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London

London doesn’t need introductions - it is one of the world’s greatest, most exciting cities - a truly multicultural melting pot combining centuries of tradition with being the centre of new global thinking and trends.

Top 5 things to see in London

  • London Eye

    London Eye

  • Buckingham Palace

    Buckingham Palace

  • Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament

    Big Ben & the Houses of Parliament

  • Tower of London

    Tower of London

  • British Museum

    British Museum

The School

The school is located in the heart of upmarket Bloomsbury, central London, with all the transport links to the rest of the capital you could ever need at your feet. Our historic buildings are full of character, light-filled and packed with the latest technology. Situated in between some of the world’s top universities, you’ll also find all the academic inspiration you need around you.

Capacity
350
Classrooms
20
Student Computers
14
Lessons
45 mins long
Students in class
Average 11 (max 14)

School Facilities

  • Student lounge
  • IT lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Cafe
  • Canteen
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Self study room

Accommodation

Where you live is key to your happiness and academic success. Whether you prefer the independence of a student residence or the familiarity of homestay, our accommodation options are chosen to offer you the flexibility of choice and quality you deserve.

Homestay

One of our most popular accommodation options, homestay allows you to integrate into family life and practise your English language outside the classroom, over dinner and throughout the weekend with your welcoming hosts. This is a unique way to live and study at your chosen destination.

*London homestay accommodation is provided by third party agencies.

Student Houses

You will live with other students but on a smaller scale than in a residence, allowing you to build lasting friendships with your house mates. Fully furnished and equipped for self-catering.

Our Student Houses are located in the Canada Water Rotherhithe, Surrey Quays and Bermondsey areas of London. Houses are of different sizes, with students sharing the communal areas - kitchen and lounge.

LONDON STUDENT HOUSE

Standard Residence

Offering you more space to yourself, our hand-picked student residences provide the chance to live more independently with like-minded people from all over the world. 

Piccadilly Court offers secure, modern, fully furnished, en-suite bedrooms all of a high specification. This accommodation comprises single en-suite bedrooms arranged in clusters of 6 bedrooms. Each cluster shares a fully fitted kitchen and communal area.

LONDON STANDARD RESIDENCE - PICCADILLY COURT

Premium Residence

Offering you more space to yourself, our hand-picked student residences provide the chance to live more independently with like-minded people from all over the world. 

Our Premium Residence - Pure Highbury is one of the finest examples of modern accommodation for students in London. On-site facilities include: 24 hour reception, common room, outside courtyard, communal kitchen, laundry and gym!

LONDON PREMIUM RESIDENCE - PURE HIGHBURY

Summer Residences (16-17)

We offer fully supervised residences for 16 & 17 year olds in July and August. This comes with a bespoke social programme designed for this age group as well as full board catering.

The residences include breakfast, lunch and dinner at Stafford House canteen and live-in residential supervisors. This is a great alternative to homestay for students under 18.

JULY SUMMER RESIDENCE - PICCADILLY COURT  
AUGUST SUMMER RESIDENCE - PREMIER HOUSE

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Meet our team

All of our teachers hold teaching qualifications ranging from certificate to diploma level and are committed to continuous development and share our passion for learning with our students.

  • Carl Roberton

    Principal                                                  

    I've been an English teacher since 1999 and have worked in Barcelona and Rome as well as in London. Before becoming the School Manager, I was a Director of Studies for 7 years and I love my job! I am fanatical about music, cooking and football and really like learning about other cultures and especially their cuisine! My door is always open and I am keen to help you improve your English as quickly as possible so don't hesitate to come and talk to me.

  • Claire Muirhead

    Activity Coordinator                       

    Originally from Scotland, I spent my university days studying languages. After trying to master the difficult German language in Frankfurt and Hamburg, I decided to turn my hand to teaching what I loved studying. I spent a few years teaching English in Germany and Spain before returning to London.

    Having learnt a language before, I know how important the city, teachers and school are in creating the best and most enjoyable learning experience. Here at Stafford House I believe we have all three: knowledgeable teachers who love what they do, excellent facilities and fantastic resources, and most importantly, one of the best cities in the world right on our doorstep. I couldn’t think of a better place to learn English!

  • Danny Wilkins

    Accommodation Officer 

    London is a big, beautiful and bustling place to study!  Whether it’s for a couple of weeks or several months, you’re sure to have a fantastic time here!  However, like all things new, it might take some getting used to.  As the Accommodation Officer for Stafford House, my job is to help you settle in London life, feel comfortable and really enjoy this wonderful city that I call home!

