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.


Hi! I'm Lily.

I'm a teacher but I also arrange the school's social programme. There is a full excursion to another city or tourist destination every Saturday. I also arrange 2 or 3 afternoon/evening activities during the week.

The programme is organised on a 'pay as you go' basis.  If you attend all the events and excursions, the cost will be around £35.00 per week.  Many activities are free.

Our social programme is very popular with our students and participation rates are high. To see the sort of things we do, have a look at the programme below.

School party at The Avon Gorge Hotel
Excursion to Oxford



Wednesday 26 September Talk: The Bristol Music Scene 15.45 Free
Thursday 27 September Harbour Cruise 16.45 £6
Friday 28 September Exhibition at the M Shed: Bristol Music, 7 decades of Sound 14.00 £3
Saturday 29 September Excursion to Longleat Safari Park (back by 6pm) 08.30 £30



Tuesday  2 October Afternoon Walk and Fish 'n' Chips 16.00 £7
Wednesday 3 October Live Music at The Thekla: Darwin Deez 18.30 £15
Friday 4 October SS Great Britain 13.30 £10
Saturday 22 September Excursion to Frome & Frome Market and Farleigh Hungerford Castle (back by 6pm) 09.00 £20

If you would like to see the full social programme for this term, click here.



  • If you cancel your reservation, tickets are not refundable.
  • If we ever have to cancel an event, you will be refunded in full.


Football with the teachers - every Thursday

Football is organised by the teachers themselves. Sometimes it is really popular and places are limited so you may not be able to play every week. It's a 3G astro turf pitch (plastic grass) and you can wear trainers or football boots. Some students can go by car with a teacher but normally some people need to take the train, which costs £2 return. It's a 10 minute journey in total. If you came by train, you should return by train. By the way, the teachers play in red shirts and they sometimes win!

Other sports available in Bristol include volleyball, badminton, tennis, hockey, squash, running, gym, swimming and table tennis. For more detailed information,  please click here.

While you are in the country, why not take the opportunity to see a Premier League football match? Go with some other students; it's more fun and you could save money.

The gym at Clifton College
The pool at Clifton College