Who We Are

Etherton Education has run Academic Summer Courses in British Boarding Schools for 16 years.  The Directors are Peter and Anne Etherton.  Both have been involved in teaching English to international students for over 40 years.  They have strong links with Hong Kong and China and both taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Peter Etherton is the author of over 100 textbooks, including Oxford English.  He is a former British Council ELT Specialist and IELTS Examiner.  Anne Etherton has wide teaching and administration experience, and is a former Principal of an International Study Centre.

We founded Etherton Education in 2002 because we know how difficult it is for international students when they first come to Britain.  We wanted to design Academic Summer Courses which would really look after them well, and provide excellent preparation for their new education in the UK.

Our offices in Somerset, England, are open all year.  We welcome visitors at any time – a friendly team and a fresh cup of tea will be waiting for you!

Continuous Improvement

We now deliver our courses with over 50 professionally qualified staff, who bring great breadth of experience and ideas to the courses.  We also employ excellent young British students each summer, who work closely as Student Hosts to our international students.  They help them to feel at home and integrate confidently into school life, both academically and socially.  We conduct continuous assessment of the value of each part of our courses and seek feedback from staff and students to make sure we are delivering the best course possible.  We aim to give the best possible value for money from an intensive summer academic experience.

Working with Agents

We work all year round, attending overseas events and arranging agent meetings.  We work with agents worldwide, predominately in Asia, Russia and Europe.  We attend a number of international events every year to maintain overseas relationships and build new partnerships.  We have further been the proud sponsor for the British Boarding Schools Workshop since 2013.  This event gives us the opportunity to meet directly with quality agents selected by the organisers.

Working with British Boarding Schools

Etherton Education has partnership agreements with over 160 British Boarding Schools.  The partnerships help students who need to have a Tier 4 Student Visa.  They may apply for one visa to include both the summer course and the next school, without having to return home.  We work closely with our partner schools and the list is continually growing.  In addition, we have held a number of seminars for boarding schools in association with The Taylor Partnership, who advise schools on any developments in Tier 4 regulations.