Bury after school teaching firm expands its curriculum to meet demand

The Community Schools  founder, Claire Meadows-Smith presents Abbie Higgins from Bury St Edmunds with their first Scholars Fund Award certificate. ANL-150223-150433001
The Community Schools founder, Claire Meadows-Smith presents Abbie Higgins from Bury St Edmunds with their first Scholars Fund Award certificate. ANL-150223-150433001

After school tuition business The Community Schools has expanded its curriculum to meet demand in Maths, Science and English at GCSE and A Level.

Founded in 2011, The Community Schools initially offered only Maths tuition at GCSE and A Levelbut now offers English and Science subjects, with courses running outside of school hours at learning centres in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

Claire Meadows-Smith, a maths teacher who is also principal and founder of The Community Schools, believes that having qualifications in Maths, English and a Science subject improves job prospects and could even help a pupil’s social mobility.

She said, “The pressure is really on students to realise their full potential because almost every job or career opportunity these days requires a GCSE Grade C or higher in at least two of these subjects.

“Classes at The Community Schools are deliberately small, so we always have sufficient time to help with confidence-building.”

The Community Schools says demand for its student-centric approach has increased partly because of its successful exam results and partly because of its unique offering to help students with pre-exam nerves.

All classes are led by qualified and experienced teachers from successful local state schools.

This term The Community Schools introduced The Scholars Fund Award and Abbie Higgins, from Bury St Edmunds, was the first student to receive it to celebrate her personal progress.

Abbie increased her grade from D to C in both GCSE Maths and English in the November re-sit exams. She is now studying at West Suffolk College.