About Us

We want all children to believe in their capability to learn and flourish in all aspects of life

Cape Ability is a family business, consisting of a brother and sister, their partners and a long time family friend.  We are Angela and Chris Lyons, Greg Crocombe and Steve and Lucy Nelson.

The origins of the approach started at the fabulous school where Angela teaches. They wanted to make growth mindset part of their culture, so after some research into teaching children growth mindset,  Angela developed these characters and wrote stories to support the growth mindset principles. Seeing its success, the school adopted the stories and characters and they permeated into all aspects of the curriculum and wider school life to support growth mindset – with some fantastic outcomes.  You can read more about this origin in ‘How Cape Ability Began‘ on our Articles page.

Cape Ability as we know it now came to life in Angela’s kitchen. Knowing the value of growth mindset went beyond academic education, Angela had also introduced the approach at home and her brother Stephen saw it in action with Angela’s young children. When he learned about the characters and their stories, the way they helped children to learn and believe in themselves, he was really impressed.  Over dinner Angela, Stephen, Chris and Lucy discussed how fantastic it would be to create something that would enable Primary Schools and parents to easily implement this approach and the company was born.

The first task was to illustrate the stories and bring the beloved characters to life!  

Stephen went to school with the very talented artist Greg who was delighted to join us. As a team, we created the Cape Ability world and started developing the package to enable other schools to introduce the approach.  As the characters and their stories can support childrens’ learning in all aspects of their lives, we wanted to find a way to enable parents to use the Cape Ability approach at home. While the stories themselves help children understand complex concepts such as concentration, resilience, reflection, etc. One of the reasons the approach is so successful at school is because the teachers and pupils embed the approach in all aspects of school life.  We created the Cape Ability at Home subscription to provide parents with tools and exercises to help their children put their learning in practice.

The next few years are going to be exciting times for Cape Ability, we will be releasing the first eight books, but our story won’t stop there.  We already have exciting new plans to continue to develop our offering so watch this space!