Achievers started as part of a theseis for a Masters Degree in Education. In her dissertation, Mrs Hopper set out to prove whether Supplementary Education for children with English as an additional language resulted in accelerated learning.
Over a six week period she worked with EAL children and measured the results - which showed that EVERY pupil progressed faster than would normally be expected. This pilot was so successful that parents wanted Achievers to contnue beyond the initial pilot scheme.
With a small amount of funding from Suffolk County Council, the school started in a small room at Ipswich Museum and grew so quickly that larger premises had to be found.
Achievers is registered as a "not for profit" - community interest company. It is run in the same professional way as a regular school. It holds all the relevant insurances and policies. It also ensures that anyone working with children is DBS checked. The school is also a registered member of the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education. The NRCSE have a code of practice to ensure supplementary schools are run professionally. Achievers was awarded the NRCSE Silver Award in April 2017, having previously received the Bronze Award. Achievers will now work towards the Gold Award, so watch this space!
Achievers moved to its current home at Ranelagh Primary school in September 2015 and continues to help children with English as an additional langauage. The school currently has over forty children that regularly attend the Saturday classes.
Appeal for Funding As the school grows it requires more funding to cover costs. Achievers charge parents affordable rates and has been reliant on grants and awards to subsidise the cost of running the school. Unfortunately, many of these funding sources are no longer available or have very limited funding. To continue to deliver high qualty education for children with English as an additional language we are looking for donations for the supplementary school. If you would like to contribute please contact us using the contact form. Thank you.
The director of Achievers Supplementary School CIC. Mrs Hopper is a senior teacher and EAL co-ordinator at Ranelagh Primary School. She speaks fluent Russian, German, Greek and English. She also has an understanding of many Eastern European languages. Since arriving in the UK in 2002 she has obtained a BA and MA in Education.
Mrs Auber has spent a lifetime in education and was a headteacher at a Primary School in Hadleigh until she retired. She still devotes much of her time to children's educaton. Mrs Auber was nominated for the Suffolk County Council - Raising The Bar awards for her work with Achievers.
Achievers has found teachers and translators from all over the world. Many have English as their second language and understand the difficulties faced by children arriving from abroad with little or no understanding of English. We are always looking out for volunteers that can help us.