In the Media: “If Eton seems too cheap, there’s always the world’s priciest school”, The Times

January 26, 2015

The Times - 26 January 2015


Evgenia Lazareva, Managing  Director of Carfax Education Group, has been featured this morning in the Times talking about the nostalgic memories of studying at the world’s leading boarding school, Institut le Rosey, and the importance of social connections such elite schools leave behind after graduation.

People stick together.” she said. “My first job was through the alumni programme. If you’re going to a new country, you can open the alumni book and ring virtually anyone in it, and they will help you. I’ve had three people from Le Rosey doing interships at Carfax and one has a full-time job here.”

Carfax Events: Swiss Learning Event at the Embassy of Switzerland, London

January 25, 2015

Fiona Richie (left) Managing Director Re:locate Magazine and Evgenia Lazareva (right), Managing Director Carfax Education Group

On January 22, Carfax Education, in collaboration with Swiss Learning, held an exclusive one-day conference, at the Embassy of Switzerland in London. The guests had the opportunity to meet thirteen of the world’s most expensive and well-known Swiss boarding schools, as well as their current pupils, alumni, and of courses families and individuals interested in gaining access to the best educational opportunities elite Swiss education has to offer.

The event began with a welcome from the Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr Dominik Furgler, and the parties co-hosting the event, including Mr Christophe Clivaz, Founder of Swiss Learning, and Mrs Evgenia Lazareva, Managing Director of Carfax Education Group. Throughout the evening, the guests had the opportunity to take part in a Swiss wine dégustation with Mr Jerome Ake Beda, the Gault et Millau Sommelier of the Year, and participate in a real Swiss raclette experience.

The event also held great success among the press, with journalists from The Guardian, The Times, TES, Independent School Parent, Re:locate Magazine, Study Travel Magazine, Sunday Times and others.

Carfax Staff (from left to right): Daniele Labriola, US Higher Education Consultant, Yevgeniya Davarashvili, Marketing Coordinator, Vefa Tahmazova, Director Carfax Baku, and Maria Pasholok, PR & Communications

Carfax Tutors: “Super” and “Flying” Tutors

January 25, 2015

From the start of 2015, Carfax Tutors in London has introduced a new system, where clients are able to pick their tutors based on the tutor’s teaching experience. Now, Carfax Tutors are subdivided into four levels, as follows:

  • Tier 1, Graduate Tutors, are tutors graduated from top British universities and in the first year of their tutoring career;
  • Tier 2, Tutors, are tutors with at least 3 years of teaching experience;
  • Tier 3, Senior Tutors, are tutors with at least 5 years of teaching experience;
  • Tier 4, Super Tutors, are tutors with exceptional qualifications and experience.

This innovation will be a good opportunity for Carfax to offer a more flexible service to clients, as well as grow a number of exceptional bright graduates.

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Carfax Education: New Services

January 24, 2015


From 2015, Carfax will introduce a range of differently priced packages, delivered from our Educational Consultants and tailored to suit all pupils’ needs – from application support to highly personalised tutorials.



Winter is the best time to start planning your summer! So watch this space for all the updates on the exciting Summer with Carfax programme. This year the Carfax team will introduce an unprecedented range of educational summer courses and activities in a great variety of subjects. Whether you are preparing for university or just wish to study over the summer for your own interest, at Carfax you will find a summer programme for you.



Another important new feature from CEC is an introduction of Express Academic Assessments in all Carfax regional offices – London, Moscow, Dubai, Baku, and St Petersburg. As opposed to traditional full length Academic Assessment, which takes place at Carfax Tutorial College and lasts up to 25 hours, Express Academic Assessment in regional Carfax offices will last from 3 to 8 hours. This will allow more flexibility for those pupils who cannot travel to Oxford to complete to whole AA course, and at the same time will help pupils and parents to better understand their needs and requirements.

Carfax Pupils: Olympic Success for Carfax Guardians Pupil

January 12, 2015

“I am sure that even Olympic glory could be on the cards in the future!” – these were the words of a Shrewsbury School Housemaster, when he saw his pupil Artem after the Wallingford Head competition this winter.

Artem, who according to his guardian ‘shows tremendous dedication to and ability in all of his IGCSE subjects’, competed in the Wallingford Head Race, completing the 4,250m of the River Thames in 17 minutes and 7 seconds. Rowing teams at Shrewsbury School regularly compete at the Henley Royal Regatta, one of the very top international sports events; since 1919 Shrewsbury has been the most successful school with a total of 14 wins at Henley, and Artem is proud to be part of this sporting tradition.

Carfax Pupils: School and University Entries Success

January 12, 2015

Conditional offers from the History departments of four UK major universities – LSE, SOAS, Durham, and St Andrews – that is the result of just one Carfax pupil this year, which proves that if you prepare hard, everything is possible.
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Carfax Tutors Blog: Christmas in Paradise

January 12, 2015

Our tutor Louisa Gamon recently traveled to Mauritius on a short-term Flying Tutor placement, preparing a young girl for 11+ school entrance exams.

When Carfax mentioned a job in Mauritius, the offer of two weeks tutoring on an idyllic island, an image naturally sprung to mind of paradisal white beaches, tall palms and glittering sea. And that’s exactly what it was.

As ever, I was fortunate to be with a very welcoming family. We stayed in a hotel on the Le Morne Brabant peninsula, beneath the mystical presence of a rugged monolith, the peak of which loomed visibly behind us, casting ever-changing shadows as the light moved across it. My room overlooked a quiet part of the beach, with a shallow lagoon before it – unsurprisingly similar to that previously imagined image. Since we arrived at night, it was wonderful to wake on my first morning to the sound of birds, and to step out onto my balcony to be greeted with that view of the water.

Our focus there was the forthcoming 11+ exams and I worked hard to prepare my student in English and Maths, VR and NVR, whenever she wasn’t off snorkelling or collecting shells. The family had a villa in the vicinity of the hotel, right on the beach, and we conducted our lessons outside, at a table with a view of the sea. Occasionally we were interrupted by Bulbul birds or a gecko climbing up a chair; it was all vivid greens, colourful flora and turquoise water. Whenever I felt my student was becoming distracted, or simply if the energy began to wane, we took a break and stepped down onto the sand and put our feet in the water for a while. Then we returned, afresh, to work.

Though I had much time to myself, to spend as anyone else might spend a holiday – reading, swimming, eating, lazying about – I celebrated both Christmas and New Year with the family. I was touched by their hospitality and generosity; dinners were large and late, with endless toasts to good health, and we were treated to performances by local dancers and even a lecture on astronomy one evening. Afterwards we were taken down to the beach, to where a telescope had been positioned, so that we could take turns looking at Jupiter, a rare occasion on which the shadows of two of its moons could be seen. What I enjoyed most, however (which is what I enjoy most about any residential placement), was the chance to bond more fully with my student. Chatting to her at dinner or watching fireworks from a party on the beach, strengthened our daily lesson time rapport. I was able to know her better and to grow to understand her, and with that understanding I saw her confidence blossom, beyond her academics.

Apparently Mark Twain said, ‘…you gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.’ I checked the quote and it’s slightly out of context – he was actually referring to the words of a local. I’ll take it though. It certainly was a heavenly place to teach.


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