Why do we believe our teaching to be excellent?
Teaching is about helping students meet their learning goals by giving them the right lessons, the right materials and the right support. It is about teachers who care what happens in and out of the classroom and have the knowledge to help students succeed. We think that our teaching is excellent, and here are some facts to support this:
- The independent ISI report in 2015 stated: “The Quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners’ achievement is excellent” read the full report here
- 90% of students move onto the next level each term
- 61% of our teachers have been working at our school for at least 2 years
- 44% of our teachers have been working at the school over a period of at least 5 years
- 50% have TEFLQ (post-graduate qualification)
- 5 teachers have either the DELTA qualification or the Trinity Diploma
- On average our teachers have 14 years’ teaching experience
A team of 2 academic managers run regular teacher development sessions. We are always finding even more ways to improve.
This is why we think that our teachers are excellent. But don’t just take our word for it….View Our ISI Report View Our Reviews from Students
Leeds English Language School was opened 15 years ago by our 2 directors, Bob Charlton and Mike Corbett. Bob has worked in EFL for 22 years and Mike has worked in education for 30 years. Both directors can be seen around the school, making sure that Leeds English is still maintaining the high standards now that they established 15 years ago!
Mike has a BA (Hons) from Durham University as well as a Management Diploma and Master's degree in Education from Leeds University. Mike has worked in education for over 30 years - in schools as a teacher and Deputy Head, and in a sixth form college as Vice Principal. He has written several textbooks and been a Chief Examiner for a UK national examinations board.
Bob has a BSc (Hons) in Management and the Trinity Cert: TESOL and has been working in EFL since 1995, both as a teacher and in senior EFL management. Bob has worked all over the world - in Turkey, Spain, Indonesia and Australia, and has specialised in IELTS preparation and academic English, as well as being an IELTS examiner.
The Management Team work together to help students reach their potential and ensure that they are happy and comfortable throughout their course. Neil and Alice test new students to make sure that they are placed in the correct level and continuously monitor academic progress, offering help and advice to students who need it. They work hard to design enjoyable English courses that suit our students' needs and enable them to make real progress. Carol manages the admin team, deals with finance and helps students deal with any problems they encounter during their time in Leeds.
Neil Stapley (Director of Studies)
Cambridge DELTA (2014)
I began my teaching career in Japan. I only intended to stay there for a year but fell in love with the country and stayed for 15 years! As well as teaching, I train other teachers and observe classes. I spend my free time playing bass in an indie-rock band called Velocity Boy. I particularly like indie and electronic music, but am also interested in rock, metal, folk, soul, jazz, ambient and the avant garde - anything really!
Alice Arnold (Assistant Director of Studies)
Cambridge DELTA (2016)
I am originally from Sheffield but I went to university in Liverpool. I've been teaching English since 2010 and have worked in Poland, Spain and Prague. In my free time I like walking and knitting, particularly scarves and hats! My grandmother taught me and I find it very relaxing. I love living in the north of England because we have the beautiful moors for walking and friendly, welcoming people!
Carol Hey (Student Services Manager)
Cert TESOL (2005)
Carol has worked at the school since 2007 and manages the admin and welfare team. She is a qualified EFL teacher and has worked with international students in English language schools and colleges for the last 11 years. Before this she worked as a school administrator in a primary school for 12 years. She has a son and granddaughter who lives in Australia and a daughter, granddaughter and grandson who live close to her. As well as spending time with her granddaughter, she enjoys running, swimming and walking in the countryside. She also likes reading and loud rock music. She speaks a little Spanish and Arabic and does some voluntary work teaching English to asylum seekers and refugees.
Admin and welfare staff
The admin and welfare team are in the school every day to answer your questions and ensure that you are comfortable in the school. From the moment of your initial application until the day you collect your certificate at the end of your course, they will be there to offer advice and support on any issues relating to accommodation, transport, finance, visas and life in Leeds in general!
Elisabete came to Leeds from Portugal in 2015 with her family. She's an apprentice at Leeds English, working for a qualification in Business Administration. Her job involves updating student information and assisting the other staff with admin tasks. In her free time she likes to cook and share recipes with the students!
Admissions and Welfare
Susan has been teaching English since 1999, gaining most of her teaching experience in Italy, where she lived for many years. Before teaching, her work involved using foreign languages in a business context, travelling and communicating with international companies. She's always been fascinated by different languages and cultures and is happy to be able to work in a multi-cultural environment. He has taught a wide range of age groups in various settings and now works in the office processing applications and helping students with their accommodation.
Student Support Officer
Ellie started working at the school November 2016. She studied at Nottingham University and has a degree in Art. She has a studio here in Leeds and volunteers with a local charity in her free time. Ellie works on reception and can help you with letters for the bank or student cards for the bus.
