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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 have been working with a tutor through Bonas MacFarlane for the past few months and have been extremely pleased. Our son has become a more confident writer and looks forward to his weekly sessions with Shalom. He also enjoys his sessions with his maths tutor, Tim. If you are looking for top notch tutors who create programs specific to your child's strengths and weaknesses, reach out to Bonas MacFarlane.
  • 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 London’s top tuition agency and the elite of the tutoring business. Their tuition and consultancy team are dedicated to carefully hand-picking the right tutor for the child’s needs and personality. As a self- employed tutor and mentor with 8 years experience in the industry, I have found them to be unquestionably supportive, efficient and professional to work with.


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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