In our Clients’ Words

A history of Success

The Golden Circle is a unique community of students, parents and educators. It is a privilege to work with so many wonderful families and we are proud to have received many notes of thanks over the years. You can read our latest feedback from students and parents below.

"I would just like to thank you for all your help with my Cambridge application. Amy is a real gem and helped me to perfect my A Level monologue. I’m very grateful for all of your support and am looking forward to studying English and Drama in September!"

Year 13 Oxbridge student

"Alice has been absolutely brilliant with my son. Extremely professional, kind, patient and I know they have made good progress."

Mother of an A Level Film Studies student

"Lindsay is brilliant - a wonderful French teacher and an inspiring role model. We are very happy and I would highly recommend her."

Mother of a Year 3 student

"My daughter loved Nicole and couldn’t stop smiling when she came off the Zoom call. It shows that sometimes it just takes a different approach for things to click! We couldn’t have asked for a better teacher."

Parent of a Year 12 student

"​​Thank you so much for all your help Hannah. My daughter has some brilliant university offers that never would have been possible without your help! I am incredibly grateful to you and The Golden Circle."

Parent of an A Level student

"Louisa has been wonderful. This result comes from her creativity, insight into the scholarship process, and dedication. We are lucky to have found you and your team. Thank you."

Mother of a student who achieved an 11+ Art Scholarship at Harrow

"George found your summer classes very inspiring. Watercolours, acrylics, charcoal, printing - he’s been introduced to so many mediums and techniques! I think this will put him in good stead for secondary school Art and, more generally, in managing stress when it comes to secondary exams."

Parent of a Year 6 student

"Lucy is intelligent and eloquent, and understands the exam boards in great detail. She has been a great help to my daughter, who hadn’t learned how to structure an essay in all her years at school. With Lucy’s support she is now able to do this. She is warm, empathetic, and encouraging. I would recommend her without reservation."

Parent of a Year 13 student

"I am delighted to have received an offer from The Courtauld Institute. I would just like to say thank you for all your help and support with the application process. Your guidance and expertise made a real contribution to my application and ability to secure an offer."

MA student at The Courtauld Institute of Art

"My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Meredith. She explains difficult concepts clearly and my daughter is eager to learn more and be challenged. Meredith is fun, patient and encouraging. We’ve been doing extra lessons while school is out and she keeps her motivated to learn. We’re really lucky to have found such a great tutor!"

Mother of a Year 9 student – online lessons

"Freddie is a wonderful tutor - he always gives 100% and more. Most importantly his knowledge and insights into the Common Entrance and King’s Scholarship process is exceptional. He is a gifted teacher and we have been very lucky as a family to benefit from all that he has to offer!"

Father of a student who was awarded a scholarship at Eton College

"Adrienne is superb and works wonders! We cannot thank her enough for her work with our son. With Adrienne’s help, our son's Computer Science grade has improved dramatically - his technical knowledge and vocabulary has greatly expanded, and his enthusiasm for the subject has come with this new understanding. Adrienne has taught him how to use his computing knowledge and skills effectively in exams and he is now applying the same systematic approach to analyse texts in English and sources in History. She is patient and professional, and her detailed, actionable feedback has been extremely helpful."

Parent of a Year 11 student

"We are delighted with Patch! Our son has a passion for computing and he thoroughly enjoys his weekly lessons. Patch is extremely knowledgeable and has taught him about machine learning, artificial intelligence, and ways to build apps that go far beyond what he was being taught at school. Our son emerges from his room each week buzzing with energy and ideas."

Mother of a Year 8 student – online lessons

"My daughter is really enjoying her lessons with Charlie. She is growing in confidence and positivity. Charlie has helped her to manage group situations better and overcome her social anxiety. She is now so much happier and motivated to go back to school. Thank you for all your help this year."

Parent of a Year 5 student

"I would just like to thank you for all your help with my Cambridge application. Amy is a real gem and helped me to perfect my A Level monologue. I’m very grateful for all of your support and am looking forward to studying English and Drama in September!"

Year 13 Oxbridge student

"Nicole is a wonderfully engaging tutor who has completely changed my son’s online learning experience. My son is always talking about how enjoyable Nicole’s lessons are and how she has made the subject far more interesting to learn. We are already seeing improvements in his confidence, his motivation and test results. His teachers have also commented that he is “getting more stuck into lessons” and asking more questions. We are so grateful to Nicole for her thoughtful, patient approach with our son which has enabled us to catch up on the lost learning time during lockdown."

Mother of Year 12 student

"Toby has taught our daughter for the past two years. My daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in Year 11 and enjoyed but struggled with essay-based subjects. Toby has worked tirelessly to support her with the step up to A Levels, to build her confidence, and to equip her with the tools she needs to write concise, well-structured essays. Toby has delivered outstanding academic lessons and been instrumental in helping her to develop effective revision strategies. We feel very lucky to have found Toby who has gone above and beyond!"

