The UK’s Number 1 School.*

*According to the EL Gazette rankings based on
British Council inspectors’ publishable statements.

Read the EL Gazette article where John explains what makes ELC Bristol their number 1 ranked UK school.

ELC Bristol is family-run school, offering intensive General English and examination preparation courses in Bristol, a lively university city in the South West of England.


Established in 1969, ELC Bristol is a family-run English language school. We offer intensive General English courses and Examination Preparation courses for the IELTS and Cambridge exams. We are a member of TEN (the English Network), IALC (International Association of Language Centres), English UK, Quality English and we are accredited by the British Council.  We are also a Tier 4 Sponsor, licensed by UK Visas and Immigration to enrol international students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.

With the focus on teaching General English and preparing students for internationally recognised examinations, we aim to provide high quality education in the English language by recruiting and retaining a team of experienced and qualified teachers and by being committed as a school to the progress and welfare of each individual student.

This school believes that progress in language learning is achieved by creating a stimulating, supportive and active learning environment in which the needs of each student can be met. The students are the most important people in the school and every member of staff is here to help you get the most out of your time in the UK.

The school is located in 2 fine old buildings, close to the University in Clifton.

 ELC Bristol Abon House

Pembroke House  Abon House
44 Pembroke Road, Clifton
Bristol BS8 3DT
T. 0117 970 7050
25 St. Johns Road, Clifton
Bristol BS8 2HD
T. 0117 970 7060 

 ELC Bristol Multimedia Centre
Pembroke House                                                                                                                                                       Abon House

The buildings are similarly equipped with 9 classrooms and a multimedia centres in both Pembroke and Abon House

ELC Bristol common room 
Pembroke House                                                                                                                                                        Abon House
There are common rooms and gardens in both centres

Facilities include:

  • 2 common rooms, with snooker tables, drinks machines, comfortable chairs and widescreen TVs.
  • 2 multimedia centres with free internet access.
  • Free wi-fi access.
  • Guided e-learning.
  • We do not have our own café but there are many bars, cafés and shops located only a few minutes from the school. A man from a local sandwich shop visits the school every breaktime selling refreshments.
  • The University Students' Union is only 5 minutes' walk from Pembroke House.

The language school's two buildings, Pembroke House and Abon House, are 7 minutes’ walk from each other.

During July and August, we open a summer centre in Clifton College, 2 minutes' walk from Pembroke House. Students joining our summer courses may study here or at either of the year round school buildings.

Summer Centre