    If you have any questions regarding your accommodation, your journey to school or where to go out and have fun, I’m always here and happy to help!

  • Julian Francis

    Director of Studies                   

    Hi, I’m Julian and I work as the Director of Studies here at Stafford House. This means that I’m here to look after you and your progress. If you have any questions about your course, progress, teachers, modules, or even London (yes, I am a true born and bred Londoner), my door is always open.

    I’ve taught English in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and England. Since joining Stafford House in 2015, I have loved working here. It has up-to-date technology, beautiful classrooms, outstanding teachers and brilliant facilities. But what really sets us apart from other schools is the caring environment. We all really care about all our staff and students.

     

  • Noelia Gonzalez

    Student Services & Welfare Officer

    My name is Noelia. I am from Spain but I have been living in London since 2012. Before I got to London, I had spent different periods in countries like Italy, Ireland and France – either studying, improving my English skills or working as an Spanish assistant teacher.

    The EFL industry was totally unknown to me until 2008, when I was still an undergraduate in English studies and I had my first experience as a group leader in both Ireland and Wales.I have had multilingual office jobs in London, among recruitment and accommodation, until I got my current job as a receptionist in Stafford House in March 2014.It’s great to work in such an international and vibrant environment - to welcome the students in a friendly way and make them feel like they are at home, is probably the most important thing in my role.

    As a foreigner myself, I can totally relate to their needs and help them with the best customer service. Apart from Spanish and English, I can also speak Italian, Portuguese and French. I’ve always enjoyed learning languages, and I think that is definitely one of my strengths.

  • Susi Wright

    Assistant Director of Studies

    I'm originally from the sunny seaside town of Bournemouth, but I've lived in London for 5 years now, and I never want to leave! I have been teaching for about 10 years, in Thailand and Australia and London, and I love working in language schools because of the variety of people I get to meet!

    London is an amazing city to live in, and Stafford House is a lovely friendly school, so I hope you enjoy it here as much as I do!

 
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Social Programme

Speak English as much as possible - including at break time, lunch time, in the evening and at weekends! There are social activities arranged every week, an opportunity to make friends and practise your speaking skills.

  • TUE

    27

    JUN 2017

    Conversation Club

    Conversation Club

    Time: 15.45 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Come and join us in the student lounge for some extra conversation practice. All levels welcome.

  • TUE

    27

    JUN 2017

    Pub Night

    Pub Night

    Time: 17.30 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Outside School

    Why go? Join our weekly pub night with one of our friendly teachers. Make some new friends and excellent conversation practice.

  • WED

    28

    JUN 2017

    Portobello Market

    Portobello Market

    Time: 15.45 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Reception

    Why go? Head over to the very sophisticated borough of Notting Hill, and take a look around the famous Portobello Market.

  • THU

    29

    JUN 2017

    National Portrait Award

    National Portrait Award

    Time: 17.00 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Outside School

    Why go? Head down to the National Portrait Gallery to experience a late night viewing of all this year's National Portrait Award finalists.

  • THU

    29

    JUN 2017

    Football Training

    Football Training

    Time: 16.00 | Price: £5

    Meeting point: Reception

    Why go? Come along and have a game! We play every week on a grass pitch in East London.

  • FRI

    30

    JUN 2017

    Street Food Festival

    Street Food Festival

    Time: 17.00 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Outside School

    Why go? Head over to Shoreditch to try some delicious street food from around the world at the Dinerama Street Feast.

  • SAT

    01

    JUL 2017

    Brick Lane

    Brick Lane

    Time: 10.00 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Outside School

    Why go? Take a stroll down the East End's most diverse markets, full of delicious food, stunning vintage clothes and vibrant art scene.

  • SUN

    02

    JUL 2017

    Windsor Castle

    Windsor Castle

    Time: 08.30 | Price: £30

    Meeting point: Outside School

    Why go? Visit the oldest inhabited castle in the world and also the favourite residence of Her Majesty The Queen.

  • SUN

    02

    JUL 2017

    Eid Celebration

    Eid Celebration

    Time: 12.00 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Outside School

    Why go? Come along to Trafalgar Square to celebrate the Eid Festival! There will be lots of fantastic food, music and dancing!

  • MON

    03

    JUL 2017

    Welcome Drinks

    Welcome Drinks

    Time: 17.00 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? A great way for new students to meet other new arrivals and a chance for current students to meet and welcome you to the school!

