About the Isca School of English

The Isca School of English is one of the oldest independent English schools in the UK. It is based in Exeter, in the South-West of England.


The grandparents of the present Principal, Sarah Tomlinson, founded our English school in 1966. Sarah works with her parents Richard and Jo, who live at the school and are all always available to our students. The school is our life’s work and it is a job we enjoy!

Isca is open from June to August with summer courses for juniors and teenagers (aged 12-17).

We offer international classes are at all levels from Elementary to Advanced (CEFR Course Level: from A2 to C2)

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 and is in a quiet residential area 10 minutes’ walk from Exeter city centre.

How can I be sure about the quality of the experience my child will received?

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

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.
  • an interesting program of excursions, sports and social activities.

It means that The Isca School is a reliable and permanent school and that:

  • we takes our responsibilities for the young people who study here very seriously.
  • we have rigorous procedures and policies to make sure your child is safe and secure.

Dear Sarah, I’m Giacomo’s mother, Giacomo is at home now, he was so happy in Exeter! He loved so much Exeter, you, your school, the family, your food too!!! He told me that he had he liked to stay more!!! And it’s incredible because he was so afraid before to leave… Thank you to you and to all the Isca staff! It was a completely positive experience that he wants absolutly to repeat it next year!! Love

Mrs J, Italy

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