Established in 2007, Keystone Tutors is one of the UK’s leading private tutoring organisations. Here is a sample of the 8+ English tutors that we represent. They are predominantly based in London and work online with families based outside of London or overseas.
Robbie is a Professional English Tutor with a love for writing and for the theatre. He teaches from the Primary Level up to A Level.
Le-My is an Oxford graduate with a great passion for languages and literature. She has considerable tutoring experience and teaches French as well as English, Maths and Mandarin.
Natasha is a first-class English and History graduate with several years tutoring experience. She loves nothing more than sharing her passion for learning with her students. Natasha is an avid reader and writer and is currently working on her first novel.
Prior to joining Keystone Steph was a primary school teacher. She has a wealth of experience in working with students in Years 1 to 6. She has tutored over 2,800 hours with us and also assists with our 7+ and 8+ assessments.
James is an experienced tutor with a PhD in English and a Classics degree from Cambridge. James understands the importance of building strong relationships in order for his students to get the most out of his lessons.
Jonny is an Oxford graduate and is currently studying for a PhD in Italian Studies at Cambridge. He teaches languages as well as English and Maths. He is a passionate actor and writer who loves to work on theatrical projects outside of tutoring.
Alex joined Keystone in 2016 having graduated with a First Class Degree. Since starting at Keystone he has taught over 3,400 hours with more than 90 families and teaches all the way up from 11+ - A Level.
Seyi studied Geography at the University of Oxford and is a qualified Teacher. She tutors English, Maths and Geography to a wide range of students and also assists with Oxbridge applications. She is has an engaging and encouraging tutoring style.
Alexander has a Masters from UCL and is an experienced tutor with a passion for teaching. He aims to instil a love of learning in all his students and is patient and enthusiastic.
Alice is an Oxford graduate with a passion for academia and learning. She enjoys working with children across the age range and can also help with Oxbridge preparation. Alice is completing a PhD in archaeology alongside her tutoring work.
Amy is a tutor and director with a passion for theatre. She aims to equip her students with examination and analytical skills and also to inspire them with a genuine enthusiasm for their subjects.
Sarah is a Cambridge graduate who teaches a wide variety of subjects across a range of ages. Her sessions are goal-focused as well as being engaging and fun.
A graduate from King's College London, Jessica is an experienced entrance test tutor who joined the team in 2015 but has been teaching since 2011. She has taught over 2,700 hours with Keystone and worked for over 120 families.
Lucy is a highly engaging tutor with a degree in English and a Masters in Acting. She believes in unlocking the joy of learning and helping her students grow in confidence.
Matilda is an experienced tutor with an impressive track record. She is enthusiastic and encouraging and her students grow in confidence and self assurance under her guidance, really preparing them for their exams.
Emily is an experienced tutor who joined the team in 2017 and has billed over 1,600 hours with us. Emily has taught in England as well as abroad. She not only helps students with 11+ and 13+ entrance exams but also with English and Spanish up to A Level.
Paige is an English graduate from Durham University who teaches from the 7+/8+ level through to A Level. She joined Keystone in 2017 and has taught over 2,800 hours, helping more than 180 families.
Abigail has been tutoring since 2012 and has taught a range of subjects and age groups. She has always loved learning and aims to enthuse her students about their studies.
Amy is an experienced tutor having worked across primary year groups in London. With a passion for theatre, she utilises both her academic background and creative skills to develop a stimulating and enriching learning environment for students.
Freya is a qualified Primary Teacher who also has considerable tutoring experience. She is warm and encouraging and aims to help her students become independent learners.
Naomi graduated with a first-class degree in English and Drama in 2017. She has worked with young people for years and has a very encouraging and motivating tutoring approach. Naomi teaches across the age range and helps students develop confidence in their abilities.
Kathleen has been teaching for over 15 years in both primary and secondary schools. She aims to instill self-confidence in her students and also help them develop creative independence.
Tristan is a highly enthusiastic and diligent tutor. He possesses strong communicative abilities which enable him to explain even the most difficult things with clarity.
Rana is an extremely adept Primary Level Teacher/tutor with 13 years of teaching experience under her belt.
Dhananjay is a Cambridge graduate and a gifted linguist. He teaches from the 11+ - university level. He is currently a full-time tutor.
James tutors alongside reading Dentistry at King’s College London. He believes that tuition should be a team effort between the tutor and tutee and loves to see his students grow in confidence and academic ability.
Donal is a charismatic and affable tutor. We were particularly impressed at interview by his attention to detail when preparing students for exams.
Sarah is a Primary School teacher with 15 years of experience. She has taught in mainstream and SEN schools and is a very supportive and committed tutor.
Celina has been teaching in various prep schools in London for the last seven years. She gained huge amounts of experience here preparing children for examinations and during the primary years. She now tutors online, whilst based in Munich.
