WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
Bonas MacFarlane's services have been widely reviewed.
Bonas MacFarlane tutors are usually employed to help children over the major hurdles of school and university entrance... ‘We drop talented young people into families,’ says Charles Bonas, MD of Bonas MacFarlane. ‘They’re artists, West End actors, PhD scholars... gifted, exciting people who can offer a lot to children.’
Established in 1998 and kept deliberately small and ‘bespoke’, this is the seriously upper crust of the consultancy and tutoring industry, blended, kneaded and done to a crisp according to the precise educational recipe for your privileged progeny.
Even parents who already pay for schooling no longer seem to think that tutoring is unnecessary: Charles Bonas, the managing director of a London-based tutoring agency, Bonas MacFarlane, says most of its clients are privately educated... Underlying this demand is increasing competition to get into the most prestigious universities.
The intense competition for entrance higher up the education ladder means the race for places starts sooner... Parents believe that certain nurseries open doors. Bonas Macfarlane [will] "promote your best possible chances" to find a place in a nursery school - and the next stage, be it a pre-preparatory (pre-prep) school (for boys aged 4-8) or preparatory school (for girls aged 4-11).
In a breathtakingly comprehensive, nine-stage process, Bonas Macfarlane’s placement consultants assess a child, produce a fully profiled shortlist of appropriate schools, carry out “school liaison”, arrange special school visits, guide the child through entrance exams, give them interview practice, handle all the fiddly documentation involved with the admission process and then tutor the child in the areas where they need to improve.
IN THE NEWS
Bonas MacFarlane is an authoritative voice on what is trending at the top end of education.
Parents are taking on tutors in increasing numbers
Since 1992 their consultants and tutors have gained a reputation with thousands of discerning families
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A top London tutoring agency
Hiring a tutor used to be an admission of failure, now it's a status symbol.
More than one in five British secondary school pupils are now receiving extra private tuition - and the result is a booming, multimillion-pound industry.
Charles emphasized that his company has helped hundreds of children get into highly competitive selective secondary schools.
Many live-in tutors are graduates from top universities who earn higher salaries than teachers.