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.
Where it all 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 …
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!
Quality that comes from the top
Over the last 25+ years we have personally done 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.
What is so special about Kingsway?
- The average age of our students is about 44 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 25 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!
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
- Internet Café
- Free Internet & Wifi
- Kitchen with Free Drinks
- Comfortable Student Lounge
- Sunny Garden & Patio Area
Even the toilets 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 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 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
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 is our Academic Manager & Director of Studies and is responsible for making sure that you receive top quality teaching during your course.
“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 provides important back-office support for Kingsway’s marketing activities as well as helping students with any queries.
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 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.
Heidi Ostick – Teacher
Heidi joined the Kingsway team in 2001 after 7 years experience teaching in Spain. She has a degree in French and German and can also speak Welsh!
Annette Small – Teacher
Annette is from California and brings substantial experience in finance, sales, marketing and IT to Kingsway – as well as an American accent!
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.
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.
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Like to come and meet our team?
If you are thinking of taking an English course it is a good idea to plan as far ahead as you can. This means you will have a good ‘lead in’ time to prepare for your trip to England. If you have any questions just fill in the form.