutors

Review snapshot: DT saved my life!’ gushed one parent. ‘I’m a busy, pressurised, single working parent and our tutors stayed with us for long periods of time providing crucial support and advice to both my children, which went well beyond academic tuition.’ While other parents don’t put DT on quite such a high pedestal, there was no shortage of praise for...

Areas covered: Most families hail from South London, plus some from central London and the odd few from further afield. Residentials are available – ‘we recently had an exciting assignment with a major film company tutoring the children of Hollywood actors while their parents were working on UK films’.read more

Education Boutique

Review snapshot: Parents praise the ‘extensive verbal feedback at the end of each lesson’ – ‘they always keep you in the loop,’ said one, while another told us their tutor ‘rarely left before an hour and a half, despite only being paid for an hour. Around three-quarters of clients have offspring in the private school system; the rest are...

Areas covered: Berkshire, West London, Surrey and Bucks. Online tutoring is popular, particularly for clients in Dubai, Bahamas and Monaco. Residentials also available. read more

Elite IB Tutors

Review snapshot: Many parents have the impression of the agency being smaller than it really is, but in a good way – testament to their friendly and personal manner and niche offering. The company’s flexibility is also a strong point. ‘Sometimes we only want a tutor before exams or special assignments, not every week.’ Above all, though, it’s the...

Areas covered: Tuition usually in the student’s home in zones 1-3 on a daily basis; Greater London for extended weekend sessions and holiday periods; and they also have smaller teams in Oxford and Cambridge, as well as Bristol and Edinburgh. Online tuition available across the UK and currently takes place across 50 countries. 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...

Areas covered: Core area is central London, and most tutees live within a couple of miles of EE’s office, but they cover the whole London area and will send their residential tutors all round the UK and abroad. 'We've now worked with families in 35 countries,' they say. Online tuition also available. read more

Exceptional Academics

Review snapshot: EA has now grown to approximately 34 tutors. ‘My son describes his tutor as a legend,’ says one parent. ‘Our tutor is playful and always gets my kids engaged,’ says another. ‘Yes, they’re expensive, but you get a totally different calibre of people than every other agency I’ve worked with,’ another comments. No set recruitment process...

Areas covered: Belgravia, Kensington, Chelsea, Battersea, Hampstead, Parsons Green, Fulham or Wimbledon and Highbury. read more

Fleet Tutors

Review snapshot: It’s huge - has tutored 1,200 families throughout the country in the past year alone. No surprise that tutor recruitment is a major preoccupation – though just 20 per cent of those who apply every month get through. Unusually (and we like this) Fleet don’t favour Oxbridge or Russell Group university graduates. Mylène explains, ‘Of course, we...

Areas covered: With 1,000 tutors in London and over 5,000 nationally, there’s not many areas Fleet don’t cover – and if you do happen to be in the middle of a moor that isn’t on their radar, you can always use their online tutoring service. Residential tutors are available worldwide. read more

The Fulham Study LLP

Review snapshot: Some tutors have formal teaching qualifications, others don’t but all ‘must adore children,’ says Carol. In addition, they’ll either be educated to degree standard or better or have a specialist qualification (e.g. in learning needs). Bar the desire by a minority of tutors for a slightly more formal induction programme, was felt to be a great...

Areas covered: All tuition takes place in the study centre, with around 200 families passing through the doors each year. Biggest majority are Fulham-ites, others from Clapham, Kensington and Chelsea, Barnes, Putney, Richmond, Notting Hill, St John’s Wood, Croydon, Hammersmith and Wandsworth. Sykpe sessions available in school holidays. read more

Gabbitas Educational Consultants

Review snapshot: Tutors (there are around 40 of them) have historically been ex-teachers and retired professionals, but the average age has shot right down to 25-35 more recently as younger tutors (many doing postgraduate study) enter the fold. Most are Oxbridge and Russell Group educated, although they don’t exclude other institutions if the skills and...

Areas covered: Hourly tuition (usually in students’ homes, although it can be in Gabbitas’s offices) within central London. Home tutoring and residentials available worldwide. A growing number of students come to Gabbitas via their Asian and Middle Eastern offices and Russian desk to receive online tutoring in their home countries. read more

The Golden Circle

Review snapshot: Just over half of Golden Circle’s tutoring is for so-called flexi-schoolers (in school two or three days a week; home schooled the rest of the time) and home-schoolers. Fear not if removing your child from school feels a step too far as they provide the usual hourly after-school tutoring too...

Areas covered: Worldwide via Skype and residential tutoring. Also ‘destination-based learning’, which involves a curriculum tailored to the location(s) eg Darwinism and evolution in the Galapagos, rainforest sustainability in Bali, apartheid in South Africa. Hourly after-school tutoring mainly in London, with a few families in Herts and Cambridge. read more

Griffin & Bell

Review snapshot: Husband and wife team Victoria and Matt Smith run a very personal service (no switchboard). The ‘small is beautiful’ ethos goes down a treat with parents - ‘This small company is easy to deal with, efficient and professional. ‘It’s great to deal with Victoria and Matt – they really get to know you, and because they also really get to know their tutors, they only send good quality people that are right for you.’ And so on.

