Agents visit!

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Fam Trip October - 2
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13th October 2017 - Scarborough International School saw the visit of a group of agents from around the world; including Turkey, Oman, Poland and even within the UK.

They visited the school to meet the staff and see the facilities; overall a successful trip!

Lipdub 2018

The German Teachers from Saxony Anhalt

German Teachers El Gringos

Prices held for 2019!

Scarborough International School has decided to hold the price of all courses & Homestay accommodation for another year, good news for everybody!

El Gazette Centre of Excellence 2016

ELG CoE 2016

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



Chilean Students' Cultural Visit to the UK

Scarborough International School was pleased to welcome a group of high school students from Santiago de Chile for a 3 week cultural visit to the UK. As well as enjoying trips to London, Cambridge, the Lake District and Edinburgh, they were also able to visit a selection of museums and heritage sites relating to Britain's historical past, giving them an insight into British culture.


Beth and Matt ARE Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in SIS's tribute to "Grease".

News for PON


PON Groups

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

Classes have a maximum of 15 students and we can offer three or four week courses with 20 hours of tuition per week.

The school is a Trinity Examination Centre and all students will take the Trinity Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) at the end of the course.

Homestay accommodation is provided with local families; breakfast, a packed lunch and evening meal each day is included. 

Centre of Excellence 2015

Centre of Excellence 2015

We are proud to announce that Scarborough International School is an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence 2015 based upon the British Council Inspectors' publishable statements.

Centre of Excellence


We are proud to announce that Scarborough International School features in the top ten of the EL Gazette rankings of British Council Centres of Excellence offering under-16 homestay accommodation.


University Preparation Course

We are very pleased to announce that our first University Preparation Course will start at the end of September. Aimed at students going onto foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The 12 week course will cover the key skills needed for study at an English speaking university including:

  • Participating actively in tutorials and seminar discussions
  • Strategies for understanding lectures and talks
  • Giving Presentations
  • The Grammar of Academic English
  • Writing essays and reports
  • Scientific writing
  • Dissertation writing
  • Effective Reading
  • Using the Library and the Internet for research
  • Developing reference and citation skills
  • Examination revision strategies
  • Studying at University in Britain


IELTS preparation is offered for those who need to take the exam


Pancake Day!

Pancake Day!

Staff and students alike enjoyed Pancake Day in Scarborough.

The Pancake Bell was rung, the pancake races were run and the pancakes were eaten.






Calling all Teachers

Scarborough International School is planning and organising TKT CLIL module preparation courses for summer 2014. These courses will suit all those teachers who teach/intend to teach subject classes in English and already have a minimum B1 level of English. Contact us for further information. 

Welcome to our new website

We would love to know what you think of our new website. Do contact us with any comments or suggestions.

Coming Soon

Scarborough International School is putting the finishing touches to its course list for next year. The new courses, prices and brochure will be published very soon...

Scarborough International School in the Italian Press

Scarborough International School's "English for Specific Purposes" courses, aimed at improving managers' business communication skills in English, have been reported in the respected Italian daily financial newspaper "Italia Oggi". Download the article

Have a look at our "courses" page to see more details of our English for Fashion, English for Insurance Professionals, English for Commercial and Corporate Lawyers and English for International Meetings courses!

New Year, New Tearoom

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The sparkling new tearoom we found on our return after the holidays really gave us a boost. It's fresh and light and makes coffee time feel like a special occasion!



Excursion News


As another busy summer draws to a close we were reminiscing over our mid-week excursion programme.

Firstly how lucky we were with the weather! Not a drop of rain fell on any of our excursions – well, at least not until it was time to go home anyway (remember July's trip to Whitby?).

Over the weeks we caught crabs in Robin Hood’s Bay, met some hairy bikers in Helmsley, fed the ducks in Thornton Le Dale, wondered at Pickering's medieval frescoes and shopped till we dropped in Hull. Anyone who saw the Samurai demonstration in the Royal Armouries will certainly have a lasting memory of Leeds!

Harry Potter fans were doubly satisfied this summer: locomotive 5972 was housed in the National Railway Museum in York, so they were able to have their photo taken with the legendary “Hogwarts Express”, while our visit to Hogsmeade Station (otherwise known as Goathland!) meant they could imagine themselves on their way to a new term at the famous “School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”.

Finally, a big thanks to all the SIS staff, the education liaison departments we contacted and, of course, the coach drivers who helped to make this year’s excursions a resounding success!

Family Courses a Real Hit!

This summer saw family groups from Italy, Spain, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Japan take advantage of Scarborough International School's programmes which allow the whole family to enjoy a study break in the United Kingdom together. By booking an adult vacation course for Mum and/or Dad, and teen/junior vacation courses for the kids all the family can study English in the mornings, take part in a fun range of activities in the afternoons (lessons for the adults!) and enjoy a full programme of optional full day & weekend excursions. For the younger members of the family (the under 7's) the school also organises day care in a local nursery. Parents can drop off their little ones before classes begin and pick them up at the end of the school day, leaving them free to get on with enjoying their lessons!

End of the Summer

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Last week the summer came to an end as the vacation courses finished for the year. We said goodbye to Klemens, Kenny, Lara, Kattia and Simal, and we wish them all the best in the future! It has been another very successful summer. We hope all of our students who studied with us enjoyed themselves to the full and will return again soon!

Pancake Day

Pancake Day
21st February, 2012

We took our students down to the Foreshore in the afternoon to let them experience how Shrove Tuesday is celebrated in the traditional Scarborough way – skipping on the beach. It is believed that its origins lie in the local fishermen sorting their ropes and nets out at this time of year – they would give the children the ones which were no good for fishing. An afternoon of physical exertion was finished off with some well-earned fish’n’chips on the seafront.

John's trip to Lithuania

John, our Director of Studies, has recently returned from Lithuania where he completed delivery of a year long series of training sessions for senior government officials and politicians who will be involved in organising meetings during the country's Presidency of the EU. The course concentrated on English for diplomacy, English for meetings and English for negotiations. Following the success of the programme Scarborough International School of English has been invited to bid for contracts delivering training to officials at the EU institutions in Brussels.

Simal's Birthday

Simals birthday

What a fantastic night at El Gringo's restaurant for the lovely Simal's Birthday. It was a great evening with students and staff joining together to relax and have fun. Lots of birthday presents - the biggest birthday present of all was when her father walked through the door all the way from Turkey just to surprise her!!! It was a lovely moment with lots of happy tears - not just from Simal either!! A good time was had by all, and we look forward to the next birthday get-together!!


New for 2012

Day Care for children (0-6) Course: AC9

This programme enables parents with young children to take an English course with us knowing that their young child/children will be cared for, together with local English children, in a safe environment. For more details contact us.

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