The Kingsley School of English has been running for over 35 years, since it was established in 1980.
My name is Victoria and I am the school principal and academic director, as well as a fully qualified member of staff. My partner, Juan, is the office manager and we run the school together. We are one of the very few family-run schools left in London!
Our aim is to offer excellent teaching at reasonable prices in a friendly atmosphere. All our teachers are fully qualified native English speakers with many years experience. We know all our students by name – around 200 each term (trimester) – and we interview each one personally.
We specialise in students from the EU and those not requiring a visa – and also have many au-pair students.
We prepare you, if you wish, for the Cambridge or IELTS examinations and we have excellent results.
I am at school every day and we are always available to contact by email or phone to help with the problems that can arise when you are away from home.
We hope our website gives you all the information you need and if you would like to contact us please telephone, email or come in to the office – we will be happy to help you.
The school is situated in a very pleasant, safe residential area of North-West London.
The nearest underground station is Golders Green which is within 5 minutes’ walk. Golders Green is also a major bus terminal. Oxford Street and Central London are just a 15-minute journey away.
There are many coffee bars and restaurants in Golders Green and the uniquely pretty Hampstead Village is also very near. Hampstead Village attracts many tourists and is well known for its great shopping and busy atmosphere.
Classes are held in our main school building, around 5 minutes walk from the station and the office. All classes are held at the same time and there is an opportunity to meet other students over coffee at break-time – a very lively time.
More important than the building are the teachers! We are very proud of our teachers. They are all highly qualified native speakers who enjoy teaching our students. They are responsible for our very good exam results!
We offer General English language courses from Elementary to Proficiency level including all the four skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking. Only English is spoken in the class-room. We also offer special conversation skills classes as well as English for Business and IELTS. We prepare students wishing to apply for the University of Cambridge English examinations.
Our courses are organised in terms (trimesters): September to December, January to March and April to June. We do not have courses in July/August because that is a time when most of our students are back in their home countries.
Students usually enrol for at least a term to take advantage of our best prices. The more you study, the better the price. However, it is also fine to enrol at any time during a term for any number of weeks (providing there are places available). The maximum number of students in a class is 18, average 14.
We have morning classes on week-days (Monday to Friday) offering full-time (15 hours per week) and part-time classes (6 , 9 or 12 hours per week). Class times are 10 am – 1 pm. We can also offer individual lessons in the afternoons.
We assess all students individually face to face and with a written test before they are placed in a suitable class. Tests can be emailed to students if necessary.
We use course books with additional materials and video. Course books are available from the Office. The cost of books is not included in the school fees.