7 Plus, 8 Plus, 11 Plus, 13 Plus, English and Geography

School entrance experience

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's biography:

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's qualifications:

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 NameName of degreeYear of graduation
St Mary’s University CollegeEducation and History1996

Recent testimonials:

"Finn is an outstanding tutor that has worked with both of my children. He is not only tremendously experienced in the core subjects (English, Maths, VR, NVR...) but is also excellent at helping them build their self confidence. "

Monday, 14th January 2019

Father in Westminster

"Finnian was very warm and easy to get on with. My son being very quiet, Finnian helped him to develop his communication skills and knowledge base so that he would have the confidence to have a successful interview. There was lots of encouraging feedback at the end of the sessions, and we could see a big difference in our son’s ability over the course of a few weeks."

Wednesday, 17th October 2018

Parent in Stanmore

"Finnian is not only a lovely person, but he is extremely encouraging and kind. He is enthusiastic about what he does and manages to get the best out of his student. Our daughters ability in creative writing drastically changed, as well as her understanding of comprehensions, how to tackle them and what to look out for. He explains things well and the student is left with a lot more confidence in their ability to write and understand. The vocabulary is much enhanced and far greater use is made of adjectives, descriptions etc.

We were extremely happy with Finnian."

Monday, 10th September 2018

Parent of student

"Excellent, targeted help, which made a big difference in a short period of time."

Tuesday, 20th February 2018

Parent of 11 Plus student in London

"Finnian is an exceptional teacher. Our son looked forward to his sessions and was encouraged by the progress he himself could see he was making. Not only did Finnian work on his overall literacy and preparation for the challenge of the 13+ exams but he ensured our son was confident and well equipped to tackle the papers. We would wholeheartedly recommend Finnian."

Mother of 13 Plus student in London

"Finnian has been great. He is always very encouraging and our son has found Finnian’s tips and tricks in particular very useful."

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Mother of online 11 Plus student

"Finnian is professional, reliable and enthusiastic. He developed a great relationship with my child, always challenging and reassuring him."

Mother of 9 Plus Tutor in Chelsea

"Finn was very helpful and made an immediate impact in our son’s English. We are grateful for the time he has spent with us.

Parent of 11 Plus student in London

"I feel my daughter's written English and comprehension skills have improved tremendously. I have been really happy with Finnian. He is very flexible and has a lovely manner."

Mother of 11 Plus student in London

"Finn is always timely. His teaching style and manner is very conducive to learning and we have been very pleased ,as has our son, with the progress made."

Mother of 11 Plus student

"Finnian was an amazing tutor for both our children and we have recommended him to friends - see my earlier comprehensive review in which I describe him as being like a Head Teacher - he was great!! Our daughters scores in test papers improved by over 10% in each subject and she attained really great marks in the Wandsworth test - see my earlier comprehensive review. Thanks Finnian!"

Friday, 13th October 2017

Mother in Clapham

"Finn has been a fantastic help to our son in preparing for the 13+ assessments. He has such charm and a wonderful manner. The focus in our house was on creative writing and Finn really helped our son to articulate a really broad range of ideas and vocabulary and to spark his thinking for vastly improved descriptive writing! Finn is a very experienced and knowledgeable man and this really sets him apart."

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

Mother of 13 Plus student

"Very happy with Finnian. He is an excellent and patient tutor."

Wednesday, 23rd August 2017

Father of Wandsworth Test student in Lambeth

"Finn is an exceptionally skilled English tutor, my son enjoyed his lessons. The few lessons he had from Finn made him confident in understanding of text/essay and I must say I will happily go back to Finn in the future for more help."

Thursday, 29th June 2017

Mother of 11+ student

"Finn was extremely reassuring for our daughter and for our family. He methodically set about correcting basic problems while providing stimulation and fun during the lessons. Our daughter looked forward to her lessons and definitely raised her standards and expectations as a result of his kind and positive approach.

Finn was always punctual and careful to be clear about arrangements for lessons and plans for each week."

Monday, 13th March 2017

Mother in London

"Finnian is an utterly brilliant literacy teacher. He has helped both of my boys, at different stages, reach their potiential and to enjoy literacy rather than dread it. He has definitely worked his magic on them both."

Monday, 6th March 2017

Mother of 13+ student

"All good things must come to an end. We are extremely saddened to say good bye to Finn. His professionalism, his mannerisms and his endless human qualities will be and already are missed by all here. Thanks once again for having boosted (my son)'s confidence and knowledge. Thanks to your efforts, the sky is now the limit for him.

Unfortunately, due to family circumstances, we are unable to continue engaging Finnian's services but it is our firm intention to engage in further tuition with Finnian in years to come."

Monday, 13th February 2017

Mother in Wimbledon

"Finn was brilliant. My son's confidence has really improved and he had fun and that's what we were looking for."

