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.


ELC Bristol is a family-run, independent school with a reputation for taking care of each individual student.

Margaret Duncan (the Director), Andrea d’Essen (the Homestay Manager) and John Duncan (the Principal) have specific responsibility for taking care of students’ welfare but at ELC, you will find all our teachers and staff are friendly and caring.  We don’t see you as just another student but as a person and we are all here to help you, whenever we can.

                   Margaret                                             Andrea                                               John


The majority of our students come to ELC as  individuals - this means they don't know anybody else when they arrive!  The result is the students are very friendly with each other and many form lifelong friendships.  This is helped by the caring and supportive environment in the school, by the school’s exciting and well-attended social programme which is run by our teachers and by the fact that the large majority of our students live within walking distance of the school so they can meet up easily in the evenings.

Every class has a student class rep whose job is to help new students settle in by answering any questions they may have and also by showing them where everything is and how everything works.  We have student reps in all of our residential student properties too.

We like to think that we can solve all your problems and that you will leave ELC happy at the end of your stay. The school has a thorough feedback system in place and teachers regularly interview you and ask how you are in class, in your accommodation and also in your social life.  The feedback is then passed onto our welfare team at our weekly staff meetings where the name of every single student in the school is mentioned! 

ELC offers a very personal service and the Principal endeavours to know the names of each individual student.  Every student has his mobile number which they can call any time of day or night, 7 days a week in case of emergency.