Areas covered: They cover all boroughs of London (although heartlands are North London and Chelsea), as well as Oxford and the home counties. Residential placements, online tutoring and increasingly tutor-nannies throughout the UK and worldwide. read more

Hampstead and Frognal

Review snapshot: The vast majority of tutors have a degree and teaching experience, with the exception of a handful still studying for a degree. ‘I’ve reluctantly taken them on when they’ve shown huge keenness and communication skills,’ explains Mark, who adds that all tutors must have experience of working with young people. Most are in their 20s and there’s...

Areas covered: Mainly NW3, SW7, and surrounding postcodes, with a few exceptions, such as Ilford and Elstree. That said, some tutees, particularly at 7+ and 8+, are tutored in the company’s office on Saturdays. Online tutoring is increasingly popular, with clients as far afield as France, San Francisco, Washington and Dubai. read more

Harrison Allen

Review snapshot: A very large and impressive range of services. Tutoring for individual children paid for by their own families is a modest percentage of what they do. Much of the other work is providing tuition for children funded by local authorities including children in care or who have been excluded from schools. This means Harrison Allen is ‘quality assured...

Areas covered: Mainstream, after-school tuition is mostly in south-west London but now increasingly further afield, eg from Putney, Richmond, Barnes, Chelsea, Dulwich, Wimbledon to the north London boroughs. read more

Ivy Education

Review snapshot: Each student is initially assessed, and an individual education programme agreed with parents. If parents consent, the school is contacted so that Ivy can liaise with the child's teacher. ('Ninety per cent of parents are happy with this, the rest prefer us not to; we're happy to work either way.') The majority of clients are aiming...

Areas covered: The majority of clients come from the Kensington, Chelsea, Fulham and Westminster areas. A few from further afield. 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.

Areas covered: Rhe 200 or so families on the books are fairly evenly divided between north-west and south-west London. read more

JK Educate

Review snapshot: ‘What they don’t know about the system isn’t worth knowing,’ a parent told us. ‘They managed my angst and worries amazingly throughout the process,’ said another. While there’s plenty of overlap, Katie’s passion is organising and process – ‘making things happen’ while Lorrae is the natural strategist. Refreshingly, they’re not afraid to tell you if...

Areas covered: Most tutoring consists of weekly home visits, with JK Educate covering everywhere within the M25, and occasionally beyond, although their heartland is north, northwest and southwest London. Online tutoring is popular and available for those further afield. read more

Katie Jayne Tutors

Review snapshot: SEN is a strength, with a small team of fully qualified SEN teachers on their books – ‘we fully understand the importance of having a specialist to provide the right support for each child,’ says Katie Jayne, who has contact with ed psychs, occupational therapists and others, with plenty of referring involved in...

Areas covered: Geographically, they cover Surrey (Weybridge, Walton, Hampton, Cobham) and London (Kensington, Chelsea, Richmond, Chiswick, Barnes, Twickenham, Holland Park, St John’s Wood). read more

Kensington & Chelsea Tutors

Review snapshot: This is an agency that does what it says on the tin – offering good value, high quality tutors for a wide range of requirements. Don’t expect anything too warm and cuddly, but do expect a flexible, friendly enough service that ultimately gets you the tutoring you need. ‘My son, who is studying for his A levels, went from...

Areas covered: For ordinary hourly lessons, they cover London (mainly central, but some Greater London) and pockets of the south-east including Surrey and Herts if tutors are available. Both online tutoring and home schooling are both on the rise and sometimes, tutors travel to other countries for a holiday job or residential placement for a family that splits its time between UK and abroad. read more

Keystone Tutors

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. That’s not to say you won’t still pay a premium for Keystone – and it’s certainly higher-end – but you’ll get...

Areas covered: Tutoring is by the hour, with about half taking place in families’ homes (mainly in zone 1, especially Kensington and Chelsea). The rest is online across 50 countries worldwide, mainly south east Asia (Keystone has small offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and China). Keystone’s offices are used for families based outside London and for home-schooled families. read more

Kings Tutors

Review snapshot: Instantly likeable and ultra-efficient director Emily Jack founded the company after tutoring for five years alongside her degree and a brief stint working in the financial services. ‘I wanted to set up my own company and I loved the way good tutoring can bring out a child’s full potential,’ she says. Works mainly from the morning room at...

