The UK’s Number 1 School.*

*According to the EL Gazette rankings based on
British Council inspectors’ publishable statements.

Read the EL Gazette article where John explains what makes ELC Bristol their number 1 ranked UK school.

ELC Bristol is family-run school, offering intensive General English and examination preparation courses in Bristol, a lively university city in the South West of England.


Established in 1969, ELC Bristol is a family-run English language school. We offer intensive General English courses and Examination Preparation courses for the IELTS and Cambridge exams. We are a member of TEN (the English Network), IALC (International Association of Language Centres), English UK, Quality English and we are accredited by the British Council.  

Mission Statement - our goals: 

  • To provide high quality education in the English language for students aged 16+, focussing on teaching General English and preparing students successfully for the Cambridge and IELTS examinations.
  • To recruit and retain a team of experienced and qualified teachers who are committed to creating a stimulating, supportive and active learning environment in which students can make rapid progress.
  • To encourage an atmosphere of tolerance and respect and to have a mix of students from as many countries as possible. In this way, they can have a truly international experience and learn, not only from our teachers, but also from each other. 
  • To make sure strict welfare and safeguarding procedures and an ongoing training programme are in place, as the well-being and safety of each individual student is our absolute priority.
  • To offer a comfortable study environment and the highest possible standards in all student services including accommodation and the social programme. This allows our students to truly experience the life and culture in the UK. 
  • To be honest, transparent, ethical and fair in the provision of information and the recruitment of students.
  • To be kind, patient, supportive and attentive to our students and to ask for, and listen to their views and comments.  Where possible, we will try to act upon their suggestions as they are the most important people in the school and every member of staff is here to help them get the most out of their stay.

The school is located in 2 fine old buildings, close to the University in Clifton.

 ELC Bristol Abon House

Pembroke House  Abon House
44 Pembroke Road, Clifton
Bristol BS8 3DT
T. 0117 970 7050
25 St. Johns Road, Clifton
Bristol BS8 2HD
T. 0117 970 7060 

 ELC Bristol Multimedia Centre
Pembroke House                                                                                                                                                       Abon House

The buildings are similarly equipped with 9 classrooms and a multimedia centres in both Pembroke and Abon House

ELC Bristol common room 
Pembroke House                                                                                                                                                        Abon House
There are common rooms and gardens in both centres

Facilities include:

  • 2 common rooms, with snooker tables, drinks machines, comfortable chairs and widescreen TVs.
  • 2 multimedia centres with free internet access.
  • Free wi-fi access.
  • Guided e-learning.
  • We do not have our own café but there are many bars, cafés and shops located only a few minutes from the school. A man from a local sandwich shop visits the school every breaktime selling refreshments.
  • The University Students' Union is only 5 minutes' walk from Pembroke House.

The language school's two buildings, Pembroke House and Abon House, are 7 minutes’ walk from each other.

During July and August, we open a summer centre in Clifton College, 2 minutes' walk from Pembroke House. Students joining our summer courses may study here or at either of the year round school buildings.

Summer Centre