I’m Joycellyn Akuffo
I am the managing director of Geek School Tutoring Limited, which owns 11PlusEssay.co.uk.
As a mum of two children – who have completed and passed grammar and top independent school exams – and attend* one of the best independent schools in the UK, I know what you’re going through! I’ve been there for one, and I’m going through it with the other!
I am a journalist by profession with more than a decade’s experience. Some publications I have worked for include Woman & Home, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Practical Parenting, Mother & Baby and BBC Good Homes (to name a few)! This experience of writing at a corporate level comes in very handy when I teach children to write. So, one of the strengths of Geek School Tutoring is a system that helps to ignite passion and creativity in our students’ writing because if I’m one thing, I am definitely and always will be the ‘girl who likes to play with words’.
I officially started Geek School Tutoring in January 2013 – in my garden shed! Refurbished and set out like a cosy classroom, I supported up to 10 children (with an assistant) to ace their 11 Plus exams. The first year, one of our students made it into the top 180 in the Bexley Test! Our success has continued ever since, with similar results in the Kent and Medway tests and fantastic offers for independent school exams.
Today, we have 200-plus students attending our centres in Bromley and Lewisham boroughs and online. Our students are local, nationwide and global – as far afield as China and Dubai!
My courses cut through the jargon and bring information to parents and children alike to help bring equality of choices to education. This is reflected in the course content and the research I undertake to help parents demystify the 11 Plus!
I am always open to suggestions, so please drop me a line if you want to learn about an area in particular.
*As of September 2023, our eldest is now at one of the top Russell Group universities, reading law!