Areas covered: Mainly hourly tuition in London, ‘although we go as far as Harrow in the north and Surrey in the south, as long as we have a tutor who can get there.’ Online tutoring is a growing area. And they’re also adept in residential tutoring worldwide (most popular in China), with tutors having been placed in Beijing, Xi’an, the home counties, Yorkshire and Scotland. read more

Leading Lights Education & Wellbeing

Review snapshot: The team’s real strength lies in SEN/additional needs. At one end of the spectrum, they might support someone who has, say, fallen behind in maths and has confidence issues or is desperate to get an A in their A levels but demoralised after getting poor mocks results. At the other end, they work with youngsters who have...

Areas covered: Headquarters is in Bristol (although they also operate in London and occasionally overseas). read more

Lotus Tutors

Review snapshot: We found Amit earnest, business-like and reassuringly candid. Parents say his passion and professionalism shine through - we didn’t speak to a single one who didn’t use the word ‘efficient’ to describe him, with others calling him ‘sincere’, ‘reliable’, ‘friendly’ and ‘helpful’. Goes well beyond the call of duty, added some, to the point of telling clients...

Areas covered: All of Oxfordshire including Abingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Faringdon, Kidlington, Oxford and Wantage. For online tutoring, the sky’s the limit, with their tutors having worked with students in China, Dubai, France, Kenya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia and Switzerland, among others. read more

Mentor Education

Review snapshot: A recent rebrand has seen the company change name from London Home Tutors to Mentor Education – firstly because they worried the words ‘London’ and ‘home’ don’t reflect the growing online tutoring and secondly because ‘the heart of our mission is to help children holistically, contrary to the problems of hot housing and the over working of children, particularly linked to...

Areas covered: All London postcodes (and sometimes beyond) can access at-home tuition and from further afield for online tuition – including international families looking to keep up with the British syllabus whilst abroad. read more

Minerva Tutors

Review snapshot: Training is tip-top and offered to all tutors, with the so-called The Tutor Club receiving monthly training in areas such as dyslexia, online tutoring, safeguarding, mental health, 11+, 13+, motivation and success and theories behind intelligence and how this affects tuition.  Plus, there are monthly tutor breakfasts, in which tutors...

Areas covered: All London postcodes (plus a few home counties and they also offer tutoring at the Moorgate offices) and by Skype globally. Minerva provides residentials (eg VIPs who want a tutor on their holiday in the Alps) and has  grown a network of international tutors to provide tutoring on a global scale. read more

Newman Tuition

Review snapshot: A relatively new kid on the block, this company prefers to call itself a ‘network’ than an ‘agency’ – ‘It sounds warmer and more personal, which is how we believe we stand out,’ explains founder Zac Newman, who started the business in December 2014 and continues to run it singlehandedly (with cover when he’s off)...

Areas covered: They cover Barnet, Harrow, Brent, Camden, Westminster, Islington, Haringey, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hertsmere and Hertfordshire. ‘We’d like to expand more into West London too,’ says Zac. read more

Osborne Cawkwell Tuition

Review snapshot: Tutors pay tribute to the way they are nurtured and valued, and a happy tutor is probably a good one. Clients praise Osborne Cawkwell for being ‘very understanding,’ ‘reliable,’ and ‘going the extra mile.’ The matching process, which involves tutors being contacted individually about a student that OC feels is right for them, is...

Areas covered: Most tutoring involves one-hour weekly sessions in clients’ homes in London, but tutors travel out to the home counties for half or full days of tuition too. Skype sessions are also becoming increasingly popular. read more

Owl Tutors

Review snapshot: With teacher-trained tutors who cover the whole gamut from entrance and public exams to individual academic subjects, there are few educational areas Owl can’t help you with, although so far their biggest focus has been prep school admissions, where the value of having qualified teachers ‘is most pronounced,’ claims Drew, who says that despite the deceptively...

Areas covered: Cover zones 1 and 2, a good section of zone 3 and a scattering of outer areas including Twickenham, Richmond and Kew. ‘If you’re outside the M25, forget it unless you want online tutoring,’ says Drew, which now accounts for around a quarter of all Owl tutoring. Residential tuition for overseas parents. read more

Pegasus Tutors

Review snapshot: Top-notch tutoring and mentoring, without crazy fees – and you get a lot of free advice and support thrown in too. If your child has SEN, this is definitely an agency to consider – they partner with The Child and Adolescent Development Centre, a specialist SEN centre in London, and work with a number of teachers who are trained and...

Areas covered: Across London (zones 1-4), home counties and Oxford, although online tutoring is a growth area. Residential tutoring abroad is popular, with previous posts to Cannes, Singapore, Gstaad, Hong Kong, Thailand, Marbella and Ibiza. read more

Pembroke Tutors

Review snapshot: Pembroke’s partnership with Harrods concierge service (one up from personal shopping – literally a one-stop-shop for all your London needs, including education, for those who can afford it) gives you a clue as to the clientele. Tutors are young – mostly 25 to 35 – and all have tutored for at least two years. One tutor...

