Established in 2007, Keystone Tutors is one of the UK’s leading private tutoring organisations. Here is a sample of the 8+ tutors that we represent. They are predominantly based in London and work online with families based outside of London or overseas. Below you will also find details of articles and FAQs relevant to the 8+.
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.
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 2,500 hours with Keystone and worked for over 110 families.
Alex joined Keystone in 2016 having graduated with a First Class Degree. Since starting at Keystone he has taught over 3,200 hours with more than 90 families and teaches all the way up from 11+ - 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 2,700 hours, helping more than 170 families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emily is an experienced tutor who joined the team in 2017 and has billed over 1,500 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seyi is a qualified Teacher and an 11+, English and Geography tutor who studied Geography at the University of Oxford.
Le-My is an Oxbridge graduate and experienced tutor. She teaches Languages, as well as English and Maths, and is a fluent Mandarin speaker.
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.
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.
Gregory is a passionate mathematician who has tutored for over 6 years. He is also an artist and sculptor. He aims to make learning maths interesting and fun.
Jennifer is a qualified Primary Teacher with years of experience. She has a passion for teaching creatively and is enthusiastic, fun and fair.
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.
Dhananjay is a Cambridge graduate and a gifted linguist. He teaches from the 11+ - university level. He is currently a full-time tutor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rowland is a passionate Maths tutor who loves nothing more than enthusing his students. His other love is Music and he fits in writing pop songs alongside his teaching.
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.
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.
Kayleigh is an English Teacher with seven years of classroom experience. She is now tutoring whilst completing a PhD in English Literature.
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.
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.
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.
Samara is an experienced tutor who has a logical, concise and sympathetic approach to tutoring.
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.
Rebecca is an Oxford University educated tutor who teaches English, Modern Languages and Maths. She has taught over 1,700 hours since joining Keystone as a full-time tutor in 2017.
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.
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.
Donal is a charismatic and affable tutor. We were particularly impressed at interview by his attention to detail when preparing students for exams.
Jill is an experienced linguist. She impressed us at interview with her ability to adapt her style to fit the needs of her tutees
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Just to let you know that my son has got an offer from St Paul's Junior's, which we have happily accepted."Mother of 8 + student
"The lesson was great, thanks! My daughter said she was 'amazing' (this is high praise from a quiet 7 year old)."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.
Home-Schooling: How Keystone Tutors Can Help
Keystone has built its reputation on providing supplementary tutoring: filling in gaps in a child’s education. Using excellent tutors teaching one-on-one, we also provide home-schooling support effectively and efficiently, often teaching years of curriculum content in a few months. There was a time when most education was conducted in this manner.