Our mission

What do we stand for?

Empowering learners to become better versions of themselves

Providing a safe community where people develop a greater understanding of themselves and each other

Our vision
Values

Treating everyone connected within our community of learners as a valuable individual 

Who are we?

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Richard Smaridge

School Manager

After studying Social Anthropology at uni, Rick started teaching EFL in the 90s.  He then spent 20 years as a main-stream teacher (ICT) and managing a department. He is a keen photographer and Aikido 5h Dan.

 

Steve Paul

Teacher, ministay guru and local history buff

After a career in the Merchant Navy where he picked up amazing culinary skills and a love of languages, Steve settled in Devon to pursue EFL teaching and Spanish learning.

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Margie Barker

Director 

Margie is the director and owner of the business and is responsible for the overall running of the school- she likes walking and her fox red labrador Ruben is usually to be found under her desk in the office.

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Dana Grant

Teacher, IELTS and Cambridge Exams expert as well as being a Trinity Examiner

Dana is one of our longest serving teachers with over 30 years' teaching experience. She loves spending time with her family and travelling as much as she can.

 

Sharon Perry

Teacher, Academic Skills and IELTS expert

Sharon is a well-qualified teacher of English with an MA in Applied Linguistics, BA (hons) in English literature, PGCE in English and DELTA and CELTA in English language teaching. She was also an IELTS examiner for many years. She lived and worked in South East Asia for 26 years, where she taught all levels of English to students in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Brunei. Since her return to UK she has been teaching English to international students from all over the world, both in person and online.

Amy Chapman

Academic Manager

Amy is responsible for all aspects of academic management . She enjoys spending time with her two children Aluna and Jonah.

Rosalind Gill

Gate House garden

Rosalind is responsible for our Gate House garden and is also a wonderful host family,

she has 3 very precious cats. 

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And our important office dog Ruben who brings comfort and cuddles to staff and students alike!- and is a master thief when it comes to lunches!