About our school

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

All our staff speak English as their first language and are Delta or Celta qualified in teaching English. All of us care 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.

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

Mission statement

Kheiron is dedicated to helping our students to improve their English language skills to the best of our ability and to providing a caring, quality, professional service at all times.

We are committed to being highly responsive and respectful to all students, staff, homestay hosts and agents.

We aim to provide services that are excellent value for money and we aim to furnish our students with the skills to learn outside the classroom so that they get the most enriched experience of residing in Oxford.

We treat all our students equally, fairly and ethically and we are proud of our reputation of treating students as though they were family.

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:

To make our classes student focussed

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.

To make our classes varied, enjoyable and useful
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.

To have a flexible approach so that anyone can study English with us, regardless of your daily commitments
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 team

Poppy

Poppy

Principal

Originally from Oxford, Poppy started Kheiron in 2007. Having graduated with a First in English Literature from Exeter University, she later obtained her DELTA teaching qualification in 2012.

She loves reading books. Agatha Christie is her favourite author.

Poppy’s specialist teaching areas are academic proofreading and IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity, and Cambridge exam classes.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Director of Studies

Born in London, Rebecca studied The Politics and History of the Middle East at Durham University. She later went on to obtain her CELTA in 2005 and is now enjoying studying for a DELTA qualification.

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.

Rebecca speaks Turkish.

Rebecca’s specialist teaching areas are academic proofreading, IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity, Cambridge exam classes.

Mark

Mark

Teacher Trainer

Mark is our Teacher Training Coordinator. Originally from the Greater London area, he fell in love with Oxford when he first moved here in 2009. He has been at Kheiron since September 2017.

Mark obtained his CELTA in 2012 and is currently studying for his DELTA. He also has an MA from Oxford University, and is currently studying for a masters in Psychology.

Mark speaks Mandarin and Qinghaihua fluently, and is an intermediate speaker of Turkish.

In his spare time he enjoys reading and running. His favourite book is The Horse And His Boy by C S Lewis.

Mark’s specialist teaching areas are helping learners with pronunciation and working with beginners.

Gavin

Gavin

Exam Manager

Gavin was born and bred in Oxford. After finishing school he went to live in Tarragona, Catalonia for 17 years, where he completed his studies and got his CELTA in Barcelona. He moved back to Oxford in 2018 with his wife and children.

He is fluent in both Spanish and Catalan and has over 14 years of teaching experience, ranging from Business English through to Young Learners. He is also a Cambridge ESOL Oral examiner and does translation projects from time to time.

He is keen musician and producer, playing various musical instruments and is the owner of a small studio.

His favourite things are cheese and wine, spending time with his wife and children and having a quality conversation over a good cup of coffee.

Gavin’s specialist teaching areas are Cambridge exam classes and Business and Legal English.

Kelly

Kelly

Senior Teacher and Office Manager

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 6 years. She is now working towards her DELTA.

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.

Kelly’s specialist teaching areas is exam classes.

Paul

Paul

Teacher

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.

Paul is currently doing his Trinity diploma in teaching English and he specialises in teaching General English.

Jan

Jan

Teacher

After 20 years of living and working in London, Tamsin returned to Oxford and completed her CELTA training ( in 2013). She has been employed part-time by Kheiron since 2017.

With a BSc in Social Policy and an MSc in Business Systems Analysis, she has worked within the arts, business and the public sector.

Her interests range from politics and dancing to anything outdoors, which tends to involve her 2 smallish children.

She specialises in teaching Business English and private classes.

Yashvee

Yashvee

Teacher

Yashvee is from Banbury, a small town on the outskirts of Oxford. She attended the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and studied MSc, Development. Prior to this, Yashvee spent 3 years in Brighton, studying History.

She obtained her CELTA in 2017 and has awards from the London Academy of Music and Drama (Reading for Performance). In her spare time, Yashvee enjoys writing for various blogs and spending time in local coffee shops.

Yashvee speaks Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu to a conversational level and French to a basic level.

Yashvee specialises in blog writing.

