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Tom Keighley

Learning tuition firm invests £140k in York

A Surrey-based tuition company have opened their 81st centre in York as part of the company’s successful expansion.

Explore Learning has invested £140k in the new centre at Sainsbury’s Monks Cross on Jockey Lane that will provide a teaching environment for children aged five to 14 and will employ 15 people.

Founded in 2001, Explore’s model of tuition is based on the concept of Sylvan Learning Centers in the US - a franchised businesses where centres provide personalised instruction in reading, writing and mathematics.

The business caters for over 20,000 children nationwide and provide courses that are aligned with the National Curriculum.

Explore Learning founder and chief executive Bill Mills opened his first centre in Chelmsford after working for a corporate finance boutique in the US.

Initial investors included Sir Peter Ogden, founder of Computacentre and Sir Peter Lampl, the philanthropist.

In 2012 private equity firm, Graphite Capital, bought a majority stake in the Explore for £30m.

The York Centre Director, Julie Hodgeson says: “We’ve been working hard with local schools across the Yorkshire area by holding energetic and fun literacy and maths workshops for children to get involved in which the children love. We’re very excited about opening up our new centre in York and look forward to welcoming parents through the door for their free trial.”

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