FAQs – Students

If you want to join ECSE, please email info@ecse.org.uk

Where are the classes?

The classes are all held in Elthorne Park High School. We are located a 1 minute walk from the Christopher Avenue bus stop, served by the E8 and 195, or a 10 minute walk from Boston Manor tube station on the Piccadilly Line.

We do have access to the school’s car park during classes, however spaces are limited, so we do encourage you to take public transport where possible. The car park has wheelchair spaces – if you have access requirements, please let us know when you join, or email us at info@ecse.org.uk and we can accommodate you.

When are the classes?

The classes run from 19:00-20:50 on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The front gates are open from 18:50 and we encourage all students to ensure they arrive between 18:50 and 19:00 so they are ready for the start of the class. The classes will usually end by 20:45 to ensure that students have time to ask questions and pack up their things.

Please note classes only run during school terms, so you will not be expected to attend during the school holidays (see our class calendar here).

How much does the school cost?

We are committed to keep students’ costs as low as possible. We charge £80 a year, irrespective of class level – we only do this to cover the costs of hiring out the classrooms we use.

If you are receiving benefits, a refugee, an asylum seeker, unemployed or on a very low income for example a live-in nanny/opair, then please speak to us when you enrol – the school will not turn any student away based on ability to pay.

Payment is only by bank transfer – we do not accept cash, cheques or credit/debit cards. We will provide details of how to pay after you enrol with us.

What classes do you offer?

We offer classes in English as a second language for all levels – from complete beginners to advanced.

We focus on teaching useful, practical language that our students will use in everyday life to achieve their aims – whether they be improving confidence or getting a better job. Find out more about our commitment to students here.

What is expected of students?

You will be expected to maintain at least 80% attendance throughout the school year, participate in class and complete any homework assigned to you by your teacher. If you have any concerns regarding attendance or completion of work, please speak to your teacher.

Who are the teachers?

Our teachers are all volunteers, giving up their free time to help others in the local community. Many of them are current or retired teachers, and many are also qualified as English language specialist teachers. To those who aren’t, they have gone through a tailored training programme, teaching them best practice to ensure you receive the best education.

You may have a different teacher on Monday and Wednesday evening, as not all our teachers can commit to two evenings a week. Please be assured that your teachers will work together to ensure you are taught all the relevant material.