Established in 2007, Keystone Tutors is one of the UK’s leading private tutoring organisations. Here is a sample of the 13+ Common Entrance English tutors that we represent. They are predominantly based in London and work online with families based outside of London or overseas.
Harry is a personable and enthusiastic Oxford graduate with a flawless academic background. Harry teaches from the 11+ level up to A level and tailors his approach to each student.
Max is an Oxford educated English graduate who has also completed an MPhil in American Literature at Cambridge. Max has tutored since 2012 and works with students of all levels and with diverse educational needs.
Philippa is a dedicated tutor who specialises in 11+/13+ English and Maths, as well as French. She joined the team in 2015 and has taught well over 4,900 hours with Keystone.
Olly is an Oxford graduate and experienced tutor. He has a real passion for teaching as well as for writing, theatre and sport. Olly has taught over 3,000 hours with Keystone.
Jack is a conscientious and dedicated tutor who teaches across the age range and helps with a variety of subjects. He has taught over 1,500 hours through Keystone working with around 80 families. Alongside his tutoring he is working to establish himself as a comedy writer.
Cameron is a playwright and tutors alongside his writing schedule. He is highly personable and as a result his teaching style is very engaging. He has been with Keystone since 2014 teaching over 5,300 hours.
Jean-Michel is an experienced tutor with degrees in Physics, Philosophy and Literature. He loves to find new ways of teaching his subjects and aims to foster a love of learning in his students.
Rory started tutoring whilst at Oxford and has worked with students of all ages. He teaches Maths, Science and English across the board. He is enthusiastic and encouraging and gets great feedback from his students. He has worked over 3,500 hours with Keystone.
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.
Kate is a first class law graduate who joined our team of full time tutors in 2017 and taught in a school before joining Keystone. She has tutored over 3,000 hours through Keystone and helped over 130 families.
Amy joined Keystone in 2019 and has taught over 1,300 hours helping more than 40 families. She aims to equip her students with examination and analytical skills and also to inspire them with a genuine enthusiasm for their subjects.
Naomi graduated with a first-class Drama degree 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.
Lara is an English graduate with a love of teaching and academia. She teaches both face to face and online and has taught over 3,700 hours with Keystone since 2016.
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.
Emily is an experienced tutor who joined the team in 2017 and has billed over 1,800 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.
Madeleine is an Oxford graduate and a writer. She tutors across the age range and has experience supporting a wide range of learning styles. Madeleine has taught over 1,300 hours through Keystone.
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 3,500 hours with Keystone and worked for over 130 families.
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.
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.
Tom is a committed and experienced professional tutor whose practice is based on rigorous subject and educational knowledge, which has flourished through his work with over 130 Keystone families, since 2015. He offers stimulating, sympathetic and agile tutorials, with a particular emphasis on mentoring, motivation and confidence building.
Oliver has over 5 years tutoring experience and believes in developing a student's passion for the subject in order to help them learn. Oliver has recently completed a PhD in the History of Religious Studies and Psychology at UCL. He is currently training as a Psychotherapist alongside his teaching.
Theo read War Studies at King’s College London and then worked for the Ministry of Defence before joining Keystone as a full-time tutor. He believes that all students have intellectual potential and helps them cultivate this.
A graduate from King's College London, Alex specialises in online tutoring. He joined Keystone in 2011 and has taught over 6,100 hours.
Alex joined Keystone in 2016 having graduated with a First Class Degree. Since starting at Keystone he has taught over 4,300 hours with more than 110 families and teaches all the way up from 11+ - A Level.
Alice is an Oxford-educated tutor who has taught over 7,600 hours through Keystone with more than 340 families. Her independent sector teaching experience enables her to provide a high level of support to her tutees.
Keren is an Oxford University graduate and qualified teacher with a wealth of tutoring experience. She joined Keystone in 2009 and has taught over 3,100 hours. Keren specialises in teaching Classics and English to all ages as well as 11+/13+ English and Maths.