Parents of a Year 12 student

"India is exceptional and I have nothing but the highest praise for her teaching approach. My daughter has always found English challenging and India has gone above and beyond to make lessons fun, interactive, and effective. She has used a range of techniques to engage my daughter in lessons – from writing letters to our MP to sending postcards! It has been extremely effective, my daughter’s writing skills have improved, and, most importantly, it has made the subject relevant. She is thriving under India’s tutelage!"

Mother of Year 8 student

"My daughter has been invited to St Paul’s Girls’ School, Godolphin & Latymer, LEH and Putney High School. She excelled in the 11+ exam and a great part of her success is due to Hannah and your team. Her English lessons with your team showed her how to take her creative writing from good to excellent. She now uses a variety of sentence structures, punctuation, adjectives and adverbs. I will be recommending you to all of my friends for their children!"

Mother of a Year 6 11+ student

"Alice has been absolutely brilliant with my son. Extremely professional, kind, patient and I know they have made good progress."

Mother of an A Level Film Studies student

"As we approach the end of exams, I just wanted to thank Ruaraidh for his unwavering support and dedication over the last 12 months. My daughter was so inspired by his lessons and something just ‘clicked’. After many years of struggling to structure an essay, Ruaraidh’s lessons taught her this important skill and unlocked a love of creative writing. We have seen improvements in her exam results and her confidence. I know this skill set will set her up for university and beyond. We are so grateful."

Parent of a Year 13 student

"Hannah is enthusiastic, organised and patient. She explains ideas multiple times and in different ways. Unlike many teachers who rely on textbooks, Hannah knows the A Level syllabus inside out and teaches it creatively and effectively. In each lesson, she teaches theoretical concepts, explains how it is relevant, and sets exam questions. My son created a great set of revision notes and essay structures. I’m delighted to say that he has been offered a place at Exeter University for September!"

Mother of an A Level Geography student

"Max is just wonderful! He inspires confidence, teaches in an interesting way, and regularly checks for learning using quick fire quizzes. My daughter achieved 87% on her Geography exam. She has not only improved academically but she has learned to love Geography."

Parent of a Year 8 student

"A huge thank you to Lucy for her hard work with my son. Her knowledge of the syllabus is second to none. Her enthusiasm shines through and her experience as a Head of History has given us invaluable insight into the examination process. We never expected to be offered such a well- qualified and well-matched teacher - we are over the moon!"

Mother of a GCSE student

"Samuel is extremely personable, exceptionally organised and diligent when it comes to following up homework tasks and providing feedback. He stepped in when our son was struggling at school and has been a guiding light ever since. Samuel delivers academically stretching lessons in a way that is interesting and easy-to-understand. He goes the extra mile to motivate, educate and enrich the lives of his students. We are so grateful for his guidance and support over the last 18 months."

Parents of an A Level History student

"Lizzie has been a wonderful teacher for my daughter. She has not only transformed her ability but inspired an interest in Maths in a way that we could never have dreamt of! Her kind, calm approach meant that my daughter was never afraid to ask questions in order to fully understand a topic. Lizzie has an infectious enthusiasm for her subject and this passion is sewn into the fabric of every lesson."

Mother of a Year 5 student

"My son was overjoyed when he finished his first Zoom lesson with Alexandra. She made him feel relaxed in the lesson and used an online whiteboard, shared Google drive and flashcards to make the lesson fun and engaging. My son has found Year 8 Maths quite challenging but he said he got more out of an hour with Alexandra than a whole term at school! We’re so grateful for your support and can’t wait to see how he progresses over the next few weeks."

Parent of a Year 8 student

"Lindsay is brilliant - a wonderful French teacher and an inspiring role model. We are very happy and I would highly recommend her."

Mother of a Year 3 student

"I just wanted to share my thanks and appreciation for your hard work preparing my son for his exams. Oliver is a fantastic and talented educator - the best we could have asked for! He uses learning techniques which bring the language to life and I have overheard many a lively debate between them about German films, newspapers, and music! My son is now achieving great results at school but, more importantly, he has confidence and an enthusiasm for the language that wasn’t there before. A fantastic outcome all round."

Father of a Year 11 student

"I am getting in touch to share the wonderful news that our son has been offered a place to read Music at New College. We are delighted! James has been absolutely wonderful and we can’t speak highly enough of him. Our son has enjoyed each and every one of his sessions and has benefited immeasurably from James’ insight into the Oxbridge application and interview process. Thank you."

Father of a student who was awarded a place at Oxford University

"My daughter LOVES her Music lessons. Isobel is a fun, kind and approachable teacher and they have an excellent rapport. She has spent time getting to know and understand my daughter and has tapped into her passion for musicals. My daughter has learned so much about melody, rhythm, and tonality, that she now has the skills and knowledge to translate her ideas into compositions. Isobel is absolutely perfect for us."