Our team

Poppy

Poppy

Principal

Originally from Oxford, Poppy started Kheiron in 2007. Having graduated with a First in English Literature from Exeter University, she later obtained her DELTA teaching qualification in 2012.

She loves reading books. Agatha Christie is her favourite author.

Poppy’s specialist teaching areas are academic proofreading and IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity, and Cambridge exam classes.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Director of Studies

Born in London, Rebecca studied The Politics and History of the Middle East at Durham University. She later went on to obtain her CELTA in 2005 and is now enjoying studying for a DELTA qualification.

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.

Rebecca speaks Turkish.

Rebecca’s specialist teaching areas are academic proofreading, IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity, Cambridge exam classes.

Mark

Mark

Teacher Trainer

Mark is our Teacher Training Coordinator. Originally from the Greater London area, he fell in love with Oxford when he first moved here in 2009. He has been at Kheiron since September 2017.

Mark obtained his CELTA in 2012 and is currently studying for his DELTA. He also has an MA from Oxford University, and is currently studying for a masters in Psychology.

Mark speaks Mandarin and Qinghaihua fluently, and is an intermediate speaker of Turkish.

In his spare time he enjoys reading and running. His favourite book is The Horse And His Boy by C S Lewis.

Mark’s specialist teaching areas are helping learners with pronunciation and working with beginners.

Gavin

Gavin

Exam Manager

Gavin was born and bred in Oxford. After finishing school he went to live in Tarragona, Catalonia for 17 years, where he completed his studies and got his CELTA in Barcelona. He moved back to Oxford in 2018 with his wife and children.

He is fluent in both Spanish and Catalan and has over 14 years of teaching experience, ranging from Business English through to Young Learners. He is also a Cambridge ESOL Oral examiner and does translation projects from time to time.

He is keen musician and producer, playing various musical instruments and is the owner of a small studio.

His favourite things are cheese and wine, spending time with his wife and children and having a quality conversation over a good cup of coffee.

Gavin’s specialist teaching areas are Cambridge exam classes and Business and Legal English.

Kelly

Kelly

Senior Teacher and Office Manager

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 6 years. She is now working towards her DELTA.

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.

Kelly’s specialist teaching areas is exam classes.

Paul

Paul

Teacher

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.

Paul is currently doing his Trinity diploma in teaching English and he specialises in teaching General English.

Jan

Jan

Teacher

After 20 years of living and working in London, Tamsin returned to Oxford and completed her CELTA training ( in 2013). She has been employed part-time by Kheiron since 2017.

With a BSc in Social Policy and an MSc in Business Systems Analysis, she has worked within the arts, business and the public sector.

Her interests range from politics and dancing to anything outdoors, which tends to involve her 2 smallish children.

She specialises in teaching Business English and private classes.

Yashvee

Yashvee

Teacher

Yashvee is from Banbury, a small town on the outskirts of Oxford. She attended the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and studied MSc, Development. Prior to this, Yashvee spent 3 years in Brighton, studying History.

She obtained her CELTA in 2017 and has awards from the London Academy of Music and Drama (Reading for Performance). In her spare time, Yashvee enjoys writing for various blogs and spending time in local coffee shops.

Yashvee speaks Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu to a conversational level and French to a basic level.

Yashvee specialises in blog writing.

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Closing dates


24 December, 2018 to 2 January, 2019.
19 April, 2019.
22 April, 2019.
6 May, 2019.
27 May, 2019.
26 August, 2019.
23 December, 2019 to 2 January, 2020.
All prices correct as of 2019.

I chose to study in Kheiron since it is a little school located in the heart of Oxford with excellent reviews and accredited by the British Council. As far I am concerned, my expectations were not disappointed from the first moment. Personally, it is the most suitable place in Oxford to learn English in a very stimulating atmosphere, where teachers are always focused on eliciting the best of you. What is more, they are continually adapting methodology and learning materials in order to make you reach a better comprehension and production of spoken English. Teachers are also friendly and animated, so you feel as if you had a second family in Oxford. I would doubtless come back!