History of the English Language


We have always set ourselves high standards and this is reflected in our reputation and accreditations



SGI – St George International is.....

* Accredited by the British Council and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for its English language teaching

* Validated by Trinity College London to run teacher training courses leading to English language teaching qualifications.

* Authorised by Trinity College London and Cambridge ESOL to run exam preparation courses for various English language exams

* A member of English UK, the professional association of UK English language schools

* A member of Quality English, a select global group of English language teaching centres of excellence.

* A partner with many British state universities who regularly accept our students onto degree courses. 

A reputation for excellence

Our reputation for excellence in teaching English successfully to students from all over the world is built upon:

  • Constantly improving the courses we provide;
  • Constantly researching, developing and adding new courses;
  • Ensuring your English language skills develop even after your course has finished;
  • Providing a relaxed yet professional atmosphere, ensuring full participation from all our students;
  • Over 50 years experience of teaching English;
  • A creative and varied teaching approach that caters to the needs and requirements of ALL our students.

Accreditation by ISI

A recent ISI inspection showed that we ‘exceed expectations’ as an English language school. The ISI is a British Government approved accreditation body for educational oversight of private further education.

Here’s what the ISI say!

“Course provision and curriculum are excellent. The school focuses effectively on meeting students’ personal goals and learning needs. A well-designed tutorial system and e-learning platform are used to provide up-to-date information on students’ learning targets, which teachers incorporate into weekly planning. Teaching is good or outstanding. Highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers plan effectively to challenge and encourage all learners. Students are very motivated, take ownership of their learning and make excellent progress......”

Read the full report here


Member of Quality English

Quality English (QE) brings together a selection of quality English language schools from around the world under one reliable brand.
QE selects only established, independently managed English language schools of outstanding reputation.

Quality English schools offer exceptional service, unique character and a fine course choice.
Click here to visit the Quality English website



British Council

The British Council are the government agency responsible for promoting British culture throughout the world. As the UK's international organisation for educational and cultural relations its activities embrace Education, the Arts, Science and Societal issues.

One of its UK activities is the running of 'Accreditation UK' which is the quality assurance scheme for the UK ELT sector. If a school meets agreed high standards of quality they are then accredited by the British Council. Members of the Scheme have a continuing obligation to work to the agreed standards of the scheme and are regularly re-inspected.

Accreditation provides students with a guarantee of quality. It is important to you because you will come to St George International knowing that important aspects of your course – the quality of teaching, accommodation, facilities, social programme and student services – meet the high standards required for accreditation.

Quality English

Quality English is a global association of the very best English language schools worldwide. All schools on the Quality English (QE) register offer excellence in all they do and characteristically offer a broad range of English language courses. To become a QE school important pre-conditions must be met including: the school must be independent and accredited; it must have very good feedback from students, agents and inspection bodies and it must clearly have a system of professional development in place for its staff and continuous improvement systems in place for academic improvement   

University of Cambridge

Cambridge ESOL has been at the forefront of English language examinations for over fifty years. It has an impressive range of exams for students at all levels of English and their exams cover general, business and academic needs. SGI - St George International is an authorised exam preparation centre offering students a number of Cambridge exam preparation courses including, Cambridge First (FCE) and Advanced (CAE), both General English exams and  BULATS, a Business English related on-line language test that students can take at any time with an authorised school like SGI. 

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) 

ISI is a Government approved inspectorate, primarily responsible for inspecting UK independent private schools. It also inspects English language schools, such as SGI - St George International, on behalf of the British Government. The key stated aim of ISI Inspections is to improve the quality and effectiveness of the education and care that students receive.

In the most recent ISI examination of SGI London, the inspectors' report stated that 'English teaching is oustanding' and also that 'Students make excellent progress'.

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Student Visas

St George International is approved by the UK government to support visa applications for students wishing to study English in the UK.