Posts Tagged ‘London Hampstead’

Open Afternoon at LSI Independent Sixth Form College

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

LSI Independent Sixth Form College held a very successful Open Afternoon on Wednesday 10th May.  The London college welcomes UK and international students, aged 16 to 19,  who want to take A level qualifications. A levels are the standard qualifications accepted by UK universities.

Parents and students were very interested in hearing about the recent ISI Inspection report, which highlighted the excellent and outstanding features of the Sixth Form College such as the high standard of teaching, the outstanding pastoral support for students and the excellent further study and careers advice.  On their tour of the college, parents and students were able to see Economics, Mathematics, Spanish, Sociology and Psychology lessons in action. There were also opportunities to talk to some of our current students and teachers.  All in all, it was a very pleasant occasion.

LSI Independent Sixth Form College class

Fun classes, informal approach !

Future Open Days at LSI Independent Sixth Form College

The next Open Afternoon is at 3pm on Wednesday 21st June. If you would like to attend please email the college on In addition,  you call the school directly on +44 (0)20 7794 8111.

London Hampstead’s Recent ISI Inspection Report

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

We’re very proud of our recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection report and thought we’d share some highlights with you:

The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners’ achievements is excellent.

There is outstanding support for students with specific educational needs on the A level programmes.

Students’ work is regularly assessed and they receive very high quality feedback on what they need to do to improve.  Consequently, students make excellent progress in their studies.

The systems for supporting students under 18 years are excellent, contributing to effective safeguarding practice.  Pastoral care is excellent with staff promptly identifying and supporting students’ individual needs.  Students receive high quality information and advice on further study options.

Pastoral support is excellent.

Students under 18 years are well monitored and teachers provide highly effective support and care.

Further study and careers advice is excellent, providing plenty of opportunities for students to consider and plan their future study and career options.  Support for A level students is outstanding, providing students with very high levels of support and guidance.

Students receive excellent levels of individual support, attention and care. 

Student support and care are outstanding, contributing to high educational standards.

The policy and procedures to advise and assess students applying for A level courses are excellent.

Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and are highly skilled.

Achievement levels are high.

Attainment and progress are excellent.

Students report that they are very happy with the progress they are making.  Attendance levels are high and punctuality is excellent.

The arrangements for health, safety and security of premises are excellent.

The quality of premises is excellent.  Buildings are comfortable, clean and well maintained, providing an attractive and safe environment for everyone.

Student areas provide refreshments and a comfortable environment well used by students who report high levels of enjoyment in socialising with their peers.


LSI offers A levels at our new Sixth Form College in London

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

In September LSI opens its inaugural sixth form college aimed at London based and international students intending to study A levels for access to UK universities.

LSI Independent Sixth Form College offers A and AS level courses in a wide variety of subjects. A levels are the standard  entrance qualification accepted by UK universities. In addition, the College provides Oxbridge preparation for students who wish to study at the University of Oxford or Cambridge, two of the world’s most prestigious universities. College director, Dr. Sean Buckley, brings 30 years experience in the teaching of A levels and is the best selling author of ‘Getting into Oxford and Cambridge’.

The college is located in an large, elegant, 19th century building in the leafy London suburb of Hampstead. Classrooms are large and fully equipped with the latest technology including interactive whiteboards and large screen TVs. There is also a brand new , specially designed laboratory for our science programmes. Class sizes are small and led by experienced and committed teachers.


For more information about the courses, prices and dates , visit the LSI Independent Sixth Form website.

Table Tennis Tournament at LSI London Hampstead

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Winners with their Trophy

Deep inside the depths of our school in London Hampstead, it’s possible to discern the faint tap tap tapping of a table tennis ball in constant motion. This year’s table tennis tournament has proved to be highly popular and hotly contested by both the LSI staff and students. For weeks before the tournament started competitors found themselves vying for time slots to hone their skills. Due to the high numbers of entrant (twenty-four in total!) it was decided to make it a doubles tournament. Spread over an entire week, disappointed contestants were knocked out in first rounds, quarter finals and semi-finals. Nicely representing different sections of the LSI population, students Yusuke Yamauchi and Kota Kimura, both from Japan, faced teachers James Butcher and Michael Sisley in the finals. With fellow LSI students and staff watching in support, the contestants battled for points over two closely fought matches with the teachers finally emerging victorious. Lifting the trophy (a box of chocolates) both James and Michael claimed the moment as the highlight of their table tennis careers to date! Watch the match highlights  below.

