From Cradle to Career

Bonas MacFarlane's support changes children’s lives. Thousands have benefitted from our approach.

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A successful education involves many small, sure steps – from cradle to career. Our advisors, mentors, and the tutors we introduce, support children as they take these steps. We achieve our results with careful planning, outstanding educators and by placing children into the right schools and universities. Crucially, we share a long-term aim – helping children to become successful and happy adults.

Bonas MacFarlane really is unique amongst education providers. Having spent twenty-five years as pioneers of our services, we are now the leading company of our kind in the UK. We manage all aspects of a child’s education.

Our team of full-time consultants and support staff, based in Chelsea, is the largest and broadest-reaching of any education support provider in the UK.


Completely screen free, allowing children to rewild their minds

Deep in the English countryside, campers aged 8-13 learn to look after themselves through real-life adventure and an immersion in a rural setting.

  • 2024 camp dates:  08 - 12 July

Campers take part in professionally delivered adventure training, creative workshops and all sorts of team-based activities that have been inspired by our favourite children’s adventure stories.

Contact us to book your child's place.


The Good Schools Guide

Comments from our most recent review.

The Good Schools Guide review 2021

Mentoring can be make-or-break

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 extra- curricular)… ‘Can be the make-or-break of them getting into the school of their choice, where admissions processes...
The Good Schools Guide review 2021
17 November 2021
The Good Schools Guide review 2021


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.
The Good Schools Guide review 2021
17 November 2021
The Good Schools Guide review 2021

They could charge more

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.
The Good Schools Guide review 2021
17 November 2021

The Good Schools Guide

Comments from the latest ( 2021) review of Bonas MacFarlane.

The Good Schools Guide review 2021

a tutor comments

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.
The Good Schools Guide review 2021
17 November 2021


One-to-One Tuition:
Tailored individual support in any subject, at any level to build confidence and academic ability, delivered in person or online. Bonas MacFarlane have been providing tutors for all subjects, ages and abilities since 1992

Home School:
Full-time academic programmes bespoke and exact according to your child's needs

Live-in & Residential tutors:
Residential tutors to support your child permanently or during the holidays, anywhere in the world

Academic Mentoring:
Holistic guidance across all aspects of a student’s life to ensure they reach their full potential

Schools & Nursery Advisory

London Day Schools:
London day schools are highly academic and competition for places is fierce. Our methodology combines rigorous assessments, top-level strategic advice, close communication with schools and carefully focused academic preparation programmes. 

Boarding Schools:
Bonas MacFarlane have placed hundreds of children into all of the top schools (e.g. Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Westminster, Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies College) as well as many more specialist schools and less well known schools

The Bonas MacFarlane Assessment:
Our assessments and learning profile tests are perfectly designed to evaluate your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses

University Application

University Admissions:
Specialist advisors mentor students to develop the academic, extra-curricular and critical thinking skills needed for British/UK university applications

US College Admissions:
Our US college consulting service partners with Deans at Ivy League Colleges and beyond for applications to study in the USA

University Preparation Programme:
Our university preparation programme uniquely blends advice and enrichment. It enables applicants to understand the highly specific requirements of Oxford and Cambridge courses and prepares them for the world’s most challenging university entrance assessments.

Other Services

BM Art:
Art mentoring, tuition, portfolio preparation, mock interviews and exam preparation for students applying for school scholarships and for art school applications

BM Music:
Premier music mentoring and tuition; scholarships to music schools, choir schools and leading independent schools; scholarships to uk and us conservatoires and universities; preparation for auditions, competitions and performances; audio and video recording

Enrichment Courses:
Our short courses and preparation programmes get students ready for the most competitive university courses, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, engineering, law, business and economics

Camp Bonas:
Adventure-led summer holiday camp for children aged 8-13 full of outdoor training, creative workshops and team-based activities. Rewild the Mind

Previously run pro-bono through Bonas MacFarlane since 2016, it was a long-held ambition of ours to establish the University Preparation Programme as a charity in its own right, and in Autumn 2020 the Next Step Foundation was founded.

The objective is simple: to help widening participation students make successful applications to the UK’s best universities to broaden their horizons and encourage greater social mobility. Taught in live virtual classrooms by top university advisors and academics from Oxbridge and Russell Group universities, students receive tuition and mentoring through the sixth form, plus a programme of seminars, extension lectures and extension readings designed to help them make better university choices, enhance their academic skills and ultimately secure offers from the UK's top universities.

Our students come from all over the country and the programme has always been run online so that students who most need our support can access it, no matter where they are.

So far we have helped over 300 students with an average of 30% from each cohort consistently receiving offers to study at Oxbridge and 97% to Russell Group universities.


'Last night I was warmly recommending your agency to a tableful of Hampstead parents. I know that thanks to you and Fergus, Kit has achieved the very peak of his potential. Please know that you will always have an ally and advocate in me.'  Mother of three

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.’  The Mail On Sunday

'Sam is fantastic - we are really pleased to have him here with us in France. He’s good fun, very conscientious but also pretty firm and disciplined with the children. They love him - and he fits in very well with the family life here. He’s exactly what was required, 10/10.'  Father of two


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