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Penarth South Learning Centre

Maths English GCSE Maths GCSE Numeracy
First Class Learning promotes independent learning and study skills, so that your child gains the confidence to tackle new concepts
  • Programme focused on the National Curriculum
  • Free Initial Assessment
  • Support with exam preparation

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address Lower Penarth Community Centre Brockhill Way Penarth CF64 5QD
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Maths and English Tuition at Penarth South

Our friendly and approachable team members are here to help all students whether they are struggling, need a boost or simply need a challenge. The structured yet flexible Maths and English programmes will help your child to achieve in these core subjects and as children settle into the weekly routine, we often see an improvement in the child's confidence. Furthermore, the programmes are aligned to the National Curriculum so the work we set in class will support your child's schoolwork.

Children living in Penarth, Cardiff, Sully, Dinas Powys, Llandough, Barry, Cowbridge and other villages in the Vale of Glamorgan are more than welcome to attend our study centre based in the Lesser Hall, Victoria Square, Penarth on Tuesdays 3:15pm to 5:15pm (Years 10 and 11) and Thursdays 3:15pm to 6:15pm (Years 7,8 and 9). We also have a class in Lower Penarth Community Centre, Brockhill Way, Penarth on Wednesdays from 3:45pm to 5:45pm. (Primary). If you think that First Class Learning might be right for you, please contact Jenny Tricklebank on 029 22219408/ 07488 341549 to arrange a free assessment. We look forward to seeing your child in class!

How we work

The first step is to book a free assessment to determine whether the First Class Learning programme is right for your child. There is absolutely no commitment required at this stage. It is also a chance for you to meet us (via video call currently) and to ask any questions you may have. Upon enrolling, we carefully construct an individually-tailored programme for your child which is linked to their ability and the pace at which they learn. We always welcome your feedback to ensure that we pitch the work correctly for your child. Numeracy and literacy skills are developed very gradually and consistently by completing short pieces of homework and by weekly attendance at our warm and friendly Penarth study centre. In class, your child receives individual attention as new work is introduced. They then spend some time working independently. As a result, students only move on in small, achievable steps when they are confident with a topic.

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Jenny Tricklebank

Centre Manager

The Penarth First Class Learning Centre is run by Jenny Tricklebank BA(Hons), MSc(Hons). Jenny is fully trained and qualified to deliver the First Class Learning study programmes. Every First Class Learning tutor holds an enhanced DBS certificate. Jenny is passionate about education and helping children achieve their potential.

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.


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.

Student Success

First Class Learning in Penarth offers highly professional tuition. My son feels much more confident in maths after attending Jenny’s classes! Many thanks for your excellent teaching and guidance.
Einir Kirkwood
My son, in year 6, started Maths sessions with Jenny and the Penarth First Class Learning team at the beginning of the academic year. At that time he had been consistently struggling with Maths in school, not performing to the best of his ability and had lost confidence. Over the last few months we have seen his confidence with Maths grow markedly, his results have vastly improved and most importantly, he feels much happier! Jenny has been exceptionally supportive and we really appreciate that she goes above and beyond to help. I have recommended Penarth First Class Learning to other parents, who are also very happy with the sessions for their children.
Sarah Williams
Jenny is always very professional, calm and kind, boosting my daughter’s confidence with her GCSE maths. She is always clear and methodical with instructions and work being set. My daughter says that ‘Jenny takes the time to help you understand maths’. Overall we are very impressed and we can’t recommend her highly enough. Thank you.
Sue Noormohamed


How does FCL differ from 1:1 tutoring?
FCL offers structure and 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.
How will FCL help with my child’s school work?
By bridging gaps and developing confidence, a child’s attitude can become more positive, whilst at the same time our programmes provide them with the skills sets required to transfer through to their school studies.
How many times a week will my child attend the centre?
Once a week
If I join, am I tied into FCL for a set amount of time?
No, not at all. FCL is primarily a long-term programme, not a ‘quick fix’. However, there are many reasons why you may need to discontinue, so I ask for just 1 month’s notice.

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