Welcome to Scarborough International School

Scarborough International School of English, founded in 1968, was one of the first English language schools in the UK to be recognised by the British Council. To this day we follow the strict codes of practice of The British Council and of English UK.

We have been welcoming students from around the world for more than 40 years. We are family owned and take pride in offering a caring and friendly service to our students.

We care about our students

Particular attention is paid to making sure that students are happy with their homestay accommodation as well as making progress in their classes. We care deeply about each individual student and are committed to providing a safe environment in which to study.

We welcome everyone - from children too young for full time study to senior citizens learning English for leisure purposes. Indeed we often have entire families coming to study! We offer courses to suit all needs from General English to highly specific one-to-one programmes for business people or professionals in different disciplines.


In the summer the combination of a friendly environment, exciting activities, and topic based English language programmes, together with a stay in England's oldest, and, in our opinion, most beautiful seaside town is a fantastic experience for all ages.


Because we care about our students we are committed to ensuring that our teachers are passionate about English language learning. We work constantly to improve our programmes and aim to be excellent in our teaching. All of our teachers have native fluency with professional English teacher training.

Our Mission

Scarborough International School of English places great importance on all students reaching successful learning outcomes. We aim to foster understanding between students, their hosts and the local community in Scarborough and to develop the school to the benefit of its students, agents and staff.

We set high standards for quality and performance and we pledge:

  • To employ qualified, professional, friendly and caring teachers.
  • To use a wide variety of teaching techniques and the latest technology to meet the different learning styles of our diverse student population.
  • To provide a comfortable and safe environment in which our students can progress in learning and enjoy socialising.
  • To constantly strive to improve our programmes.


Latest News

Agents visit!

Scarborough International School welcomes agents from around the world for a wonderful visit.

Lipdub 2018

See the lipdub from summer 2018! Find it on our videos page.

The German Teachers from Saxony Anhalt

The German Teachers from Saxony Anhalt loved their meal at El Gringos!

Prices held for 2019!

Scarborough International School will not increase prices for 2019!

El Gazette Centre of Excellence 2016

We are happy to announce that once again we are an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence!

Chilean Students' Cultural Visit to the UK

A group from Santiago came on a 3 week visit to Scarborough International School to experience life in the UK


Premiere! The latest Lipdub is here - Beth and Matt are Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in the SIS tribute to Grease

News for PON

Scarborough International School of English welcomes applications from teachers and schools funded under the Italian Ministry of Education PON program

Centre of Excellence

EL Gazette ranks Scarborough International School in top ten of British Council Centres of Excellence offering under-16 homestay accommodation



“I've been to Scarborough International School twice now, first taking a Teen Vacation course and then, two years later, an Intensive General English for 6 months. The staff are amazing and lovely people, the teachers are professional; if the school wasn't amazing I wouldn't have gone there twice and you know what, I would go there a the third time, but the next time with my brothers. About Scarborough, it's a very nice and safe place to visit and live, you could have a nice time on the lovely beach. My host family was such a great family I felt like I was living with my real family. I really like my memories there, I wouldn't forget anything.”

Ibrahim Al Shammari, Saudi Arabia


“I highly recommend the International School of English (SIS) and Scarborough as the places to learn or improve your English!”

“I lived and worked in Scarborough for 8 months, and I spent my first and last month in SIS. That was very useful to my daily life, because there I could make lots of good friends. Some of them were British and others were Japanese, Italian, Russian, and many different other nationalities.”

Sara, Spain


“I lived my first experience abroad two years ago in Scarborough and, if I was a bit reluctant at the beginning because I was alone, I had to get used to my host family′s routine and I didn′t know the town I would stay in for two weeks, the students I met at school, my new teachers and all the staff managed to make me feel at home. To be honest, you can enjoy a Teen Vacation with your friends even within the borders of your own country, but at Scarborough International School I found a special atmosphere: students coming from all over the world have the opportunity to tell each other about their culture, habits and plans for the future, as if they knew each other very well. In fact I believe this intercultural exchange is the true novelty which I was impressed with. In addition, Scarborough is a nice town with some relaxing leafy areas, the places I visited on my school excursions in Yorkshire were dramatic and interesting, while the afternoon and evening activities proposed were really enjoyable. To sum up, I was absolutely satisfied with my SIS experience so that I decided to have another Teen Vacation there this year.”

Francesco, Italy


“About a year ago we were on the verge of booking a holiday which was going to be a little out of the ordinary; a week’s study holiday in Scarborough for Dad with seven-year-old daughter. Mum meanwhile would be having a week’s holiday in the true sense of the word. A year on and we are getting ready to repeat the positive and enjoyable experience this adventure turned out to be. The organisation of the school immediately gave us a series of guarantees: our homestay accommodation was arranged with a family who had a young daughter, the study programme was balanced and well-adapted to the needs of both father and daughter.”

Paola, Milan