Students - frequently asked questions
How can I join the school?
We open from September to June and accept new students throughout the year (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).
When are the lessons?
Our lessons are every Monday and Wednesday evening during school terms. Lessons start at 18:50 and finish at 20:45 - it is important that you are on time to get the most out of your lessons.
Where is the school?
Our lessons are all at Elthorne Park High School, Westlea Road, Hanwell, W7 2AH. It is a ten minute walk from Boston Manor tube station and a two minute walk from the Christopher Avenue bus stop (E8/195).
Can I attend classes in the day/on weekends?
Unfortunately, no. Our school only operates classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 18:50-20:45.
Can you accept students under 18?
No - our school is for adults only. If you're under 18, you're able to attend a school or college, where they can provide you with specialist English language support. Please contact your local Council's education department.
Will I have the same teacher on both evenings?
Probably not - our teachers are all volunteers and most only teach one evening a week. You will benefit from being exposed to different learning styles and accents.
Can I join the school after September?
Yes (subject to Covid-19 restrictions).
Teaching and lessons
Which levels of English do you teach?
We teach all English levels, ranging from our basic beginners class to students who have no or very little English, to our advanced classes where students learn complex grammar, comprehension and writing.
What things are covered in the lessons?
We teach across all four language areas - speakling, listening, reading and writing - at all English levels. We teach vocabulary that will help students integrate into their communities that they can use in their daily lives. We also focus some classes on understanding life in the UK.
How do you decide which level a student goes into?
When you enrol with us, you complete a short assessment to identify the best level for you.
How big are the classes?
Our classes range from 6-12 students per class, however sometimes there are more students.
Do you provide online lessons?
No - all our provision is face-to-face. We believe this is the best way for you to learn English and the best way for teachers to help you.
Do you use a textbook?
We don't teach to a set textbook, but some teachers will use exercises from relevant textbooks for you to complete in class.
Do you have exams?
Yes, we do offer end-of-year exams (subject to Covid-19 restrictions). These take place at the end of the school year.
I can only come one evening a week. Can I still join?
Yes, you can still join the school, and we will do our best to give you the materials from the lessons you miss. Please be advised that it is much better to attend both lessons to get the most out of your time at the school.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the classes depends on your employment status and right to work in the UK.
I do not finish work until after the classes start. Can I still join?
Some of our students work shifts and cannot always make the classes at the start time.
I am only in the UK for a short period of time. Can I still come to the school?
Yes, absolutely! Just let us know when you come to enrol, and we'll make sure your teachers know.
Do you have childcare facilities?
Unfortunately not. Please do not bring your child to lessons as we are not a registered childcare provider.
I need proof of attendance - can you provide this?
Yes - we can write a letter to any organisation detailing that you are an enrolled student at our school, which class you are in and include our details should they need to follow up.
Do you still have a question?
Get in touch with us and we'll respond as soon as we can.