Who are they?
The Basic Skills Centre
83 Croydon Road
Tel. 020 8663 3535
We have met with The Basic Skills Centre’s staff. In addition, 30 clients and 21 tutors have completed an on-line survey (sent to x clients and x tutors) and we have followed this up with additional short phone interviews with some of those surveyed.
The Good Schols Guide review of The Basic Skills Centre
Founded in 1999 by William Winterford, a gentlemanly but battle-scarred teacher who was becoming less and less enamoured of the way education in the UK was headed. He ran the company until 2013, when he handed it over to Gillian Carberry (60s), a mild mannered woman who hails from the north east, married with three grown-up children. Gillian comes from three generations of teachers and trained in Durham, specialising in art and primary education, though she also has experience in secondary, including working in an exclusion unit. Was initially reluctant when her husband took a job in Kent and the family had to move from Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. Walking past The Basic Skills Centre, she thought she’d give one-to-one teaching a go instead and she hasn’t looked back. ‘It’s truly child-centred education, where you can go at the child’s pace.’ Both she and William still teach at the Centre, where they’re part of a team of 20 ish qualified teachers. ‘It’s changed very little,’ he told us, clearly pleased with his decision to pass the baton to Gillian – ‘I had the option to sell it on the open market, but I believed in it so much that I couldn’t take the risk of it turning into Explore Learning.’
The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants offer assessments in English, maths and in reasoning. Most schools assess these subjects when considering a child for a place. This is especially important for children coming from different countries with different educational systems. But there can be many reasons for checking a child's progress in these basic skills. Contact us for further information +44 (0) 203 286 6824.