The Community Schools – Bury St Edmunds Learning Centre

The Farmers Club, 10 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1HQ

This is where it all began! The Community Schools first opened its doors in Sept 2011. At that time we were known as “the Community Maths School” initially with just 4 students being tutored by our founder, Claire Meadows-Smith, on Saturday mornings.

In our second year Claire was joined by Anna Keating-Fedders to facilitate an increase in the age range and the number of maths groups. Only in our third year did we become “the Community Schools” when Helen Smith joined to expand the service to our lovely students to include English. Today, the Community Schools support the aspiring young people in our community with maths, English, science and modern languages throughout their school career.

Today the Community Schools Learning Centre in Bury St Edmunds hosts 20 vocational tutors dedicated to supporting local young people to be the best they can be, affordably. We have the privilege of helping 100 students to have fun and gain confidence whilst they learn and develop their skills in Maths, English Language, English Literature, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, French and German. Our Community Schools students range in age from 8 to 18 studying to A Level and Oxbridge entrance. They all have one thing in common, the desire to have fun whilst learning to be the best they can be.

The Community Schools students love being here –  it is situated right in the middle of town and as they get to our teaching room – The Northgate Suite – they find that walking through the lower lounge with its oak panelled walls and open fire is very much like walking through a Harry Potter film set.

There have been many lovely celebrations of student progress and success. We hold these events at the end and start of the school year which are followed by opportunities to socialise in the beautiful building and garden whilst enjoying the splendid refreshments provided by the quite exceptional Farmers Club team who look after us year round.

The Community Schools tutoring sessions take place on Thursday and Friday evenings 4.00pm to 8.00pm and on Saturdays from 9.00am to 2.00pm. The Bury St Edmunds Learning Centre always has a lovely buzz to it.

The tutoring sessions sometimes have as many as 7 groups of up to four students taking place at any one time. Each student is sure of a warm welcome as they receive the help that they need from the dedicated tutor and the support from fellow students in their group. It is a truly supportive learning environment in which to grow gain confidence and become an outstanding student.

Our highly successful Grade Booster revision days take place in the Easter holiday and May half term holiday.

They have been running since the foundation of the Community Schools with literally hundreds of students each ensuring that they reach, or in most cases exceed, their predicted exam grades. Places fill up quickly and it is wise to book well in advance to ensure that feeling of elation on exam results day.

The Farmers Club is centrally placed at the very heart of the town centre – accessible on foot from all the secondary schools in town. The nearest carpark is Rams Meadows.

The Community Schools Learning Centre is by local people, for local people, to ensure that every young person who wants a bit of extra help with their studies can enjoy the highest quality tutoring from the best vocational teachers, affordably. The local team at the Bury St Edmunds Learning Centre includes:-

Helen Smith tutoring English to KS2, pre GCSE and GCSE

Helen Brownlow tutoring English to KS2, pre GCSE and GCSE

Gil Turner tutoring maths to pre GCSE and GCSE

Anna Keating-Fedders tutoring maths to GCSE

Jo Marsh tutoring English to GCSE and A level

Vincent Scholier tutoring science to GCSE and chemistry to A Level

Angela Rossi tutoring science to GCSE and A Level

Louise Ramsey tutoring French and German to GCSE and A Level

Robyn Booth tutoring Science to GCSE and biology to A Level

Caroline Basham tutoring maths at KS2

Sue Harrison tutoring English and maths at KS2 and pre GCSE

Lynne Cassidy tutoring English at KS2 and pre GCSE

Claire Meadows-Smith tutoring maths to GCSE and A Level

Hilary Dickinson tutoring maths to pre GCSE and GCSE