Who we are

Our story began in 1953 when John Haycraft (CBE) and his wife Brita Haycraft started a school, because they believed in intercultural understanding through language learning. We have continued their mission and changed people’s lives through language for over 65 years.

International House London is a charitable education trust and we reinvest profits to improve your child’s learning experience.

Our accreditation

Our Young Learner centres and courses are accredited by the British Council. The British Council assess the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching, welfare, and safeguarding under 18s, and we met the criteria in all areas.

The British Council noted particular strengths in the areas of strategic and quality management, staff management, student administration, premises and facilities, learning resources, course design, care of students, leisure opportunities, and safeguarding under 18s.

Support for our young learner centres

Our young learner teams are supported by our head office and adult school in London, which is the no.1 year-round language school with the best value courses in central London, rated by the EL Gazette and based on British Council inspections. IH London teaches across the full learning journey, with staff who know what success looks like at every stage.


Small class sizes

Maximum of 15 students per class for English lessons. 20 students per class for Future Leaders courses.

24/7 Support and supervision

We have a 1:5 staff to student ratio for 8-11 year olds and a 1:8 staff to student ratio for 12-17 year olds at all our young learner centres. All lessons, activities, meal times and accommodation are on site. Study trips are all in groups with IH London staff. Our student care is an area of strength in the latest British Council inspection.

Video tours

Our young learner centres each have a video tour, so you can have a look around before you decide on the centre for your child. EdinburghEllesmereMoulton, and Oxford. (Frensham is a new centre, so doesn’t have a video yet. We will create one the first year we are there. Until then view the photos!).

Celebrating Diversity

Diversity is celebrated at International House London and we treat everybody fairly and equally. In 2019, we welcomed students from 44 countries on our young learner courses. We also aim to attract a diverse community of staff from a broad range of backgrounds, demographics and cultures, and create an inclusive environment in which everyone can succeed.

All-inclusive courses

  • All tuition
  • All class materials
  • All activities
  • Full and half day trips to exciting destinations
  • Evening activities organised and supervised by IH staff at the school
  • On-site residential accommodation at the school
  • All meals
  • Regular drinks and snacks
  • 24/7 support and supervision by our on-site IH team
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • (London courses at our adult school are run a little differently. Find out more)

Future Leaders Entrepreneurship

For ages 14-17, a course for budding entrepreneurs to build their skills and a business plan for their big ideas, where international students will mix with British students to focus on entrepreneurial skills. Available in winter, or summer. Choose Oxford or London. From £3023 (two weeks)

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Future Leaders World Leader

For ages 14-17, a summer course for the next world leaders: explore global issues, such as climate change and help build a better world. Both British and international students will work together on their course to develop skills for an international career. Available at Oxford. Includes special trips to London, Oxford and Cambridge. £3023 (two weeks)

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Future Leaders University Preparation

For ages 14-17, the Future Leaders University Preparation course is designed to develop a range of academic and soft skills that prepare students for studying at an English-speaking university.

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Future Leaders Young MBA

For ages 14-17, a summer English course for the next business leaders: an introduction to what it is like to study for an MBA at a prestigious business school.

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“The task-based approach, leading to a team project, equips students with useful transferable life skills, as well as developing their language.” – British Council

PIEoneer 2019

We are the first UK language school to offset carbon emissions, for all flights to all our summer young learner courses.

All our schools have four on-site senior managers. All senior staff have student welfare training every year.

International House London is a charitable education trust and we reinvest profits to improve your child’s learning experience.

Our Young Learner Centres are accredited by The British Council.