Areas covered: Mainly London zones one and two, although some tutors travel further. Overseas work is substantial, with a quarter of their tutoring online, mainly abroad to non-British families, especially in China. Residentials are popular - many come out of the overseas revision camps run in countries such as India, China, South Korea, Russia and Nigeria. Home schooling also available, again usually going on in at least one far flung corner of the globe at any one time. read more

Riviera Tutors

Review snapshot: A particular strength of Riviera is Luke’s personal touch and relationship building with families. So if you just want sign up to any old weekly maths tutor, with no further ado, this is not the agency for you. But if you see the education of your child as a long-term investment that you want Luke’s very detailed and...

Areas covered: The company has seen massive growth in Monaco and South of France. Here, Riviera provides either hourly sessions or placements, usually one or two weeks, but some longer. ‘We often organise residentials in far flung places such as the Maldives and the Caribbean,’ adds Luke. Hourly tutoring in London too. read more

Simply Learning Tuition

Review snapshot: Families are usually prescriptive in their requests – so less of ‘I just want my son to do better at school,’ and more of ‘I need my daughter to reach her potential in science.’ Around a third of tutees have some form of learning difficulty, and many of the tutors on SLT's register are trained and experienced in SEN, including...

Areas covered: Tutoring mostly on an hour-a-week basis in zones one and two, notably Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hackney, Islington, Camden – although will venture into zones three and four, particularly Wandsworth and Richmond-upon-Thames, and even as far afield as Surrey and Kent. For residential tutoring, tutors travel anywhere in the UK. International tuition is also a specialism. read more

Strive Tutors

Review snapshot: With experienced teachers, heads of departments and sixth form, UCAS advisors and exam board examiners on their books, there’s little Strive don’t know about the particular hoops your child needs to get through, say clients. ‘Their level of knowledge is nuanced – you tell them what course or interview you want your child to get through and they...

Areas covered: On top of the predictable hourly tuition in London (key postcodes are NW8, W9 and N3), Strive offers residential tutoring (usually for clients with holiday homes abroad), online tutoring and home schooling. read more

Titanium Tutors

Review snapshot: Re-engagement is a stand-out area, according to parents: ‘My son hadn’t picked up a book in almost a year, but they got him back on track ready for university – I would highly recommend them.’ ‘Titanium’s tutors go the extra mile, raising grades and re-enthusing young people if they’ve lost their way.’ ‘My daughter...

Areas covered: Most tutoring takes place within greater London. ‘But we welcome requests from anywhere in the country, including Cambridge where I’m based part of the week, and Skype is a growth area too. They’ve also found a tutor for a family in Paris and have a relationship with a school in Beijing. read more

Trefoil Tutors

Review snapshot: Most tutoring is for an hour a week, either at the student’s home or in the front room of their tutoring premises in Queensbury – a cosy front room in a house on a residential street close to Edgware town centre. Secondary school tutees mainly attend HABS (both girls and boys) and Merchant Taylors’, both of which...

Areas covered: ‘Our tutees come mainly from Harrow, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hillingdon, Watford, Radlett, St Albans and other areas of Herts.’ read more

UK Study Centre

Review snapshot: At least three-quarters of the clients we spoke to speak English as a second language – testament to the international focus of this agency. ‘I received top level professional service,’ one told us. ‘The tutor was very knowledgeable and knew exactly the areas to concentrate on. He exceeded our expectations,’ said one. Tutors are mainly...

Areas covered: For ordinary hourly face-to-face tutoring, they mainly operate in North and central London, although they have a handful of clients as far afield as Berkshire and Surrey. Online tutoring is on the up, especially for international clients attending British boarding schools. Meanwhile, for residential placements – which average one to three months - tutors go wherever they’re needed. read more

Watling Tutors

Review snapshot: Leah had come to the end of her maternity leave with her first child when she decided to combine her experience as a teacher and her more recent stint in advertising. Spotting a gap in the market for local tutor agencies that specialise in qualified teachers, she called on willing colleagues who jumped at the...

Areas covered: Based in Herts, with 80 per cent of clients living within 10 miles of St Albans, Watling has a particularly strong presence in the Hertsmere area, although they are increasingly stretching into north and central London (NW11, NW3, N6, N2, NW4) and occasionally further afield. Plus, there’s Skype. read more

Young Giants Tutoring

Review snapshot: Child-centred, teacher-led tutoring. As such, the 50-ish tutors – a mixture of undergraduates right through to experienced teachers – all have to share the agency’s philosophy of ensuring the child feels in control of their learning at all times. While it’s tempting to imagine scenes of ...

Areas covered: Majority live in S and SW postcodes including Wandsworth, Merton, Richmond, Lambeth, Southwark, Kensington and Chelsea. No Skype. read more

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