Welcome to our school: we are passionate about giving you the best possible experience of England and the English language

Our school has been teaching students from all over the world since 1994. We are passionate about giving our students the best possible experience of England. Our teachers are committed to helping students improve their English. Our friendly staff are always happy to help make your time in England a success. We have been accredited by The British Council since July 2003. At our most recent inspection, strengths were noted in the areas of staff management, student administration, quality assurance, premises and facilities, learning resources, course design and implementation, care of students, leisure opportunities and care of under 18s. Read more. In 2012 we moved to a larger building with excellent facilities. The school is in the centre of Norwich, less than 5 minutes’ walk from the main shopping area and 2 minutes from most bus stops. Between lessons, students can relax in the Student Area and adults that accompany groups can wait for their students in the comfortable Group Leaders Area.

The English Experience welcomes students from different countries, cultures and backgrounds; all students are 18 years of age or under (young learners). The school is committed to safeguarding and believes that all young learners, without exception, are entitled to protection from harm, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or belief. The school therefore recognises its duty of care to these young learners throughout their stay and has in place policies and procedures to assure their wellbeing. A summary of our Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.

Meet our Team:

  • Carol Syder Director

    “I am the director of The English Experience. I started organising groups of foreign students visiting Norwich for a study holiday course in 1989 and officially founded The English Experience in 1994. The school has gone from strength to strength and we became British Council accredited in 2003. Our market is constantly changing and we are now welcoming students from all over the world, as well as developing our English Camps courses abroad.” Please contact Carol if you wish to make any general enquiry about The English Experience.

  • Sylvia Davies PA to the Director

    Designated Safeguarding Person

    “I am the Personal Assistant to the Director. I started working for The English Experience in 1995 as the Host Family Organiser, and for the last five years I have been involved in student welfare and the running of the social progamme. The best thing about this role is helping students to have an unforgettable experience here, and leave with lasting memories. I enjoy the opportunities my work gives me to meet young learners and leaders from all over the world.”  Please speak to Sylvia for more information or about booking a course.

  • Kate Ramsden BA Linguistics, CertTESOL and Dip TESOL. Director of Studies

    Designated Safeguarding Lead

    “I have worked for The English Experience since 2002 as both teacher and manager. I thought I might miss working and travelling abroad, but I find this job fascinating and challenging. I get to meet young learners and adults from all over the world and also work with teachers with innovative ideas and positive attitudes towards EFL teaching. At The English Experience no day is ever the same!” Please contact Kate if you have any general teaching queries.

  • Nadia Di Prata BA Spanish and Italian, CELTA, DELTA. Senior Teacher

    First Aider

    “Working here since 2010, now as a Senior Teacher, has given me the opportunity to use a variety of skills both inside the classroom and out. This means that I get to do a lot of varied and interesting work which I enjoy immensely. It could be anything from creating resources, preparing certificates for our wonderful students to teaching students from all around the globe and working alongside dynamic and passionate teachers.”

  • Jack Griggs-Smith BA Creative Writing, CELTA. Core Teacher

    “I have been working as an English Teacher for the English Experience since 2009 and worked with a wide variety of ages, levels and nationalities.  I am very excited to have the opportunity to become part of the academic team and help to develop the materials and resources that our courses offer.”

  • Loic Balory BA English Literature and Linguistics. Manager of Overseas Camps

    “I started working for The English Experience as a teacher on an English Camp in Venice in 2004. Since then, I have worked on and coordinated over thirty camps in Italy! I am now using all the experience I have acquired over the years to organise English Camps in different countries, including Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Slovenia and Taiwan!” Please contact Loic if you are interested in English Camps.

  • Zoe Bone BA International Development, DELTM, CertTESOL, DipTESOL. Manager

    “Teaching English has given me the opportunity to work in many different countries including Sri Lanka, Peru, Costa Rica, and at home in the UK. I first joined The English Experience in 2009 as a Core Teacher before moving to the English Camps.”


  • Annabel Cope BA English Literature, CELTA. Senior Administrator of Overseas Courses

    “I have loved teaching English and I have worked in Italy, India, Ukraine and Vietnam. I also worked on three fantastic camps with the English Experience and I am very happy to be joining the English Camps team.”

  • Georgina Frary BSc (Hons) Geography with Marine Studies. Administrator of Overseas Camps

    “I have recently joined the English Experience after three years working in a High School. I am very much looking forward to the new experiences and challenges this role will give me but especially working alongside different cultures.”

  • Cherie Chapman Certificate in Student Services Management. Accommodation and Welfare Officer

    Lead First Aider

    Designated Safeguarding Person

    “I started working for The English Experience in 2012 but I’ve been hosting students myself for many years. My job is to ensure that our students are matched with the best possible English host and that all their welfare needs are met so they have an enjoyable stay in Norwich. It is great to see students and hosts making lasting friendships. I’m also always looking for new, friendly families to welcome our students in Norwich.” Please contact Cherie if you have any questions regarding hosting.

  • Samantha Robinson BA(Hons) English Language & Communication with Journalism, CELTA. Activities Co-ordinator

    “After five years of teaching across Vietnam and Italy, and also doing some home-schooling here in the UK, I finally came home to beautiful Norfolk in 2016. My role at the school is Activities Co-ordinator; so I help to plan and prepare the trips and excursions for the students, and make sure you are kept entertained along the way! I also do some teaching here too which I really enjoy. The English Experience is a great place to come every morning!”

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