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Kumon Bradley Stoke marks 20th anniversary

Posted on Sunday 20th January 2019 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of current students and alumni on stage at the 20th anniversary event.

On Saturday 2nd December, the Kumon Bradley Stoke Centre held a very special end-of-year ceremony to celebrate the achievement of current students and alumni from the last 20 years. Around 150 students, parents and supporters came to the Olympus Theatre at the WISE Campus in Stoke Gifford to be part of the celebrations.

Students received awards for reaching an advanced level of study in maths and English relative to their age. The roll-call for the awards totalled more than 100 names; one parent said: “It was really quite spectacular to see so many children achieve awards. My son was over the moon to receive an award and we as parents are incredibly proud. I loved how it felt so grand and I could see a lot of preparation had gone into making it a success.”

Sarah Nutchey, the Instructor at the Kumon Bradley Stoke Centre, began her Kumon career in 1998 with around 12 students, and over the last 20 years has nurtured more than 1,400 students through the maths and English programmes. Some of the original students from the centre sent messages to share how Kumon has helped them with their ongoing study and Sam Head, now 22, said: “I joined the maths Kumon programme while I was in Year 5 as although I was good at understanding maths at school, my arithmetic and times tables were slowing me down. Through the regular daily practice and encouragement, I soon began to enjoy being able to calculate quickly and stayed at Kumon to level I. When I started my AS-level maths at college, I completed our one-hour assessment test in 15 minutes, which is definitely down to Kumon for working quickly and accurately. In due course, I achieved A*BB at A-levels and went on to gain a 2:1 in computer games programming at Staffordshire University. I now work in my chosen field of computer games programming, which involves the use of 3D maths and physics.”

Rachel Knowles, now 27, said: “I started Kumon in Year 7 and continued through secondary school. It improved my maths skills greatly as I went from bottom set to one of the top sets for GCSE. As well as helping me achieve my school grades, it has helped me during my career. I am now a sales manager and still using the techniques I learnt from Kumon. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their skills.”

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Seeking alumni for Kumon Bradley Stoke’s 20th anniversary celebrations

Posted on Thursday 25th October 2018 at 8:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sarah Nutchey receiving her long service award.

Calling all former students of the Kumon Bradley Stoke Study Centre!

The Kumon study centre in Bradley Stoke has been helping children develop independent study skills and achieve their potential in maths and English for 20 years. Sarah Nutchey, a former maths teacher, became a Kumon Instructor in 1998 and started her Kumon class with around 12 students, originally in the Almondsbury Sports and Social Centre. The number of students steadily grew and the class moved to the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre until July 2013 when the class relocated to permanent premises at the Willow Brook Centre. Sarah received her award for 20 years as an Instructor from the President of Kumon Europe and Africa at the Kumon UK Annual Conference earlier in the year.

Kumon’s mission statement is: “By discovering the potential of each individual and developing his or her ability to the maximum, we aim to foster sound, capable people and thus contribute to the global community.”

Over the course of the last 20 years, Sarah has nurtured hundreds of children through the Kumon maths and English programmes, and we are seeking stories from those past students. We would love to hear from you if you studied Kumon in Bradley Stoke and find out how it has benefited you with your schoolwork, university studies or career.

The Kumon Bradley Stoke Centre is planning a very special end of year ceremony to celebrate the achievement of current students and also to celebrate past successes from the last 20 years. If you are one of our alumni and would be willing to share your story, please contact Kate Sheldon at by the end of October so that we can invite you to be part of our celebrations.

Photo: Sarah Nutchey receives her long service award at the Kumon conference.

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 39). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Awards for high-achieving Kumon students from Bradley Stoke centre

Posted on Friday 13th July 2018 at 11:31 am by SH (Editor)

Kumon Centres' High-Level Students Awards Ceremony at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

On Friday 1st June, several Kumon Centres from the Bristol region held a High-Level Students Awards Ceremony at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, where the awards were presented by the Lord Mayor of Bristol. In attendance were 17 specially selected students, ranging from Year 4 to Year 12, who have had great success in the Kumon programmes.  The centres involved were: Bradley Stoke, Fishponds, Hanham, Portishead, Thornbury, Westbury-on-Trym, Redland, Ashton and St George.

Each of the students was presented with a certificate by Cllr Cleo Lake, the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Bristol, before being treated to a special VIP ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Bristol Museum.  The regional manager for Kumon, Andrew Holder, praised the achievements of the students, saying:

“For outstanding students you need three things – great parents, great students and great instructors.  Without that combination it just doesn’t work and in this room I believe we are blessed with having that great combination.”

Two students attending the ceremony, Savyo and Charlotte, were from the Bradley Stoke Kumon Centre and local instructor Sarah Nutchey has told us more about their respective Kumon journeys…

More: Successes follow several years of Kumon study »

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Fun and education at the Kumon Family Open Day

Posted on Monday 14th October 2013 at 5:42 pm by SH (Editor)

The new Kumon Educational Study Centre in Bradley Stoke.

To celebrate opening a new study centre at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke, the Kumon Education Centre is hosting a Family Open Day on Saturday (19th October) between 11am and 3pm.

Kumon Educational is the UK’s largest supplementary education provider and already has its regional head office at the Willow Brook Centre.  It was established in 1958 and offers maths and English study programmes for children of all ages and abilities.

Guest speakers include Dave Baker, Executive Headteacher of Bradley Stoke Community and Abbeywood Community Schools, and David Cowan, General Manager of Kumon Educational UK.

There will be lots of free fun activities for the children – they can meet the Kumon dog, Magic Mike (kids’ magician) and attend a reading workshop with children’s author Joffre White.

Parents who make an appointment on the day will receive free enrolment to join the Kumon programme for up to two children, saving £40 per child.

Kumon Instructor Sarah Nutchey said:

“We do hope to see lots of local families come along and that they have fun as well as learn how we can help children develop their full potential.”

“It’s very important to us that we become a part of the local community and support as many families as we can.”

More info: Kumon Bradley Stoke Study Centre

Photo: Local Kumon Instructor Sarah Nutchey at the new centre

Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre

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