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. Robbie joined Keystone in 2018 and has since helped over 80 families.
Jessica is a published, professional historian and an engaging and dedicated tutor. She is patient and encouraging and equips her students with the confidence and skills to tackle their academic obstacles. She has taught over 1,900 hours with Keystone.
Michael is a graduate of King's College, London and also has a PhD in English. He joined Keystone in 2017 as a full-time tutor and he has helped over 90 families since then and taught over 2,800 hours of lessons.
Oli is an experienced tutor and a Cambridge graduate with a first class degree. He joined Keystone in 2010 and has tutored over 5,800 hours, helping over 180 students across the age range.
Lou is an experienced and professional tutor in Latin and French up to A level, including IB. We were particularly impressed by her up-beat and methodical approach to tutoring.
Yasmin is an full-time English, Maths and History Tutor with a wealth of experience. She has an extensive knowledge of what examiners expect from students and helps her tutees perfect their exam technique.
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.
James is an experienced tutor with a stellar academic record. His passions lie in the humanities and writing as well as teaching.
Gregory is an Oxford graduate and is Head of History at a leading London College. He also tutors English and Politics.
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.
Coleen has a wealth of educational experience in both the UK and abroad. She has an engaging, resourceful and measured tutoring style.
Alexander has a History degree from York as well as a Masters in Fine Art. He currently works as an artist alongside his tutoring. He has years of experience under his belt and teaches a wide range of ages and subjects.
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.
Noelle is an experienced tutor who has taught across the age range. Noelle hopes to instil a love of learning in her students and adapts lessons to each tutee's individual needs.
Leo is a retired Headmaster and a highly experienced teacher who now tutors full time. He tutors at Primary level and also teaches English up to A Level.
Mina is an Oxford graduate with a passion for English. She loves to nurture a passion for learning in her tutees and is thorough and organised in her approach.
Martin is an English tutor of titanic stature and experience. He loves to enthuse students about English.
Kiera is a qualified Teacher and a Cambridge graduate. She has now embarked on an MA in Creative writing and tutors alongside her studies.
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.
Imogen is a Cambridge graduate and aspiring author. She has been teaching and tutoring since 2010. She is motivating and supportive and helps her students to flourish academically.
Samara is an experienced tutor who has a logical, concise and sympathetic approach to tutoring.
Daniel is an experienced humanities tutor with a very strong academic background. He is a linguist and a translator in his spare time. He also loves history and literature.
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.
Liz is a Cambridge graduate who has been tutoring since 2017. She covers a range of subjects and read Japanese and Sociology at university.
Tom’s approach to tutoring is both enthusiastic and supportive. He is particularly adept at breaking down information into more approachable and manageable chunks.
Ben is passionate about English. Prior to joining Keystone he taught English at Oxford University. His sensitive and resourceful approach to tutoring allow him to provide an excellent level of support to his students.
Thomas is a committed full-time tutor. He specialises in Maths at all ages up to GCSE as well as English. At interview we were impressed by his measured and supportive approach.
Mia is a graduate from the London School of Economics and has tutored extensively both in the UK and abroad. She has particular expertise with the 11+ and 13+ English curriculum and has tutored over 1,000 hours through Keystone alone.
Tom is a very able and engaging mathematician with a First class degree from Bristol. He joined Keystone in 2012 and has taught over 2,500 hours since working with over 70 families.
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 has an engaging and encouraging tutoring style.
Matilda is an experienced tutor with an impressive track record, having taught over 2,100 hours through Keystone. She is enthusiastic and encouraging and her students grow in confidence and self assurance under her guidance, really preparing them for their exams.
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.
Kayleigh is an English Teacher with seven years of classroom experience. She is now tutoring whilst completing a PhD in English Literature.
