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Kumon Ely Study Centre grows from strength to strength

By Ely News  |  Posted: May 23, 2014

Sally Garrett runs after-school classes teaching Kumon for children in Ely. She is pictured here with one of the children, Beatrix Wynn, 8.

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Children and young people are improving their English and Maths skills by turning to an education method which originated in Japan.

Kumon is a Maths and English educational programme which first started in Osaka in the 1970s.

Since then, almost 50 specialist Kumon centres have opened across the world - including one in Ely.

The Kumon Ely Study Centre was launched in the city last autumn by former head teacher, Sally Garrett, and has grown from strength to strength over the last few months.

Mrs Garrett decided to leave her role as head of Breckland Park School, an independent school in Swaffham, Norfolk, last August and pursue her dream of becoming a Kumon instructor.

She set up the Ely Study Centre last October, and already the centre has around 30 children and young people on its books.

Mrs Garrett said: “I am a firm believer in education. An excellent education is the most important gift we can give our children.

“As a head teacher, and maths teacher, I saw the incredible progress children were making when studying with Kumon.

“That inspired me to learn more about the Kumon programmes and ultimately to become an instructor.

“My favourite thing about being an instructor is the class itself - seeing the children progressing and achieving; their joy at their success and belief in themselves, and seeing their confidence grow.

“I love being part of nurturing each child to becoming a confident, well rounded successful individual.”

Kumon is a Maths and reading programme intended to supplement rather than replace school lessons.

Students do not work together as a class, but progress through the programme at their own pace, moving on to the next level when they have achieved mastery of the previous level.

They take an achievement test at the end of each level.

Mrs Garrett said: “I firmly believe in the Kumon programmes and the huge benefits they bring to the children who undertake them.

“They really do work – I’ve witnessed that first hand.

“Kumon is also a highly professional company which sets high standards and expectations for its franchisees and offers the support and training to achieve those standards.

“Kumon has an ethos of continuous improvement in order to offer the best supplementary education possible to the children who study with it.”

The Kumon Ely Study Centre is currently able to take on more students aged 3-18.

The centre is based in the meeting rooms at Paradise Pool, in Newnham Street, and is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.30-5.30pm.

For more information, call Mrs Garrett on (01553) 840142 or visit www.kumon.co.uk.

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