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Taunton Learning Centre

Maths English Science
First Class Learning is a worksheet based programme, which is in line with the National Curriculum, helping to boost confidence, fill gaps in their understanding and ensure skills are fluent.
  • Free initial assessment
  • 10 to 15 minutes of daily practice
  • Telephone support Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm

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address Salvation Army Church Hall 42 South Street Taunton TA1 3AF
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Maths and English Tuition at Taunton

Welcome to the Taunton First Class Learning Maths and English Study Centre. Rachel Holdom, Centre Manager, has been running highly successful after-school maths and English classes for over 24 years (12 years Kumon).

COVID-19 UPDATE:- The centre is now fully open and is following UK government guidelines to create a secure learning environment for your child.

Students of all ages attend our study centre on a Thursday for around 20-30 minutes per subject. In these sessions they will hand in their previous week of work and complete that day's worksheets which will be marked, returned and discussed with the tutor. They are then set a programme of work of 10-15 minutes per day to do at home, practising what they have learnt in the class to ensure mastery and fluency at each step.

Through our structured programmes, Rachel individualises each child’s learning path, which is targeted to fill any existing gaps in their understanding. This helps with their school work, builds confidence and develops independent learning skills, all of which are extremely important in today's busy classrooms in schools.

Our English and maths programmes are flexible and tailored to learners' individual needs and abilities so students move on only when they are confident with a topic. Regular testing ensures that the best possible progress is made. The 'little and often' approach, with plenty of repetition and practice, really does make a huge difference.

How we work

The first step is to arrange a convenient time for your child to complete some initial assessments. These are done via a video call. The Centre Manager, Rachel, will discuss how she can help your child with their maths or English. Once Rachel has established your child's needs, she will put together an individualised programme that will support and encourage your child's learning enabling them to gain confidence and fill in gaps that they may have. They will then be able to start attending the weekly sessions at the centre. We encourage all parents to mark the homework daily so that corrections can be made as they go through the week and their progress will be seen in the results. Rachel provides ongoing support throughout the week whenever it is needed so if they have any problems with the work, you can call her at anytime between 9:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday.

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Rachel Holdom

Centre Manager

The Learning Centres in Taunton, Burnham-on-Sea, Weston-super-Mare and Redland are run by Rachel Holdom. She is fully trained and qualified to deliver the First Class Learning study programmes and has been running maths and English Tuition Centres for over 24 years (12 years with Kumon). Rachel holds an enhanced DBS certificate.

Tuition Services


Our maths programme focuses on building confidence and mastery of key topics, filling in any gaps in their knowledge that could be holding them back at school. They are able to progress beyond their school level if they are capable of doing so and the work is tailored to each individual child's needs.


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.


This course is designed to address the requirements of KS3 Science in the National Curriculum covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Although it is aimed at students in Years 7-9, students in the upper half of primary school, who have a good level of reading comprehension, can successfully learn science with this material.

Student Success

This tutoring has been of real benefit for my son. We tried and failed with the work books we bought ourselves and so I thought we would 'give this a go'. I am so pleased we did. It has brought out a confidence and passion for learning I had not witnessed before. This newfound enjoyment has already been reflected in his grades and his teacher at school has made further comment about his improved attitude to learning. I couldn't be any more pleased with the service and tutor.
Rachel Hollier
My daughter has been going to Rachel for 3 years, and in that time has gone from pretty near the bottom of her class to No 3 in her year!! It's been an excellent way to get all the basic principles of maths totally fixed into her head. That 10 minutes of homework each day is all it takes.
Hilary Cox
After a poor start to schooling I felt my son was in need of a little boost educationally and the DIY maths books where not quite cutting it. I had no idea this tutoring was going to unlock a real passion for learning and for maths in particular, the homework is easily manageable and actually leaves him wanting more.
Rachel Dixon


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 with ease. It also develops good study habits and independent learning so that they don’t become dependent on others teaching them.
How will FCL help with my child’s school work?
By filling in any gaps they may have and developing their confidence we can change their attitude to a positive one and at the same time give them the skill sets needed to carry through to all school work.
Can I sit with my child while they do their work at the centre?
If your child is worried about coming into their first session, parents can come in to begin with but you won’t need to stay for long. Once they see the friendly faces and welcoming atmosphere, they are happy to stay on their own. We like to encourage independent and confident students.
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 stop, so I just ask for a month's notice.

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