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About Class of Their Own

Class Of Their Own was started by Sam Thomson in 2001. How did it begin?


I had been teaching in a primary school for a few years before deciding to go travelling. Whilst on my travels I was contemplating doing something different on my return to the UK.


My original eureka moment was whilst lying on a beach in India, I decided to start a tutoring agency, and the name 'Class Of Their Own' was born.

At the time, there was lots in the press about how children fall back academically during the school holidays and so I decided to gather a few teaching friends to help run a holiday club over the summer holiday, with the focus on learning through play.

As time has moved on we have put less focus on learning and more on creating clubs as a place where the emphasis is on playing and having fun.

As the company expanded it was becoming too busy for me on my own so I asked Tanya (my big sister) to join the company in 2006.

Sam is married and has a young daughter.




I had never really envisaged myself having a career working with children! During my twenties I spent a lot of time travelling whilst trying to work out what I wanted to do. In 1998 I started working for a software company in London as a receptionist. Tanya

Within a couple of weeks I had been promoted to Office Manager, and by the time I left in 2005 I was the European Marketing Manager.

I left seeking a new but unknown challenge - so reverting to form, I decided to go travelling again! When I came back, I started helping Sam out as the company was growing too big for her to manage on her own. One day she asked me if I wanted to join her, and here I am with a completely new and different challenge! Since I joined I have been putting my office and marketing skills to use.

Tanya is married and in her spare time, Tanya enjoys playing tennis, cycling and travelling and World Cinema.

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Class Of Their Own Timeline

  • September 2016 - Opened new After School and Breakfast Club at Southover Primary School in Lewes
  • May 2016 - Received second consecutive Ofsted Outstanding at St Paul's Primary School
  • May 2016 - Sponsored Brighton Festival Children's Parade
  • April 2016 - Opened new After School and Breakfast Club at St Philip's Catholic Primary School in Uckfield (first club in East Sussex)
  • September 2015 - Opened After School and Holiday Club at Sompting Village Primary School
  • June 2015 - Received Ofsted 'outstanding' inspection at Stanford (5th club receive the highest possible grading)
  • June 2015 - Launched Summer Holiday Forest School
  • February 2015 - Received two Ofsted 'outsanding' inspections in 7 days (Downs and Fairlight)
  • February 2015 - Announced sponsorship of Brighton' Festival's 2015 Children's Parade
  • October 2014 - Andrew Black joins team as Business Development Manager
  • October 2014 - Bec Drinkwater joins team as Area Co-ordinator
  • September 2014 - Secured extra office space, now spread over 3-floors
  • September 2014 - Sally Howard joined the team as HR Manager
  • September 2014 - Opened new clubs at Somerhill, West Hove Juniors (Holland Road) and Aldrington
  • February 2014 - Shortlisted for Outstanding Play Provision Award at National Playwork Conference
  • February 2014 Announced Sponsorship of Brighton Festival's Children's Parade
  • September 2013 New After School Club at St John the Baptist
  • July 2013 Recived Ofsted 'Outstanding' grading following an Inspection at Swiss Gardens
  • July 2013 Jane Hardy joined the team as Area Co-ordinator
  • September 2012 New After School Club opened at Balfour Primary
  • January 2012 Rachel Austin joined the team as Area Manager
  • January 2012 Moved to larger office in Church Road, Hove
  • September 2011 New After School Club at Connaught opened
  • September 2011 New pick up service launched for Coombe Road and Mouslecoomb Schools
  • August 2011 Junior 'Own Zone' launched
  • April 2011 New Holiday Club opened at St Christopher's to cover Independent School Holidays
  • September 2010 New After School Club at Davigdor Infants
  • April 2010 Opened After School and Holiday Club at Our Lady of Lourdes
  • April 2010 Opened After School Club at Swiss Gardens
  • March 2010 Opened first 'Junior Only' After School & Holiday Club at Benfield Junior
  • Jan 2010 Opened After School Club at Fairlight Primary
  • October 2009 Received Ofsted 'outstanding' grading following an inspection at St Paul's School
  • January 2010 Launched Party and Babysitting Services
  • April 2009 Opened our first club in West Sussex at Holmbush Primary School
  • April 2008 Opened after school club at St Bartholomew's School
  • 2008 Awarded Southern FM/UPS Business in the Community Award
  • 2008 Awarded Brighton and Hove Business in the Community Award
  • 2008 Moved to a larger office
  • 2007 Opened after school club at St Paul's School
  • 2007 Opened after school and holiday club at Downs Junior School
  • 2006 Tanya joined Class Of Their Own as co-director
  • 2006 Opened after school and holiday club at Portslade Infant School
  • 2005 Moved into a small office
  • 2004 Opened holiday club at Peter Gladwin
  • 2003 Opened after school and holiday club at Stanford Junior School
  • 2002 Opened after school and holiday club at West Hove School
  • 2002 Moved the holiday club to Davigdor, as more space
  • 2001 First holiday club opened at Middle Street School, Brighton