Torbay, England

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Torbay is one of England’s most popular holiday resorts. It has everything you need for a great vacation, from long beaches to good food. Soak up the sun, take to the water or explore the harbours full of luxury yachts. Relax in a pavement café, or enjoy a pint in a pub. Explore a little further and discover beautiful coastline, lush green countryside and rugged moorland. Try the local fish, enjoy a cream tea, and learn English on the English Riviera.

The south coast of Devon is a great place to learn English. You will use your new language skills while you discover an area that is typically English, yet feels more like the south of France. It’s a great place to study, and a great place to enjoy your vacation: the perfect location for a language holiday.

LAL Torbay is proud to be a member of English UK and Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English.

  • School Established
    1984
  • Number of Classrooms
    31
  • Centre Capacity
    750
  • Max Class Size
    15

At a glance

  • GMT/GMT +1
  • Pound Sterling (£ GBP)
  • English
  • EXT, BRS, LHR, LGW, LTN, STN

The School

  • Free wireless internet access
  • Free computer access
  • Listening Facilities
  • Bookshop
  • Library
  • Lounge Area
  • Drinks available
  • Garden
  • Wheelchair access

Courses

General and Intensive English

Develop your core English skills for everyday life with 20 or 30 lessons per week.

Business English

English lessons for your working life, with functional language based on business situations.

Private Tuition

One-to-one lessons are the perfect way to focus on your individual needs, and can also be added to any LAL course.

Teacher Training

Learn to teach English with CELTA, or develop your existing skills further with DELTA or our International Teacher Training courses.

Low Cost English

20 lessons per week, at a lower price than General English.

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Leisure

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Area and travel guide

Torbay is one of England’s most popular holiday resorts. It has everything you need for a great vacation, from long beaches to good food. Soak up the sun, explore the harbours, relax in a café, or enjoy a pint in a pub. Explore a little further and discover beautiful coastline, lush green countryside and rugged moorland. Try the local fish, enjoy a cream tea, and learn English on the English Riviera.

About Torbay

Torbay is a traditional English seaside resort, but our excellent climate, sub-tropical gardens, harbours full of luxury yachts and elegant houses overlooking the sea have given the area the nickname of ‘the English Riviera’. The three Riviera towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham surround a sun-trap bay lined with sandy beaches. Each town has its own character, and together they welcome 1.5 million visitors from all over the world every year. The Bay is surrounded by stunning countryside and is within easy reach of world-famous sights, such as Stonehenge and the Cornish coasts.

Life in Britain

Travelling should be an adventure: but it shouldn't be difficult. This section will tell you everything you need to know, from currency to when the shops will be open: and where to get the best fish and chips.

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Download our travel guide

The LAL Torbay Guide is full of useful information about living and studying in Torbay. From your first day to going home, find out about the school, life in Britain, keeping safe, where to go, what to see and how to get there!

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Keeping Safe and Sound

We want to you to enjoy your time in England, and to stay safe and healthy. Our staff are available to help you with any concerns you may have, and here is some useful advice to help keep you 'safe and sound'.

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Travel and Transport

It's easy to get around Torbay thanks to our good bus network, and we're well-connected to London and other cities too.

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Arrival and first day

LAL offers a reliable Standard Transfers service every Sunday from major airports in the UK. This service is described in detail below. Please note that Standard Transfers must be booked, with full flight details for arrival and departure as appropriate, at least three weeks before the student's arrival.

Standard Transfers

We offer reasonably priced transfers at specific times on Sundays throughout the year from Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STN), Luton (LTN), Bristol (BRS), Exeter (EXT).
 

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Meet and Greet

Our airport representatives in the Arrivals meeting hall will meet all students arriving at Heathrow. Our staff will wear red polo shirts (and red rain coats if it is wet) and carry clipboards marked with the LAL logo. 

Students arriving at other airports will either be met by our airport representatives as above, or a driver holding clipboards marked with the school's logo.

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Making your own way to LAL

If you wish to make your own way to LAL Torbay, it's easy to get here by coach or train, or by car.

National Express Coaches run direct from Heathrow to Paignton.

Fast trains run from Heathrow to Paddington and from Paddington to Paignton, and from Gatwick to Paignton with a change at Reading.

You can book through tickets from Europe to Devon via the Channel Tunnel.

Travel information

First day info

Adult students should come to LAL Torbay between 08.00 and 08.15 on their first weekday morning - usually Monday. There will be a test to check your levels and an introduction to the school, followed by a tour of the town.

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Visa information

Depending on where you were born, where you live now and which course you wish to study, you may require a visa to study with us in the UK. In general, students can study with us without a visa if they hold a passport from the EU, European Economic Area or from Switzerland.

Students from other countries may require one of five different types of visa to study with LAL in England.

Contact school

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LAL Torbay

Conway Road
Paignton
TQ4 5LH
England

Switchboard: +44 (0)1803 558555

Booking Enquiries:

Phone: +44 (0)20 8843 7300
E-mail: info@lalschools.com

Existing Bookings:

Phone: +44 (0)1803 546 394
E-mail: reservations@lalschools.com

Agent Enquiries:

Charlotte Butcher, Centre Sales Manager
Phone: + 44 (0)1803 558 675
E-mail: charlotte.butcher@lalschools.com

Emergency Contact Number:

+44 (0)1803 553 062
 

StopPress

We've been publishing our students' magazine, StopPress since 2006. You can read the latest issue, and some of the old editions, online.

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