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 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 …
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!
And not forgetting where we came from …
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!
Rick’s experience has taken him from the hottest country to the coldest country, from the wettest to the driest, from the smallest town to the biggest, and from native English speaking countries to those where no one speaks English. 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.
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. And that is still our philosophy today. 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.
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!
We’re proud of our facilities …
- 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.
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.
Helen Crane – Project Manager
Helen looks after special areas of Kingsway. Her most recent success was setting up and managing the new English Plus Football 2019 programme.
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.
Susie Ashworth – Teacher
Susie is a languages graduate with an MA in Professional Writing. She is a novelist and poet and regularly has short stories published.
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.
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.
Catherine Copley – Teacher
Catherine joined the Kingsway team after moving to Worcester from London. She grew up in Oxfordshire then studied fine art at the University of Kent.
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’s back again in 2019!
Book Your Kingsway Course..
Come and experience Kingsway English Centre for yourself. If you would like to learn English with other friendly adults you will find the Kingsway experience perfect!