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|
"We have just received the outcomes from grammar schools and happy to let you know that our son passed for all three of them! Thank you so much for preparing him so well! "
Friday, 18th October 2019
Mother of student in Streatham
"Finnian has been an amazing help to my son and his elder brother before. He is enthusiastic, positive and encouraging. As well as providing exercises and feedback for my son, he has also given him the confidence and tool kit to approach his English scholarship papers with vigour. He achieved an A in his paper and this is a boy who hated English. I put this down to Finnian and would thoroughly recommend him to anyone who needs help and support in this subject."
Monday, 25th March 2019
Mother of 13 Plus English Scholarship student
"Finnian is a truly fantastic English teacher who really manages to bring out the full potential in his students. He shows them how to be creative, he gives them confidence and he teaches them how to pass exams. He is absolutely brilliant!"
Wednesday, 20th March 2019
Parent of 13+ student
Is your child worried about an upcoming interview at 11 or 13 Plus? Finnian, one of our most experienced school entrance tutors, gives a valuable set of tips and hints for both parents and students in how to succeed at this tricky point in the process.
Finnian November 2019
In this open letter to Bob Dylan, Finnian challenges the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature to sit an 11 Plus paper. He may have a way with words, but would the famous song writer's performance in a comprehension or composition exam secure him a place at Emanuel School or Wycombe Abbey?!
Finnian June 2017
Are you hoping for your daughter to win one of the 75 places at City of London School for Girls at 11+? Read on! This blog tells you everything you need to know about the application process: from registering your daughter, to pre-tests, exams and the interview. You will also find sample Maths and English papers as published by the school.
Finnian February 2017
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.