Cornerstones Education, based in Goldthorpe, has grown dramatically since it was set up just three years ago and already sells creative curriculum materials to 600 schools in England and Wales.
Prescot Primary School in Knowsley has now become its first Merseyside customer and signed up to use its comprehensive teaching and learning resources for three to 11-year-olds.
Cornerstones schools director Graham Bell says: “We are delighted to welcome Prescot Primary to Cornerstones and look forward very much supporting its teachers to design and deliver rigorous and engaging lessons which meet every requirement of the national curriculum.
“We set up our company up in 2011 with the express intention of spreading and supporting a creative learning philosophy across the UK and we're already working with schools from Kent to Cumbria and Portsmouth to Peterborough.
“But we have not previously worked with a school in Merseyside so it is great that we now have a presence in this region & we hope to introduce many more schools in the area to the benefits of creative learning with our support.”
A good deal of Cornerstones growth has come as a result of word-of-mouth recommendations from one school to another. The company supplies growing concentrations of schools in Surrey, South Yorkshire and Birmingham – plus 25 per cent of all primary schools in Wales.
Graham says: “Schools tend to work closely in clusters and collaborative networks and headteachers exchange first-hand experience of what works for them. We enjoy very good feedback from our schools.”
Cornerstones sales consultants – most of whom are former teachers – also travel all over the country to present the company's products and services to schools. The company provides on-going customer care to support their growing client list from its Barnsley base.
Headteacher of Prescot Primary Stephen George says: “At Prescot Primary we want lessons to engage and excite every learner enable them to progress. We've chosen the Cornerstones curriculum because it provides an excellent flexible framework of well-researched cross-curricular projects. It will help us prepare stimulating learning which we can tailor to the needs of our pupils and our community.”
Cornerstones was established by a team of three directors each with 20 years' experience in the teaching profession behind them. Melanie Moore, Simon Hickton and Graham Bell now employ 27 people.
The company has also recently opened new suite of training and meeting rooms available for hire at its Goldthorpe headquarters and is developing an innovative multi-media hub to provide teachers with online learning resources.