About St Giles

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About St Giles

Excellence in English Language Training since 1955

Every year around 10,000 students from over 100 different countries choose St Giles for their language and learning needs. Established in 1955, we offer 67 years' experience in providing excellence in training for people of all ages, all needs, and from all over the world.

Why Learn English at St Giles?

Family business for nearly 70 years.

An international reputation for high-quality teaching

Choice of locations in the UK and Canada

Flexible programmes designed for a range of ages, abilities, and objectives

A personal learning experience, with a focus on you and your needs.

Exciting, fast-paced, and learner-centred lessons

Modern teaching centres offering the latest resources.

Excellent value for money.

People choose to study English for various reasons, including travel, career advancement, further education, or personal enjoyment. 

At St Giles International, our qualified teachers, hold recognized certifications like Cambridge CELTA or Trinity Cert. TESOL, along with a university degree, ensure effective and rapid learning. In exceptional cases, we may consider teachers without these qualifications if their expertise aligns with our standards.

Download our Statement of Educational Purpose

The St Giles Promise:
Our Mission Statement

To provide high quality courses for international students and trainee teachers in a positive and inclusive environment, focusing on the students’ and trainees’ real and practical aspirations. 

To offer a range of student support services prioritising student welfare, safety, comfort and choice to enable our students to enjoy their courses to the full.

Our Values

High Quality

We are committed to high quality education

Improve & Develop

We constantly strive to improve and develop

Family Values

We have strong traditions and family values


We use our experience to support our students

International experience

We offer a truly international experience


The Queen's Award in 2015

Annually announced by Her Majesty The Queen, The Queen’s Awards recognize outstanding companies. Demonstrating substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success over a six-year period, our CEO, Mark Lindsay, met the Queen to receive this prestigious honour.

Lifetime Achievement Award (IALCA 2023)

St Giles International was awarded a prestigious at the IALCA Salone delle Lingue 2023.

With immense pride and gratitude, we accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for what we have done over so many years. Our Deputy CEO, Hannah Lindsay-Cornish, travelled to Italy to receive this award.

The Sunday Times
International Track 200 (2014)

St Giles International ranked 77th of the top 200 UK private companies that saw the fastest growth in overseas sales within a 2-year period with an average 48.5% overseas sales growth ending December 12, 2013.

Partner Awards

English Language and Teaching Accreditations

St Giles International is fully accredited and regularly assessed for the teaching of English by the British Council in the UK and Languages Canada in Canada. These are major independent bodies that control quality standards in language centres in the UK and Canada. Our St Giles UK centres are members of English UK.

This year, St Giles International joined Association of Language Travel Organisations (ALTO), the only forum joining leading language travel agents, schools, and national associations as one global community.

St Giles Vancouver has EQA designation and is recognised by the British Columbia government as having met quality assurance standards. St Giles Vancouver is also recognised by PTIB as providing Class C programmes.

You can view the latest British Council reports for each school below: