Staff and Volunteers

We have been providing quality childcare, holiday activities and study support for children and young people aged 8 - 16 since 2000. Our personal approach is guaranteed with only 25 places, a minimum staff to child ratio of 1:6 and a low staff turnover.


Margaret Ansell BSC Hons, PGCE, Ad Dip SEN, NVQ Level 3 Playwork, MA Psychological Therapies with Children, Young People and Familes.

Margaret is a qualified teacher of 30 years, with 18 years experience of running after school and holiday care. She trained in Psychological Therapies with children, young people and families at the Tavistock and Portman clinic. She has a particular interest in the emotional well-being of children, and young people. She uses her specialized knowledge to inform the practice in our clubs. and to provide therapy for children, young people and families both individually and in groups.




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Emma Hill BA Hons in English, NVQ Level 3 in Child Care.

Emma has worked with us for 9 years, rising through the ranks to Deputy Manager and Administrative Officer and then to Manager in July 2007. After two maternity breaks she now works part-time. She plans the menu, orders the food, cooks many of the meals, and makes sure everyone has a tasty tea.

"I started working for The Study Zone during the final year of my degree, with the intention of becoming a teacher. However I found that being able to support the children in both their studies and their play is very rewarding. After a spell as manager, I have a family of my own and I appreciate even more that the extra layer of care and individual attention the children receive here really makes a difference."

The right people for your children


Staff and volunteers complete application and medical forms. They are interviewed, references are taken, and checks are carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The names and photos of staff and volunteers are displayed.

All staff and volunteers are chosen because they

•    Can create positive relationships with young people
•    Provide positive role models
•    Have endless enthusiasm, patience, energy and stamina

Those who are students studying for A levels at local schools and colleges also

•    Have experience of organising groups of young people
•    Have a good academic record
•    Understand the pressures and demands homework can place on young people

Those who are University Undergraduates or Postgraduates will also have experience in their specific subjects and may well be undergoing further training.

Some people are specialists in a particular area, e.g.: Drama, Dance and ICT. Others have valuable skills in including children with additional needs.