Testimonials: Press & Parents


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.’

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.

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


Parents contact us daily about Bonas MacFarlane's tutors.


  • Cannot recommend them highly enough. Charles Bonas has very kindly advised pro bono my goddaughter, who is preparing to come to the UK on the Homes for Ukraine scheme. The academically bright 16-year old was not planning on getting British education; the move was a necessity because of Russian invasion. Charles established her academic level according to UK curriculum, explained the differences in the secondary school systems and how to select A-levels well for university (which was the opposite of what we initially assumed and was invaluable advice), and helped get our head around many other key things we did not know. The difference between Bonas MacFarlane and a few other advisers I heard about from my friends is this: some advisers are oriented towards the parents who live in countries like Ukraine, Kazakhstan etc, for whom getting kids educated in an English school is the end goal and who decide based on the school building's architecture rather than academic results. Charles is oriented towards the student and their future. He knows which school choices are right for the student and which are not, even if they are good establishments. His priority is getting academic results which would take a student to the best university for their ability, and he gets into specifics of how to achieve that. After a few weeks of work with Charles and his colleagues, my goddaughter was able to get a full scholarship from a well-respected independent school. It was an incredible result, I am still speechless. Dear Charles, Harry and colleagues - you are the best!
  • Bonas MacFarlane have been invaluable, helping our family over the years as we have been overseas needing to return to the British educational system. They are responsive and sensitive to individual student and family circumstances, providing excellent tutors quickly and invaluable advise with school and university applications. They are kind, caring and very professional. The tutors have been of very high calibre and in many instances very much liked by our children. Our oldest has entered into a top UK university with a prestigious scholarship and our youngest returned to a highly selective London school. I highly recommend Bonas MacFarlane without reservation, as an outstanding partner to parents seeking success in their child’s educational journey.
  • We just wanted to drop you a note to thank everyone involved with Camp Bonas. Coming at the end of a long academic year, cancelled holidays and school trips and virtual school the opportunity to spend time with a wide age range of children in the countryside without screens was really welcomed. Despite Z's reservations about girls and younger children being in the same camp he found the experience rewarding, refreshing and particularly enriching because of the leadership opportunities being an older child on the trip afforded him. He has clearly made several good friends and has a new found confidence for which we are very grateful. Going on a residential trip outside of school clearly has many benefits that are perhaps overlooked.
  • I would warmly recommend the online tutoring services Bonas MacFarlane provides. With the support of an excellent tutor, James Frome, my son just graduated with final results well above expectations (AP level). During the past 18 months, James supervised Magnus’ homework, kept him on task, provided support where needed and ensured timely submission of quality products. On an almost daily basis, he coached him, mentored him, inspired him with a mix of tools ranging from supportive what’s app messages to phone calls, and supported him with full-fledged tutoring sessions. He helped Magnus grow, not just academically but also in terms of his self-confidence. I have nothing but the highest praise for his 'tough but loving' approach, his perseverance, and the excellent quality of his tutoring.
  • Very professional service by Bonas MacFarlane. My daughter really enjoyed working with her tutor Oliver Kidd. A wonderful person who works so well with his student. Providing detail progress update at every stage. Very supportive and going the extra mile to ensure the student is working at their optimum level. I strongly recommend him. Thank you Oliver Kidd.


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

Beyond Bespoke

A suitable job for a princess – Cressida takes up teaching


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.

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