The Community Schools – Bury St Edmunds Learning Centre

 ASK House, 2 Northgate Ave, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 6BB

Bury St Edmunds was where it all started.  The Community Schools first opened its doors in Sept 2011. At that time we were known as “the Community Maths School” initially with just four 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 aspiring young people in our community with maths, English, Science, Computer Science, Humanities, Social Sciences and Modern Languages throughout their school career.

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Today the Community Schools Learning Centre in Bury St Edmunds hosts 25 vocational tutors dedicated to supporting local young people to be the best they can be, affordably.

We have the privilege of helping over 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, German, Computer Science, Psychology and Geography. Our Community Schools students range in age from 8 to 18 and also in ability going upto 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.

All Community Schools students love being at our new home ASK House.  It is situated close to several schools and many of our students walk to us after the school day has finished. There is accessible parking for parents to pick up their children. We have two designated teaching rooms available every week day evening and each weekend.

The tutoring sessions will have three groups of two/three 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 courses take place most holidays including 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. With schools placing more of an emphasis on Mock exams we extended our Grade Booster courses to the other holidays.  it is wise to book well in advance as places fill up quickly.

Our innovative Summer Schools courses were really well received in August. They gave our students a boost in confidence and skills as they started back in September after a year of disrupted education. It is an innovation we plan to continue each year.

ASK Centre is centrally placed close to the town centre – with its own car park on site, making it easy for you to drop off/collect your children.


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