Hastings has a large number of language schools, most within easy access of the town and attractions.
All the Language Schools who work with Hastings have signed up to a Code of Practice and belong to Hastings Overseas Student Advisory Council (HOSAC).
Schools also sign an Annual Declaration committing them to ensure quality standards in terms of education, school liability, student welfare and standard of host family accommodation. They also meet regularly with Hastings Council Officers, Sussex Police and youth development officers from East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to ensure students are guaranteed a safe and enjoyable stay in the town.
Many schools are members of the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme and also members of the British Council a national quality assurance scheme for the UK English Language Teaching sector. Accreditation provides students with a guarantee of quality and provides English Language Schools with a range of promotional and developmental benefits.
Hastings Information Centre is a 'one stop student shop' where students can find out about bus, coach and rail tickets; journey planners, music and art events and buy souvenirs, maps, stamps, event tickets and the Fusion Card.
Language Course and Student Travel Organisers Code of Practice
The following Schools have signed the Code of Practice, which includes a detailed Declaration outlining operating standards, requiring them to provide appropriate premises, a good standard of education, varied and attractive leisure and social activities (to help avoid large groups of students congregating in the town centre), adequate student welfare facilities, advice on host family accommodation and local transport services. Although voluntary, the Code is fully supported by Hastings Borough Council and only signatories of the Code are promoted in response to requests for information made to the Council and the South East England Tourist Board.
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Language Schools in the Hastings area
Abbey Study Holidays
15 Magpie Close
St Leonards on Sea
Telephone: 01424 441360
Director: Mr and Mrs Leakey
Private English lessons only. Prices upon request. Evening and weekend lessons available.
ABC Student Tours Ltd
Telephone: +44 (0)7925153535
Directors: Mrs D James and Mr A A Nunn
ABC Student Tours Ltd is an established student company operating for over 28 years. We offer English lessons and courses in a professional setting with fully referenced, DBS Enhanced Checked and certified English Native teachers. We can arrange excursions and activities at competitive rates. We also offer short and long stay accommodation in carefully selected and fully checked caring host families with annual checks.
Our students are not allowed out at night and are accompanied at all times to and from our meeting point, their safety being paramount throughout their stay with ABC Student Tours. We offer 24 hour contact.
Our staff are multi-lingual and we accept bookings from schools, agents, organisations and clubs throughout the world.
Buckswood St Georges
7, Holmesdale Gardens
Telephone: 01424 813696
Additional boarding house: Braybrook House, 9, Holmesdale Gardens.
College Director: Mr Ian Godfrey
Buckswood St Georges is a pre-university centre taking international students 16+ on one or three main courses: 1.B - 'A' Level or University Foundation Course. English Language Courses are also run throughout the year.
Cambridge Gardens College
5-7 Cambridge Gardens
Telephone: 01424 422322
Fax: 01424 421257
School manager: Johanna O'Connell
Sales Manager: Aleksandra Stamenkovic
Cambridge Gardens College is a well established language school with many years of experience in linguistic tourism. We provide English lessons as well as a full programme of activities for groups of teenagers travelling to the UK.
We carefully select and vet our student accommodation, homestay or residential, to provide the utmost quality and care for our students.
Our school is open all year round and is a 5 minute walk from Hastings train station, local ammenities and the beach.
Charles Eaton College of English Language
Director and Accommodation Officer: Mrs Norma Cooksley
Charles Eaton College is a summer language school that specialises in groups or individual students and provide 1 to 8 week general English courses. All to include full board host family accommodation and excursions to London and other cities. All transfers to and from UK, pick up points for 10 or more and 1 leader free with all groups.
Embassy Language School
Director: Reg Veale
Welfare and Accommodation Officer: Gene Wood
Our centre occupies an imposing Victorian building located in a pleasant residential area close to the seafront and the local amenities. It offers excellent modern facilities including a multi-media computer suite and student cafeteria. We offer general English courses for adults at all levels and vacation programmes for students of 12 years and above.
English Lessons in an English home
6 Acorn Close
Telephone: 01424 251063
Director: Chris Beveridge
Learn and speak English in an English teacher's home.
EF Language Travel
Host family recruitment officer: Madeleine Gifkins
EF Language Travel offers students aged 10-18 the opportunity to travel abroad in chaperoned groups, live with a local host family, and improve their language skills during morning lessons. Afternoons are devoted to a full program of organised activities, sport and excursions.
EF Language Travel are currently looking for host families for their students. If you are interested, please contact Madeleine Gifkins for further information.
English For You
Director: Fiona Cullen, BA Hons, PGCE TEFL, MA Ling
Accommodation Officer: L Skowronski
Family-run school established in 1988. Situated in a beautiful central square near beach. Courses all year at all levels. Small classes. Emphasis on speaking. Preparation for Cambridge and other public examinations. Course certificate and report. Free personal study advice. 24 hour welfare service. Choice of self-catering or friendly homestay accommodation. Exciting summer free-time programme with wide variety of excursions.
Sussex Coast College Hastings (School of English)
The International Department
St Leonards on Sea
Telephone: 01424 445471
Fax: 01424 424804
Head of Commercial Services: Clive Marsh
We provide many different English courses including general, examination, business, computing and summer school. Our International Department is set on lovely grounds and offers good value, effective courses with experienced teachers. There is a great environment to meet friends and our social programme has a variety of cultural day trips and fun nights out. Our excellent facilities include pool and table tennis tables and a self access centre with free e-mail and internet.
Director: Ana Goicolea
Holy Child is a college in the heart of England and offers the opportunity to learn English and get to know another culture by sharing local customs. Our greatest achievement after 35 years is that every year we have a great international family in which your children will never feel excluded. The college facilities include two Gothic style buildings fitted out to provide students with the best possible services, with a library, classrooms, sport areas and comfortable dormitories.
Senlac Tours Ltd
Director: Angelika Fuller
Senlac Tours is a long established company organising both cultural and language trips in eight centres throughout England, Scotland and Ireland, with Hastings being our main centre.
We organise tailor-made visits and language courses (Sprachreisen) - all inclusive, as well as transport, channel crossing, accommodation in host families, youth hostels or hotels and programmes for any groups for instance from schools, clubs and tour operators.
Our host families are visited and selected personally. Our staff speak English, German, Dutch, French and Spanish.
Shane Global Language Centre Hastings
Director: Geoffrey Currie
Accommodation Officer: Val Cracknell
Shane Global Hastings is a vibrant school in a Victorian terraced building centrally located. The school is part of a global network which seeks to promote quality and excellence in the world of English language teaching. We offer various courses all of which are tailored to meet the needs of our multi national students.
8 Westminster Crescent
Telephone: 01424 426795
STS has been running summer language courses in Hastings for students from all over the world since 1958.
We offer national, international and intensive courses sold through our sales offices in 22 countries.
As well as stimulating our students in the classroom we also offer a full activity programme that allows them to explore Hastings and the surrounding areas.
Director: Mrs Debbie White
Operating for more than 25 years in the South East, we offer tailor-made visits to suit all requirements for all ages. Personal service is assured.
White Rock Mansions
9 White Rock Road
Telephone: 01424 460510
Fax: 01424 447334
Director: S Abeling
Accommodation Officer: Anthony Donoher
A group hostel offering superb accommodation for school and youth groups. Situated in a quiet position close to Hastings town centre and the seafront. Many rooms offer excellent sea views and all have ensuite facilities. There is a choice of home cooked meal options to suit your individual group needs.