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In our London and Cambridge schools we’ve launched an amazing value offer for flexible students! The same General English (20 lessons) course is now available with up to 25% discount depending on course length. This course is ideal for students who want to combine their English studies with other commitments, interests or tourism but who can be flexible in having AM or PM classes as determined by the school.

Course Features

  • How you learn - We believe that you will learn faster and more effectively if your lessons are engaging, fun and relevant, that’s why our teachers use a range of techniques and develop classes that are motivating and build your confidence. This will allow time to focus on any areas of weakness. Any weekly programme is influenced not only by the course book syllabus but also by the learning goals and interests of the students in any one group
  • Testing on arrival - On your first day you will take a language assessment, to assess your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and how well you are able to understand and speak English. This helps us to understand the class you’ll be happiest and most successful in.
  • Monthly Tutorial - Every month you’ll have a one-to-one tutorial with a senior member of the academic team to make sure you are on track to achieve your goals and fulfil your potential. It’s a great opportunity to review your course choices and learning methods and to really make sure you achieve what you want to achieve.
  • Quality Assurance -  Our Directors of Studies are based in all of our schools to ensure our programmes are of the highest possible quality, our class sizes are small and that our students leave having gained the maximum from their time with us.

Quick Facts

Start Dates
Every Monday
Minimum Level
Beginners
Lessons
20 Lessons
Age
16+

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One-to-one English

Our One-to-One English courses can be completely tailor made according to your needs and objectives.. This course is particularly useful for students who have a very particular need or for students who wish to learn. very intensively.

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Adult Groups

Stafford House is a specialist in providing bespoke group services. We offer a complete package that can be adapted to your needs. Ideal for groups of students who wish to improve their language skills in a particular field of interest.

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Meet our students

To browse our student stories, click on their profile image below to read detailes 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.”

  • Ahmad

    Ahmad

    Saudi Arabia

    Teachers here are very experienced and they are very supportive! They listen to everyone and organise lessons in a way that it is useful to all. My vocabulary is growing and that’s very important for my future studies in civil engineering. I am very confident in my progress.

  • Alexandra

    Alexandra

    Italy

    “I love my morning lessons – my teachers are really good and my English is improving really quickly. The classes really make you think – you get to discuss ideas and this helps you learn better.

    I chose Stafford House School of English because it was recommended by my cousin. I like that there are so many people from so many countries here.

    I love Canterbury, it’s beautiful. I love the shopping, the history, the Cathedral, the coffee shops – I love being here and getting to hang out with my friends.”

  • Andres

    Andres

    Colombia

  • Anna

    Anna

    Viet Nam

    My name is Anna. I am from Vietnam. I am studying English because I want to live and work here. I like this school because the teachers are fun and sociable.

  • 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.

  • Asim

    Asim

    Saudi Arabia

    Before Stafford House:
    I have never thought that I am going to be able to speak English in my life. When I see my father speaks English, I used to ask myself, how is it possible to speak another language like this? Until I decided to do my masters in the UK, I thought there might be a good opportunity to learn English language.

    At first, I had an acceptance from an English school in the north of Wales. I was very advocated to see what this country is like and how I am going to experience this completely new life. But when I arrived I was surprised that there are so many students who speak my own language, I even didn’t have a resident arrangement from the school.

    I was really disappointed. After spending 4 months without any improvement in my English, my friends advised me to change this school to another one called Stafford House School of English. To be honest I was afraid that I would end up with the same problems.

    First Day in Canterbury:
    After deep thinking I managed to go to Canterbury. My first impression was quite good. Very nice small city, friendly people and it seemed that every thing is close to the school. I visited the school to get an acceptance. They were very welcoming. It was enough for me that the stuff was trying to understand what I was saying, because my English at that time was very poor.

    Then I got my acceptance with all dilates needed for the embassy including my host family information. I really liked the way they organise their business. After one long day, I went back home to renew my visa and come over again to start my course on 20/07/2009.

    Studying experience:
    My first day was completely different than the one I had in Wales. I saw so many people from all over the world, even people who are from my country they don’t speak my language in the class. There were so many activates during the week, such as, watching movies, playing pools, dancing, social activates and even sports. Even though I don’t like to do sports I started playing some.

    Stafford house has an excellent range of very qualified stuff and teachers. They helped me a lot to see my future direction and set up my plans wisely. Most importantly is that students can share their experiences with each other especially during the international activities. I can say now that I had the chance to enjoy learning not only English language but also every single thing about English culture and the world.

    I spent 10 fruitful months in Stafford House starting with pre-Intermediate level until I reached Advanced level. Throughout that period I did IELTS and FCE courses.

    Finally, This is only a little of the experience I had in this lovely school. I promise to advise every singe student who want to study English to join Stafford House School of English.

    Special thanks to
    Teachers: Marina, Annie and Jane.
    Director of studies: Nicky

  • 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.

     

     

  • Chien-Ting

    Chien-Ting

    Taiwan

  • Claire

    Claire

    South Korea

    My name is Claire. I am from Korea and I was born in Seoul. I am studying English because I don’t speak English very well. This school is different because I have many friends here. I like to make friends.

