Galore Park Turns Pages in Education
In 1998, teacher Nick Oulton decided to take matters into his own hands. Frustrated by the lack of quality material with which to inform and inspire his pupils, he set about producing a rigorous and challenging textbook for his subject, Latin. Fifteen years on and Galore Park, named after an Edwardian comic novel about a croquet tournament - has firmly established itself amongst the UK's top schools and its innovative range of educational resources is proving popular with children and adults alike. The success of Galore Park lies in its refusal to "dumb down" learning. Using traditional, well-proven teaching methods, the textbooks' simple yet informative structure make them as appropriate for lessons when a teacher is present, as they are for home-schooling (an ever-growing market for Galore Park) and revision time.
"All of our textbooks follow a clear, uncomplicated formula, making them ideal reading for those wishing to supplement school learning" says Nick. "A good textbook cannot replace a good teacher, but we aim to get as close as we can."
Whilst Galore Park's range of textbooks and revision guides are primarily aimed at 8-13 year olds, their courses are used in around 90% of preparatory schools and many are published in association with the Independent Schools Examinations Board (ISEB). Nick has found that their accessibility and no-nonsense approach is also suitable for adults wanting to continue their learning.
There are ambitious plans to apply Galore Park's winning formula to new audiences, and the business looks set to transform learning in schools and homes across the globe.
Says Nick, "As a teacher and parent, I was shocked by the lack of comprehensive and up-to-date textbooks available to students. Galore Park's books are designed to teach, not simply entertain, and make intelligent use of illustrations, tables, charts, and prose. Though the style is straightforward, it is not patronising, so it challenges and encourages students to achieve their full potential. A reassuring thought for pupil, teacher and parent!"
Galore Park also publishes revision and practice materials across all subjects taught at Common Entrance, and is the sole supplier of past ISEB exam papers for 11+, 13+ and the Common Academic Scholarship Examination (CASE).
Galore Park is owned by Hodder Education. For more information please contact Amy Perry on 020 7873 6405 or email email@example.com