Whickham Tuition Centre

Maths English Science SATs 11-plus GCSE
First Class Learning provides individualised programmes which promote independent learning and study skills in a supportive, nurturing environment, so that your child gains the confidence to tackle new concepts, bridge gaps and develop knowledge.
  • Personalised worksheet-based programmes focused on the National Curriculum
  • Bitesize daily homework
  • Skilled team led by an experienced qualified teacher
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Our son has been with FCL for around 6 months now to support him with English and I have seen a vast improvement in his work and confidence due to this. The lead at FCL, Emma has been nothing but professional and so supportive to our son.
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addressFellside Methodist Church Ancaster Road Whickham NE16 5BQ
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Maths and English Tuition at Whickham

Welcome to First Class Learning Whickham. Emma Orton, Centre Manager, has been running highly successful after-school maths, English and science tuition centres for over 10 years.

Students of all ages are supported with maths, English and science tuition. Emma individualises each student’s learning programme to target any gaps in understanding and to further develop knowledge and skills. The bespoke programmes help with school work and exam preparation as well as build confidence and independence. A varied approach is offered which includes 1:1 support and independent learning provision.

Our maths, English and science programmes are flexible and tailored to learners’ individual needs and abilities so students move on only when they are confident with a topic. Ongoing assessments are carried out to measure progress and enable Emma to adapt learning programmes accordingly. The ‘little and often’ approach is recommended and 10-15 minutes per day homework is provided to encourage repetition and practice.

How we work

The Centre Manager, Emma Orton, 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 Emma 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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Emma Orton (MA)Ed

Centre Manager

The First Class Learning Whickham Centre is run by Emma Orton. Emma is an experienced tutor, having worked in education for over 20 years. She is a qualified teacher with two first class degrees, one of which is a Master of Arts in Education. Emma opened her first tuition centre in July 2011 and now operates 7 learning centres every week offering maths, English and science tuition, exam preparation for SATs, 11-plus and GCSEs as well as school homework support. Emma 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 Maths programme is designed to equip your child with the fundamental skills required for success in school mathematics. Using a range of resources, it focuses on building confidence and mastery of key topics. Its flexibility enables work to be tailored to each child’s needs to bridge gaps and to work beyond their current curriculum level if appropriate.


The English programme concentrates on all aspects of the curriculum: reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, creative writing and handwriting. The initial diagnostic testing assesses the child's needs so that an individualised programme of learning can be developed.


The comprehensive science programme develops a 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. 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.
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.
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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