Sam is a highly personable individual who teaches across the age range. He specialises in English, EFL and 11+. Sam is also a writer and has a love of language that he aims to pass onto his students.
A graduate from King's College London, Alex specialises in online tutoring. He joined Keystone in 2011 and has taught over 7,800 hours.
Emily is an experienced tutor who joined the team in 2017 and has delivered over 3,200 hours of lessons. 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.
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 120 families.
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. Jonny has supported 70 Keystone students and delivered 1,800 hours worth of lessons. He is a passionate actor and writer who loves to work on theatrical projects outside of tutoring.
Guy is an experienced English and History tutor with a PhD in English Literature. He has over 10 years experience tutoring from 11+ up to university level. Guy has a friendly and calming approach to tutoring.
Joseph is a Durham graduate and a highly personable tutor who has taught 1,400 hours through Keystone. He helps with a wide range of subjects from English to Science. Joseph has a structured but adaptive approach to lessons, which aims to build up students’ confidence in their subject area and develop their independent learning skills.
Amy is an experienced tutor having worked across primary year groups in London. She has helped 40 Keystone families and taught 1,700 hours to date. With a passion for theatre, she utilises both her academic background and creative skills to develop a stimulating and enriching learning environment for students.
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 4,900 hours with Keystone.
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. He has taught over 1,500 hours and helped 70 families through 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 140 families since then and taught over 4,300 hours of lessons.
Naomi graduated with a first-class degree in 2017. She has a wealth of experience working with young people, teaching over 2,600 hours to Keystone students alone. Her tutees, comprising all ages, describe her as 'very encouraging' and 'motivating'.
Jack studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh and graduated with first class honours. He then went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway. He tutors both Maths and English across the age range and aims to create an open and reflexive learning environment.
Lara is an English graduate with a love of teaching and academia. She teaches both face to face and online and has taught over 5,000 hours with Keystone since 2016.
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 7,900 hours.
Alex joined Keystone in 2016 having graduated with a First Class Degree. Since starting at Keystone he has taught over 6,300 hours with more than 170 families and teaches all the way up from 11+ - A Level.
Jean-Michel is an experienced tutor with degrees in Physics, Philosophy and Literature. He enjoys finding new ways of teaching his subjects and aims to foster a love of learning in his students. During his time at Keystone, Jean-Michel has taught over 2,200 hours.
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 6,500 hours with Keystone.
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. He has taught over 3,500 hours helping around 120 students.
Anna is a Cambridge graduate who has tutored since 2017. She has experience in the classroom, at university level, and has helped students with SEN. Anna aims to create a learning environment that enables each pupil to flourish.
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 2,700 hours through Keystone.
Freya is a qualified Primary Teacher who has worked with over 60 Keystone families, teaching more than 900 hours. She is warm and encouraging and aims to help her students become independent learners.
Charles has recently completed a Masters at St Andrews and has been tutoring since he was a student himself. He focuses on humanities, as well as teaching English and Maths at 11+. Charles believes communication is key within his lessons, allowing his students to ask questions and develop their ideas.
Florence is an experienced tutor who has worked across the age range, helping 120 Keystone clients. While first completing a DPhil and then working as a research fellow at Oxford, Florence held several teaching and lecturing roles. However, she also helps primary level students build solid foundations. Florence encourages her tutees to become self-motivated learners with a love for their subjects.
Harry is a patient and personable Oxford graduate with a flawless academic background. He uses a calm and supportive approach to build a strong rapport with each of his students. Harry is an experienced tutor in Religious Studies, Maths and English, with over 3,300 hours taught whilst at Keystone.
Natasha is a first-class English and History graduate with several years tutoring experience - having taught 1,200 hours with Keystone alone. 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.
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 4,400 hours through Keystone and helped over 210 families.
Lottie has a stellar academic background which culminates in a PhD from Oxford University. She is an excellent communicator and aims to instil a love of learning in all of her students - across subjects and levels.
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. He has supported 90 Keystone families teaching over 1,700 hours to date.
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 5,700 hours with Keystone.
Isobel holds a PGCE and comes to Keystone from one of London's top prep schools. She has taught children across the ability spectrum, and brings this wealth of experience from the classroom to tutoring. She is lively and sparky in her approach.
Keren is an Oxford University graduate and qualified teacher with a wealth of tutoring experience. She joined Keystone in 2009 and has taught over 3,600 hours. Keren specialises in teaching Classics and English to all ages as well as 11+/13+ English and Maths.
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 160 Keystone families, since 2015. He offers stimulating, sympathetic and agile tutorials, with a particular emphasis on mentoring, motivation and confidence building.
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 5,200 hours with Keystone and worked for over 180 families.
Alice is an Oxford-educated tutor who has taught over 9,800 hours through Keystone with more than 390 families. Her independent sector teaching experience enables her to provide a high level of support to her tutees.
Oli is an experienced tutor and a Cambridge graduate with a first class degree. He joined Keystone in 2010 and has tutored over 8,000 hours, helping over 250 students across the age range.
Charles is a qualified primary teacher who gained a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. He has over a decade of experience in the classroom. Charles is patient, approachable and forms great working relationships with students and parents alike.
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 5,300 hours, helping more than 370 families.
Prior to joining Keystone Steph was a primary school teacher. She has a wealth of experience in working with students in Years 1 to 8. She has tutored over 4,600 hours with us and also assists with our 7+ and 8+ assessments.
Kiera is a Cambridge graduate and writer. She has QTS and has worked as both a primary teaching assistant and secondary languages teacher in schools. She teaches across the age range. Her approach to tutoring is gentle and fun. She also has experience working with students with SEN.
Roxaneh is a hugely experienced English tutor. As an actress she infuses her tutoring with a passion for literature and performance.
