Here are some frequently asked questions about Scarborough International School of English. Please contact us with any other questions you may have - we are here to help!


Where is the school?

The Year Round Centre is at 37 Stepney Road, at the corner of Stepney Road and Stepney Avenue. The Summer Vacation Centre is 10 minutes walk from the Year Round Centre on Sandybed Lane, next to the roundabout. See a map here.

How do I find the school on the first day?

You will receive instructions on how to get to the school with your pre-arrival information. If you are staying with a host family, they will show you the quickest way to school.

How long has the school been teaching English?

The school was established in 1968 and is one of the oldest British Council recognised schools in the country.

Are you a quality school?

Yes, the school is accredited by the British Council. We are also members of English, UK and English UK North.

How can I pay?

Payment can be made online, via our secure server, or by direct deposit, bank transfer, cheque or credit card. You are responsible for any bank transfer fees.

Do I have to pay a deposit?

There is a deposit of £100. It is deducted from the total fee payable.

Do I have to pay a registration/enrolment fee?

There is a registration fee of £50. This is non-refundable and non-transferable.

How many students are in each class?

There is a maximum of 15 students in a class. Outside the summer season class average size is less than 8.

What qualifications do the teachers have?

All our teachers have a wealth of experience and practise in teaching.

Does the school organise any trips?

Yes, a great many - see the Social Programme pages here.

What is the minimum age?

There is no minimum age, we have courses for students of all ages from 7 – 90. For under 7's we can arrange day care, see here.

Do you have courses for children or teenagers?

Yes, we offer courses for all ages; adults, teenagers and children. We also can arrange day care for very young children aged from 0 to 6 years. See here.

Do I need to buy a textbook?

Teaching materials are included in the course fee. Sometimes this will include the loan of a textbook.

Is it possible to use E-mail or Internet?

We have computers with free internet access in both the Year Round Centre and Summer Vacation Centre. There is also free Wi-Fi at both centres.

Do I get a certificate when I complete my course?

Yes, all students receive a Scarborough International School of English Certificate on completion of the course. The certificate details the level of English attained related to the CEFR scale.

Can the school arrange my accommodation?

The school is able to offer homestay accommodation with carefully selected local hosts. All of our families are either within walking distance of the school or a short bus ride away. See more details here.

What happens if I don't like my accommodation?

We hope you will be extremely happy with your homestay accommodation. However if you are not satisfied, please see our Accommodation and Welfare Officer who will help to resolve the problem.

What is a typical breakfast in England?

The traditional weekday breakfast in England usually consists of cereal and/or hot buttered toast with coffee or tea. Fruit, yoghurt, fruit juice, muffins… are other possibilities. Some hosts enjoy sitting down for a hot cooked breakfast with their students at the weekend.

What kind of things will I have for dinner?

In Britain dinner is the most substantial meal of the day and may include meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, rice or salad depending on each family.

My child has a special diet. Can you accommodate special dietary requirements?

Yes, but please inform us well in advance of arrival.

Is Scarborough International School of English close to public transport?

The Year Round Centre is situated 15 minutes on foot from the train station. Buses stop at the corner of Stepney Road and Stepney Avenue, which is about 1 minute away on foot. The Summer Vacation Centre is 10 minutes walk from the Year Round Centre. There is a bus stop outside the Centre.

My teenage daughter has never been away from home before. Will she be safe in Scarborough?

Scarborough International School of English is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Scarborough is a very safe town and we are dedicated to ensuring that our students feel safe and supported. All students are issued with an ID Card giving the school’s emergency contact number and can directly contact a member of staff 24 hours a day. The school has a detailed Child Protection Policy to which all members of staff must strictly adhere. The school is an active member of Operation Norseman an initiative established by the local police to ensure the safety of international students in Scarborough. See more details here.

How much does public transport cost in Scarborough?

The cost of a weekly bus ticket is approximately £10.00.

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“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