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alister walker, owner of the lewis school



Hello! I'm Alistair. We are a boutique school – customer focussed, quality driven and expert in our field. We strive to create the best possible learning environment for you – where you feel safe, relaxed and motivated to learn. I look forward to welcoming you here.


lewis school students

We are right in the centre of Southampton, next to Solent University and opposite a big beautiful park. We are based in four 18th-century buildings with garden patios at the back and a friendly atmosphere throughout!

city of southampton

With big, beautiful parks, Titanic history, Premier League football and two universities, Southampton was recently ranked in the top 5 cities to live and work in the U.K. The city is home to a number of museums and many innovative art galleries.

learning with lewis school

Our approach to teaching and learning is at the heart of our success as a school, and your success as a language learner. We aim to make your learning enjoyable, challenging and rewarding, addressing your individual needs.

ADULTS (16+)

Take your pick from our wide range of courses!

JUNIORS (11-17)

Junior lessons are productive and fun!


Watch some favourite moments from last summer.


An excellent range of training and development services...


Performing arts techniques and skills to enhance your English language.


The Sikh Saviours of Southampton

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An Action-Packed International Summer

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Returning to Lewis School After 25 Years!

We often describe our school as being like a big family. We hope you feel…

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Trinity CertTESOL courses: giving something back

The diversity on our Trinity CertTESOL courses is huge. Trainees come from a range of…

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Reflections of an English language teacher

Reflections of an English language teacher Due to several relocations because of my husband’s job,…

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A project in Georgia: what a wonderful experience!

Richenda Askew, Head of the Lewis Teacher Training Department, is back from a project in…

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The Outsiders Guide to Southampton

Three reasons why you’ll love England’s hidden gem Do you dream of…

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Tate Modern: the UK’s most-visited attraction

Tate Modern Museum is Britain's national gallery of international modern art. It…

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Windsor, over 900 years of history

Home to the royals at Windsor Castle Windsor is situated on the…

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Getting a UK mobile phone and UK SIM card

Mobile Phones All students coming to the UK will require a mobile phone. Rather than…

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Driving in the UK for the first time

Driving in the UK: tips for students If you wish to drive in the UK,…

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How to open a bank account in the United Kingdom?

Opening a Bank Account Normally, to open a bank account as an international student, you…

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The Diary of a Funny Italian at the Lewis School

Giovanni, Italy Coming Back As soon as I entered the school, I think Suzie at…

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London: Amazing, Gorgeous Capital of the UK!

Sedef, Turkey I guess most people think like me! 🙂 I spent the better part…

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A Learning Journey of Language and Culture

Olivia, Taiwan (2nd from left in photo above) Looking back to my days in Southampton,…

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Brexit Update: Information for EU Students

Following the recent developments with Brexit, English UK have updated their advice to agents and…

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What you need to know about Brexit

EnglishUK have been working hard to clarify any Brexit implications for us all – deal…

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