Who are Lumos Education?

Education advice, relocation support and expert tutoring

Our Director and Senior Education Consultants each have over 20 years’ experience. This is reflected in our in-depth knowledge of both UK and international education systems, as well as all aspects of British culture. In addition to English, we can support families in several languages including French, Russian, Chinese and Arabic, meaning that all our clients can benefit from our high level of expertise. 

Lumos Education’s mentors and tutors

Our tutors and mentors are subject specialists. We pride ourselves on carefully selecting individuals for their experience and proven ability to help children to achieve their goals. 

A tailored approach

We aim to support our clients’ families throughout every stage of their education. By advising on nursery, school and university choices, we provide tailored support for relocating families. Our approach is very much client-focused. We listen carefully to your feedback.

We enjoy working in partnership with corporates, families, schools and universities to help children to thrive and excel.  

As a small company, we provide a dedicated service for both our private and corporate clients,  




Johanna is an experienced educator and linguist. Having studied both in the UK and abroad, she worked as head of a small private school. She was also a tutor and manager of specialist education and cultural programmes, both in the UK and overseas. She studied at London University and the Sorbonne and has held several international roles in Whitehall, UK central Government. She has an in-depth knowledge of both European and international education systems.
Having lived overseas, Johanna understands the obstacles clients who are relocating face. As a parent herself, she fully appreciates the challenges that parents meet.


Will has worked in many senior roles within the UK education system, both in the state and independent sectors. Educated in the UK, he specialised in History and Politics at the University of Exeter and then graduated from the Institute of Education. Will’s wide-ranging experience includes day, boarding, special schools and sixth form colleges.

His specialism is secondary level education. He is an expert in preparing students for GCSE and A level examinations. He also has significant pastoral experience through working at Oakham School. He has worked as a private tutor and managed sports camps. Will enjoys working with families from all over the world and helping them achieve their education goals.  


Liz has 30 years’ experience both working in and advising higher education institutions in the UK, China and Hong Kong. She has strong working relationships with several leading UK universities. These relationships include key areas such as Business and Marketing.

Liz is a lecturer on the MA programme at the University of East London. She also advises HKDI (Hong Kong), De Montfort University and the University of Nottingham’s Business school.


Louise has over 30 years' experience as a senior leader inc consulting with executive recruitment and the last 10 years in global mobility, immigration and cultural sector providing cultural programmes for both private and corporate clients. She is adept at supporting relocating families and clients to transition successfully into their new culture. She enjoys finding solutions for both Lumos Education's corporate and private clients. Louise has worked in the APAC, EMEA and US regions.


Zhi is bi-lingual, speaking both Mandarin Chinese and English. She studied Automobile Engineering and Environmental Technology Engineering in the UK. She has a wealth of knowledge of both Chinese and UK education systems. Zhi enjoys advising Chinese clients who are relocating. She supports the delivery of cultural programmes for Chinese clients making the transition to the UK. On top of this Zhi also has considerable experience in translating and interpreting from Mandarin into English.


Chris is an experienced teacher and father of two children. Educated in the UK, he has worked in the British education system for twenty years. His specialism is secondary level education. He is an expert in special academic needs and in helping children with Autism and Aspergers. He enjoys working with both UK and expat families to help them achieve their goals.


Lumos Education history

The idea for Lumos Education came whilst its founder was working in international policy in Whitehall.  Johanna, Lumos Education founder, delivered international policy programmes for colleagues in the European Union and further afield in China, Russia, India and Africa.   In 2003, colleagues at the Russian and Chinese embassies approached Johanna seeking education advice for their children.  This led to the start of Lumos Education. 

Educational programmes

Johanna was inspired by the success of the children of the international clients she helped. This led her to continue tutoring in London.  In 2005, the Lawn Tennis Association in London asked her to set up a small, select school to educate young tennis players. These children were aspiring Wimbledon players from all over the world. She developed both education and cultural programmes for pupils and parents at the school.,

International education consultant

The school proved to be extremely successful with young tennis players achieving top grades GCSE grades at aged 13 and 14, two years early. Johanna continued to work as an international consultant. In 2013, she set up Lumos Education in collaboration with other educational professionals. The company continues to provide honest, impartial and expert education advice.  It has been a delight to work with both UK and international families.  Johanna chose the name Lumos for the company because it derives from the Latin root Lumen, meaning light or glow, reflecting the company’s ability to ignite a lifelong love of learning.

Relocation support and tutoring case studies


A family based in the US were relocating to the UK.  Their children were happy at their school in New York and the family was concerned that the transition to life in the UK would not be as smooth as they hoped. They approached us to find London schools where their sons would be happy and excel. We were able to place all three boys in suitable schools.


A London family whose daughter was bright, but unhappy at school, needed support planning her application to Cambridge University. We were able to support the young lady throughout the application process. This support included provision of mentoring and interview preparation to increase her self-confidence. The young lady was delighted to be awarded a place to read English at Cambridge and is now in her first undergraduate year.


A family based in central Moscow was looking to send their daughters to boarding school in the UK at the age of 13. When they approached us, both girls were 8 and 10. The family did not want a resident tutor, as their daughters attended school during the day, but they were happy to consider online tuition. We arranged for an experienced English tutor to prepare the girls for the 13+ entrance examinations. Both girls were delighted to gain places Marlborough and Wycombe Abbey.

Don't let the Coronavirus affect your school and university applications.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate worldwide, we are in challenging and unsettling times. However, all applications to UK and international schools and universities are proceeding as normal.

Admissions for the next academic year are continuing without interruption. Now is a great time to apply for UK Independent schools for 2020, 2021 and 2022 entrance and to prepare applications to the UK’s leading Universities for 2021 and 2022 entry.

Entrance tests and interviews can be arranged online. Our expert online tutors will prepare you for Oxbridge entrance and UK school entrance exams. At Lumos Education, our experienced consultants are ready to guide you through the application process.

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