  • TUE

    04

    JUL 2017

    Conversation Club

    Conversation Club

    Time: 15.45 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Student Lounge

    Why go? Come and join us in the student lounge for some extra conversation practice. All levels welcome.

  • TUE

    04

    JUL 2017

    Pub Night

    Pub Night

    Time: 17.30 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Outside School

    Why go? Join our weekly pub night with one of our friendly teachers. Make some new friends and excellent conversation practice.

  • WED

    05

    JUL 2017

    Bank of England

    Bank of England

    Time: 09.30 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Reception

    Why go? visit the Bank of England Museum and discover everything about the UK banking and monetary system.

  • WED

    05

    JUL 2017

    The Saatchi Gallery

    The Saatchi Gallery

    Time: 14.45 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Outside School

    Why go? An incredible collection of some of the world's most renowned contemporary artists. A must-do!

  • THU

    06

    JUL 2017

    Southbank Walking Tour

    Southbank Walking Tour

    Time: 09.30 / 15.45 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Reception

    Why go? A walk around London's cultural centre. Walk from the west of the city to the east finishing up at London's famous Tower Bridge.

  • THU

    06

    JUL 2017

    Football Training

    Football Training

    Time: 16.00 | Price: £5

    Meeting point: Reception

    Why go? Come along and have a game! We play every week on a grass pitch in East London.

  • FRI

    07

    JUL 2017

    Madame Tussaud's

    Madame Tussaud's

    Time: 14.00 | Price: £20

    Meeting point: Reception

    Why go? Come face-to-face with your favourite celebrities at this famous London attraction.

  • SAT

    08

    JUL 2017

    Tower of London

    Tower of London

    Time: 10.00 | Price: £20.00

    Meeting point: Outside Stafford House

    Why go? Visit one of the oldest castles in the world, discover its grisly tales and see the Crown Jewels. You won't be disappointed!

  • SAT

    08

    JUL 2017

    Pride March 2017

    Pride March 2017

    Time: 12.00 | Price: FREE

    Meeting point: Outside Stafford House

    Why go? Experience London's annual march to celebrate the history and solidarity of those forming the U.K's LGBTQ community.

  • SUN

    09

    JUL 2017

    Brighton

    Brighton

    Time: 08.30 | Price: £30

    Meeting point: Outside School

    Why go? Come and experience the British seaside. The day includes a guided tour, a visit to the stunning Brighton Pavilion and free time to explore!

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Nationality Mix

A healthy mix is key to students progression in English language and at Stafford House we are proud of a wide nationality mix across all our centres.

Top 5 Nationalities

  • Korean
  • Turkish
  • Swiss
  • Brazilian
  • Italian

Meet our students

To browse our student stories, click on their profile image below to read detailed student profiles.

  • Arda

    Arda

    Turkey

    I want to share my happy moment with you. I got 6,5 IELTS score.
    Thank you for your assistance, advices and perfect IELTS teaching skills. It really helped me to improve a lot and I'm grateful for this. I think my London adventure is going to continue in September. I spent great time in London and gained very good friends. There's no doubt that I'll visit Stafford House to see my good teachers and friends who are still there. I'm looking forward to seeing you in September.

  • Bernardo

    Bernardo

    Italy

    I met a lot of great people at Stafford House, and made good friends who I will stay in touch with when I leave. All of our teachers and staff are kind and helpful and I felt really prepared going into my IELTS exam.

     

     

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    France

    I’m really happy here, all the teachers that I have are very good and now that I’ve passed more time in the school and from the marks on different tests I can see that I’m progressing. I have a lot of friends in the school and they are from different nationalities and we can learn about different cultures.
    And I really like people in London – they are very friendly!

     

  • Kaoru

    Kaoru

    Japan

    "I’ve been learning English at Stafford House School of English since June. I studied in Canterbury School for two months and I’m studying in London for four months until December.

    I studied in a relaxing environment in Canterbury and I could get used to living in Britain. There are lots of places to see in London. It is easy to access anywhere in Britain from London. I’m learning not only English but lots of things now. I talk to teachers and staff if I have some problems. They kindly help me every time.”

     

  • Leonard

    Leonard

    Switzerland

    “London seemed like the most obvious place to study English and it’s been brilliant. I’ve been able to experience life and study in a fantastic city. The staff have been so incredibly welcoming and making new friends has been easy.”

