Barnsley-based education specialists celebrate expansion into new region

28 January 2014

A fast-growing Barnsley-based education company which supplies hundreds of schools across the UK is celebrating gaining its first customer on Merseyside.

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 said: “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 said: “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 said: “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.



Photo shows Cornerstones schools director Graham Bell.

For further information please contact Julia McInally at Cornerstones on 0844 335 0300 or

Cornerstones Education Ltd was established in 2011 and now works with over 600 primary schools across England and Wales. Cornerstones produce a range of educational resources and their primary product is a creative curriculum package for three to 11-year-olds. The curriculum is packed with exciting and engaging ways to help children learn; encouraging them to engage, develop, innovate and express themselves, while at the same time meeting all government-required learning targets in the new National Curriculum 2014. Cornerstones resources are designed to help teachers deliver high quality lessons. They also save them time planning and enable them to spend more time with children in the classroom.

Cornerstones is based at Fields End Business Park, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S63 0JF, telephone 0844 33503000.  For further details, see  and follow on Twitter @Cornerstonesedu.

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