Opera Performance at London Hampstead

Friday, March 28th, 2014

LSI London Hampstead experienced a rare treat last week when Ukrainian student Milana Sarukhanya performed Opera and Modern Classics to an enraptured audience. Despite being a busy lunchtime, the hall and stairways were packed with students, teachers and staff as hush descended as school director Sally Muse introduced Milana. Incredibly at only 18, Milana is already a consummate performer singing an aria from the Italian opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, a Russian romance and finishing with the George Gershwin classic Summertime (click here to listen to the full audio recording or see below a short video extract ). It’s difficult to believe with her talent and confidence that Milana is not already treading the boards of more prestigious stages than LSI so we had to find out more about her plans for the future and where she got her love of Opera .

Milana grew up in the Crimea in Ukraine and whilst none of her family were musicians,  her mother had always dreamed of becoming an actress and so when Milana started to show interest in singing and opera at the incredibly young age of 5, her mother was eager to nurture her fledging talent. From the age of 8 years old Milana received singing lessons and finally at 15 years old she began the rigorous training to become an opera singer.

“My mother was the one who has really supported and inspired me to achieve my ambition to become a professional opera singer. I owe so much to her. For me London was the best place to come to pursue this dream. England and Germany are universally acknowledged as the best places to study opera right now to be trained in the best techniques. Also there are many more job opportunities here than at home.”

It seems that Milana is now close to achieving her dream as she has been offered a place at the prestigious Royal Academy in London to study Opera and has applied for the “Raffy Manoukian” scholarship to help fund her course. As a non-native English speaker Milana is also required to demonstrate her English language level and so she is currently studying on the IELTS course at London Hampstead.

“I have enjoyed my time here at LSI. The teachers are great and I have made lots of friends. It was so nice that so many students and staff came to watch me perform. I really appreciated it guys!”

All of us at LSI wish Milana all best with her future studies and career. We’re sure we’ll see her name up in lights sometime soon!

LSI London Hampstead celebrates ‘Red Nose Day’ and raises £500 for charity!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Last Friday LSI London Hampstead raised a fantastic £500 for Comic Relief, a charity working across the world to combat poverty and social injustice. Students and teachers came together to participate in a range of money making activities including the buying and selling of cakes in the school lounge and singing karaoke in front of the whole school. Some brave teachers even volunteered to have wet sponges thrown at them in an attempt to raise more money for the Comic Relief cause.

Every class played their part: Intermediate 3 sang a version of the Beatles song ‘Ob la di ob la da’, and an Upper-Intermediate group were sponsored to wear their pyjamas to school, making an impressive total of £92 in sponsor money in the process.

School director, Greg Wickline, praised the efforts of the staff and students “Everybody put a lot of work into making the day a really special one. Not only did we manage to make a lot of money for charity, but we also had a good laugh!”

LSI London Hampstead students and teachers having fun on Red Nose Day

LSI London Hampstead student receives go-karting trophy

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Congratulations to Jonathan Goldberg for coming second place in the regional East Anglia Trophy meeting! Jonathan only took up go-karting two years ago and  regulary competes for his local club (AS Kartland, Nelun) in the 125 gearbox category.

“My parents were always worried about how aggressively I used to drive on the roads and so they were really happy when I took up go-karting as I can now take my aggression out on the track.”

When Jonathan finished his masters in marketing and business last year he knew he needed to improve his English to enhance his job prospects. However , whilst he was able to leave family and friends behind in France during his 5 month course at London Hampstead,  his precious go-kart just had to come with him. Even choosing accommodation proved to be problematic as he needed to have access to a garage where he could store his go-kart.

It seems Jonathan is a one man team fulfilling the role of  mechanic, engineer and of course driver. “To win you need to be lucky, have achieved the best setting for the chassis, and maybe have a little bit of skill and courage,”  he stated modestly.

LSI student competing in East Anglia go-karting championshipThe competition took place over two days at Hunts Kart Racing Club, near Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire. With over 200 competitors this is a popular meeting. In the 125 gearbox category ten people were competing. During  the qualifying and heat 1 rounds , Jonathan did not get off to a flying start.  After  a poor time in the qualifiers , he was only able to line up on sixth position of the grid for Heat 1. 

