The history of The Kip McGrath business
The founders of the Company, Kip and Dugnija McGrath, opened their first Kip McGrath Education Centre in 1974 with the founding principle; “any child can learn if they are taught properly”. Within a very short space of time the McGraths opened six centres in the Hunter Valley and ran those centres successfully for ten years before choosing franchising as the means of expanding beyond their regional constraints to grow the business.
The business has grown to a successful publicly listed business with strong community values and experienced corporate governance. The management team and business founders are practised at growing the business globally and developing successful strategies to tailor education materials to best suit the needs of specific markets.
Today Kip and Dugnija McGrath are still actively involved in the day-to-day running of the company and are members of the Board. They continue to support the franchise network with their extensive experience in both education and business operations.
The company’s head office is based in Newcastle, Australia where it began. View an interview with the company founders.
Growth and Success
Since the founding of the business in 1974, KMEC has become a leader in the after school tuition market in countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Singapore and New Zealand. An internationally trusted name in the field of supplementary education, Kip McGrath Education Centres (KMEC) now has almost 650 franchises in 20 countries around the world.
The strength of the Kip McGrath business lies in its extensive franchise network. It is important to the organisation that those who put their faith in our business model have the foundation for a secure and prosperous future.
The key to the success of the franchise operation is that it brings sound business practices, proven systems and standardised teaching methods into the growing supplementary education field.
Kip McGrath Education Centres
Centres provide tutorial assistance in reading, spelling, English and maths, to students who are having difficulty with their school work or just want to do better. This is done in a positive learning environment through the use of proven teaching methods and programs and is delivered by outstanding teachers.
From the moment students walk into our centres there are clear messages given to them; ‘this is a place where I can learn and this is a place where it is fun to learn.’