IT is back to school time for children across Lancashire and back to business for tutor Kate Towers.
Kate has not only just become a limited company as Tower Learning Centre but has also taken on a franchise that offers new and exciting educational support to students.
She is proud to have helped students from aged six to 85 in her time as a tutor and now has 150 pupils a week walk through the doors at the Blackpool centre, with a team of ten staff.
The 55-year-old will be taking part in Blackpool Expo for the first time this month, which coincides with the new school year, to showcase her expertise and her new franchise – Club Learning.
Kate said: “I am looking forward to taking part in Blackpool Expo. I am passionate about my work as an education provider and not only will it be a chance for me to show other businesses what I do, but a lot of them will be parents and back to school time means some parents will be thinking about a tutor. I hope I will be able to show them how I could help, whether that is with Tower Learning Centre or Club Learning – that offers tutoring at pop up centres and online resources. It is great, I am very excited about it and would like pop up centres across the FY (?) postcode. I have already secured two pop ups – one in Cleverleys and one in St Anne’s.”
The mum-of-two, who is originally from Devon, has lived in Blackpool for 12 years, where he husband, Ian is from, with children Charlie, 18, and Lewis, 30.
After 15 years of teaching English and RE at secondary level, she decided it was time for a change in her life and bought into a franchise, Kip McGrath Education Centres, in 2004.
In August 2012, she set up as a sole trader as Tower Learning Centre and from this month has become a limited company.
She said: “It has been a very steep learning curve setting up my own business, and I am still learning along the way – just like it is when I am tutoring someone. I named the business Tower Learning Centre because I wanted the initials – TLC. I feel that is my motto for my work. I do what I do with tender, loving care.
“The name of the company also has three elements to it: Learning is a journey and I wanted something to show progress and the Tower works for this, I am based in Blackpool and the tower is obviously iconic and it is my name, so it really works!”
Kate, who is also a grandmother to Amelia, says her philosophy as a teacher is that she wants to help any student whatever their age. The goal is to help with the educational journey to reach their full potential.
She said: “I am passionate about what I do. I think I was born wanting to be a teacher. Education opens doors. I have had children aged 12 taking GCSEs and seen grown men and women cry when they manage to read a children’s story. One I remember well as they were so excited to go home and read it with their children. It is such a rewarding job.”
Kate’s services include handwriting lessons to GCSE maths and English. She offers support with special educational needs; 11+ and entrance examinations; GCSEs; SATs and elective home educated students.
The centre also offers support for children in residential care and adults who wish to improve their qualifications, employability and general English and maths skills, as well as being a registered examination centre.