  • Ludovica

    Ludovica

    Italy

    I really enjoyed studying at Stafford House School of English. I met a lot of new people from many different countries, learning lots about their cultures as I had to speak in English to make friends. The school is so beautiful - an old building but with great facilities - library, a computer room, Wi-Fi access - and very polite staff that help you every time you need it. Also because we studied in smaller classes it meant the teacher was able to follow and help every one of us.

  • Pierre

    Pierre

    France

    I work in an international company in France, as a lawyer, and I need English in my day-to-day work. I came here because I needed to gain confidence in my English, my speaking and presentation skills. I had to immerse myself in an English speaking culture. The teachers here are very good and professional, their methods and techniques are great. In class we are between 5 to 10 students which is very good because the teacher has the time for everyone. You can really ask every question you have and they are always keen to help you. I’ve made a lot of friends and we’ll stay in touch for sure. It was a very worthwhile experience.

  • Srikanth

    Srikanth

    Switzerland

    We have a good mixture of content in our morning class, such as speaking, listening, writing and reading. Everyone has the chance to express and to bring new ideas. Our teacher listens to everyone and arranges the lesson so that it is beneficial to all. I feel very confident in my improvement. Outside of class the range of activities is wide and the local tour was awesome!

  • Takamasa

    Takamasa

    Japan

    “The nationality mix at the School is great because there are so few Japanese students and lots of other nationalities. This has made learning English much easier and has enabled me to learn about lots of different cultures at the same time.”

  • Tuana

    Tuana

    Turkey

    I was in Stafford House for 3 months and it was the best time of my life! Here you can find students from all over the world and teachers who have great interests and great knowledge. They all take you under their wings and they become a part of your life! And the worst part is you have to leave them behind… I enjoyed everything – every single moment of my lessons, my breaks, my teachers and my friends so I hope to come back again!

 
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Getting Around

There is an excellent transport network in London and you will be able to travel around the city by train, underground (known as the ‘tube’) or bus very easily.

Tube

There is an excellent transport network in London and you will be able to travel around the city by train, underground (known as the ‘tube’) or bus very easily. Visit theTransport for London website –www.tfl.gov.uk

Tube Map Services updates Journey Planner

Note: There are often engineering works at the weekends so it’s a good idea to check this website before your travel. The tube does not run a 24 hour service. The last tube on Mondays to Saturdays is at around midnight, and on Sundays it’s earlier.

London Travel Passes

The cheapest way to travel in London is by using an ‘Oyster card’. This is a travel card that you can use on all London transport that can be bought from any underground station. There are many ways of paying for your travel – pay as you go, weekly pass or monthly pass.

If you are studying with us for more than 14 weeks, and you are 18 or over, you can apply for a student Oyster card which will save you up to 30%.

For all fares visit this page: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets
For single ticket prices visit this page: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/
For student prices (18+) visit this page: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/adult-discounts-and-concessions/18-student?intcmp=1768

Weekend Trips

There are many other interesting and beautiful places to visit in the UK while you’re here. Travelling by coach may be cheapest option, but travelling by train will usually be quicker.

Coach: www.nationalexpress.com
Train: www.nationalrail.co.uk

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Our Courses

We have a range of programmes to suit all english levels. You can count on our experienced teachers to empower and guide you through your journey in English, they go the extra mile to immerse you in their language and culture.

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Sample Timetables

The Essential programme consists of the Core Course in the morning or afternoon. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Morning
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.50-12.20 CORE COURSE
Afternoon
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
13.45 - 15.15 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
15.30-17.00 CORE COURSE

The Standard programme consists of the Core Course in the morning plus one module. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated one afternoon module class
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.50-12.20 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.30-13.30 or 13.30 - 14.30                                                        MODULE 1.1 or 1.2* FREE AFTERNOON

*Students may be required to attend module 2 between 14.40 - 15.40 instead of module 1

Intensive programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning plus two modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated two afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.50-12.20 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.30-13.30 or 13.30-14.30                                                        MODULE 1.1 or 1.2 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
14.40-15.40                                                        MODULE 2

Super Intensive programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning plus three modules. There will be no classes on Friday afternoon

Students will be allocated three afternoon module classes
TIME MON TUES WED THUR FRI
9.00 - 10.30 CORE COURSE
  BREAK
10.50-12.20 CORE COURSE
  LUNCH
12.30-13.30 or 13.30-14.30                                                        MODULE 1.1 or 1.2 FREE AFTERNOON
                                                         BREAK
14.40-15.40                                                        MODULE 2
                                                         BREAK
15.45-16.45                                                        MODULE 3