Folkestone Central learning centre

Centre Manager

Sarah Hedley Dray BAHons, PGCE, QTS

07766 098584
Folkestone Central Three Hills Sports Park Cheriton Road Folkestone CT19 5JU

Opening times

Wednesday 15.30 to 17.30


Our centre

We welcome learners from age 4 upwards to our Folkestone centres. Our classes are calm, quiet places of study where achievements are celebrated.

Sarah runs 2 FCL centres in Folkestone:

First Class Learning Folkestone Central - The Three Hills Sports Centre in Folkestone

First Class Learning Folkestone Cheriton - St Joseph's Church Hall in Cheriton

Our classes are suitable for those who are gifted and talented, those who need extra support with basic skills and concepts and those who want to be more prepared for tests and GCSEs. Our maths and English programmes are aligned with the learning outcomes of the National Curriculum from the Early Years right up to GCSE level.

Sarah Hedley Dray is a highly qualified teacher of over 20 years. She has a wide breadth of experience teaching children and adults of all ages and abilities within the UK and overseas in International Schools. She has enjoyed working in mainstream as well as Special School environments. Having been a Head of Education, Sarah is passionate about providing students with the right kind of support to succeed. She has recently completed a PhD in Applied Psychology via research.

Sarah teaches in all class sessions and overseas every student's progress, extending learning programmes whenever necessary. All of our small groups are supported by trained tuition assistants who have A grades (or equivalent) in maths, English and science. Many of our students enjoy collecting stickers on their charts which they then exchange for certificates and prizes!

How it works

Sarah, the Centre Manager, will meet with you to discuss how we can help your child with maths or English. She will then complete an assessment with your child to determine which path is most suitable for them. Once we have established your child’s needs, we will create a personalised plan to support and encourage your child’s learning.

If you feel happy with our plan, your child will soon start attending regular class sessions at the centre. In these sessions they will complete a short piece of work which will be marked and discussed, plus a detailed programme of homework to be completed before the next class.

From the basics of reading, writing and spelling to comprehension and creative writing skills, the First Class Learning English Programme follows principles that make it ideal for all learners, whether primary or secondary. Drawing on a variety of imaginative materials, the programme develops the key skills that allow the learner to read and write fluently, confidently and with enjoyment.

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Your next steps

If First Class Learning is the right fit for you and your child, and you would like to arrange an assessment, please contact Sarah. She can answer any questions you may have, and book an assessment slot with you.

We hope to hear from you soon!

If you'd like to chat with Sarah Hedley Dray BAHons, PGCE, QTS, book a callback

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