A typically English seaside town

Our own residence

Hunters Lodge offers great value accommodation with spectacular views over the Blue Flag award-winning Goodrington Beach

Typically British

Torbay is full of British culture.

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The school building provides up-to-date facilities and an excellent environment to learn English.

English courses at LAL Torbay

If you wish to learn English in the UK here in Paignton, you can choose from a variety of courses.

The General English and Intensive English courses are ideal for anyone who wants to learn from beginner level to someone needing to improve their English language skills. The courses start every Monday and, because we want to suit every student’s needs, this course is available in different formats: General (15 hours per week), Intensive (22.5 hours per week) and in a premium version (small group of 6 students). Moreover, if you don’t feel like a teenager any more, at LAL Torbay you can attend a General English course for over 30 years old, starting on specific dates throughout the year.

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If  you want to progress in your studies you might be interested in our exam preparation courses like the IELTS test preparation course, the TOEIC test preparation course and the Cambridge exams preparation courses (FCE, CAE, CPE).

Furthermore, if you are a professional or want to expand your vocabulary about a specific topic, our English for Specific Purposes courses (ESP) might be the right choice for you. Currently we run a Medical English course and an English for Travel and Tourism course The following courses are designed to give you the vocabulary and the language skills to work in these industries in an English–speaking country. LAL Torbay’s mission is to provide high quality teaching to all those who want to learn English in the UK  and to ensure that we are able to do this, we are also a Teacher Training centre where you can take your CELTA qualification course and achieve your dream of becoming an English teacher.

Being a teacher training centre we can guarantee that all of our teachers are qualified and thoroughly prepared so if you want to learn English in UK, this is just another reason why LAL Torbay would be the perfect choice for you

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LAL Torbay School of English

LAL Torbay is located in the town of Paignton,  and is only moments from the town centre and the seaside. The school building has been refitted to provide up-to-date facilities and an excellent environment to learn English

LAL Torbay has 31 classrooms which hold a maximum of 12 students (15 in the summer) . After your lessons you can spend your free time with your friends in the landscaped school garden or in the student cafeteria where you can buy hot meals and snacks.

If you wish, you can spend your afternoon at school and keep practising your English in the student lounge or in the computer room.

The library and bookshop will also be available where you can borrow or buy books. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you can take part in the Chat, Book and Film clubs.

Talk with one of our student advisors to find out more!

Key Facts

  • Free wireless
  • Free computer access
  • Bookshop
  • Library
  • Lounge Area
  • On-site cafe
  • Wheelchair access
  • Listening facilities
  • Garden

LAL Torbay Nationality Mix

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Torbay Nationality Mix

Leisure Programme

Being such a popular holiday destination, Torbay has a lot to offer and while you are learning English here in the UK, you will have unforgettable adventures.

To make this as easy and effective as possible, our school in Paignton has a weekly Leisure Programme that offers a range of different activities from Monday to Saturday.

On your arrival day at the school, we will provide a free Paignton welcome tour which will give you a better understanding of the area, and throughout your stay you can book tours such as nights out in local pubs, exploring the countryside or visiting historic sites in the area.

During the weekend, you will have the opportunity to go even further with our full-day trips to Bath, Cardiff, Rosamunde Pilcher’s Cornwall and many other popular destinations in the United Kingdom, not forgetting the magnificent Dartmoor not far from Torbay.

Your accommodation in Torbay

While learning English in Torbay, you can stay in our student residence, perfectly located by the seaside, only 10 minutes’ walk from the school. Hunters Lodge has a large shared kitchen where you can cook and share meals with your fellow students, a lounge with a pool table, and a spacious garden with stunning views of the bay. The minimum age to book a single or twin room in this international student residence is 18. If you are under 18, let us book you into a single or twin bedroom in one of our selected homestays where you will have the opportunity to practise your English all day, every day. If none of the options above suits you, LAL Torbay has special arrangements with many of the hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses in the surrounding area so we will be able to find the perfect accommodation for you.


average 25 mins from school

Discover the English way of life and practise your English. We try to find a home which is just right, with either single or shared rooms.


LAL Hunters Lodge Residence

10 minutes from the school

Our self-catering student residence is perfectly located for the school, the town and all major bus stops. Hunters Lodge has single and twin en-suite rooms. The building has wireless Internet throughout and students can relax either in the big garden overlooking the sea or in the lounge.


Summerhill Hotel

10 minutes from the school

This family-run hotel overlooks the beach of Goodrington Sands. It offers quality service and a relaxing atmosphere.


St Marguerite Guest House

5 minutes to the school

Smartly decorated rooms and home-cooked food, only five minutes’ walk from the school and the beach.


Why study in Torbay?

Millions of tourists visit Torbay in Devon, South-West England, every year to experience an area which captures the best of British culture, from cream teas to boat trips and historic houses to steam trains.

It has everything you need for a great holiday: good food, beautiful coastline, sandy beaches, lush green countryside, all of which are only a few hours from beautiful cities like Bath and Bristol, with Plymouth and Exeter close by.

On top of this, Torbay is well connected to London (direct coach services and under four and a half hours by train) and the vast majority of its friendly mother-tongue population are British: we could not think of a better place to learn English in the UK.

Further Information

LAL Torbay Pre-arrival Information

Accreditation and memberships