Friendly, personal and highly effective teaching in the heart of the English Riviera

Welcome to our school

An ideal setting for learning English

We have created a relaxed and friendly environment where learning English is a real pleasure and where everyone is treated as a special guest. We started the school in 1971 and now our sons, all academics and linguists, are the directors of the school. They work hard to maintain the very highest standards in student education, activity programmes, accommodation and welfare.

As an independent, family-run school, we can react quickly to the latest developments in teaching and preserve that “personal touch” for which we are well-known. Understanding and satisfying an individual student’s needs and objectives lie at the heart of our approach to the learning experience, encouraging students to take responsibility for their own progress. 

We look forward to seeing you,

Brian & Joan Hawthorne,
Founders of the Devon School of English


"Teaching is excellent and students learn very successfully. Teachers plan and prepare lessons extremely effectively to match the needs of their  students. Their subject knowledge and understanding are excellent."

(ISI Inspection Report, September 2013)


 Our Educational Policy

At the Devon School of English, we believe that language is best acquired when it is used meaningfully in situations that you can relate to and enjoy. Our courses aim to respond to your interests, needs and professional or academic contexts and are based on the belief that fluency comes from confidence and pleasure in the language and language learning.

Emphasis is on the practical use of modern English - including its vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Lessons help you improve and adapt your learning habits along with the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

We believe that your English learning extends beyond the classroom into your time outside of the school which is why we take great care to ensure that the social programme and your stay with local families form an important part of our curriculum and perform a significant role in your language learning.


‘‘We have created a school with a happy, friendly and relaxed atmosphere where learning English is a real pleasure’’

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