Our Story

Established in 1988 by Sue and Rick Johns, Kingsway English Centre is a small boutique family-run English language school offering the very best quality service to mature adults who want the best.

Rick & Sue Johns welcome you to Kingsway English Centre

Where we began

We started Kingsway from our home near Worcester with one student (from Sudan) having lessons in our dining room. She lived with a host family in our village. We have moved on since those days …

Kingsway English Centre Worcester UK

Where we are now

We are now located in our own elegant building of 800 sqm right in the centre of Worcester city. There is plenty of space to spread out and relax so you will feel comfortable and ready to learn!

Kingsway English Centre Worcester UK

“We love what we do; it’s not a job but a lifestyle!”

Rick Johns is a BSc Hons. graduate of Electronic & Electrical Engineering from Birmingham University, UK. He joined Schlumberger in Venezuela and then spent a year in Colombia. Following assignments in Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Indonesia and South Africa he was back home to build the house where he and wife Sue still live! He has done all the jobs from field work to managing client accounts.

His great variety of experience means he knows how you feel coming to a foreign country (maybe for the first time) and he will always be there to help you in any way he can.

Sue Johns has a Diploma in teaching English (DELTA) and is a BA Hons graduate of English & History, also from Birmingham University, UK, where she met Rick. After gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education she spent several years teaching in secondary schools in the UK before joining Rick abroad where she taught English.

On returning to the UK, Sue started Kingsway with the single aim of being better than all the schools she had worked for in the past. Sue carries her enthusiasm for being “the best” to the Kingsway staff, and it is an on-going policy to be continually developing the tutors to being the top of their profession too.

Quality that comes from the top

When we started Kingsway we personally covered all the jobs in the school, including the teaching, airport transfers, leading the social trips and even doing the cleaning every evening.

Although we now have a lovely team of people to help, we know how we want every job done and so the quality comes right from the top.

We consider ourselves a “boutique” English school because we are small and independently owned – we are not part of a big chain. We have around 10-15 students in the winter and 25-35 in the summer, so you will always get very personal service whenever you come.

What is so special for you?

  • The average age of our students is about 45 years; the typical age range is 30 – 65 years, which means that you will be surrounded by adults only
  • We usually have around 10 different nationalities in school and everyone is highly motivated, which means that you will always speak English and make excellent progress
  • Quality at Kingsway is exceptional! Attention to detail can be seen in every aspect of our service which means that the school runs efficiently and you will be very well looked after
  • We have 30 years’ experience (old enough to know, young enough to still love what we do) which means that your teachers will be experienced and your lessons will be challenging but fun!
Kingsway English Centre patio

We’re proud of our facilities …

We are really proud of having nice quality facilities for you to enjoy, whether it is the entrance hall, the lounge, the self-access room or even the toilets!

  • Spacious Premises 800 sqm
  • 11 Training Classrooms
  • Self-Access Centre
  • Free Internet & Wifi
  • Kitchen with Free Drinks
  • Comfortable Student Lounge
  • Sunny Garden & Patio Area

Even the toilets are immaculate

Even the toilets at Kingsway are immaculate

Now come and meet the team …

Below you will find pictures and information on the core Kingsway staff. Although we all have job titles Kingsway is one big family and we all do a bit of everything, like making the coffee, loading the dishwasher and vacuuming the floor to keep the school immaculate!

Rick Johns - Director

Rick Johns – Director

Rick is responsible for administration, finance, premises and transport. He is a perfectionist and is obsessive about quality control (even at home!).

Sue Johns - Director

Sue Johns – Director

Sue is responsible for personnel & welfare. She works closely with Kingsway’s corporate clients and language travel agents to ensure a perfect service.

Kathy Austin - Student Services Manager

Kathy Austin – Student Services

Kathy is responsible for student services not related to lessons, such as accommodation, arranging social events, and your general welfare.

Richard Ostick - Director of Studies

Richard Ostick – Director of Studies

Richard is our Academic Manager & Director of Studies. He also keeps his hand in teaching so you may see him taking your lessons too!

Bob South - Social Activities

“Big Bob” South – Social Activities

Bob is responsible for leading the social activities and trips at Kingsway. If there are any places you would like to visit please let him know.

Emma Bennett - Sales Administrator

Emma Bennett – Sales Administrator

Emma provides important back-office support for Kingsway’s marketing activities as well as helping students with any queries.

Ian Finney - Teacher

Karen van Berlo – Social Activities

Karen has worked for many years with international students. She helps to run the Kingsway social programme in conjunction with Big Bob.

Bob Whitelaw - Teacher

Helen Crane – Project Manager

Helen works on special areas of Kingsway such as our Medical English courses and Kingsway’s English Plus Football programme.

Ian Finney - Teacher

Ian Finney – Teacher

Ian graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Music but chose to enter the world of English language teaching. He has over 20 years’ teaching experience.

Bob Whitelaw - Teacher

Bob Whitelaw – Teacher

Bob was born in London but has spent more time working in Australia than in the UK! He worked in the mining industry before becoming a teacher.

Caroline Hughes - Teacher

Caroline Hughes – Teacher

Caroline qualified as an English teacher in 2011 and taught in Mexico, Spain and Australia before joining the Kingsway team in 2016.

Annette Small - Teacher

Sally Kendrick – Teacher

Sally is a Worcester local who qualified as an English teacher in 2004. She worked in Russia, Germany and Mexico and more recently in Spain and Portugal.

Caroline Hughes - Teacher

Jayne George – Teacher

Jayne first worked at Kingsway in 1995 before leaving to pursue a career in leadership development. She loved us so much, she came back in 2019!

Karleen Sheppard - Teacher

Karleen Sheppard – Teacher

Karleen trained in speech & language therapy before qualifying as an EFL teacher in 1995. She lived in New Zealand before joining Kingsway.

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