Comments from the Bonas MacFarlane Good Schools Guide review 2021


‘Established in 1998 by Charles Bonas, this is the upper crust of the consultancy and tutoring industry…’

‘You instantly feel you’re in safe hands with BM, whether it’s with razor-sharp yet laidback Harry Cobb or more loquacious Charles Bonas who has arguably changed the face of British tutoring. Both are deeply knowledgeable about all things education related… ‘

‘…have a genuine commitment to public benefit work (they do more of on this front than any other tutor company we know)’

‘I’ve worked for many of the big agencies and can tell you BM is exemplary in every way – they are forward thinking, and they have the personal touch and very big hearts,’ said a tutor.’

‘A parent told us, ‘These guys are easily the best in class – the level of customer service and attention to detail right from the very first call is like no other and that means you get the very best tutor, including if, like me, you have a very particular request.’’

‘They cover every aspect of educational needs from weekly or residential tutoring to school and university applications and were the first UK company to support students through US university admissions… as well as an all-new Camp Bonas summer course including adventure themed leadership training ‘to rewild the mind…’

‘Mentoring, though part of every tutoring assignment, can be booked as a stand-alone offering, again weekly or residential. It has three goals (academic, pastoral and extracurricular)… ‘Can be the make or break of them getting into the school of their choice, where admissions processes increasingly focus on softer skills,’ believes Charles.’

‘SEN is a strength, largely thanks to BM’s in-house educational psychologist, who is on hand (and usually available within a few days) to identify gaps between executive functioning and IQ.’

‘I’m constantly amazed at the quality of their tutors,’ said a parent…’
‘…they pinpoint exactly what is required and hit the target bullseye every single time,’ said parent.’

‘BM works more collaboratively with schools, as well as doing more charitable works, than most agencies put together. They sponsor St Cuthbert’s school in Fulham to help their high achievers and after-school clubs. They’ve built a school in Northern Cambodia…. And BM’s foundation supports over 80 students on the widening participation scheme through a 10-month university preparation programme. ‘It’s one of the main attractions for me,’ said one tutor, who had mentored vulnerable children through one of the BM programmes.’

‘By no means cheap, but not the most expensive either – in fact, one tutor told us one of the reasons he loved working for BM is that ‘they could charge so much more, given how many high net worth individuals they have on their books, but they don’t.’

‘This is the Savile Row end of things – tailored, elegant, cut to your measure from the best materials’.

Read the review in full here.