Welcome to the Lake School of English

A professional, dynamic approach to teaching English in a well-established, independent school in the centre of Oxford.

Quality English Language Courses





This lively university city with its exciting academic and leisure facilities is an ideal place to study English.

Personal attention from experienced and well-qualified staff, supported by excellent resources.

Flexible start dates all year round and a range of English language courses to suit each individual student.

Comfortable, carefully selected accommodation so you feel at home in Oxford.

Bodleian Library, Oxford

The University

The historical Oxford University college buildings and the beautiful parks and gardens of the city are all an enjoyable short walk from the school.

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School Facilities

School Facilities

Free WiFi and 1 year’s free subscription to e-Learning materials are just some of the benefits you receive as a student in our centre of excellence.

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Teachers Courses

Erasmus+ Funding

If you are a teacher or working in education in the EU, you can still apply for Erasmus+ funding (2016 - 2020) to attend a Professional Development Course at the Lake School of English. Contact us for details of Erasmus+ and about making an application for your organisation.

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Homestay accommodation


Personally arranged by the school, our welcoming homestays offer a great chance to practise your English and learn about British culture.

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Latest News 

Study English in Oxford - Brexit Update

What can EU students expect if they want to travel and study in the UK over the coming months? The good news is that there will be very few changes before the end of December 2020 and students can mostly come as they do now. From 2021 it will still be easy for students to enter the UK.

We look forward to welcoming students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland to learn English in the UK after Brexit. Find out more information here.   

Summer FIRST (B2) and Advanced (C1) Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses

Start 29th July 2019, study for 4 weeks, take your exam in Oxford. Contact us for more information!

The Lake School is currently in the top 2% of UK English language centres

The latest 2019 ranking list of British Council accredited English language centres published by the EL Gazette is based on the summary statements of British Council inspection reports. The Lake School was awarded 14 areas of strength. Find the Lake School of English in the top 2%

Congratulations to our teachers Lucy Holmes and Sharlene Matharu, who have just published their first book together: ‘Talking Images: Idioms’.

It's a photocopiable resource book for English language teachers and is based on their many years of experience in the English language classroom, writing for OUP and Macmillan, and producing original material for their students. See the book and download a sample unit.

2018 celebrated 40 years of excellence in English language teaching!

2018 celebrated the Lake School's 40th birthday, if you would like to join us in 2019, book your course now! 

Nearly 900 students from 46 different countries studied at the Lake School of English in 2018.

An amazing and wonderful group of students from all over the world have improved their English in Oxford, with the Lake School. Will 2019 be the year that you improve your English? Contact us!

Oxford University Press authors

Lucy Holmes and Sarah Walker, Lake School teachers and trainers, and OUP authors are delighted that the coursebook series Navigate, which they contributed to, has been shortlisted for the ESU English Language awards. 

Trinity College London Registered Centre for International ESOL Examinations

The Lake School is delighted to be a registered centre for Trinity College London GESE examinations. GESE tests speaking and listening. There are 12 grades available from beginners to advanced (pre-A1 to C2). If you are bringing a group of students to study at the Lake School, ask us about how they can take a GESE exam. 

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