ELC Bristol is the joint number one school in the latest EL Gazette language school rankings 2020-2021. The full rankings include more than 500 British Council accredited language schools across the UK.
To feature in the rankings, a school must be awarded at least nine areas of strength in its most recent inspection. This puts ELC Bristol in the top 25% of schools in the UK, making it a Centre of Excellence.
Speaking about the news, ELC Bristol Director, John Duncan, said: “We are thrilled to be joint number one school in the UK yet again in the EL Gazette Rankings. We are one of the longest-running language schools in the country and celebrated 50 years last year.
A family run school with 50 years’ experience
John explained that the school prioritises individual care and attention for each student. “We know how important every aspect of their experience is. Everything from the accommodation, to the social programme, and their assigned teachers, is carefully selected.
“Our teachers on average have over 20 years’ teaching experience. They work hard to ensure students make real progress, and we are proud that our Cambridge exam results are higher than the national average.
“More important than rankings is our students’ happiness. We are a family-run school and ensure that every student feels part of our ELC Bristol family. Many students return years later, or send their friends and family to the school, which is always a great honour.”
Bristol – the perfect student city
John also credits the location of the school as important. “Bristol is a vibrant student city and was recently voted the number one UK city by the Sunday Times.
“Our students love exploring the music, nature, shopping and cultural attractions. They can also join the Bristol University clubs and societies, where they can make English friends. Bristol is close to nearby cities Bath, London and Cardiff, which we visit as part of our social programme.”
Looking to the future
In a tough year for the language school sector, John said ELC Bristol is still thriving. “At the moment we have around 50 students, despite the pandemic,” he said.
“The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the most challenging for language schools around the world, but we are still standing. We will continue to do everything we can to provide our students with one of the best experiences of their lives.”
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