Harrogate Central Tuition Centre

Maths English Science GCSE SATs 11-plus
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.
  • Priced per child, per subject, per month
  • Programme Focused on the National Curriculum
  • 10 - 15 minutes of daily practice

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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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Maths and English Tuition at Harrogate Central

Welcome to the Harrogate Central First Class Learning Centre. We support children in the local community with both maths and English tuition.

Through our structured programmes, we personalise each child’s learning path, which is targeted to fill any existing gaps in their understanding and promote development of existing knowledge. This helps with their schoolwork, builds confidence, and develops independent learning skills.

Our maths and English 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 Centre Manager, Valerie Watson, will call you to discuss how First Class Learning can help your child with maths, English or science. Any feedback you have from school or any observations you have made about areas of strength and weakness will be discussed. Once Valerie has completed an initial assessment to establish your child’s needs, she will put together a bespoke learning programme that will support and encourage your child’s learning, enabling them to gain confidence and bridge any gaps they may have. Your child will then be able to start attending regular classes at the centre or online. They will be introduced to the concepts within their scheduled work each session and encouraged to attempt tasks independently after completing examples together with their tutor. Tasks completed within the session are marked and students are then provided with a structured programme of homework to continue practising the skills they have met in the class.

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Valerie Watson

Centre Manager

The First Class Learning Centre in Harrogate is run by Valerie Watson. Valerie has over 20 years’ experience in education. Currently supporting students at Harrogate College in English and maths, she previously supported students at Harrogate Grammar School. Valerie is a Cambridge qualified ESL teacher and ran her own English school in Peru for 15 years. With an additional specialization in maths tuition, Valerie is a fully qualified First Class Learning tutor. The Harrogate centre offers maths, English and science tuition, exam preparation for SATs, 11-plus and GCSEs as well as school homework support. Valerie tailors every student's learning programme to their individual needs and it is delivered on a 1:1 basis within a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

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.


Our comprehensive science programme will develop your child's knowledge and the skills required as part of their school curriculum. The programme has a proven record for improving results and encourages enjoyment in learning.


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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