English in Chester was inspected by the British Council in June. We have recently received the report and the following publishable statement.
The British Council inspected and accredited English in Chester in June 2011. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see www.britishcouncil.org/accreditation for details).
This private language school offers courses in general, academic and professional English for adults and vacation courses for under 18s.
Points of Excellence were noted in general management, premises, academic resources, self-access facilities, teachers’ qualifications, course design, learner training, accommodation and leisure programme.
The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.
"I am absolutely delighted with this statement, which is a reflection of the hard work put in by the team in Chester so ably led by Nigel, the Principal. When you run your own business it is immensely satisfying to see your hard work rewarded in this way. English in Chester has a record 9 points of excellence, an honour currently shared with only one other year-round school in the UK."
Students and staff celebrated the School's 35th anniversary in July with a mid-morning party in the patio garden.
We are delighted to announce that Hannah (Marketing Manager) had a baby girl on Monday 30 May. Charlotte weighed just over 4 kilos. Hannah has just about recovered and Hannah and Charlotte are doing well! Richard is a very happy grandfather.
A street child from Kolkata has just enjoyed three weeks improving his English at English in Chester. Keen rugby player Arun Das is 18, and is now hoping to complete his studies and win a supported place at a UK college with a sports specialism. Until last summer he was living with a street children's charity after being rescued as a very young child.
Arun has managed to complete his GCSE equivalent exams through India's National Open School system which provides exams but no tuition, and has now started to work for the A-level equivalent.
His achievements in overcoming adversity were recognised by the Rotary Club of Kolkata, and he is currently supported by the Jungle Crows rugby network and Terra Indica, a social enterprise where he works part time. Arun has played for India's U20 rugby team as well as the Jungle Crows.
Louis Aylward, marketing officer at English in Chester, said: "It was a real pleasure to have Arun with us. He was delightful and very keen to learn everything he could. We are really hoping that he can get the sponsorship to come back and make the most of his talents at sports college."
Arun's time in the UK was funded by Merseyside-based rugby club Caldy, whose administrator Jane Corlett worked as part of the Touraid initiative with local schools and businesses to raise enough money to bring over young rugby teams from some of the poorest parts of the world. Jane is now co-ordinating attempts to fund Arun's studies at sports college.
The photo shows (left to right): Richard Day, Director of English in Chester; Arun; David Sawtell, Arun's teacher at the school.
Richard was in Oman recently attending an English UK Fair in Muscat. During his visit to Oman he travelled to Salalah to meet Abdul Majid. Abdul Majid was a student at English in Chester 34 years ago. He was a member of the Omani armed forces and spent his career in the military. Abdul Majid is now retired. While he was in Salalah Richard also spoke to several of the other Omani students who were in Chester in 1977. Abdul Majid’s son is planning to study with us next year!