About our school

Kheiron School of English was established in 2007. We are a small independent English school located five minutes by foot from the centre of historical Oxford.

All our staff are university educated and Delta or Celta trained in teaching English. Each member of staff cares passionately about helping every student to grow and to develop.

Through small class sizes, experienced teachers and a dedicated approach, our aims as a school are to enable each student to achieve their goals, such as passing an exam, feeling more confident at work, improving pronunciation and building a friendship group in Oxford.

We are proud of our reputation as a school that treats our students like family.

For more information, read about our courses and have a look at our school brochure.

Our approach

Our aim is to make our classes student focussed, varied, challenging, enjoyable and useful. We believe that the best way of doing this is to get to know our students, and design classes that meet their unique needs.

Our aims are:

When you start we will ask you to complete a short placement test and a needs analysis form so that we can find out a little more about your English level and confidence. You will then have regular, private tutorials with the Principal or Director of Studies to discuss your progress and learning goals. This information is important, because every student is different. They have different needs, different strengths and weaknesses, different motivations and priorities, different interests and experiences. We believe that getting to know our students helps us to plan our classes so that they are as useful and interesting as possible.
We encourage our teachers to use their creativity and experience to plan the classes that they feel will be most useful for you, their students. Based on what they know about your needs and interests, our teachers might choose to work on a specific area of grammar or vocabulary, give you challenging reading or listening practice, or encourage a discussion to help develop your speaking fluency and confidence. In these classes, teachers might choose to use authentic materials like a magazine article or a podcast, maybe a section from a coursebook or grammar book, or nothing but the students’ own ideas and experiences.
Many of our students at Kheiron live and work in Oxford, and others have come to Oxford only to study. We understand that our students appreciate flexibility, and we do our best to help students to combine their classes with other commitments, such as work or family. Our approach ensures that you will have the opportunity to improve your English, whether you can attend full time or only once or twice a week

Our staff

Poppy
PoppyPrincipal
Born in Oxford, Poppy has worked here as an English teacher since 2007 and has a First in English Literature from Exeter University. Before this, she worked in London in fiction and magazine publishing.

She is DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualified and enjoys reading books – Agatha Christie is her favourite author. She likes going to the theatre, garden centres and cooking.

Chris
ChrisDirector of Studies
Originally from North Devon in the South West of England, Chris studied at Cardiff University and graduated with a First in Politics and Philosophy. After attaining a Master’s in Latin American Development from the University of London, Chris moved to Argentina, where he trained as a teacher.

Chris spent two years teaching in Buenos Aires and Bogota, before returning to the UK in 2011. Chris joined Kheiron early in 2012, and has been at the school ever since.

Chris obtained his DELTA in 2013, and in his spare time he loves playing and watching football, reading, practising Spanish and cooking. His favourite book is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

Rebecca
RebeccaSenior Teacher
After studying The Politics and History of the Middle East at Durham University, Rebecca went on to obtain her CELTA in 2005.

She spent six happy years teaching in Istanbul, Turkey, before returning to the UK to study for her Postrgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). She has been working at Kheiron since 2012 and teaches classes at all levels.

In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys photography, being creative in the kitchen, and watching films – her favourite film is Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Lucy
LucyTeacher
Lucy is from Stonehouse in Gloucestershire, and attended Cardiff University where she studied Criminology and Sociology.

After travelling throughout Latin America, Lucy attained her CELTA in Buenos Aires in 2011. After spending several months teaching in Argentina, she moved to Bogota, Colombia, where she lived and worked for almost two years before returning to the UK in 2012.

In her spare time, Lucy enjoys walking, writing, reading, knitting and going to the pub. Her favourite book is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

Kelly
KellyTeacher
Having completed her degree in English Literature and Film Theory and a Masters in Film Theory at Kent University, Kelly went on to do a CELTA qualification and has been teaching for the last 3 years.

Kelly has a particular passion for Japanese cinema, which led her to spend one year teaching English in Tokyo, Japan which she loved.

Kelly has been with Kheiron since May 2016. In her spare time, she loves watching all kinds of films, black and white photography and listening to music.

Paul
PaulTeacher
Originally from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, Paul studied English Literature at Staffordshire University, completing his degree in 1999.

After gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism at De Montfort University, he worked as a newspaper journalist for two years before travelling and working in Australia for a year.

Paul obtained his CELTA in 2005 and spent two years teaching in Canterbury before moving to Oxford in 2008 to teach. He has been working at Kheiron since early 2016 and in his spare time he likes to travel, play tennis, read and spend time with friends.

Orla
OrlaTeacher
Originally from Ireland, Orla completed her CELTA in 2010 in Galway and she is currently studying for her Trinity Diploma in teaching. She previously studied Psychology, Irish and Primary School Teaching.

She’s been living in the city of dreaming spires (Oxford) since 2015. During her free time she loves going for walks, socialising with friends and learning about different cultures. Her favourite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Isak
IsakTeacher
Isak is a CELTA qualified teacher with 4 years of experience. He specialises in exam classes (including Cambridge exams, and IELTS) and English for academic purposes. He completed his first degree in Linguistics from Indiana University in Bloomington. Afterwards he completed an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford.

He enjoys playing chess, travelling, and has a hidden talent for balloon decoration.

Mark
MarkTeacher
Originally from the Greater London area, Mark fell in love with Oxford when he first moved here in 2009. Now, having recently spent four rather formative years exploring the mountains of China, he’s back here once again.

Mark obtained his CELTA in 2012. He also has an MA from Oxford University, and is currently studying for a masters in Linguistic Anthropology. In his spare time he enjoys reading and running. His favourite book is Wild Swans by Jung Chang.

Anu
AnuTeacher
Anu is from Essex and attended the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, graduating with a Double First in Japanese and Korean.

Anu obtained her CELTA in 2012. She taught ESL and English Literature for two years before moving to Oxford to study for a Master’s in Japanese Literature at Pembroke College, the University of Oxford, which she successfully completed in 2015.

In her spare time, Anu enjoys reading and eating out. She is fluent in Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Gujarati and Malayalam.