Mother of a Year 7 student

"We are thrilled with Freddie’s tutoring, not only because my son achieved a grade 8 but because Freddie built my son’s confidence, knowledge and essay-writing skills. Their focus on all-important exam techniques meant that my son was well prepared, calm and collected going into the exam. Thank you for helping him to achieve the result he wanted."

Father of a GCSE student

"My daughter was very happy with Soumia. She is professional, organised and incredibly enthusiastic. She has taught my daughter for over a year now and every lesson she has imparted knowledge, wisdom, and an appreciation for cultural diversity. She has gone far beyond the Religious Studies curriculum by sharing insight into her own religion and beliefs, and my daughter can’t stop talking about what she has learned! It has been a pleasure to have Soumia in our home this year."

Parent of a Year 7 student

"Marco is a fantastic martial arts teacher for my son. He is relatable, motivating and a great role model. My son has ADHD and so much energy in the classroom. Martial arts has enabled him to channel this energy in a positive way. The breathing techniques and self defence activities that they practice together have really helped my son to focus, exercise self control, and regulate his emotions."

Mother of a Year 4 student

"Professional, organised and experienced, Annie has been a brilliant addition to our home school team. Her interest in sport is infectious and she has shown my daughter that sports like football, cricket and golf are for girls as well as boys. Thank you for all your help this term!"

Parent of a Year 8 student

"Jake has worked with our son on a weekly basis for the past 12 months. After a poor set of Year 12 end-of-year results, he was feeling very unmotivated and had low self-esteem. Jake has been incredible, supporting him academically and building his confidence. His lessons have actively involved our son in discussions and he has started to enjoy putting his ideas down in writing. The essay structures, model answers and effective revision strategies that Jake has introduced has made the subject feel a lot less overwhelming. Thank you!"

Parents of an A Level Politics student

"I have nothing but praise for Nathaniel. We have been incredibly impressed by his professionalism, knowledge, and adaptability. His teaching style has worked perfectly for my son - he has addressed specific weaknesses, and challenged him to think laterally. We’ve been amazed by the progress our son has made after only a few lessons and are delighted with his latest set of exam results."

Mother of a Year 11 student

"Amy is an extraordinary teacher. She is super switched on, incredibly organised, and very professional. She brings powerpoints, flashcards, and exam questions each week, and delivers the content effectively, in a structured way to spot any knowledge gaps! My son loves the fast pace of her lessons and I really appreciate her constructive weekly lesson reports. She has made home schooling a very enjoyable process."

Mother of an A Level Psychology student

"My daughter benefited hugely from her morning with Aine. Until recently she has been unsure about what she wanted to study next year. Aine gave her real insight into life as a Psychology undergraduate student and went above and beyond to answer her questions in detail. Overall, a wonderful experience so thank you for all your help!"

Parent of a Durham University applicant

"I wanted to thank you for the most amazing support you have given to our son, to all of us, during the last school year. Thank you for holding my hand for the past year. You gave us advice, guidance, you shared your knowledge, and skills but more than anything you made lessons so soothing and beneficial. You always delivered your lessons to suit our son’s interests - providing knowledge and challenge but also FUN. He looked forward to seeing you for each one of your lessons. I will always appreciate everything you have done for us - there are no words to thank you but thank you anyway."

Mother of a Year 5 student

"I feel very lucky to have someone so wonderful teaching my daughter. Jen has infectious enthusiasm when it comes to Science and a real spark about her. We love the joy, insight, and advice that she brings into our home."

Parent of a Year 9 student

"My son thoroughly enjoyed his lessons with Joye. He is fun, creative and very knowledgeable. His experience and insight really benefited us when it came to the exam process and he taught my son effective revision strategies to use during study leave. My son has thrived under Joye’s tutorship and we can’t wait to use him again for his younger sibling! Thank you."

Mother of Year 13 and Year 11 students

"My daughter loved Nicole and couldn’t stop smiling when she came off the Zoom call. It shows that sometimes it just takes a different approach for things to click! We couldn’t have asked for a better teacher."

Parent of a Year 12 student

"​​Thank you so much for all your help Hannah. My daughter has some brilliant university offers that never would have been possible without your help! I am incredibly grateful to you and The Golden Circle."

Parent of an A Level student

"From choosing a hypothesis, to project scheduling, researching and essay writing, Kate has been a beacon of clarity and guided my daughter on every step of the way. We’ve really appreciated her flexibility and organisation. She has set my daughter specific tasks to complete each lesson and the project has gathered momentum over the Summer holidays. My daughter can now return to school feeling prepared that she is on track and has an excellent first draft to submit."

Mother of a Year 12 student

"Knowledgeable, prepared and an excellent teacher. I would recommend Michael without reservation."

Parent of an A Level student