“The first day was a really bad day. In Heat 1 I had my worst crash ever when I swerved to avoid a car in front that had spun after a slight collision. It forced me onto the grass at 100 mph. I was lucky that all I did was to bruise my back but I ruined my steering column and had to buy another so I could be ready to compete the next day. I felt really depressed by the end of Saturday but I was determined to do better the next day”

Due to the accident Jonathan had been unable to finish Heat 1 and therefore was only placed eighth on the grid for Heat 2 . Jonathan though had the ride of his life moving up into third. Similarly in the pre-final Jonathan finished the race second having started sixth on the grid. In the final, lining up second on the grid , Jonathan felt very confident and was able to maintain his position to win second overall position in the 125 gearbox category.

Speaking to school director Greg Wickline about his recent success, Jonathan claimed, “I am so happy to have won this trophy. When I go home to France I am going to give it to my father. If it wasn’t for his encouragement I wouldn’t still be go-karting.I feel so lucky.”

A Smart New Look – LSI London Hampstead gets a makeover

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Our London school, LSI London Hampstead, holds a special place in company director David Immanuel’s heart. It is from this spot  back in 1965 that Language Studies International first took tentative steps into the world of language teaching. Certainly the school building is an impressive one. Built in the late 1870s this large Victorian building, orginally  a home for a wealthy London family, is ideally suited to its present day educational use.

“All the classrooms here are a generous size and with the high ceilings it makes the rooms feel even more spacious. We have an amazing garden too which is in constant use during the summer with a whirl of BBQs and sporting activities. The students just love it,” comments school director Greg Wickline.

Over the last year there have been quite a few changes to the building itself. This winter the entire outside of the building has been given a fresh new coat of paint, the  reception area has had a revamp and some toilet facilities have been redecorated (with plans to do two more this year). All in all it is a much smarter place to study and work. Why not come and find out for yourselves?

British Council Safety Survey for UK students offers a Prize Draw

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The British council is inviting all international students presently studying in the UK to participate in their  online survey (last date of entry 2 April). The survey is aimed at finding out students’ attitudes towards their own personal safety. Questions are asked regarding how safe students feel in their schools, in the city locations where they are studying and in their accommodation. The survey is undertaken every couple of years to help the British Council update the information booklet Comfort Zone which provides useful advice to students about ensuring their stay in the UK is safe and enjoyable.

If you are one of LSI’s students at our schools in London Central, London Hampstead, Cambridge or Brighton, why not take part in the survey and get entered for the prize draw? The survey takes about 15 minutes to fill in and who knows, you might be the lucky person who walks away with the top prize, £100 worth of Amazon tokens courtesy of the British Council.

The UK Introduces a New Simplified Visa Application System

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Good news for any potential student wishing to come to the UK to study ; it seems that applying for a student visa has never been so simple. In the past visa applications could be fraught with unforeseen problems causing considerable heartache to disappointed applicants. The new points based system, introduced at the beginning of April, attempts to rectify this uncertainty by setting out clearer guidelines.

A spokeswoman for the UK Border Agency outlined the benefits of the new system.
“The UK has a lot to offer international students. Now they see whether they are eligible for a visa before they even apply – making the system much clearer and easier to understand. The aim is to make the application process more transparent and straightforward.”

From the 1st April Students will need to provide evidence of the following

  1. A visa letter from the school where the students intends to study.
  2. Evidence of qualifications required as preconditions for course enrolment by the sponsoring school. The UK Border Agency require that language students have at least an elementary level of English (for the General Student Visa). If at beginner level students can only apply for a Student Visitor Visa.
  3. Proof of sufficient funds to maintain themselves in the UK.

Students will also need to decide which type of visa to apply for. For adults aged 18 or over, there are two main categories: a general student visa or the student visitor visa. A student visitor visa (SVV) would be suitable for students wishing to study in the UK for six months or less and who do not wish to take up any employment whilst in the country. With the general student visa however, a student can study in the UK for up to 12 months (or more in some cases) and is permitted to work. Watch the video below to learn more about the new General Student Visa or ,to read more about all adult student visas and the child student visas , please visit the UK Border agency website .

Crucially only reputable language schools licensed under Tier 4 of the new Points based System will be permitted to act as sponsoring institutions on student applications. Students will thus benefit by knowing they are applying to bone fide teaching institutions where they will receive an excellent education.

As a company with a long established reputation in the provision of quality language courses , Language Studies International has received licenses for all its UK schools: LSI London Central, LSI London Hampstead , LSI Cambridge, and LSI Brighton.

Something to consider before booking a course with LSI: as the new Points Based System requires a visa application for each licensed institution, if you are intending to split your studies between several of our UK schools you may need to apply for a visa for each school before your arrival in the UK. Please contact our schools directly if you have any queries regarding this.