LILA* London school closes

17 September, 2015


UK-based language provider LILA* has announced the closure of its London school after one year, citing challenging market conditions for the decision.



The LILA* London school


LILA* Director Leanne Linacre said, “After exploring other options and after much consideration we decided to close. It was a very difficult decision. However, we couldn’t see the market changing in 2016.”

Linacre told StudyTravel Magazine that the strength of the pound was impacting across most markets to dampen enrolments at the London school, with many partner agents unable to send as many students to the capital as they had anticipated.

She added that enrolments at LILA*’s original centre in Liverpool had held their own during 2015.

LILA* London opened at a newly renovated school in the Canada Water area last year and welcomed students from South America, Europe and Asia during its first few months.

The LILA* team is working with students and agents impacted by the closure to find suitable replacement schools in London.

Director Victoria Lee said, “It’s really unfortunate we’ve had to close as the feedback we received from students was fantastic, they loved the location, facilities and staff; however, we couldn’t reach the numbers we needed to make it work.”

The original LILA* school was established in 2005 in Liverpool. Marketing Manager, Sarah Hamilton, said, “We’ll still continue to offer the same great quality service and facilities at LILA* Liverpool and focus our efforts on making sure that each student’s experience is one to be remembered. We’ll be welcoming more groups to Liverpool throughout 2016 and expanding our adult and junior group portfolio.”

LILA* Liverpool has recently added a Live In Language programme to its portfolio, offering one-to-one tuition at a teacher’s home.

Linacre said, “We have a healthy pipeline in Liverpool, and we’re using this as an opportunity to refocus and direct our efforts on ensuring an excellent experience for agents and students alike.”


Matthew Knott
News Editor



 

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