I enjoyed the lessons, and I was very satisfied with my host family too. I felt like at home. It was a really nice experience. I would recommend the homestay and the Lake School to everyone!

- Denisa Paterova, Czech Republic
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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.

Lake School is currently number 4 in the UK top 100 English language centres 2018

The 2018 ranking list of British Council accredited English language centres has been published by the EL Gazette. These rankings are based on the summary statements of the British Council inspection reports. The Lake School was last inspected in August 2017, and currently features at number 4. 

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. 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 Accommodation and Welfare of students is managed by Jayne Chivers, also a qualified and very experienced English language teacher.


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. Summer professional development courses July 1 - August 9, 2019 will be held at Oxford University SAID Business School, Park End St, OX1 1HP.

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.