Meridian School of English in Plymouth

Established in 1979, Meridian School of English in Plymouth provides a wide range of standard and intensive English courses for adults and juniors. These include General English course, Exam Preparation, Teaching Skills for Teachers and a Summer Residential programme.

Learn English in Plymouth
Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city, with a wealth of attractions and activities to enjoy. Set amidst some of England's most glorious countryside where a rich maritime heritage meets the bustle of modern commerce and where a popular holiday centre turns, at night, into a glittering city of entertainment. An increasingly important academic centre (especially in maritime sciences), Plymouth is home to over 33.000 students.

Meridian English School in Plymouth
Our English language School in Plymouth is located in the iconic Swarthmore building. Students love to sit in the garden in the summer to eat their lunch or take an English lesson. There is a bus stop right outside the front door, though the city centre is only a 25 minute walk, so you don't have to take the bus to the city if you would rather get some exercise!

Classrooms in our language school in Plymouth
The Swarthmore Centre has 17 classrooms with a total capacity for 166 students. Several classrooms feature a flat-screen TV and all rooms have Wi-Fi.

Other facilities for learning English in Plymouth
A professional presentation room, which converts into a games room, and a bank of 10 internet-only computers. A garden at the front of the building which can be used for relaxation or the occasional outdoor lesson.

We also have Wudu facilities for our Muslim students. Our downstairs men's washroom features a foot basin and shower where Muslim men can wash their feet when preparing for Salah.

Quiet Room
We have a quiet room which is available for prayers and meditation, if required, by students learning English in our Plymouth language school.

Study Room
A place where students can go for further study. Equipped with books, a computer, a flip-chart, desks and chairs and some comfortable 'reading chairs'. Students learning English in our Plymouth language school can use our Wi-Fi to connect with their own handheld devices for study if they wish.

Café and Shops
There is a café next door to the Swarthmore Centre school which sell a range of teas, coffees, cold drinks, light refreshments and lunches. As the school is situated on a main road, there are a wide range of shops within 5 minutes walking distance.

Free events at our Plymouth English language school
Meridian School of English in Plymouth offers the following free events:

  • Tuesday 7.30pm to 9pm : Social Evening
  • Wednesday Conversation Class : 4pm to 5pm
  • Thursday 7pm to 9pm : Film night (with English subtitles)

City Highlights

Plymouth Hoe
Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake famously finished his game of bowls before setting out to defeat the Spanish Armada, overlooks Plymouth Sound with fantastic views across to Cornwall and Devon. This was the site where the Beatles were captured in the iconic image for the 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour. The Hoe features a Victorian waterfront promenade which overlooks the recently restored art deco sea water swimming pool: the Tinside Lido. It also features Plymouth’s best-known landmark and one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the world – the Smeaton’s Tower.

National Marine Aquarium
The Aquarium is a leading visitor attraction as well as an important educational and research centre. Situated on the Barbican waterfront, it offers magnificent views across the Plymouth Sound and provides an entertainment-packed half day of observation and interaction with all things that live in the sea.

The old harbour area in Plymouth is one of the oldest and most beautifully preserved original trading ports. It was the original embarkation point for the Mayflower as it made its voyage to the New World of America. The Barbican is also home to the Plymouth Gin distillery, the oldest working gin distillery in the world. Nowadays, the Barbican is largely a district for entertainment and culture, full of restaurants, pubs (including Minerva, Plymouth’s oldest pub, where Sir Francis Drake is said to have had his pints) and antique stores.

Plymouth Summer Festival
The annual summer festival incorporates many forms of entertainment from the Barbican Jazz and Blues Festival, theatrical events and the largest food festival in the South West to some major sailing and motor boat racing events.

Mount Edgcumbe
Mt Edgcumbe House and Country Park is just a short ferry ride from Plymouth over River Tamar and is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. The estate’s magnificent Grade I listed house sits majestically overlooking the beautiful gardens and massive country park, and Plymouth across the water.

If you are seeking a bustling pub or night club in Plymouth, you will not be disappointed, and if you want to get out into the surrounding countryside, you will find an array of good quality, welcoming establishments dotted throughout the hills and valleys of Devon.

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