11 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning)
13 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Geography, History and Religious Studies)
English (General, KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel and GCSE OCR)
Geography (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel and GCSE OCR)
Finnian has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:
Finnian is one of our most experienced school entrance tutors. In addition to the schools listed, Finnian has also successfully prepared children for Harrodian and the Wandsworth Test. He is a specialist in preparing students for interviews at schools, and in ensuring they feel confident and ready for assessment days.
Finnian is one of our most experienced ‘private school entrance’ tutors. He is a highly skilled and knowledgeable English and mathematics teacher, with almost two decades in the classroom and nine years tutoring. Finnian spent a decade in the world of business, successfully running his own companies in London and New York, before a desire to teach led him to four years of study to become a primary teacher.
Since then, he has been Head of English and Head of Humanities and was a Deputy Head at Oakwood School, Purley, with specific responsibility for School Entrance. He has worked in London’s top schools: Eaton House (The Manor), Hornsby House, and The Hampshire School. When not tutoring he can be found writing novels, and is a published author of fiction.
Finnian’s particular specialty is preparing students for 11+ and 13+ exams and he has a proven track record. He has successfully tutored students for the top London schools, including Alleyn's, City of London, City of London Girls’ School, Dulwich College, Emanuel School, Harrow, Latymer, James Allen’s Girls’ School, (JAGS), King's College Wimbledon and St Paul's.
He has prepared students for top schools including Eton, Woldingham and Wycombe Abbey. He is also a specialist in preparing students for interviews at schools. He has also successfully prepared students for the Common Entrance pretest English, mathematics, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. This has also resulted in him becoming an expert at preparing children for the Wandsworth Test.
Finnian also holds a post-graduate qualifications in education, (an M.A. without a dissertation) which researched strategies for improving the attainment of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Finnian’s knowledge and record in the classroom and as a Common Entrance tutor means that he is perfectly placed to be a Common Entrance tutor.
Finnian qualified to teach Primary education in 2000, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education from Institute of Education, University College London.
|University Name||Name of degree||Year of graduation|
|St Mary’s University College||Education and History||1996|
"Finn tutored our son every week for over a year in preparation for his 11+ pre-test which included maths, English, VR and NVR. He tailored his lessons to address the areas which needed more practice, worked on exam technique and provided interview practice on Zoom which was obviously a completely new way of being interviewed. Finn kept in regular contact with us usually by a weekly telephone call to discuss progress and targets. He was very encouraging and was equally delighted when our son received an offer from his chosen school."
Monday, 9th August 2021
Parent of online Pre-Test student
"He was wonderful. Very positive and encouraging but still interesting and challenging. My daughter learned a great deal with him and she enjoyed it!"
Monday, 2nd August 2021
Parent of 11 Plus student
"Finn has successfully tutored our eldest and middle son through their 11+. He is incredibly patient, kind and developed an excellent rapport with them both. The 11+ process is not a very pleasant one and yet Finn managed to find ways to engage with the boys and get the best out of them. I’m certain that without his help, our sons would not have achieved the results they did. "
Monday, 26th July 2021
Parent of 11+ students
Everything you need to know about the Alleyn's School 11 Plus application process and entrance exams, including 11 Plus Maths and English sample papers.
Finnian February 2020
Are you considering applying to City of London School for 11 Plus entry? If so, here's everything you need to know about the application process and entrance exams.
Finnian February 2020
Are you hoping for your son to win a place at Dulwich College at 11 Plus? Registration for 2021 entry will open at the beginning of April, so we've set out what to expect from the process.
Finnian February 2020
Finnian is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.
Finnian, like all of our tutors, is a qualified teacher and has been interviewed by us personally. All of our tutors have at least two years of classroom teaching experience and come with fantastic references and criminal records checks.