The IH Bristol Story

IH Bristol Story - by Val Hennessy, Director

Val Hennessy, Director, I H Bristol

Greetings from IH Bristol.

2020 is certainly going to be a year we all remember. Living through a pandemic is like nothing I have ever experienced before. I am not against change. Running a highly successful language school here in beautiful Bristol has always meant innovating and being creative. Now, more than ever before, versatility is required to ensure that we all come out of this stronger than before.

We re-opened for face-to-face teaching on 3rd August and since then our numbers have increased a little. The important thing is that we are open and ready to welcome those who still wish to travel to the UK to study English or to come to IH Bristol to learn a foreign language or to train to be a teacher. We have expanded our exams offer to include the new English language exam for medical professionals, OET. We have put measures in place to protect everybody who comes to use our services and we are looking forward to welcoming students back in growing numbers.

Our Cambridge Exam Classes, IELTS Exam Classes and General English classes are all set to re-start in September.  As always, the Cambridge Exam Classes inlcude the costs of the exam and all exam courses offer specialised exam practice for all elements of the test. Our monthly OET courses are helping health care professionals achieve the standards they need to pass the OET. Our Winter Junior programme, which includes creative classes as part of the package, is set to resume in January 2021.

To help those who are unable to travel at the moment, we have introduced a wide range of online classes which are proving very popular indeed. And of course, we still make huge amounts of material available free online so that everybody in the world who wants to learn English with us, is able to do so: our Free Exercises & Useful Expressions are available to anybody who has access to a phone/computer and our Phrase of the Day videos can help students worldwide to increase their knowledge on a daily basis. We also offer free lessons to refugees. If ever there was a time for the world to pull together, it is now, and we are all proud to do our part.

International House Bristol has always provided the highest quality English and foreign language teaching, the best teacher training and the most positive exam experience at the best price to the most diverse student body. In everything we do, we strive to be a centre of excellence, the best place to work and study.

Bristol has weathered the storm of CoVid well so far and as the new academic year approaches and students start to return in numbers, we all need to look to a brighter future. Life will go back to something more normal and where better to enjoy that return to normality than here in Bristol.

We have grown substantially from our modest beginnings in my front room but I am pleased to say that the growth has been organic, fuelled by those who work and study at IHB and by the organisations we work with: Cambridge ESOL, Trinity London, OET, IELTS & International House World Organisation. Being a member of the best language school affiliation in the world is such a bonus. Being able to share our passion for teaching with others who feel the same makes us a truly global community.  IH schools the world over share best practice and innovative ideas, which is why the International House network goes from strength to strength.

At International House Bristol, students come first and our Individual Learning Plans ensure every EFL student benefits to the maximum from their time with us. They have access to online learning before, during and after their stay with us. Everything we do, from materials creation to safe-guarding, is done to provide each and every student with the best possible learning experience. That's why we remain the premier school in the South West of England.

All in all, life is good at IH Bristol. Why not come and see for yourself?

Dr Val Hennessy, Director

Mission Statement

We aim to provide a friendly, caring environment for language learners and trainee teachers.Our goal is to educate, inspire and empower through excellent teaching by experienced, committed, highly qualified staff and a comprehensive student welfare system that supports learners throughout their studies.