Blanchardstown, Dublin

Blanchardstown, Dublin

Hartstown Community School, Blakestown, Blanchardstown, Dublin,

Collette Simpson

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The Searsol centre enables children from the age of eight upwards to learn the skill of touch typing. Our unique training method focuses on enabling children to work independently, giving them confidence in their typing abilities. They progress through small steps to gradually develop their accuracy and typing speed.  Unlike traditional tuition, Searsol fosters students’ skills in self-learning, building confidence, and lessening reliance on a teacher.

Our typing course is suitable for all children from the age of eight upwards. We work with children that have learning differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, or other learning differences.

Your child will be initially assessed by the Searsol tutor to determine what they can achieve on our typing course. Your child will visit their local Searsol centre once a week, where their Tutor will observe their typing and ensure that they are using the right technique. Searsol’s aim is to develop each child into a confident, independent, and enthusiastic learner

Our Blanchardstown centre is located in Hartstown Community School.

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My name is Collette Simpson and I have been working within the community as a professional tutor for over five years now.  I have worked with all age groups, from primary school-aged children to retired adults.  Previously, having worked within the private sector for big corporate companies for almost 20 years in different office roles, I knew this was not my calling.

I returned to education as a mature student to follow my dreams of working as a teacher/tutor. I graduated from Maynooth University with a Double honors degree and also level 8 certifications.  Learning is never-ending. I have been working with Searsol in the after-school touch typing classes for over a year now. This has allowed me to work with the students – who may prefer typing over writing or how typing works better for them than writing – to help nurture and help enhance their typing abilities.  With a little encouragement and guidance, I get to watch these students grow in confidence while learning their way around the keyboard. That is the satisfaction of the job for me, everyone is happy walking away from the learning experience

  • Wednesday
    4 to 5 pm
  • Wednesday
    5 to 6 pm
Class Schedule

Classes follow the school term. Classes run from September to June. No classes on the following dates: October mid-term - 31st Oct 4th Nov 2022 Christmas 22nd Dec - 4th Jan 2023 February mid-term - 13-17 Feb 2023 Easter - 3rd - 14th April 2023

Car Parking
Wheelchair accessible toilets

Blanchardstown, Dublin Center Address:

Hartstown Community School





Computer Room Directions:

Go past reception and go up the stairs. Computer room H11.

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Searsol was formed in 2007, we provide computer training courses to Adults and Children. We provide a range of computer courses, from after school touch typing courses, computer camps, and computer camps.

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No we provide all the computer equipment so there is no need to bring a laptop to our typing course.

The free trial assessment lasts an hour, the same time as a normal class. You are expected to bring your child in and fill out a registration form, the class tutor will give it at the start of the class.  At the end of the trial assessment, the class tutor will show your child’s report. The report will show the average word per minute that your child is doing at present. The Tutor will advise what potential grade your child can achieve in our typing classes.

The Searsol after-school touch typing classes suit the following children:

  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia (DCD)
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Children with hypermobility
  • Children with writing difficulties such as slow writing speed or illegible writing.
  • Children that have a laptop exception for exams
  • Any child that wants to learn how to type.

The classes are not suited for children that need one-to-one help.

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