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About Us

English Courses in Cambridge

Select English was established in Cambridge 1991; today we are a small, family-run school committed to providing high quality, personalised teaching that helps our students achieve their learning goals.  

We treat all of our students as individuals and offer a friendly, stimulating, inclusive and supportive environment to help our students at every stage of their time with us.  

We believe studying English courses in Cambridge with us is a unique experience. Cambridge is an exceptional place to study and is rich with culture, beautiful architecture and independent shops. 

We offer a range of general English and IELTS preparation courses throughout the year, as well tailor-made group courses for school groups and several summer courses for students aged from 10 upwards. 

Why choose Select English Cambridge?

Quality Tuition

At Select English, we pride ourselves in the quality of our language classes. Our teachers are qualified, experienced and passionate about helping our students to improve their English.   

Small Classes

Students are taught in small groups where the maximum class size is 12, and groups are normally even smaller than that.  

International experience

Students from all over the world to study at Select English – from as far away as Brazil or Indonesia to just a short hop across the Channel from France. 

Young learner courses

Select English offers a range of summer courses for young students, including the popular Cambridge Junior course for students aged 13-17 and our courses at Culford school for students aged 10-13 and 13-16. 

Beautiful locations

Our permanent school buildings are in central Cambridge, close to the magnificent University of Cambridge Botanical Garden and the historic colleges of the university. Our courses at Culford school take place in one of the most beautiful boarding schools in England. 

Engaging activity programmes

Our activity programmes allow students to visit University of Cambridge colleges, try punting on the River Cam or join excursions to get to know other UK cities such as London. 

Study in a University of Cambridge College

During July and August, we offer the opportunity to live and study at Magdalene College, which sits right on banks of the River Cam and is one of the loveliest of all the colleges in Cambridge. 

Good Quality Accommodation

Stay in our own comfortable, conveniently located residential accommodation – or in one of our carefully chosen and inspected homestays in Cambridge. 

Individual care

We have a full-time Accommodation Officer, a Welfare Officer responsible for student welfare, and a 24-hour emergency phone number so that students can always contact a senior member of the school management team should the need arise.  

Free airport transfers

On our summer courses we offer free airport transfers for most students – view the transfer details on each course page for more information. 

UKVI Sponsor

We are an official UKVI visa sponsor, allowing us to provide full support for all students’ visa applications.  

About Cambridge

Cambridge is globally recognised as a hub of international education and English language learning, making it a great place for students to study. 

It’s a small city of just over 100,000 people so it’s quick and convenient to move around; it’s very safe and has a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere.  

Thanks to the great number of cultural and historical points of interest, in Cambridge you will never have a dull moment. You can take tours around the university buildings or enjoy some time in a cafe. If you like to shop, head to the Grand Arcade or walk around the charming streets that surround it. Try punting on the River Cam for a real Cambridge experience. There are also plenty of green areas where you can play sports or just relax. 

Cambridge is close to other major cities and sights. London is only a short 45 minute train journey away. Heathrow and Stansted airport are just 1.5 hours and 30 minutes from Cambridge respectively. 

Top 5 things to do in Cambridge

1. Visit King’s College

King’s, founded in 1441 by Henry VI, lies on the River Cam and has its own imposing Gothic chapel. It boasts many famous alumni from scientists like Alan Turing, to novelists such as EM Forster.

2. Go punting

Loved by staff and students alike, a relaxing punt along the Cam under a blue, sunny sky is the perfect way to spend your afternoon after class.

3. Take Tea at Grantchester Orchards

Get a taste of the British countryside by walking to Grantchester and taking tea and scones in the Orchard Tea Gardens. Follow in the footsteps of Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf, EM Forster and John Maynard Keynes. 

4. Visit one of the many great museums

There are many famous museums, including the Fitzwilliam, which always provides an interesting excursion for our students.

5. Quality shopping

Ted Baker, Apple, Fossil, John Lewis, Kurt Geiger, Levis, L.K Bennet London – these are just some of the fashion and technology outlets that can be found in the centre of Cambridge, not to mention the ever popular Primark.

Our Teachers

  • Nadine Kaminska – Director of Studies

    Select English is a family-run and caring school. I love welcoming students from all over the world on both summer and year-round courses.

    This year students from more than 50 different countries have studied with us, all with different learning goals. Whether you’re studying to pass an exam, such as IELTS, need to improve your English for your career, or are simply looking to get better at expressing yourself, our team of dedicated teachers will be there to help you reach your goals.

    What our students most like about our school is our teaching team, busy social programme and the importance we give to students’ progress. We conduct regular, one-to-one tutorials because we care about making your time with us productive and enjoyable. Our small class sizes ensure we can give you the attention you need.

    Cambridge is a fantastic place to study and stay. It’s student-friendly, safe, and, above all, beautiful.

Our teaching team is enthusiastic, fun, friendly and motivated.

Here is a little information about some of our teachers:

  • Ben

    Ben has a degree in German and French and has taught English in Poland. He has worked at Select since 2007. Ben is CELTA qualified and is studying for his DELTA.

    Ben enjoys the professional atmosphere in the Select English staff room and is always happy to share his experience with colleagues.

  • Richard

    Richard has a degree in Engineering and has taught English in Asia for 9 years. He’s been teaching at Select since the beginning of 2015. As well as the teaching he enjoys the social activities at the school, especially playing football with the students. In his spare time he loves to play squash and cycle. Richard is currently studying for his DELTA.

  • Andy

    Andy is Senior Teacher at Select English. He studied Graphic Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, before spending a year teaching English in South Korea and then joining Select English in 2010. He holds the DELTA qualification. Andy likes working at Select because there is always a friendly atmosphere with supportive colleagues, and he enjoys teaching students of many different nationalities.

  • Dan

    Dan studied Sociology at the University of Derby, before spending a year travelling Australia. Once gaining his CELTA qualification, he spent a year teaching in the north of Spain. Dan joined Select English as a teacher in 2017 and also runs the school’s activity programme to ensure every student has the best time possible. Dan enjoys working at Select because of the friendly nature of the school and being able to teach students from all around the world. 

Our Executive Manager

Sam Gross - Executive Manager
Sam Gross – Executive Manager

Select English is a small family-run school that gives a personal service to all our students and partners.  

Our experienced and dedicated team are led by our Executive Manager, Sam Gross. 

How to contact us

To book or enquire about a course

Contact Helen: 0044 (0) 1223 364735 or email helen.widdall@selectenglish.co.uk

To get a quote, enquire about bringing a group, or visit the school

Contact Sam: 0044 (0) 1223 313211 or email sam.gross@selectenglish.co.uk

To discuss your accommodation or become a homestay

Contact the Accommodation Team: 0044 (0) 1223 462149 or email accommodation@selectenglish.co.uk

To discuss paying course fees

Contact Accounts: 0044 (0) 1223 315349 or email erina.templar@standrewscambridge.co.uk

For information about lessons, syllabus, IELTS preparation or if you want to teach with us

Contact Nadine: 0044 (0) 1223 315359 or email nadine.kaminska@selectenglish.co.uk

If you want to make a complaint

Contact Hanna: 0044 (0) 1223 300529 or email hanna.claydon@selectenglish.co.uk

What our students are saying

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