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 

It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of the Lake School of English

This is a direct result of #Brexit. Over the last 2 years, uncertainty surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU has had a significant impact on the number of students enrolling on our courses. Brexit and the lack of clarity, which would have helped us to future-proof our business, has impacted on the Lake School in ways that we cannot recover from. We can no longer continue to operate, in spite of considerable efforts to mitigate the impact of the current difficult economic and political situation.


In 2019, the Lake School ranks in the top 2% of English language centres in the UK - achieving 14/15 strengths in our last two British Council accreditation inspections. This year’s feedback from students, agents and sponsors has again been outstanding.


However, the work done to achieve these excellent results and to increase the reach of the school by marketing our courses widely through a carefully-managed network of agents, ETOs, employer sponsors, government agencies and NGOs, former students and associations such as QUALITY ENGLISH, has been insufficient to maintain a viable business.


After 41 years of delivering excellence in English language teaching, having welcomed and changed the lives of tens of thousands of students, it is very sad that we are no longer able to continue in international education.


We would like to thank all our students, the English language teaching community, ENGLISH UK and our colleagues at QUALITY ENGLISH.

The Lake School of English is highly regarded because of the tireless work and dedication of a superb team of extraordinary people: highly skilled, experienced and dedicated staff have supported the delivery of some terrific courses.

Our warmest wishes to everyone who has been involved with the school over the years. 

Susan Barber and Carmel Engin,

Directors | The Lake School of English Oxford

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