Ione has worked at the school since July 2015. She started as a Teacher, then became the Admissions Officer, and more recently has taken on a new role as Marketing Officer. She has a degree in European Politics and Modern Greek from the University of Leeds, and has taught English in various parts of Europe, the Middle East and South America. In her free time she does yoga and cycles around on her bicycle!
Social Activities Coordinator
Becky is originally from the United States, so she is the only member of staff who can give students a flavour of "American English"! She has a Master's degree in International Relations and has done a lot of work helping students to study abroad. She now takes all new students on a guided trip around the city on the "Welcome to Leeds" tour every Monday, and she also plans fun trips and activities for evenings and weekends!
The Leeds English teachers have lots in common, including a vast amount of teaching experience, a friendly and helpful attitude and a desire to see all of their students improve! Most students will get to study with at least 2 or 3 teachers during their time at the school, but you will probably meet them all at some point, such as during the weekly Speaking Club, or in the Self Study room after school, where they are happy to answer questions and help students of all levels.
After my degree in Modern Languages, I was not really sure what I wanted to do until someone told me about teaching English as a Foreign Language. I thought it sounded perfect for me because of my interest in languages and my desire to travel. I have so far taught in Spain, Mexico, Indonesia, Germany, China and of course the United Kingdom. The thing I like best about teaching English is meeting such wonderful people from all over the world. In my free time I enjoy reading, making music and collecting coins and banknotes.
After teaching for eight years in the lovely city of Madrid I decided to come back to my hometown of Leeds. I really enjoy teaching students from different countries and learning about their cultures. In my free time I like spending time with family and friends, travelling, listening to music and being creative!
I became a teacher after completing my degree. It seems like a long time ago! I especially enjoy the opportunity my work gives me to meet people from all over the world. I have taught in the UK, Spain, Portugal and Brazil. In my free time I enjoy yoga, cooking, dancing (I’m a frustrated ballerina) and spending time with my daughters.
I’ve been working at Leeds English Language School since 2013 and it has been great! I get to teach students from all corners of the world and learn about their cultures. I always to try make every lesson a worthwhile learning experience for my students and expect full engagement in all class activities in return. In my free time I enjoy learning Spanish, taking photographs and trying out new recipes.
I began teaching in South Korea in 2007, where I stayed for 3 years, before returning to the UK to teach at a language school in Cambridge. I moved to York in 2011 and I love living in such a historic city. I’ve worked with so many different nationalities and ages since I started teaching, including children as young as 4 years old and adults in their eighties, although not at the same time! I love learning about all the different and varied cultures of my students; I also enjoy viewing my own culture and language through their eyes. In my spare time I enjoy watching films and photography.
I come from York originally, but in the last few years I've been living overseas up until I came to Leeds. My travels took me to Taiwan, Hong Kong, France and Italy, so over the last ten years of teaching I've encountered many different nationalities and cultures. In my free time I like reading, swimming, cooking and films. Leeds is a great place and I'm really glad I live here.
English Teacher / Trinity Cert TESOL Trainer
I began my teaching career in 1998 and have since taught in Russia, Spain, Poland and the UK. I have also been a Language Advisor at Middlesex University, and am currently a Teacher Trainer on the school's Trinity TESOL course, as well as a part-time Swedish teacher at Leeds Met. I have studied dance for many years and I am also a music fan – I play the violin in my free time, and have recently begun teaching myself the ukelele! Having studied a number of languages myself, I am interested in all areas of language learning, in particular pronunciation and the acquisition of natural language patterns.
I've been teaching English for over 10 years and I've taught in many countries. These include Thailand, Turkey, Poland and the UK. While teaching in the UK, I've taught many different nationalities of students and a wide range of courses, including Pre-sessional courses at Manchester University. I have a BA in French and English, Trinity TESOL and Cambridge DELTA. In my free time I enjoy running in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
I studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art and worked for a number of years in the theatre in various parts of the country. Later I taught on the courses at Wimbledon, which attracted many foreign students. I was one of the team which opened the innovative Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester in 1976. I was Resident Designer and Head of the Department of Props and settings for a number of years. When I left the theatre I remembered my experiences of working with international students, experiences which I had enjoyed very much and this encouraged me to enter the EFL profession which I have now worked in for nearly twenty five years. I taught at Bradford College for fourteen years and have worked in Spain, Belgium and Holland. Although I am a staunch Lancastrian I have lived in Yorkshire for many years and am happy to say I think I have been accepted here ! My interests include the history of architecture, of textiles, ceramics and the people and places of the North of England and of Extremadura in Spain where I live for part of the year.