Our London centres have accreditations and memberships listed below.

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LSE is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English as a foreign language. To obtain accreditation, the school must comply with strict regulations relating to school premises and facilities, teacher qualifications, teaching quality, administration and welfare. We are regularly visited by their inspectors.

After our most recent inspection the British Council summarised their report as follows:

The British Council inspected and accredited the London School of English in June 2011. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see www.britishcouncil.org/accreditation for details).

This private language school offers courses in general, academic and professional English for adults.

Points of excellence were noted in:

  • general management
  • premises
  • academic resources
  • teachers' qualifications
  • academic management
  • teaching
  • pastoral care 
  • accommodation

The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.

In January 2013 we had an Extended Monitoring Visit inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  The executive summary of that inspection is as follows:


The language school exceeds expectations. The previous inspection of 10 to 12 October 2011 was judged to exceed expectations and the quality of education as judged at that time has been maintained.

All students are tested on arrival and complete a needs analysis, which helps teachers in course planning. Teachers use commercially produced course books, as well as a variety of materials from a materials bank, to best meet student needs. Teaching observed was of a high standard and teachers have excellent subject knowledge. Assessment of work is regular and timely, though the results collected by the school from external examinations are not yet used to full effect. For those preparing for university, assessment is rigorous and effective. Regular tutorials and testing focus on student progress.

Health and safety provision is of a very high standard, underpinned by trained staff, accurate and comprehensive records and monitoring by external specialist companies. Premises on both sites have undergone recent refurbishment and are attractive, affording students a very comfortable and safe learning environment.
Pastoral care is good and guidance for students going to university is well targeted. The systems in place for making the necessary reports to the UK Border Agency (UKBA) are effective.

Senior management provides excellent leadership and a strong sense of direction in the school. It makes an effort to inform and consult staff on developments and is clear in its strategy of obtaining staff commitment to change. Communications, both formal and informal, are regular, effective and valued by staff. A range of quality processes are designed to ensure the on-going excellence of the school. However, not all staff checks have been completed prior to their appointment.

Click here to read the monitoring visit inspection report from March 2015
Click here to read the full inspection report from October 2011

UK Visas & Immigration: The London School of English is registered as a Tier 4 sponsor by UK Visas & Immigration.  Click here for more information.


The London School of English is a founder member of EnglishUK, the successor to ARELS - the Association of Recognised English Language Services - and follows the EnglishUK Code of Practice.

Click here to visit the English UK website.

Quality English is a quality brand for leading independent English language schools. QE English language schools provide high-quality English language training in English-speaking countries. Run by directors and staff who care about education and the individual needs of their students, QE schools offer a high degree of personal service and individual attention. For business, career or leisure, Quality English independent English language schools offer the very best of English language training.

For further information, visit the Quality English website.

Click here for a list of all the Quality English Schools.

The International Association of Language Centres is a network of private, independent language schools that specialise in teaching the language of their country. The IALC network includes some of the leading private language centres in the world and is growing steadily. The IALC Quality Scheme and Code of Ethics ensure that IALC schools are among the most professional and successful in their field.

Visit the IALC website.

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