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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
50 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.

Student Houses

Similar to a residence but offering more independence, 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.

Student 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. Residences are modern and often include 24 hour reception, laundry facilities, bike storage, common room, and Wi-Fi internet access, conveniently located for easy access to school.

Summer Residence

As all of our schools are in popular student cities, there is a wealth of private accommodation to rent, to suit all requirements and budgets. Our staff will be happy to help in any way.

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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.

  • John Slade

    Social Programme Coordinator & Teacher

    As cities go, London has to be one of the best in which to learn English. It’s fast-paced, cosmopolitan vibe means there is always something interesting and fun waiting around every corner. After living and teaching English in Sydney, Australia for several years, it’s fantastic to be back teaching in this amazing city. The vast cultural scene in London plays a strong part in my teaching here at Stafford House and I try to incorporate anything and everything that I feel my students will find both engaging and informative. The facilities here at Stafford House also add an exciting edge to classroom life and I work to integrate the wonderful technology available to us here into my lessons as often as I can.  The social programme also offers students a vast array of activities from theatre trips to museums to city visits and it’s always a pleasure to be a part of one of these great excursions and spend time with students outside of the school environment! In short, I thoroughly enjoy my work here at Stafford House and believe it really is one of the best (if not THE best!) schools to study at in the UK.

  • Louise Richardson

    Student Services Manager

    My role is Student Services Manager for London. I work in a multilingual team of four staff and we specialise in supporting students with accommodation, welfare and school reception services. Together we ensure our Stafford House student community enjoys a safe, happy and fulfilling experience in London. In the past I taught English to teenagers and adults in Poland, Spain, Costa Rica and Japan. Kyushu is my home-from-home and I spent several three wonderful years living and working in southern Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) for a very large junior high school and senior high school in Kumamoto City. After that I worked with a private language company in Kumamoto for a further 18 months, specialising in designing courses for university entrance as well as professional adults in business. Since 2006, I have developed my student management experience in three major London schools as an Accommodation Manager then as Assistant Director of Studies then as a Programme Manager, planning home tuition courses for both adult and junior learners. I am extremely happy to use my Japanese conversational skills with agents, students and other family members to deliver additional reassurance or help to resolve complications experienced by our learners. It is a huge pleasure to welcome international learners to our exciting, cosmopolitan capital. I take special pride in making sure everybody quickly feels at home with the dedicated team in Stafford House School of English and freely comes to talk with me if there’s anything they need, anytime.

  • Noelia Gonzalez

    Receptionist

    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.

  • Tom Bradley

    Assistant Director of Studies

    From the central location, to the dedicated team of teachers to, the varied social programme, to the exceptional resources available for learning, Stafford House is a fantastic place to study. Coming to London to learn gives you the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world, which I believe is the most important skill we can learn nowadays.
    Since training as a teacher in 2006, I have gained experience both in the classroom and as a teacher trainer and manager. I have a particular interest in developing teachers so that they can deliver the highest quality service to students possible. I’m looking forward to seeing you at Stafford House London!

  • Wa Wei Vong

    Accommodation Assistant

    My name is Wei; I have been working at Stafford House since May 2014. I am currently working alongside Maria, looking after student accommodation services as well as organising airport transfer logistics. My previous experiences include working in hospitality and retail for a major high street brand, so I know the importance of exceptional customer service. My first encounter with the EFL industry was my experience of teaching English in China. From this, I gained an insight into and an understanding of the importance of learning languages. My love for languages has definitely increased since joining the Stafford House team; I speak both Mandarin and Cantonese and try to support students the best I can. I really enjoy working with the school and helping students settle in London. From my experience in China I can relate to how students may feel, living abroad for the first time. Therefore, my key focus is to make the students’ stay with us as comfortable as possible – making London, their home from home.

 
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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.

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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.

  • Abdullah

    Abdullah

    Saudi Arabia

    “Stafford House is not too big, in fact it’s just the right size for me. I get lots of attention from the tutors and I get to interact with the classes. If I was in a larger school I do not think my English would be improving so quickly! These are the best teachers I have ever met in my life. I have been taught by so many in the past and it’s the teachers at School of English that have affected me the most.

    I love the social side of the School of English, the activities we do really involve me in the culture. When I tell friends of mine who are studying at other English schools about the activities I do here, they become jealous!

    I take part in activities every night; parties, football, music. I especially liked the recent ‘Arabic night’ we had - we cooked Arabic food, listened to Arabic music and dressed in traditional Arabic garments - I meet a lot of different people.”

  • 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!

     

  • Fahad

    Fahad

    Saudi Arabia

    "The School was recommended to me by my uncle because it has good teachers and a good study atmosphere. All the staff are helpful and you feel that you are in safe hands.

    My English has really improved here and I hope to do well in the FCE and IELTS exams. My plan is to go to university in England."

  • 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 Standard programme consists of the Core Course in the morning or afternoon. The school will choose which time you will study at.

Morning
Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Break Lesson 3 Lesson 4
9.00-9.50 9.50-10.40 11.00-11.50 11.50-12.40
Core Course Core Course Core Course Core Course
Afternoon
Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Break Lesson 3 Lesson 4
13.45-14.35 14.35-15.25 15.40-16.30 16.30-17.20
Core Course Core Course Core Course Core Course

Intensive programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning or afternoon plus one module.

Morning
Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Break Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Break Lesson 5 Lesson 6 Lesson 7
9.00-9.50 9.50-10.40 11.00-11.50 11.50-12.40 12.45-13.35 13.45-14.35 14.45-15.35
Core Course Core Course Core Course Core Course Core Course Core Course Core Course
Afternoon
Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Break Lesson 4 Lesson 5
12.45-13.35 13.45-14.35 14.45-15.35 15.40-16.30 16.30-17.20
Core Course Core Course Core Course Core Course Core Course

Super Intensive programmes consist of the Core Course in the morning or afternoon plus two modules.

Students will be allocated two afternoon module classes.
Lesson 1 Lesson 2 Break Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Break Lesson 5 Lesson 6 Lesson 7
9.00-9.50 9.50-10.40 11.00-11.50 11.50-12.40 12.45-13.35 13.45-14.35 14.45-15.35
Core Course Core Course Core Course Core Course Module Course Module Course Module Course