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


Hi everyone! 

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 weekend. I also arrange 2 or 3 afternoon/evening activities during the week in Bristol.

The programme is organised on a 'pay as you go' basis, however 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 24 October International Food Party 18.30 Free
Thursday 25 October Opera at The Hippodrome: La traviatta 17.15 £16
Friday 26 October Chance & Counters Board Game Café 13.00 £10
Saturday 27 October Excursion to Cambridge 08.00 £5



Wednesday 31 October Bowling at The Lanes 16.30 £8
Thursday 1 November Halloween Party at La Rocca 21.00 Free + 1 free drink
Friday 2 November Live Rugby: Bristol Bears Vs Gloucester 18.30 £20 (incl. bus)
Saturday  3 November Excursion to Warwick Castle & Stratford 08.30 £25

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