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The Harrogate Centre has been established for over 20 years and provides a peaceful working environment to support children studying on Kumon's unique maths and English study programmes. Our aim is to develop confident, independent young learners, who have the skills and ability to thrive at school and beyond.
Supporting the Instructor, Cate Thomas, has a team of motivated assistants, many of whom have studied on the Kumon programmes themselves. They help ensure appropriate support and encouragement is given to each and every student.
New students and early learners are, initially, closely monitored by the assistants and the Instructor in a dedicated area. Once they have developed effective study skills, they will begin to work independently, though still under our guidance. The objective is to further develop their confidence and encourage self-learning, so they can go on to reach their full potential.
Students attend on a drop-in basis and are not limited to a rigid time. We are open from 3.45pm until 5.45pm and the last admittance, to allow for uninterrupted study, is at 5.15pm.
My name is Cate Thomas, and I have been a Kumon Instructor since 2002. It was a natural career progression for me having come from a corporate training background, but wanting to work with children and run my own business.
Having initially run the Kumon Wetherby Study Centre, I moved on to acquire the Kumon Harrogate Study Centre in 2007. This has been a thriving centre which has helped numerous students over the years.
I believe in maintaining helpful and friendly guidance with all my students. I encourage them to become independent learners and to take responsibility for their own study. They are also actively encouraged to learn from their mistakes. It is extremely rewarding seeing their sense of achievement when they excel. I also believe it is a solid foundation for succeeding in today’s academic and professional environments.
I have been told by students themselves many times about their successes in both school work and examinations - this has been the ultimate reward for me.
I look forward to welcoming both you and your child to my centre.
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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.
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