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English Australia founding member closes down

Sydney College of English (SCE), a founding member of the English Australia association, has closed down “due to the impact of Covid-19” according to a notice on the school’s website.

“As of Monday 1st June, all current students were transferred to IH Sydney where they will continue in the same course of study,” the notice states, though staff were available to assist until the end of June, 2020.

One SCE teacher told the Russian website SBS that she says she was proud to have been part of “one of the oldest and the most respected English colleges in Australia.”

Although SCE is the only Australian school closure to hit the headlines, Union representative Kendall Warren told SBS Russian that “two or three” Sydney language schools had closed in May.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, two school groups have also closed language centres. ICL has closed a small school in Napier, while CCEL has closed its Auckland campus.

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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