Who we are

We have a qualified and experienced team of English language tutors
who are used to working both in classrooms and on a 1-2-1 basis.
Summer school students


English Language Homestays has been running successful and popular English language courses, International Language Homestays, short stays and summer school programmes for over 25 years.

With English language centres and friendly host families and tutors across the UK and South Africa, we can offer every student, on a short or long stay, an exciting, fun and enlightening experience

Jackie Verrall, Managing Director

Well established and successful business

ELH language school was founded in 1989 to provide students with excellent academic programs and a nurturing environment with close student-teacher relationships.

  • English Language Homestays was launched with one small Centre on the outskirts of Brighton in 1992.
  • It now has 15 Language Centres, a 3 campus Summer School and one-to-one homestay tutors across England, Scotland and South Africa.
  • Our success has been based around selecting and maintaining high quality host families and homestay tutors at all our various locations.
  • Our office admin team and local coordinators are highly experienced at managing the multiple English programmes running at a time, ensuring everything runs smoothly and any issues are resolved quickly.
  • Our tried-and-tested activities and excursions are popular with students of all ages and ensure that they have a great time while with us.
  • Supportive environment to ensure students welfare is looked after while they are with us.

It’s not all about business…

While we are a business, we believe in contributing to our local community and beyond. We support and give a proportion of our profits to charity including:


We also make regular trips to our Cape Town centre in South Africa and are involved in a number of local support projects. That is in addition to arriving with suitcases full of donated baby clothes for the local hospitals!


Our Head Office team is based in Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex,  close to Brighton with great transport links to London, Gatwick Airport and Brighton.

Our host families are an important part of our team and we work closely with them to ensure students experience an authentic taste of English life and enjoy a great experience to remember.

We have a qualified and experienced team of English language tutors who are used to working both in classrooms and on a 1-2-1 basis.

Jackie Verrall

Managing Director of English Language Homestays
Jackie Verrall is the Managing Director of English Language Homestays with overall responsibility for all aspects of the business, including its strategic day-to-day running. Jackie – who has 30 years’ experience and excellent business contacts – is based at ELH’s Shoreham-by-Sea HQ and prides herself on a hands-on, professional and personal approach.


Dec Mooney - ELH staff
Dec Mooney

Company Secretary
Dec Mooney is the Company Secretary and is also a Director of English Language Homestays. He looks after all the financial and legal aspects of the company. Dec also arranges any transportation requests from agents and students.


Staff for English Language Homestays
Aleks Ptasinska

Summer School Co-Ordinator
Aleks Ptasinska is based in the UK but has strong links with the East European and Russian Market. As she was born in Poland and travelled extensively in the Baltic Countries, she knows exactly what those clients expect with regards to education, lessons and accommodation. She is also a strong Fund raiser for our Townships and always gets involved in any projects that have been happening throughout the year.


Sacha Stone - ELH staff
Sacha Stone

Short Stay Manager
Sacha Stone is our Short Stay Manager and looks after our five Centres around Brighton as well as coordinating our other UK Centres in Cornwall; Northampton; Edinburgh and Kent. Sacha also works as an activity leader at our Summer School and often attends the Roller Discos in the afternoon.
As well as that, she is the Liaison Officer for our Shoreham Town coaches and enjoys rescuing Pole Cats and Ferrets, which she often brings into the class for a “ Get to know a Pet Day!”


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Lois Gilbert

Short Stay Co-Ordinator & Welfare officer

Lois is one of our “ Go To” Girls!  Always up for a challenge and finding enough beds in our larger Centres is usually that!  She can be found meeting coaches; lining up the kids for Summer School ; counting heads for the weekly Disco or unloading coaches during the week.  Lois is also our dedicated Welfare officer and is seen each morning welcoming the summer school students before they start school.  Therefore, always on hand to deal with any small student cares or worries they may have during their time with us.    Add to that her expertise in placing groups at three of our Brighton Centres and you have a great colleague for Sacha.    If you want to know anything about Scones; Goulash or Prosecco Jelly, then Lois is the girl you should have on speed dial!


Emily Partner - ELH staff
Emily Partner

Home Tuition & High School Co-Ordinator
Emily comes to us from a background in Singing and Dancing and brings that expertise to our Summer School.  Have you heard our Summer School students singing “ Footballs Coming Home?”   her “ real job” is looking after our High School Programmes both in the UK and South Africa, as well as maintaining the very buoyant Homestay Tuition Department that we run right across the World.   For 2019, her South African project is to help re-open a local Clinic in our Township “ Red Hill” where they have not had a Doctor or Nurse visit them since their Clinic closed down five years ago.  Click back often to see how we are doing…


Judey Bignell

Academic Summer School Manager
Judey will once again be the Academic Manager for all English Learning programmes during our Summer School.  All of our past students have thoroughly enjoyed Judey’s style of teaching and her enthusiastic way of helping them improve their English.  As in previous years, we will be running our Shakespeare Workshop where students put their own interpretation on The Bard’s plays and there is no one better than Judey to help co ordinate this.  All of our Shakespeare  Programmes include a visit to The Globe in London and with many students coming back a second or third time, you can see that Judey really does know how to make Summer School both a learning and fun environment.


Bianca Utihata

South American and Japanese Manager
Bianca is in charge of our South American Department. She works with schools and Agencies there for students who wish to study in South Africa ( Cape Town ) She also helps market our Summer School to these countries as well as promote Homestay Teaching Courses across the World, more commonly known as 1-2-1. During the Summer Months, Bianca can be found helping with all summer school activities and her favourite day out is always to London Zoo.   Bianca is fluent in Portuguese; Spanish and English.


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