Our Mission

Our mission is to be the best English language school we can be and to give our students the best experience they can have in every aspect of their stay while they are at LSI/IH Portsmouth. We strive to be the best in all we do.

We want all students to Learn, Succeed and Inspire

Internal Quality Control and Best Practice

At LSI/IH Portsmouth we are very much focused on best practice and on striving to make your student experience the best it can be. We encourage our staff to constantly reflect on what they do and to be constantly seeking ways to make things even better for you. Some ways in which we do that are as follows:

  • Regular Best Practice Meetings with all staff responsible for key areas of the school. Recent meetings have looked at the school’s social programme, provision of self-catering accommodation, the student feedback process and our links with the university, amongst other things.
  •  Weekly Teachers’ Meetings
  • Weekly Management/Senior Staff Meetings
  • Regular tutorials with all students (at least fortnightly) to see how they are doing in terms of academic progress and satisfaction, ambitions and needs, welfare and accommodation.
  • Systematic recording and review of feedback from students. A regularly updated database of our feedback, both general and on accommodation, helps us monitor how things are going and identify areas where we need to improve.
  • Even though we know from our students’ feedback we are doing a very good job and keeping our students very happy, we are always trying to do better. We are all dedicated to working together to maximise student satisfaction.

External Accreditation and Memberships

Accreditations and memberships do not give you the whole picture, but they do tell you that a school is focused on quality control and best practice and is regularly inspected by professional organisations.

the official English Uk logo

We are members of English UK, the world’s leading language teaching association, with more than 400 members – all accredited by the British Council – including private language schools, educational trusts and charities and language centres in further education colleges and universities.

the official English Uk south logo

In addition to English UK, we are also members of English UK South. A group of English language school, in the south of England in Hampshire and Dorset. These schools are also all members of English UK and also British Council accredited.

the Sensations English logo

LSI/IH Portsmouth is now partners with Sensations English, Sensations English is an online learning platform. It uses news stories to present English language lessons across 5 different levels, from A1 to C1.

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We are regularly inspected and accredited by the British Council, the UK’s international cultural relations body. It was as a result of these inspections that we were ranked the UK’s joint number 1 language school. To view a copy of our latest inspection report, click here.

the IH world logo

We are part of the IH World, a global network of more than 160 language schools in 52 countries. The group is dedicated to providing the best possible quality learning experience to students.

LSI/IH Portsmouth is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  For our most recent inspection in November 2023, LSI/IH Portsmouth was found to ‘exceed expectations’ in all areas of the school.  For more information about ISI please click here and to view a copy of our latest inspection report, click here.

the IALC logo

We are regularly inspected by and are members of The International Association of Language Centres, an award-winning association of independent language schools that teach the language of their country. Their quality is guaranteed through minimum standards, regular inspection, a code of ethics and a philosophy of continuous improvement.

the IELTS logo

Recognised by more than 6000 institutions across 120 countries, IELTS is the world’s proven English test. Over 1.4 million candidates take the test each year to start their journeys into international education and employment.

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LSI/IH Portsmouth is a Tier 4 Sponsor, licensed by UK Visas and Immigration to enrol international students under Tier 4 of the points based system.  Visit the UK Visas and Immigration website to learn more about how you can apply to come to or remain in the UK as an adult student under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system.