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We will follow UK Government guidance with regard to safety measures in the classroom. However, regardless of any restrictions in place, we will encourage social-distancing, implement regular thorough cleaning, hand sanitiser will be provided, and classrooms will be well ventilated. 

Our homestay hosts will provide a safe, comfortable and friendly place to stay.  If you test positive for covid-19, you will self-isolate at your homestay or private accommodation (if applicable).

Our priority is to do our best to keep our students safe. As a result there may be times when we may not be able to offer our traditional social programme.

Please see our Covid-19 Guidelines, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Please always check your own country's travel regulations about entering and departing England.

About Us

Hilderstone College – A quality English language school

Hilderstone College is a non-profit specialist Language Studies Centre. We offer a wide range of English language courses for adult learners aged 16+, and for teenage school groups. Since 1970 Hilderstone has established an international reputation for running top-quality courses for students and teachers from all over the world. We work with educational organisations and government agencies in the UK and worldwide.

Quality and Safeguarding

We have a rigorous system of quality assurance and we do everything we can to ensure that students enjoy and benefit from their course, whether it is here in Broadstairs or online. We also apply safeguarding procedures to all our services: in our face-to-face courses, in our online courses, in our homestays, and on our social programme.

Find out more about our care of under 18s.


The College is accredited by the British Council (2017 report), is a member of English UK and the International Association of Language Centres (IALC).

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Centre of Excellence

The College has been named an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence since 2010.


Student Feedback

Over the last 3 years (2020 - 2022) 95% of students said our language school was 'good' or 'very good' (based on responses to the end-of-course questionnaires all students complete).

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The College

An established English language school with an international reputation since 1970.

An ethos of quality and individual attention to every student's needs.

Listed as a Centre of Excellence by the EL Gazette since 2010.

Very high student satisfaction over many years.

The Courses

A wide range of courses designed for adult learners: intensive English, exam preparation, pre-university, teacher development, one-to-one and online.

Small classes with a maximum of 14 and an average of 7 students on our adult courses.

A team of experienced and qualified tutors motivated to help students reach their full potential fast and effectively.

All course materials included.

The Location

Located in the lovely seaside town of Broadstairs in south-east England.

Situated in the town centre, 900 metres from the beach.

Broadstairs has a modern shopping centre, cinemas, cafes, restaurants and bars and a range of sporting opportunities.

In a small, friendly town where the cost of living is much cheaper than in bigger cities.

High-speed rail links to London and Paris.

A home away from home

Carefully selected, caring homestay hosts.

Within easy walking distance (maximum 30 minutes).

Your own room (if enrolled on an adult course) / Shared within the group (if underaged and enrolled on group courses).

Emergency welfare support and assistance available 24 hours.

Social programme

A full social programme of sports, talks and evening activities.

Half-day trips or activities every Friday, e.g. Canterbury, Dover Castle, etc.

Full-day trips or activities every Saturday, e.g. London, Oxford, Cambridge, etc.

Online and onsite activities

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College Facilities

We are very proud of our multimedia Learning Centre. It is an important part of the teaching programme and is popular for self-access study after class. It is open every day and there will be a member of staff to help you with anything you need.

Listening stations

Our listening stations are a wonderful way to help you practise and improve your listening skills for exam preparation, the workplace and everyday communication.

Exam preparation and practice

If you plan to take an English language exam during your course, our Learning Centre has all the essential materials you will need and is a quiet place to study after class.

Study materials and resources

The Learning Centre has a wide range of study materials to help you improve your grammar, vocabulary, business English, reading and writing. There are also dictionaries, newspapers, magazines, DVDs and library books at different levels that you can borrow. There is a teachers' library for those enrolled on a teacher development course.

Google for Education

All students are given a Google for Education account, which is used throughout their course, in and out of the classroom. They can practise their English with a variety of online materials and resources, communicate with other students and their teachers, and prepare homework and presentations. All students need to bring either a laptop or a tablet to take part in our courses.

Other College facilities for students:

  • Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the College
  • Snack bar offering hot and cold drinks as well as snacks, sandwiches and paninis
  • A room available for prayer
  • A garden for students to relax in
  • Common Room open throughout the day and evening with newspapers and TV/DVD player
  • A pool table, ice hockey table and table football
  • Table tennis/sports equipment  available after class most days
  • Use of hall, theatre and some musical instruments
  • A quiet room for self-study and relaxation, which is available after school
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