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Brexit Bumps But No Bust

Excel English in Muswell Hill, one of London’s top-ranking schools and a member of the prestigious TEN association, has closed its doors after over 30 years. Also in London, One English in Covent Garden has also gone, and a closure in the South East of the city is on the cards.

Signs of a new Brexit bust? London took some of the biggest hits in the academic year 2015-2016, when there was a flurry of school closures (see graph).

However, looking at the list of newly-accredited centres, you will spot two new London schools, and others in the traditional destinations of Oxford, Brighton, Bristol and newly-fashionable Cardiff.

Across the North, centres in Manchester, Huddersfield, Fleetwood and Ormskirk have all passed inspection. Less-traditional locations also make the list, with a residential school in Newbury, a University in Chichester and private language schools in two exclusive locations in Surrey: Godalming and Weybridge.

In fact, Brexit is likely to bring a flurry of centres choosing be inspected, as the small local language schools and summer programmes which now cater exclusively to EU citizens will need to seek accreditation.

Meanwhile there is some good news for the members of TEN, with the not-for-profit group ELC Bristol taking ownership of English in Chester.

Newly accredited schools

Echo Language School, Brighton

Express English College,  Manchester

Language Vision, London

Oxford Business College, Oxford

TEG English, Cardif

Edgehill University, Ormskirk

Hunter Language School, Bristol

Newbury Hall, Berkshire

Rossall School, Fleetwood

UK2learn, Godalming

Queens English Language School, Kingston-upon-Thames

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Melanie Butler
Melanie Butler
Melanie started teaching EFL in Iran in 1975. She worked for the BBC World Service, Pearson/Longman and MET magazine before taking over at the Gazette in 1987 and also launching Study Travel magazine. Educated in ten schools in seven countries, she speaks fluent French and Spanish and rather rusty Italian.
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