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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.


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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.

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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+)

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Lewis School of English - Junior students
JUNIORS (11-17)

Junior lessons are productive and fun!


An excellent range of training and development services...


Performing arts techniques and skills to enhance your English language.


Watch some favourite moments from last summer.


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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Electric vehicles: the U.K. is going green!

Today I’ve been on a training course in London about crisis management and emergency response.…

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Have you organised insurance cover for your trip?

We are working in partnership with Endsleigh to provide our students with a policy which…

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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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CertTESOL: things you might not know

Did you know that in 2018 the ages of our CertTESOL graduates ranged from 18…

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English & IELTS: improve your academic English

English & IELTS is ideal summer course for junior students who will be going on…

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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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Why everyone should visit Oxford?

The University of Oxford Home to one of the world’s most elite…

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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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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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New Student Blog

We’re giving students the chance to blog about their experiences of learning English, living in…

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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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  • Thank you for coming, Santa Teresa. We had so much fun! 🇪🇦💪🎉 #spanish #travel #English #learn #salamanca #lewisschool #lewisschoolofenglish #lewisjuniors
  • Last week’s Pancake Party was great fun! 😀🥞🍴#lewisschool #lewisschoolofenglish #lewisactivities #pancakes #pancakeday
  • Visiting amazing ships at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. ⚓️ 😀 #lewisschool #lewisschoolofenglish #lewisactivities #portsmouth #portsmouthhistoricdockyard #hmsvictory
  • Last week’s spring sunshine ☀️. #lewisschool #lewisschoolofenglish #southampton #southamptonparks #spring #daffodils
  • Happy Valentine’s Day from Southampton and the Lewis School! ♥️😀 #lewisschool #lewisschoolofenglish #southampton #valentinesday
  • A few pics from our staff meal. Hi from the Lewis team! 😀 #lewisschool #lewisschoolofenglish #lewisteachertraining
  • Tower Bridge looks amazing in all seasons! Hi to our group from Italy! 📷 #lewisschool #lewisschoolofenglish #london #towerbridge #languagelearning
  • Happy New Year from the Lewis School! Have a fantastic 2019! 🎉 Check out our Happy New Year video at #lewisschool #lewisschoolofenglish #happynewyear2019 #hny #happynewyear #languageschool