Bonas MacFarlane in 200 words

Bonas MacFarlane

Bonas MacFarlane has been helping children since 1992. Pioneers in supplementary education, the success of our integrated, one-to-one approach has been widely acclaimed and emulated.


  • In depth assessments measure attainment against admission criteria to top independent schools. After identifying the most confident way each student learns, we then recommend suitable schools.
  • We use professional, thoroughly vetted tutors. Working in homes or via our online platform, they help children succeed at all ability levels – from top scholarships to SEN.
  • Our mentors develop academic skills, motivation, wellbeing and co-curricular participation. Mentors visit children at school, communicate online and participate in Camp Bonas rural summer courses that promote creativity and self-reliance.
  • Our University Preparation Programme has remarkable Oxbridge success, particularly for sixty ‘widening participation’ students we sponsor annually. We were a pioneer of Ivy League American College counselling in the UK. Our fine arts degree preparation is unique.


Our school and university advisors come from admissions departments – from Harrow to Harvard – or have unparalleled relationships with leading schools and private colleges. Our large support team in Chelsea that manages the entire, complex admissions process is described as ‘breathtakingly comprehensive’ by The Evening Standard.