I was a beautiful experience. I learned a lot and I became more confident with my English understanding and speaking. I met a lot of very nice people. I will recommend the Lake School. Thank you!

- Cecilia Alves, France
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A school with a great reputation in the centre of Oxford

The Lake School of English in Oxford was established in 1978 and welcomes adults of all abilities and nationalities, who have many different reasons for studying English.

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%

About us

The Lake School is an independent school which is owned by its 2 directors: Susan Barber and Carmel Engin.

Susan is Academic and Financial Director, Carmel is responsible for Marketing and Student Services including Accommodation. Both are highly qualified English language teachers and experienced teacher trainers, who are involved in all administrative and operational aspects of managing the school.


The school is situated in the centre of the historic city of Oxford, close to shops, cafes, theatres, bus and train stations, as well as the famous Oxford University colleges.

The school is situated at 14 Park End St, Oxford OX1 1JQ. 

The school is well known for its dynamic teachers, friendly atmosphere and successful students. It is a member of ENGLISH UK and QUALITY ENGLISH.

Nationality Mix

In 2018, we have taught over 800 students from 56 different countries. In school, at any one time, we usually have around 15 different nationalities.

Students enjoy:

  • Personal attention from qualified and experienced teachers
  • Inclusive social activities
  • Varied weekend excursions
  • Carefully chosen accommodation
  • A pleasant environment for studying

After studying here, Lake School students consistently recommend the Lake School to their families, friends and colleagues.

Student Age and Profile

The minimum age at the Lake School is 16, there is no maximum. The average age is mid 20s, but we always have some younger and older students here too. Please check the course information pages for the minimum age of the course you are interested in.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its students, especially those aged under 18. However, Lake School courses are for adults. Students aged 16 and 17 must bring a 'Consent to Travel and Study' form, completed by their parent or guardian and provide a copy of their passport or Identity Card, when they enrol.

Students are accompanied during the weekly social and cultural activities and weekend excursions. However, outside of classes, activities and excursions, students' free time is unsupervised. The School offers suggestions to students aged 16 and 17 for appropriate free time activities in and around Oxford.