Our Story

Where did it all begin?

1980- or was it December 1979 (!)..

A quirky co-operative at 51B High St, opposite the marketplace

Totnes School of English for individual adults

Founded by teachers

With New-Age outlook 

1999- or was it December 1998 (?)..

Margie and Clare shared a bottle of wine...and bought the school

with support of husbands Clive and Simon

Moved into the Gate House at Easter


1999 - 2010

All hands on deck- our loyal staff and our own children worked hard for the school

2005 first Junior course- thank you Maria Carmen from Almeria

2008 expanded into next door offices- got a small garden!

2010 - 2016

Joined Language in Group- changed our name to Language in Totnes

Bought Windmill House - tried running it as a hostel - good summer junior centre!

September 2016 

All change!

Back to solo management- and welcomed back Clare and Clive- class -act business angels

Reborn as English in Totnes


Added Gate House as a local venue www.thegatehousetotnes.com for meetings, gatherings, after work activities and celebrations.

2020- 2021

Working hard to survive the COVID 19 pandemic

Expanding our online offering

Expanding our adult courses- 50 plus, English Plus Walking...watch this space

Registered as a wedding venue

Please be climate aware and offset your flight by, for example, planting trees. Or travel by train (or other public transport) for a 10% discount on your course- discount refunded on presentation of your tickets on arrival at the school. And if you could write about your journey, we can share how you did it and encourage others to do the same! Not applicable to pre-booked groups.

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