Thursday, 2nd February 2017

Mother of 11 Plus student in South West London

"Finnian has been an excellent tutor for both my boys preparing for pre-tests and common entrance exams in English. He has an excellent combination of being friendly and positive whilst getting through a lot of material. My eldest said that he had learnt more with Finnian in 4 weeks than in a whole year at school. He seems to provide an invaluable recipe which allowed my boys to make sense of comprehension and tackle creative writing with an undaunted, logical approach."

Thursday, 12th January 2017

Esther, mother in South London

"I was reluctant to buy into the tutoring process, but realised that English is such a specialist subject, I couldn't, with any great confidence, help my daughter prepare for 11+ exams. Finn was recommended to us by Owl Tutors and has been fantastic from the start. He has helped our daughter develop and refine the techniques needed to tackle the various aspects of 11+ English. Most importantly, he has helped our daughter feel confident in her ability in a friendly supportive environment; tutoring sessions have not felt like a chore."

Thursday, 8th December 2016

Mary-Lou, mother of 11 plus student

"Finnian has been an excellent tutor for our daughter as she prepared for the Wandsworth Year 6 Test and 11 plus exams for independent schools. We credit Finnian for enabling our daughter to attain an excellent grade in the Year 6 Test, well beyond our expectations, as he provided clear explanations and helpful discussion during lessons, with an encouraging manner. It is like having a Head Teacher in your home, providing full attention to your child. Our daughter looks forward to Finnian's lessons. He expected our daughter to regularly practise test papers prior to each lesson and he provided helpful feedback on test papers during each lesson. Finnian is also very knowledgeable and gave us good advice about options for state and private secondary schools. We highly recommend his tutoring!"

Thursday, 24th November 2016

Mother in Wandsworth

"Finnian was excellent; easy going but focused, he made an instant connection with Tara and worked so well with her that she always looked forward to her lessons with him. She made progress easily under these conditions. I would recommend Finnian without reservation."

Friday, 21st October 2016

Mother of 13 Plus student

"Finn has helped enormously, both with technique but most of all confidence. I had been told this was what he was brilliant at and I'm delighted to report this has definitely been our experience. Allowed my daughter to work in a much calmer, more foccussed and less panicked way in her recent exams."

Tuesday, 28th June 2016

Mother in London

"Dear Finnian

I wanted to let you know (student's name)'s results were fantastic! I’m so pleased for her as she was disappointed by her Autumn ones, having never cared in the past. She got 82% in her comprehension! 75 in her writing and 86 in her grammar. She is so pleased and I wanted to let you know and thank you. She got above average in all of them which is fantastic."

Monday, 27th June 2016

Mother in London

"Finnian proved the perfect tutor for our ten-year-old daughter. Exceptionally calm, positive and encouraging, he helped her crack verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Each session added to her understanding and contributed to an amazing score in the Wandsworth Test. Money well spent."

Tuesday, 23rd February 2016

Parent in Wandsworth

"Finn is a truly inspirational teacher who manages to bring out all the potential in his students. Totally brilliant and life changing."

Tuesday, 9th February 2016

Parent in Lambeth

"Megan was extremely happy with tutorial sessions via skype and would recommend his service. Very responsive when we requested mock papers thanks fingers crossed for results of her exams!"

Monday, 8th February 2016

Mother of 13+ student

"Finn is a truly fantastic tutor for my daughter. He was a tremendous help and his real strength is in assisting with literary skills. An inspiring tutor."

Tuesday, 2nd February 2016

Parent of 11+ student

"Finnian was excellent - kind, patient, encouraging, but also ambitious. He was everything we hoped a tutor might be."

Tuesday, 26th January 2016

Parent of 11+ student

"Finn was a very kind and gentle tutor and extremely helpful in encouraging my son’s confidence prior to London independent day school school entrance exams.

My son recalls that he was very helpful with exam technique and also helped strengthen pre-existing skills. We would strongly recommend him."

Thursday, 14th January 2016

Parent of 11+ student

"Finnian tutored my twin boys August - November 2014 and he was nothing short of fantastic. His warm, gentle yet encouraging approach immediately caught the attention of my nervous and not so focused 7 year old boys.

He was very attentive for both their needs (which were extremely different) and he worked with them in a calm and productive manner. Finnian immediately understood their strengths and weaknesses and helped us prepare for their 8+ entrance exams. At the time, both boys were needing an extra support and boost in Maths and English and he gave them (and me) amazing support and guidance. Each session was spent working on their individual needs and we couldn't have wished for a better tutor.

I would highly recommend Finnian."

Wednesday, 13th January 2016

Parent of 8+ students

"We thought Finn was really excellent. Our son actually looked forward to him coming and always enjoyed their meetings."

Wednesday, 2nd December 2015

Parent of 11+ student

"Finn tutored our son in the run up to the Wandsworth test . He helped fine-tune his performance with helpful and in-depth knowledge . As a result our son made the 1st selection for Graveney with ease .

Thank you so much."

Parent of Wandsworth Test student

"I would like to thank Finn for the help he has given Luis, I think it has made a real difference to his understanding of Maths and also increased Luis's confidence generally.

Finn is a great tutor and Luis has really enjoyed the sessions with him."

Parent of 11+ student

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