Popular junior English language courses located in the dreaming spires of Oxford, offering a choice of both summer schools and year-round programmes for individuals, families and groups.


Our staff

Our enthusiastic and dedicated staff, combined with our innovative and fun teaching methods ensure that students develop and learn at a pace that suits them in a friendly and welcoming educational environment. All of our teachers are native English speakers and hold a CELTA or equivalent teaching qualification.

Our classes

At Oxford Spires students will join classes of no more than 15 so that they are given maximum attention and opportunity to participate and enhance their learning. In-class preparation for excursions also takes place to maximise learning outside of the classroom.


Our summer school is situated within Oxford High School which is an internationally renowned establishment with state-of-the-art facilities.


Onsite facilities include modern classrooms, indoor swimming pool, sports hall, drama studio, tennis courts, common lounge areas for students to relax, computer room for internet access under the supervision of staff and a brand new dining hall.


Oxford Spires Language School is accredited by the British Council to ensure we deliver the highest quality in English language training.

Many of the activity camps and activities that Oxford Spires provides, through its sister company Oxford Active, are also accredited by Ofsted. Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills in the UK. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. Ofsted inspects and regulates services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

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Student safety and welfare is a top priority for us. We want to ensure that each student is happy, healthy and safe.

Oxford Spires has a Welfare Officer who will ensure that your stay is an enjoyable one. This is a 24 hour service and is also available to nominated family members in case of emergencies.

Very detailed and stringent health and safety checks take place at all of our locations and risk assessments are undertaken for every activity and excursion.

All our staff are qualified to deliver specific aspects of our programmes and undergo staff training and orientation days to ensure all health and safety elements are covered.


Owen McGovern, Managing Director

Owen has been providing education and childcare provision for the past 16 years. He set up Oxford Spires Language School to address a need for more flexible and ‘different’ English learning options for overseas students.

Andrew Brown, Director of Studies

Andrew has been involved in running high quality language courses for more than 25 years. Andrew has a Master’s degree in TEFL and also in Marketing Education.  He is also an approved teacher trainer for the Oxford Teachers’ Academy (operated jointly by Oxford University Press and Oxford University Department of Continuing Education).


Keith Ponsford, Schools Liaison Officer

Keith is a former Primary Headteacher in Oxford for the past 25 years and is also head of the Oxfordshire Headteachers’ Association.  Keith has extensive experience in mainstream education and the development of English language in Primary schools for children for whom English is an an additional language.  Keith has a passion for education and enjoys all sports, especially rugby.  Keith’s main focus has been on the coordination of integration programmes within primary and secondary schools in Oxford.

Peter Parry, Operations Manager

Peter coordinates our Summer Camps across Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Warwickshire, and Kent.