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.


A Residential Tutor

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. I am so glad and that we decided to go through Bonas MacFarlane and grateful that Sam was one you chose to send to us. Many thanks.

Maths & Science weaknesses

Our son's tutor, Morgan, has the intellectual rigour one would expect of a graduate with his credentials. However, it was his ability to communicate his subject simply, which most impressed me. Morgan’s lessons were well-planned and considered; he took care to fit each task into a frame of work to help consolidate Grisha’s fundamental weaknesses in Maths and Science.

A Tutor’s Perspective

I am really enjoying tutoring through Bonas MacFarlane. I appreciate the amount of work that you have available and besides that it is very reassuring and helpful to know that I can contact the Bonas MacFarlane team with any questions and be pointed in the right direction. Harry, for example, put me in touch with the educational psychologist that carried out assessments for one of my pupils, allowing me to tailor my planning and teaching very specifically. I am aware that smaller agencies may not be able to offer this level of support.

Exam Fear

I cannot thank you enough for finding us Fergus. He was charming, brilliant, totally professional and, crucially, had the emotional intelligence to connect with a nervous boy whose own worse enemy was his fear of exams. Kit was immediately at ease with Fergus and was absolutely happy even at the end of a gruelling full day of tuition. Fergus was always punctual, communicated immediately, and did more than his allotted hours voluntarily and regularly without extra pay.


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

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.