Our administration team are here to make your stay in Brighton as easy and enjoyable as possible by helping you before, during and after your course as required. We have a dedicated team of staff that organises everything in-house so that we can control the quality of our services.
Ali Passmore MA, BA Head of Accommodation and Welfare
Ali is Head of the Accommodation and Welfare Department here at ELC Brighton. She joined in 2010. Ali is originally from Johannesburg but studied in the US for 3 years before coming to live in England in 1999. Before joining ELC she worked for a school in London. She loves travelling and playing squash.
Sam Woods MAAT Finance Manager
Sam oversees the Accounts Department for the 3 schools. He joined ELC in 2015 following a number of Accounts and Sales roles. Sam studied for a Higher Diploma in Modern Music at Brighton Institute of Modern Music and has kept up his love of drumming ever since. He is also a keen photographer.
Phil Steere Buildings Manager
Phil is responsible for the maintenance of the school buildings and for Health & Safety at ELC. He joined ELC in 2010 having previously worked for other companies in London & Brighton. He studied lead guitar at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music and is also a keen photographer.
Fergus Kavanagh BA (Hons), Cert TESOL Social Activities Organiser
Fergus is responsible for the social programme at ELC Brighton. He joined us in 2017 having worked previously as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages in the UK and abroad. Before joining ELC he worked for a school in Canterbury, Kent. In his free time he enjoys travelling and going on long walks in the countryside.
Laura Gascoyne BSc (Hons), AAT Accounts Assistant
Laura works in the accounts department at ELC, helping Sam with the day-to-day financial control of the 3 schools. She joined ELC in 2020, having previously worked in accounts roles for companies in Brighton and Eastbourne. She speaks French and loves travelling.
Julia Sandiford BA (Hons) Sales & Marketing Administrator
Julia is responsible for all bookings and enquiries and will usually be your first point of contact. Julia joined ELC in 2006 having previously run her own business for many years. Julia is also a host family for ELC. Julia has a degree in graphic design and in her spare time loves visiting historical places and art galleries. She is also a keen gardener and cook.
ELC Level Guide
The following table shows the levels we use at ELC.
ELC Level Level Aims C2 Upper-advanced - use English very well in demanding situations
- performance level may be above average native speaker
C1 Advanced - use English well in all but the most demanding situations
- use and understand complex language
B2 Upper-intermediate - use English effectively in all familiar situations
- use more complex English and cope with more demanding situations
B1 Intermediate - use English to express simple ideas and achieve results
- use range of basic language well in most situations
A2 Pre-intermediate - use English in most familiar situations
- use English in a limited way in more difficult situations
A1/A2 Elementary - develop English skills to 'survival' level
- use English only in very familiar situations
A1 Beginner - learn basic vocabulary and structures for simple communication