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The Berkshire School of English

Do you want to improve your confidence in speaking, reading and writing English? The Berkshire School of English (BSE) is conveniently located near Newbury train station and provides a wide range of courses for all levels, whether you are looking for work in the UK, want to pass your Life in the UK test or improve your GCSE English grade.

We are a multi-cultural English Language learning establishment and pride ourselves on working with learners from all ethnicities and walks of life.

You can come to classes at our school in Newbury or attend Community ESOL classes in Thatcham, Lambourn and Calcot. Some of the classes are free for eligible students thanks to funding from West Berkshire Council.

In addition to our courses, we provide a meeting place for conversation and activities, encouraging cross-cultural friendships and community cohesion.

Our Students

Native-speakers can choose a gentle return to learning with ‘Kick Start Adult Literacy’ plus GCSE exam preparation workshops for teenagers who need extra support.

Adult Non-native speakers/ESOL learners can choose to learn English through a variety of courses. For example: General English, Cambridge exam preparation, employability skills and exploring British culture through history and politics and understanding the social and cultural diversity that they are presented with when living and working in the UK today.

Our Staff

Our highly qualified, specialist English language teachers help you learn at your own pace in small classes. They have many years’ experience delivering Functional Skills from pre-entry to Level Two, GCSE English and EFL/ESOL from beginners to advanced learners .

Our teachers also have a lot of experience working with non-native speakers and with native English-speaking vulnerable adults in FE colleges and ex-offenders within the Probation Service.

Working in Partnership

We are proud to be a member of the West Berkshire Community Learning Partnership. Over the last three years we have worked with West Berkshire Council Adult Community Learning and West Berkshire Family Hubs to successfully establish four funded ESOL courses located in Calcot, Thatcham, Newbury and Lambourn. These courses will continue in 2018-2019 along with two new courses at BSE: ‘Kick Start Adult Literacy’ and ESOL/FCE Laser Progression Award in Literacy and Employability. We also provide intensive English courses to newly arrived Syrian Refugees as part of the Government’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme and we have courses focusing on ‘Citizenship and the Community’ for ethnic minority learners.

Accredited Learning and EFL Exam Preparation

At Berkshire School of English we strive for our students to reach their full potential and understand that they often need accredited recognition for their learning. BSE is a ‘Recognised Centre for Laser Learning Awards’. This means all of our courses can be formally accredited.

BSE is also a Cambridge Examination Preparation Centre for Cambridge First Certificate (FCE), Cambridge Advanced (CAE) and the International English Language Test (IELTS)

Courses Available at the Berkshire School of English

Please visit our website here for details about the range of courses we offer:

  • Cambridge Exam Preparation Classes
  • General English Small Groups
  • GCSE English preparation Classes
  • English for Business Communication
  • Community ESOL
  • Online
  • Life in the UK
  • Private One-to-One

English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
English at Work
English for Carers
English for Nursing in the UK
English For Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs and Catering
Exploring British Culture
English for Schools and Parents and Carers

Student Testimonials

My daughter has gone up two GCSE grades after three one-to-one sessions!”

“I learn a lot with this course, we practice reading, speaking and listening.”

“I think this course is well organized (reading, listening, grammar). And we are in small group and that is positive.”

“The teacher is a positive person and very encouraging.”

How to Contact Berkshire School of English

The Berkshire School of English Ltd
First Floor
57 Cheap Street
RG14 5DH

01635 45900


About Berkshire School of English

The Berkshire School of English (BSE) was founded in 2015 as the ‘One Stop English Shop’ to work with individuals, their families, schools, and businesses throughout Berkshire to improve English skills.

We are proud to have recently become a Recognised Laser Learning Award Centre.

Laser Learning Awards develops, accredits and quality assures courses and qualifications at all levels of education and training. Their products, services and training offer flexible solutions for organisations’ requirements, backed up by exceptional customer service.

Laser Learning Awards offer Ofqual regulated qualifications and unregulated (bespoke) qualifications and provision in a wide range of sectors and at a range of levels, flexible to meet the needs of learners, which can be delivered by a range of training providers both nationally and internationally. Laser training providers include FE colleges, private training centres, schools, sixth form colleges, third sector organisations, and offender learning institutions, amongst others.


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