  • Cleide

    Cleide

    Brazil

    "Canterbury is a very nice city because it’s old and rich in history. It’s a chance to meet people from other cultures. It’s nice to open your mind. I’ve enjoyed going to museums and gardens. And pubs! I’ve made friends. It’s very nice. You can meet people from all over the world. The students are very friendly and nice. I think I’ll stay in touch with some.

    I think the teachers are good and very friendly. There are good buildings and computers. It’s a good school and a responsible school."

  • 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!

     

  • Dury

    Dury

    North Korea

    “I want to be a musical actor. To do that and to do well, I need to be very good at English – which is why I am here at Stafford House School of English. Once I reach the English language level I need I will go to study at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts! I love Canterbury for living in and for studying in, I love that London is so close for visiting and for shopping.”

    How did the drama lessons start?
    "I failed my first audition for the Drama Foundation course at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts. I regretted it so much – I didn’t prepare. The school suggested I should take acting lessons."

    Was it difficult to learn the Shakespeare?
    "Yes. It was difficult to understand the monologue. There were lots of new words – like old words. Sarah (my tutor at Stafford House) translated everything for me."

    Do you feel you’ve made good progress at Stafford House?
    "Yes, especially listening and grammar."

    And you passed the next audition, didn’t you? Do you think these lessons helped you?
    "I’m really pleased about it! So happy! The lessons were really helpful. Absolutely."

    Have you enjoyed yourself here?
    "Yes. I’m really happy to make friends from other countries and English people and to know the culture here. The teachers at Stafford House are nice. I really like this school. The students are really nice and kind."

  • Ekaterina

    Ekaterina

    Kazakhstan

    "I like Canterbury, I wish I could live here always – it’s so small, safe, peaceful and clean.”

  • Eunbyoul

    Eunbyoul

    South Korea

  • 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."

  • Giulia

    Giulia

    Italy

    “I hope to study medicine at university. I know that having a good understanding of English will help me with this.

    I love my lessons at Stafford House School of English. My teacher, Marina, really helps me with my English speaking – she is very understanding and friendly.

    There is a lot of freedom here. Everyone is free to do what they like (within reason!). Canterbury is a wonderful town – everything you need is here; shopping, coffee shops and the beach close-by, plus there’s a great social life.”

  • Hani

    Hani

    Saudi Arabia

    “Canterbury is a really friendly and safe city.

    My favourite thing about School of English is the teachers, because they make me feel so welcome - I really feel like I am in my own country!

    The other students are like my sisters and brothers - I feel like I am at home here. Canterbury is not too big or too strange - you can walk anywhere, explore and find great places to hang out.”
     

  • Hassan

    Hassan

    Saudi Arabia

  • Hee-Young

    Hee-Young

    South Korea

    I like Stafford House, teachers are very nice, my host family is great and I get to spend a lot of time with my international friends at social programme. It’s my first time in Europe and it’s been an amazing experience so far – I would recommend it to my friends!

  • Hosam

    Hosam

    Saudi Arabia

    The teachers here are very very good! I started here as a beginner and I didn’t know what I was saying, it was difficult to talk and understand others, communicate with people from different countries with different accents, now really I find it so easy to communicate with both internationals and native speakers and understand what they say. I think I’m ready to start my university studies and that means I’ve achieved my goal. I’ve passed the exams to start my pre-sessional course so Stafford House helped me to get into university that I wanted.

    Staff here is very helpful they always smile and always friendly – provide us help with everything we need. Stafford House is something else, it’s difficult to explain, it’s like my second home – I will miss it very much.

  • Jan

    Jan

    Netherlands

    “Canterbury has a lot to offer; it has a great social life, it’s really welcoming to international students and it has a friendly atmosphere. I find the School to be an exceptionally pleasant place to study in – a really relaxed environment. The teachers are fun and approachable, and I enjoy mixing with so many other nationalities – learning about other cultures and making new friends."

  • Jeong-Hoon

    Jeong-Hoon

    North Korea

    “I was nervous when I first arrived, but the teachers are so friendly and helpful that they made me feel at home instantly.  In the school I have the opportunity to talk to so many different people, we all speak English and this dramatically improves our learning.

    Every 3 weeks we have a personal tutorial - it's a great chance to understand where I am with my English and what I have to do to improve more. I am confident that my English is getting better and better and I can't wait to continue my studies at CATS Canterbury.”

  • Jingwen Li

    Jingwen Li

    China

    I’m a Chinese girl who have been in Toronto for 6 months. When I arrived in Toronto, it was winter and the snow covered everywhere. I thought it wouldn’t be great but enjoyed the difference from my country and for the first month, I always went to the library and tried to practice English by communicating with local people. In this multi-cultural city, people are very helpful to others especially the teachers and staff at this school. By participating in many different activities the school offers, I was able to make many friends from different countries. I’m currently in Academic Program and will go to College next year through the pathway program.