James is an experienced tutor with a stellar academic record. His passions lie in the humanities and writing as well as teaching.
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.
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.
Emma is an experienced tutor with a stellar academic record. She teaches Maths and English from 7+ to 13+, as well as Economics, Politics and Business at A Level. Emma's approach is clear and focussed, always keeping the student's needs in mind.
Charlie is an experienced English, History and Classical Civilisation teacher who has taught in a number of top prep schools. He teaches from 11+ up to A Level and believes in helping students be the driver of their own learning.
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.
Ben is a passionate and engaging English tutor who has a MA in Shakespeare Studies from KCL. He enjoys helping his students develop an interest in English and he adapts his teaching style to the needs of each student.
Anna is an experienced tutor and is passionate about making language and literature studies accessible and enjoyable for children aged 8 to 18. Alongside her tutoring, Anna has worked with several educational organisations. Anna's teaching style is adaptive and she uses a variety of resources in her teaching.
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.
Andy is a qualified English teacher having trained through the Teach First programme in 2015. He enjoys sharing his passion for English with his students and has experience working with students of varying ages and abilities.
Katarina is an experienced tutor who has been helping students since 2017. Alongside teaching Katarina is completing a PhD in Art.
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.
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.
Matilda is an experienced tutor with an impressive track record, having taught over 2,800 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.
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.
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.
Martin is an English tutor of titanic stature and experience. He loves to enthuse students about English.
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.
Jess is a qualified specialist teacher who works with both main stream and SEN students. She works with a range of ages and has over twelve years of experience with teaching both in school and privately. Jess is an engaging and enthusiastic teacher, who likes to help students to develop confidence and curiosity with their learning.
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.
Davina has been tutoring for over 15 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.
Matt is a tutor and theatre director with a passion for education. He has a fantastic academic record and a kind, enthusiastic disposition.
Imogen gained a first class degree in Theology from Oxford and has 10 years tutoring and teaching experience. She tutors across the age range and specialises in English and Religious Studies up to A Level and school entrance exams.
Tom is a very able and engaging mathematician with a First class degree from Bristol. He joined Keystone in 2012 and has taught over 6,400 hours since working with over 150 families.
Carlos has a first class Music degree from the University of Oxford. He specialises in 7+ to 13+ preparation as well as working with GCSE Music, History and English students.
Tommaso teaches English, History, Italian, Psychology, Philosophy and RS across the age range. He also helps with Maths at 11+ and 13+. He has been tutoring alongside his studies for the past 5 years.
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.
Samara is an experienced tutor who has a logical, concise and sympathetic approach to tutoring.
Coleen has a wealth of educational experience in both the UK and abroad. She has an engaging, resourceful and measured tutoring style.
Julia is a patient and engaging tutor who helps prepare students in Maths, English and Reasoning for 7+, 8+ and 11+ exams. She also teaches English, Drama and History of Art up to A Level. She is an experienced ISEE and US university entrance tutor. Julia aims to shape an environment that allows students to own their abilities and encounter challenges with curiosity.
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.
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.
Helen has taught English and Maths up to 11+ since 2011 and also has experience preparing students for 13+. She has a patient and positive approach to teaching which helps her students to engage and find enjoyment in their learning.
Kayleigh is an English Teacher with seven years of classroom experience. She is now tutoring whilst completing a PhD in English Literature.
Tom’s approach to tutoring is both enthusiastic and supportive. He is particularly adept at breaking down information into more approachable and manageable chunks.
Dickson is a dynamic and personable tutor who has a BSc in Economics from LSE. He tutors Economics, Maths and Mandarin up to A Level as well as supporting students with 11+ and 13+ preparation. He aims to help build confidence in all his students, in order to prepare them effectively for their exams.
Philip is a professional novelist and tutor with particular expertise in English and Classics. With over 9 years of tutoring experience, Philip is well placed to offer support and guidance to his tutees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yasmin is currently completing a PhD in London and is a graduate from the University of Oxford. She is an experienced tutor in Maths and English. She has a passion for helping students enjoy what they are learning, as, without enjoying what you are learning, it is much harder to achieve success and feel fulfilled.
Eleanor's approach to tutoring is measured, supportive and fun. She tutors alongside her freelance work at the Melanie Klein Trust.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liz is a Cambridge graduate who has been tutoring since 2017. She covers a range of subjects and read Japanese and Sociology at university.
Sebastian is an Oxford graduate who teaches a variety of subjects across the age range. He has many years of teaching and tutoring experience and believes in inspiring his students and helping them to become independent learners.
Vina is a qualified teacher who tutors English, Maths and Mandarin across the primary age range. She is encouraging and patient in her approach and is experienced in helping students of varying abilities, whether they are looking for a confidence boost or to pass an entrance test.
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.
Dhananjay is a Cambridge graduate and a gifted linguist. He teaches from the 11+ - university level. He is currently a full-time tutor.
Donal is a charismatic and affable tutor. We were particularly impressed at interview by his attention to detail when preparing students for exams.
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Prep School (Years 4 to 8) Reading Lists
Parents often ask us which books their children should be reading. In some respects, it’s the wrong question to ask – are there any books children shouldn't be reading? – but with children’s free-time seeming ever to shrink, there is certainly merit in searching out the best.
A Guide to A Level English Language
Is English Language a good A Level subject? English Language A Level is a really good choice if you have enjoyed the language aspects of your GCSE English course. Students will recall that study for the GCSE Language qualification is what we might call more ‘programmatic’: this is a more technical discipline, requiring a focus on technical aspects of language, and which looks as ‘texts’ that are sometimes a long way from the highbrow and romantic reading of the Literature qualification.