About the Isca School of English

The Isca School of English is one of the oldest independent English schools in the UK.

The grandparents of the present Principal: Sarah Tomlinson founded our English school in 1966. She works with her parents  Richard Tomlinson, the Assistant Principal, and his wife Jo, who is the accommodation and welfare officer at Isca to help you enjoy your stay in Exeter.   Jo and Richard live at the school and we are all always available to our students.  The school is our life’s work and it is a job we enjoy!

First of all what does Isca offer my child?

We offer a very friendly atmosphere, excellent English teaching, interesting excursions and a varied social programme.  We give personal attention to all our students and their parents!

Where will my child study?

We have two Georgian houses with a small classroom building standing between them. The school has large gardens for you to enjoy and is in a quiet residential area, just 10 minutes’ walk from Exeter city centre.

Isca is open from June to August with English language classes at all levels from elementary to advanced.

We offer summer courses for juniors and young adults (aged 12-17)  from June until the end of August.

The Isca School of English is accredited by the British Council, who carry out regular inspections of the school.

Therefore this accreditation is your guarantee of the high standard of our school. It means that we provide an excellent programme of English language studies, first-class teaching as well as an interesting and varied programme of social activities. To sum up it means that the Isca School is a reliable and permanent school and that we show proper concern and care for your accommodation and welfare.


My husband and me would like to thank you for everything.  Matteo is enthusiastic for his life experience with you. He told us that he spoke English every day for many hours, and everyone were very friendly and welcoming. He received a great hospitality in his host Family, the best family that he has ever had. We think that this is the best study abroad trip he has ever done! All program perfectly succeeded. Now our daughter Chiara is studying in Exeter. We are sure that she will be very happy and satisfied too.

Antonietta and Stefano M

Matteo and Chiara M, 2017

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