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January 2018

Moving up the rankings

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Melanie Butler reports on British Council inspection results.

Nine new UK language centres have achieved EL Gazette Centre of Excellence status, since the September publication of the latest EL Gazette rankings.

Following a flurry of inspection reports from the British Council, a further five existing centres have moved up the table.
Young learner specialists have done particularly well.

Buckswood Overseas Summer School, an arm of the Sussex boarding school, and family-run Cambridge Language and Activity Course have entered for the first time.

Concord College in Shropshire, the international boarding school ranked third in the UK by The Times newspaper has also zoomed back in the BC top 20 per cent.

Two family-run summer schools, Isca in Exeter and Sidmouth International, have seen their score improve, as has boarding school Moreton Hall, and Oxford International’s Bucksmore Education.

Other chains to see improvement include EF and Kaplan which increased their number of Centres of Excellence.
Embassy, whose scores have been hit in recent years, has seen its Cambridge school back in the rankings.

St Giles has got another 12 point score with its Highgate school, and new group NCG has seen its Manchester school on the rise. Only one family-run language school, Lewis in Southampton, has made it in this time.

As we reported in the last issue, one university, Aberystwyth, also joins the country’s top performers.

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