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The Harpenden Study Centre was established in 1993. Since then, the centre has helped many hundreds of children improve their maths, English and self-study skills.
The centre's youngest student is currently three years old and the oldest student is 15 years old, although Kumon is suitable for children of all ages and abilities.
The study centre aims to provide a warm, friendly and independent learning environment. At least 12 fully trained assistants assist at each class to make sure that our students make the best progress possible.
The unique Kumon Maths and English Programmes pursue the potential of each child by developing confident, independent learners through individualised, advanced study.
Similar to other tuition providers the Kumon programmes focus on essential academic skills, but we go one step further by developing a child’s independent study skills, needed for school, university, employment and all other aspects of adult life.
Hello. My name is Ann Price and I have been running the Harpenden Study Centre since 2000.
I have 11 years' experience as a school governor which has given me valuable insight into how our education system works.
I found out about Kumon when my children joined the programme. My children gained great maths and English skills and began to make much better progress at school. I liked being involved in their studies and seeing their skills improve so much that I trained as an Instructor.
I had the opportunity to travel to Japan, Spain and Germany with Kumon and was able to learn about Kumon best practices from all around the world. This experience has given me many extra skills and ideas which I can use to help my students reach their full potential.
Running my Kumon centre provides me with many challenges. I love the fact that there is always something new to learn from the children, which in turn helps me constantly improve the learning experience of all my students. I am also able to see my students grow in skills and confidence which is the most rewarding part of my job.
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Kumon offers much more than tutoring and differs from traditional teaching in the classroom. Rather than preparing children for a particular test or assessment, Kumon empowers students to learn for themselves, through individualised instruction and carefully developed worksheets.
As well as developing key skills in maths and English, each Kumon student will work towards building their independent learning skills and confidence in their own abilities. This means that a Kumon student will not be dependent on – or limited by – the skills and knowledge of others.
Students can start learning with Kumon from age two upwards. We currently have students as young as two years old studying with us, ranging all the way up to those about to go to university; Kumon helps children of any age and any ability. The sooner children begin, the earlier they can start developing skills to gain the greatest cumulative benefit; as soon as you feel your family is ready to make the commitment to long-term study, Kumon will be ready to help you achieve your goal.
Kumon is a self-learning programme but each student receives regular support from their Instructor. The carefully developed worksheets teach students how to find the answer for themselves, whilst their Instructor offers guidance when necessary. The key role of each Kumon Instructor is to observe their students working, making sure that work is set at the right level and that they are developing at the right pace.
As a global programme, Kumon does not follow a school curriculum, but rather is complementary to curricula across the world. The primary aim of the Kumon Method is to develop independent learning skills. These independent learning skills enhance the students’ performance right across the school curriculum. Kumon operates at exactly the right level for each student – regardless of their age – ensuring that work set extends and develops their skills, confidence and ability.
Both, and every child in between. This is because of our individualised approach to education, which always asks the question: "What is best for this individual child?" Following a diagnostic test, a study plan is set to develop the ability of the child and to progress them beyond the Kumon International Standard (an international approximation of their school level) regardless of their starting point. Kumon welcomes students with special educational needs, gifted and talented children, and all those who believe they can achieve more and fulfil their potential.
Please click here to download a brochure with more details about your child studying with Kumon.