  • Jixing

    Jixing

    China

    “We always have fun in the lessons, plus they are always interesting – my English is improving all the time. Canterbury is perfect for studying – it’s so peaceful. Plus the coast is really close by – I love being able to swim in the sea and relax at the beach.”

  • Kevin

    Kevin

    Hong Kong

    Kevin spent 5 months at Stafford House School of English in Canterbury and is now preparing to begin the Pre: Programme at CATS College Canterbury.

    Kevin's story
    Kevin finished F.5 in HK in last July, but the result was disappointing, with an English IELTS of only 2.5.

    His mother visited Stafford House in September together with Kevin, and they decided it would be a good place for him to improve his English before further study.

    Kevin made many friends from around the world - Korea, Saudi Arabia and more.

    After only 5 months at Stafford House, Kevin's mother was delighted to find that Kevin had improved significantly – he is now able to speak English well and his listening skills are also very strong.

    For his accommodation, Kevin chose the homestay option, staying with a local family. This was so successful he has asked to stay with the same family when he moves over to CATS College Canterbury.

    Kevin's aim is to study the A level Business pathway at CATS and is looking forward to going to University in a couple of years.

  • Kirill Medintcev

    Kirill Medintcev

    Russia

    Toronto is a unique city where people from all over the world live and work. My language school is a part of Toronto, there are students from all over the world. The school is conveniently located near the subway station. All the formalities and any issues are solved quickly with excellent student service staff: Akane, Veronika and Sam.

    I really like the size of classes and the large windows with them. This school also has computer room and a comfortable room where you can have lunch. My lovely teacher doesn’t leave any questions unanswered and make sure everyone in my class understand. I’m sure that the study in this school will bring the expected result! Education is always in a positive way and many events and activities are hosted by the school almost every day.

  • Lee

    Lee

    North Korea

    "A friend recommended the School to me because of the teachers who are so friendly and the nationality mix which means I can speak English all the time.

    I like Canterbury because the people are welcoming and I can take the opportunity to talk with them."

  • Man

    Man

    Hong Kong

    “The teachers do not just teach us English, but they also understand how we are feeling – they are really supportive, they really care about you. Canterbury is good for shopping, and having London so close by is great."

  • Meltem

    Meltem

    Turkey

  • Naomi

    Naomi

    Japan

    "My English has improved a lot and I have made lots of friends here. There are many good teachers and everybody is friendly and kind. The School environment is homely.

    I chose Canterbury because I didn't want to be in a big city but wanted easy access to London. I will miss this School and I strongly recommend it."

  • Nasser

    Nasser

    Brazil

    I already knew about San Francisco and I am glad that I chose Stafford House. The staff was awesome and the teachers were outstanding. So if you're planning to study English abroad, come to Stafford House.

  • Natsuko

    Natsuko

    Japan

  • Noelle

    Noelle

    Switzerland

    “I love to travel and wanted to improve my English because it’s the world’s language. My time at Stafford House really helped me a lot to talk to people from other countries and understand different accents. The classes at School of English are fun! We play lots of games and I felt immediately welcome.”

  • Pattanan

    Pattanan

    Thailand

    "The school provides everything a student wants and the teachers are very helpful, cheerful and kind.

    I chose Canterbury because it's a quiet town where I can concentrate on my studies. The environment here is suitable for studying in every way. The most important thing is that the staff care about what students think and listen to them."

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    Viet Nam

    My name is Sarah. I am from Vietnam. I am studying English because my English is still very low. I want my English to be better before entering high school. I feel comfortable when I study here because the teachers teach very well. I have many people here who are the same as me; I don’t feel alone. 

  • Song Bae Lee

    Song Bae Lee

    South Korea

    I’m from Korea and am studying English here. At this school, I can meet various people from other countries! And every staff are really helpful. As I’ve been taking the Academic program, my English skills including reading, listening, vocabulary, as well as writing have been improved a lot.

    Toronto has over a hundred races and is known as a multi-cultural city. There are many places to visit, many attractions and events to participate in this city. It’s a great place to study English and get to know different cultures at same time. It’s your turn to experience it!!

  • 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.”

  • Thai Carvalho

    Thai Carvalho

    Brazil

    Toronto is a large multi-cultural city located in the East of Canada, which is a beautiful and developed country attracting tourists and students from all over the world. This school is a very welcoming school located in the area called North York. This area is very safe and clean. There is easy access to the transportation and to Downtown Toronto as well.

    That’s why I chose Toronto and think that it was my best choice for my exchange experience. The opportunity to meet people from many different countries and learn about their cultures in one city that also offers both nature and city side, is very satisfying! 

  • Zaid Alsubaie

    Zaid Alsubaie

    Saudi Arabia

    My study abroad experience is completed in Toronto. I can live in one of the biggest, greatest, and safest Metropolitan cities. Every day, I have a new experience and face many opportunities.

    About English study, I took ESL and am currently in Academic Program and my teacher is amazing. She provides us with different materials, not only from the textbooks but some reading materials from the news, Internet and some other books like TED. I’ve learnt and been given more than I expected.

 
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