Passionate about English as well as Maths, Robyn is an experienced and intellectually sharp tutor. She is particularly strong at extending learners outside of their comfort zone.
Kate trained as a teacher through the Teach First scheme. She now focuses on tutoring and strives to engage and motivate her tutees. Her lessons are always planned in great detail and Kate's aim is for her students to develop enquiring, critical, and confident minds.
Emma is an extremely experienced English tutor. She has worked at a number of top London independent schools and recently retired as Head of English at Queen's College. Her knowledgeable approach ensures she provides the very best support to her students.
Ollie is a very experienced English and Maths tutor. He is enthusiastic and methodical: he enjoys lifting students' confidence with a mixture of positive praise and a simple approach to exam technique.
Oskar is an engaging and diligent linguist. His positive, energetic and resourceful style helps his students to feel thoroughly supported.
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.
Anna works as a Learning Technologist (in the Centre for Teaching and Learning) at the University of Oxford. She is an experienced tutor and is passionate about making language and literature studies accessible and enjoyable for children aged 8 to 18.
Jess is an enthusiastic and engaging tutor. She tutors alongside her work at Emerson House, St Nicholas Prep School and at the LionHeart School.
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.
Dhananjay is a Cambridge graduate and a gifted linguist. He teaches from the 11+ - university level. He is currently a full-time tutor.
Sunita is a highly experienced English tutor with a Masters in English Literature as well as a Masters in Creative Writing. She has taught over 2,000 hours with Keystone both face to face and online.
Peter is an English teacher with over 30 years’ experience. His years of experience as Head of English at Tudor Hall enable him to provide his tutees with a very high level of support.
Donal is a charismatic and affable tutor. We were particularly impressed at interview by his attention to detail when preparing students for exams.
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.
Alex is Cambridge University graduate and qualified teacher who has billed over 2,000 hours through Keystone alone. She also has a masters degree in Child Psychology and has considerable tutoring experience beyond her work with Keystone.
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.
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.
Hugo is an experienced and enthusiastic English and Maths tutor. He specialises in 11+ and 13+ preparation as well as working with I/GCSE Maths students.
Davina has been tutoring for over 10 years. Her teaching is marked by its sympathy and diligence. She plans her lessons exhaustively and structures rigorous long-term programmes. She is particularly talented at helping her pupils get to grips with the perils of the English language, and making Science more accessible to those who have struggled to understand it in class.
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.
Nektaria is patient, structured and clear. She is a fully qualified and experienced English teacher and GCSE examiner. She impressed us at interview with her diagnostic approach to identifying strengths and weaknesses.
Eleanor's approach to tutoring is measured, supportive and fun. She tutors alongside her freelance work at the Melanie Klein Trust.
Benedict is an engaging and inspiring English tutor with outstanding references. He has considerable teaching experience, including 3 years at Dulwich College where he taught Years 9 and 10, GCSE and A Level.
Katarina is an experienced tutor who has been helping students since 2017. Alongside teaching Katarina is completing a PhD in Art.
Lila is a highly academic Oxford graduate who teaches across the age range. She tutors alongside training to be an opera singer.
Daniel is an experienced Science tutor and a medical student. His great sense of humour paired with his patient approach has helped him develop a highly successful style of tutoring.
Alexa is a friendly, engaging and qualified tutor. She has over eight years of teaching experience in both the independent and state sectors.
"We have great news - my daughter got into Stowe! I would like to thank you for providing tutoring for her with Dominic. He is an exceptional tutor and I was very pleased with him. Dominic was clear, fast paced, and have managed to mend sizeable gaps in the UK and USA curriculum in less than two months. His explanations were great and knowledge of exam requirements excellent. Your choice of tutors is wonderful and I am very happy I entrusted our tutoring requirements to your company."Mother of 13+ student
"Thank you so much for helping to bring this miracle! My daughter has been successful with her interviews for both Headington and Badminton, thanks to you."Mother of a 13+ interview candidate
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