Lydia is a highly experienced and qualified teacher. She tutors alongside her a part-time teaching role at local primary school. At interview we were impressed by her supportive and engaging approach.
Jennifer is a qualified Primary Teacher with years of experience. She has a passion for teaching creatively and is enthusiastic, fun and fair.
Nicky completed the level 5 Diploma in teaching learners with specific learning difficulties in 2014. Over the years she has worked at Emerson House, Laidlaw Education, Highfield and Brookham Prep School.
Lee has been teaching for the past six years, preparing students for a range of schools and exams. Her patience and enthusiasm have been praised by her past pupils.
Katie is a first class graduate who is also a qualified teacher, obtaining her PGCE from King's College London. She is personable, diligent and well versed in the school curricula and has taught 2,500 hours through Keystone.
Holly is an Oxford educated tutor who covers a wide range of subjects. She aims to instill confidence within her students and encourages them to be intellectually independent.
Rob is a primary level tutor with a range of teaching experience. He is also a linguist and a qualified lawyer. He has recently returned to tutoring as his passion lies in education.
Kathryn is a qualified Teacher with years of experience. She aims to stretch her tutees' academic ability and to equip them with the tools required to tackle exams with clarity and confidence.
Kira has tutored and mentored for over a decade. As an artist, her lessons are creative and engaging. She works across the age range and with students of all abilities.
Jake read History at Exeter University before starting his Masters at SOAS. He teaches from the 7+ level up to A Level. He is engaging and passionate and works well with all ages.
Samara is an experienced tutor who has a logical, concise and sympathetic approach to tutoring.
Jason is an experienced tutor, who has worked with students preparing for the 11+, all the way up to A Level. He encourages students to take an active role in their learning, to ensure they are fully engaged.
Bryony's engaging and supportive teaching style helps to give students confidence. She began tutoring whilst at school and is committed to tutoring for the long term.
Eleanor is a charismatic and engaging tutor. At interview, we were particularly impressed by her passion for English and History and her desire to enthuse others in these subjects.
Rebecca is an Oxford University educated tutor who teaches English, Modern Languages and Maths. She has taught over 1,800 hours since joining Keystone as a full-time tutor in 2017.
Kayleigh is an English Teacher with seven years of classroom experience. She is now tutoring whilst completing a PhD in English Literature.
Millie is a Primary Years tutor who has taught in schools across London. She tailors her lessons to each student as she understands that each child learns differently. She is warm, patient and kind.
Throughout Kate's career in teaching she has worked with students from the 7+ level up to degree level. She has a passion for English and has huge amounts of experience working with students both face-to-face and online.
Julia is a qualified teacher focusing on the primary years. Alongside her tutoring work Julia is working part-time in museum education.
Leo is an Oxford History graduate and has a wealth of experience of teaching the subject, as well as English, Maths, Science, Geography and RS up to the 13+ level. He has worked with Keystone since 2011 and has taught over 1,000 hours since he started.
Kristine has been teaching for many years, with a focus on teaching English as a second language. She has worked with students of different age ranges from all over the world meaning that she works to tailor each lesson to the individuals needs and learning styles.
Anne-Marie is a qualified Teacher and experienced tutor. She has an MA in Educational Leadership and is passionate about helping her students develop and learn.
Danielle teaches across the age range and receives outstanding feedback from her students. Her success reading Psychology at Bristol gave her a fascination for how people learn and how to build confidence in her students.
William is a primary level tutor who worked as a Teaching Assistant at Garden House for 3 years. William uses a variety of learning techniques and helps build confidence, belief and aspiration in his students.
"Just to let you know that my son has got an offer from St Paul's Junior's, which we have happily accepted. Thanks for your help."Mother of 8+ Student
"Faizel is wonderful, thank you. He had my son captivated for an hour! Awesome in my books!"Mother of Year 3 Student
The Seven and Eight Plus simplified
Originally, the 7+ was designed for girls who traditionally mature quicker than boys, for whom the 8+ was designed. However, some boys’ schools now use both examinations. We would recommend opting for the 8+ if your child is a relatively slower developer, giving another year to grow in confidence and prepare for assessment. Remember that failure at this age can be damaging to confidence so, unless your child is a robust character, trying the 7+ first may not be wise.
Prep School (Years 4 to 8) Reading Lists
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Webinar: Preparing for the 11+ & Computerised Pre-Tests
Keystone's Founder and Director, Will Orr-Ewing, are joined by our Director of Education, Ed Richardson, and Harriet Blomefield, Keystone’s Head of Consultancy to discuss the 11+.
Webinar: 21st Century Schooling
Keystone's Founder and Director, Will Orr-Ewing, will be delving into new forms of schooling for the 21st Century. Will will be joined by guest speakers, Jonathan Noakes, who is Head of Teaching & Learning at Eton College and Sam Rogerson, Co-Founder and Head of Lexicon School.