About Darfield


Enquiries during business hours

owner-name-iconMandy Johnston

owner-phone-icon+64 3 318 1552


42 South Terrace
Darfield, Canterbury, NZ, 7510

Darfield provides English and maths tuition: incentre-logo In Centre

Kip McGrath Darfield is a small owner-operated centre providing friendly, supportive tuition using proven Kip McGrath methods. Mandy Johnston, (Mrs J to her students) brought Kip McGrath to Darfield in 2010, after more than 14 years teaching in local schools. The centre has grown and earned a reputation for quality teaching and personal attention that both parents and schools appreciate. Mandy specialises in teaching years 4 to 9. Each child has a personalised program, designed for them by Mandy, based on findings of the free assessment. Subjects covered are maths, including numeracy strategies as taught by local schools, plus 'back to basics' number facts and times tables. Literacy, (comprehension, spelling, written work and vocabulary), also features a reading program written by Kip McGrath himself specifically designed to assist with reading difficulties including dyslexia. Book a FREE assessment today and find out how we can help your child build a brighter future!


Your free assessment is conducted by a fully qualified teacher who will provide an independent educational appraisal.

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Maths - Primary and Secondary


English - Primary and Secondary




Numeracy Skills


Dyslexia Learning Programmes

Tutoring Times

3:30pm - 6:30pm
3:30pm - 6:30pm
3:30pm - 6:30pm
3:30pm - 6:30pm
By Appointment -





I would just like to thank Andrea for the much needed help and support she provided my son Jack through the Kip McGrath Centre. Jack struggled with his Maths and English from year 5/6 but with the extra support and years of perseverance with weekly extra tuition, Jack is now nearly 20 and heading into his 2nd year at Birmingham University doing Sound Engineering. Thank you so much Andrea, I can’t believe it’s nearly 10 years as Jack was your first pupil too.

Parent (Kip McGrath Leigh)

Staff members are approachable and friendly and let you know how your child is progressing after each session. We have only been using the service since the beginning of first term and already have seen an improvement in our daughter’s confidence in her approach to mathematics.

Colin & Melisa

Kip McGrath has enabled my children’s’ confidence to grow in an area they have struggled with for years. My daughter’s enthusiasm and positive nature has ensured that sessions are fun and packed with praise. They in turn are keen to learn and enjoy a subject which previously caused fear. Kip McGrath has been the best learning experience we have encountered.

Mrs Harris, Parent (Kip McGrath North West)

Before my child started with Kip McGrath he was lacking confidence & was 6 months behind in school work. Since going to Kip McGrath he has had a big boost in his confidence & has caught up with his school work.

Parent (Kip McGrath)