COVID-safe activities for group students

Brighton attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, and school groups from Europe are a big part of this. One of the big attractions, of course, is the excellent English classes that school groups can get attend in Brighton's many fantastic language schools. However, school groups also come to the city for the many exciting cultural and historic activities it offers.

Brighton is one of the most popular language school destinations for groups in the UK, second only to London. Students and teachers can enjoy a variety of bespoke group packages that include a varied and enriching social programme included with their English Language courses.

Since the pandemic, many traditional group activities such as indoor sports and museum visits are much harder, but there are still plenty of fun-packed activities around Brighton for students to enjoy.

Castle School of English, Brighton is reopening on 7th September!

It's been a long few months, but we finally have some good news:

Castle School is re-opening on 7th September 2020! 

FInally, you will be able to travel to Brighton, one of the UK's most exciting and vibrant cities, and join in us in learning English.

Here is a message from Giorgia, our Customer Support Manager, about our plans:

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We have also introduced some new Terms and Conditions to help protect your payments in any future virus outbreaks. 

We are also making a special offer to students:

15% off all tuition fees for courses starting in September, if you book by 31st July.

Get in touch today on to start your exciting journey at Castle School of English, Brighton.

Online English Lessons

We really miss all of our students here at Castle School of English in Brighton, and are really looking forward to having you all back soon.

In the meantime, we are offering Online English Lessons - a fantastic alternative for learning English if you can't travel. Here, Laura from Italy talks about her experiences of Online English:


To find out more about how Online English Lessons can help you, contact us on

Britain is Weird! Part 2 - British food

Britain is Weird is back! This time, Dan and Giorgia talk about a very controversial subject: British food. Is it as bad as people say? Or are there some hidden gems in the kitchens and restaurants of Britain?

While Castle School of English in Brighton is closed (we are still open for online English classes, though!), we are coming to you in audio only, but hope to get filming around the school again soon. 


Britain is Weird!

Part One – Introduction

Hello Everyone! A big, friendly greeting from everyone here at Castle School of English Brighton.

Welcome to the first episode of our new web series “Britain is Weird!” – a funny and educational look at life in Britain from the perspective of two people: a native English guy, and an Italian lady.

Top 5 tips for lockdown learning

The whole world has stopped, and your favourite English School in Brighton may be closed – but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning English!

Keep learning English and practising your skills with our top 5 tips:


1) Read, read, read!

Go online and find English language newspapers or articles. If you have a good English level, buy an English language e-book. New books are always fun, and will help keep your brain active as well as learning new language.

What’s your favourite book? Try it in English! Reading something familiar in another language is a very good way of improving your grammar and vocabulary.


What to expect and how to practice for the IELTS exam

It’s been a great start to 2020 here at Castle School and we’ve seen so many more students needing to study for the IELTS certification.

In previous blogs we have discussed the differences between the IELTS and other Cambridge Exams to help you decide which one to choose. But now you’ve made your decision, what should you expect? And how can you prepare yourself to get the best score possible? Keep reading to find out!

The IELTS exam is divided into FOUR parts:

Listening – a 30 minute test of 4 different recording. You will be asked questions so practice listening to monologues and conversations.

Learning English outside of the classroom

Our teachers are often asked by students for tips on how to learn English outside the classroom to help speed up their learning and practise their new skills in a natural environment.

So our very experienced and talented Director of Studies, Christian Tiplady, has put together a few helpful hints to help you hone your new skills and immerse yourself into learning English wherever you go.

Christian recommends:
Use apps such as memrise and quizlet to test your vocabulary and learn new words every day.

Develop your pronunciation by listening to audiobooks and repeat aloud whilst recording yourself- you can use your phone for this exercise.

Listen to language learning podcasts such as BBC 6 minute English or discussions on the radio to improve your listening skills.

What should I pack for studying abroad?

We recently had a student arrive at Castle School who brought with them 3 large suitcases for a 3 month stay. While we understand the longing for reminders of home, this is not the most economical way to travel!

If you are planning a trip to the UK and just cannot decide what to bring, follow our guide and avoid getting charged at the airport!

Pack this:

Which exam is right for me?

Earning an exam qualification is a great way to increase your career prospects so it's important to choose the right one for you. At Castle School, we understand this decision can be daunting so here is some information about the exam classes we offer to help you decide:

At Castle School we offer exam preparation classes in FCE, CAE and IELTS. In these classes you will learn ways to read long texts, write in different styles and listen to longer audio pieces. You will learn about the exam and practise the best way to answer exam questions. Due to the advanced level, it is important that your English skills are suitable before you start your exam course.

What level do I need to be?

The FCE (First Certificate in English) is for students who have an upper-intermediate (B2) level of English.