Bell St Albans

Bring English to life at this beautiful, friendly and historic residence, available at any time of year.

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Welcome to Bell St Albans

Discover the English language through active, academic and creative activities in a beautiful and friendly school that is open all year.

A beautiful setting for year-round courses

This beautiful Victorian building is surrounded by 60 acres of English countryside and has a traditional courtyard garden, creating a safe and peaceful environment to learn.
No matter how long your child studies with us, we aim to inspire their sense of adventure at Bell St Albans, while also helping them to improve their English language skills and essential life, learning and work skills.

Autumn Explorer: Sunday 8 October to Saturday 28 October 2023
Winter Explorer: Sunday 7 January to Saturday 17 February 2024
Spring Explorer: Sunday 24 March to Saturday 27 April 2024
Summer Explorer: Sunday 2 June to Saturday 17 August 2024

Safe and beautiful location on London’s doorstep

Discover the English language through active, academic and creative activities in a beautiful and friendly school. We offer courses for young learners for every season, and we can also provide personalised group programmes at any time of the year.

Campus facilities:

  • Bright, spacious classrooms, many with interactive whiteboards
  • Modern dining room
  • Art room
  • Disabled access/facilities
  • On-site sports fields
  • Peaceful, countryside setting
  • Free wireless internet

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A safe and welcoming community

The welfare of our students is our top priority and we provide an outstanding level of care to make sure your child has the best home-away-from-home experience.

  • A residential environment that is safe and secure
  • 24/7 care and support
  • Secure storage of medication and valuables
  • Medical support, including on-site nurse
  • Inclusive learning
  • Nutritious meals

A full residential experience

We want to make sure your child has everything they need to succeed and reach their full potential while studying at Bell. Boys and girls have separate accommodation blocks on site, each with a dedicated houseparent to ensure 24/7 supervision and care throughout their time at Bell.

We separate accommodation blocks for boys and girls. Bedrooms are shared, with bunk beds, wardrobes, chest of drawers, and a chair for each student. They can accommodate two to five students. Where possible, we mix students from different countries in the bedrooms, so they can practice speaking English and learn about other cultures.
Bathrooms are also separated for boys and girls, and for junior and senior courses. There are shared showers and toilet facilities, which are situated at convenient points throughout the accommodation.
Bedrooms and bathrooms are cleaned regularly, with fresh bed linen provided weekly. Students are responsible for making sure their room is tidy and will have regular room inspections. There is a free laundry service for machine washable clothes once a week.

Please note: towels and hair dryers are not provided.


There is a dedicated houseparent for each accommodation block to ensure the safety and well-being of students when they are not in class.
All students will attend a daily house meeting led by their houseparent where they will have the opportunity to discuss what they have achieved and share any concerns.

Nutritious meals

Students are offered a choice of nutritious food at each mealtime: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every menu includes a selection of hot and cold items including fresh fruit and vegetables. Packed lunches are provided on study tours.
Snacks are available during break times and at each evening house meeting. If your child has a dietary requirement associated to an allergy, please let us know so we can accommodate this.

Getting to and from Bell St Albans

We provide a high standard for your child from the moment they land in the UK. Our dedicated Young Learners team will manage everything on arrival and departure days, including coordination, communication, and supervision to ensure your child’s safety and well-being.
Of course, you may want to travel with your child and bring them directly to the school. We can also arrange for this with the school.

Free return transfers

The cost of transportation to and from the airport or train station is included in your course package fee. This applies to designated airports (which you can see on the right), and within scheduled times of arrival and departure (depending on your travel arrangements).
To guarantee your airport transport, please submit our online travel form for each student at least 10 working days before the course start date. If you would like to make any changes to your departure date, please let us know at least 7 working days before your departure date.

Online Travel Form

Designated airports/stations for Bell St Albans

  • London Heathrow 47 km
  • London Stansted 60 km
  • St Pancras Eurostar 31 km

Out-of-hour prices

  • London Heathrow £95
  • London Stansted £160
  • St. Pancras £160

Bell St Albans

  • Airport
  • Attraction
  • Campus
  • Train Station

Courses at Bell St Albans

Our courses support people at any age, language level and goal. With courses available throughout the year, we are confident we can support you to achieve success.

  • Spring Explorer

    1 - 4 weeks

    24 March - 27 April 2024

  • Summer Explorer

    Up to 11 weeks

    Bell St Albans:
    2 June - 17 August 2024 (weekly enrolment)

    Bell The Leys:
    3 July - 13 August 2024

    Bell Tudor Hall:
    10 July - 20 August 2024

    Bell Badminton School:
    7 July - 3 August 2024

  • Autumn Explorer

    1 - 3 weeks

    13 October - 19 October 2024

    20 October - 26 October 2024

    27 October - 2 November 2024

  • Winter Explorer

    1 - 6 weeks

    5 January - 15 February 2025

  • Explore More

    3 weeks

    30 June - 11 August 2024