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ELC Charity

ELC Charity

The English Language Centre is a not-for-profit organisation that runs schools in Brighton and Eastbourne to teach English to overseas students. Our courses and teaching provide effective training for students who need English for their work, study, travel or personal pleasure.

We understand that everyone is unique with different needs and different goals. We will provide you with individual attention to help you achieve your goals.

We look forward to welcoming you to ELC at our schools in Brighton and Eastbourne.

Our Mission

To transform lives by enabling people to better communicate globally through:

  • teaching of the English language
  • promoting inter-cultural understanding
  • encouraging appreciation of the different ways we all live, think and learn

Our Values

Excellence: we aim to offer the highest standards in teaching, training, services and facilities

Integrity: we aim to be honest, fair and ethical in all our relationships

Innovation: we believe in constantly reviewing and developing our teaching, facilities, services and staff

Respect: we endeavour to treat everyone equally and with respect, understanding that everyone is unique with different needs and different goals

Collaboration: we recognise the importance of working and studying together, as a team


There are no owners or shareholders. The English Language Centre is managed by the Chief Executive, Phil Hopkins, and Group Academic Director, Peter Tamkin, who report to a non-executive voluntary Board of Trustees/Governors.

The Trustees are:

  • Peter Orpen (Chair)
  • Roger Perry
  • Duncan Quibell
  • John Rudd
  • Richard Stewart
  • Katy Wells
  • Michael West
  • Graham White
  • Vanessa Hall-Smith

Charitable Activities

In accordance with its aims, the charity undertakes a number of activities to support the teaching of English and development of English language teaching both locally and internationally including:

  • providing a grant to English in the Community in Eastbourne to deliver English courses to local migrants
  • providing a grant to Migrant English Project in Brighton to deliver English training to local migrants
  • offering the Graham Smith ESOE scholarship to enable a teacher to attend the annual  IATEFL Conference
  • offering the Robert O'Neill ELC scholarship to enable a teacher to attend the annual  IATEFL Conference
  • providing a grant to Heart Children's Home in Malindi, Kenya to support the education of the children at this orphanage
  • Test Your English