Barlborough Tuition Centre

Maths English SATs GCSE
First Class Learning provides structured worksheet-based programmes which promote independent learning and study skills so that your child gains the confidence to tackle new concepts, bridge gaps and develop knowledge.
  • Personalised programmes focused on the National Curriculum
  • Fully qualified Centre Managers who are experienced teachers across both primary and secondary phases
  • Phone, message and email support available every day

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FCL have personalised lesson plans for maths and English as per your child's requirements. I see positive improvements in both of my children’s writing skills and maths. I used to worry a lot about their learning but that has been taken away. Please send your children there if you want them to be confident in school and in everyday life.
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addressVillage Hall High Street Barlborough Chesterfield S43 4ET
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Maths and English Tuition at Barlborough

Welcome to First Class Learning Barlborough, where children learn to succeed. We are delighted to support children of all ages and abilities, in the local community, with both Maths and English tuition.

Your child’s journey with us begins with an initial assessment which identifies the starting point appropriate to their learning needs. Through our structured programmes, we personalise their learning path to fill any gaps in their understanding and promote development of existing knowledge. This helps with their schoolwork, builds their confidence and develops their independent learning and study skills.

Our Maths and English programmes are designed so that your child will only move on when they are confident with a topic. Regular assessments ensure that the best possible progress is made. The 'little and often' approach, with plenty of repetition and practice really does make a huge difference, ensuring they catch up and keep up.

How we work

One of our First Class Learning Centre Managers will call you to discuss how we can help your child with Maths and English. They will then assist your child to complete an assessment to determine which path is most suitable for them. Once we have established your child's needs, we will put together a bespoke course of action that will support and encourage your child's learning. If you feel happy with our plan, they will then be able to start attending regular classes at the centre. In these classes, they will complete a short piece of work which will then be marked, returned and discussed with a Centre Manager. Your child will then be given a detailed programme of homework to be completed before the next class.

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Ashley McGuire and Ruth Parker

Centre Manager

First Class Learning Barlborough is run by Ashley McGuire BEng (Hons), PGCE, and Ruth Parker BA (Hons), both fully qualified teachers with over 25 years combined experience. Ashley has a degree in Aerospace Engineering and is a secondary Maths teacher and senior leader with an excellent track record of successful student outcomes up to and including A-Level. Ruth has a degree in primary education and is an assistant headteacher, specialising in English and Phonics with extensive experience across the full range of the curriculum. Both Centre Managers hold an enhanced DBS certificate.

Tuition Services


The First Class Learning maths programme is designed to equip your child with the fundamental skills required for success in school mathematics. Using a range of resources, it covers all the essential areas of the school curriculum. We can help your child from the age of 4/5 up to GCSE level.


Our English programme concentrates on reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, creative writing and handwriting. The initial diagnostic testing assesses the child's needs so that we can provide an individualised programme. We can help from Reception up to GCSE level.


How does FCL differ to 1:1 tutoring?
FCL offers structure and daily practice with a ‘little and often’ approach, enabling the child to retain what they have learnt and gain confidence. It also develops a good study habit and independent learning rather than becoming dependent upon others teaching them.
Is there car parking at the centre?
Free parking is available on the streets surrounding the hall.
Can I sit with my child while they do their work at the centre?
If a child is worried about coming along to their first session, we will work with parents to settle them in. However, you will not need to stay for long as once a child has experienced the friendly and welcoming atmosphere, they are happy to stay on their own. We aim to encourage independent and confident students.
Will you open on any other days?
Please get in touch with the Centre Managers to discuss your requirements.

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