“Language is an equaliser… language skills are fundamental in order to contribute to host communities, while language instruction also provides a bridge between communities”

(Amin Awad, Director of the UNHCR)

 
 

We exist to see asylum seekers and refugees set free from the isolation that comes from not being able to speak the language of the culture they are in.

We believe that there is a future and a hope for them and that language plays a key role in providing them with opportunities and helping them to integrate.

Hope English School was set up in 2016 to respond to the challenges being faced by refugees, asylum seekers and the organisations who work with them. These challenges include:  Government funding cuts, long waiting lists, gender barriers and long travel distances to classes.

We help by providing ESOL services to organisations who already work with asylum seekers & refugees enabling them to give their clients the opportunity to improve their English.

Through English classes learners will gain language confidence and vital life skills. In time, learners will be able to progress to accredited classes; thereby gaining recognition for their work and evidence for future opportunities.

We seek to provide small class sizes, with qualified CELTA-trained teachers, provide childcare in the form of a safe secure crèche and when needed, women-only classes.

To read more about how we might be able to help your organisation check out the services page

Hope English School is a community interest company.

This means although we charge a minimal fee for our services, any profits made are put straight back in to initiatives which will benefit our learners and the wider community.

The School is run by a team of passionate and experienced teachers and dedicated volunteers.

Anna Bollinger  - Leadership team  Anna is a linguist and has experience teaching in a variety of contexts and countries. She is a qualified ESOL teacher with a passion for social entrepreneurship.

Anna Bollinger - Leadership team

Anna is a linguist and has experience teaching in a variety of contexts and countries. She is a qualified ESOL teacher with a passion for social entrepreneurship.

 
 
Christie Kelsey  - Fundraising Volunteer  Christie is a qualified CELTA teacher, currently studying for an MA in International Public and Political Communication and volunteering at HES on the side. She is interested in working to help refugees, and be on the other side of a teaching organisation

Christie Kelsey - Fundraising Volunteer

Christie is a qualified CELTA teacher, currently studying for an MA in International Public and Political Communication and volunteering at HES on the side. She is interested in working to help refugees, and be on the other side of a teaching organisation

 
Katy Sturdey  - Leadership Team  Katy is a qualified mainstream and ESOL teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching both in the UK and abroad. She is also an administrative ninja and keeps everything ship shaped at HES.

Katy Sturdey - Leadership Team

Katy is a qualified mainstream and ESOL teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching both in the UK and abroad. She is also an administrative ninja and keeps everything ship shaped at HES.

 
 
Lucy Morley -  Digital Marketing Volunteer  Lucy has a deep love for the transforming power of education and it’s ability to empower people to change their own circumstances. She is delighted to be able to support the staff at HES as they work with the vulnerable and marginalised to learn English and provide them with hope for their future.

Lucy Morley - Digital Marketing Volunteer

Lucy has a deep love for the transforming power of education and it’s ability to empower people to change their own circumstances. She is delighted to be able to support the staff at HES as they work with the vulnerable and marginalised to learn English and provide them with hope for their future.

Katie Pendray -  Teacher  Katie has a BA in English Language and Linguistics and qualified as an ESOL teacher in 2016. Having taught most recently in Sicily, she was forced to muddle through in Italian which made her realise just how important language learning is to fully understand the culture you're living in. She loves being involved in restoring purpose and confidence through education

Katie Pendray - Teacher

Katie has a BA in English Language and Linguistics and qualified as an ESOL teacher in 2016. Having taught most recently in Sicily, she was forced to muddle through in Italian which made her realise just how important language learning is to fully understand the culture you're living in. She loves being involved in restoring purpose and confidence through education

 
Natalia Smithson  - Teacher  Natalia is an experienced ESOL teacher. She has taught English language and literature in Russia for over 12 years and worked with students of differing backgrounds, ages and levels. She believes that learning each others languages and cultures can make our world a better place to live.

Natalia Smithson - Teacher

Natalia is an experienced ESOL teacher. She has taught English language and literature in Russia for over 12 years and worked with students of differing backgrounds, ages and levels. She believes that learning each others languages and cultures can make our world a better place to live.

Yasmin Rahman  - Fundraising Volunteer  Yasmin is currently a second year Chemistry student at the University of Sheffield. She is passionate about HES’ mission and believes that teaching English to people that have not had a chance to learn it is the first step in creating a brighter and more hopeful future.

Yasmin Rahman - Fundraising Volunteer

Yasmin is currently a second year Chemistry student at the University of Sheffield. She is passionate about HES’ mission and believes that teaching English to people that have not had a chance to learn it is the first step in creating a brighter and more hopeful future.

 
Jen Gladwell  - Advisory board  Jen was the founder of Hope English School. She is an experienced ESOL Teacher with over 10 years experience working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK. She now plays an advisory role and supports the Hope English School Leadership Team.

Jen Gladwell - Advisory board

Jen was the founder of Hope English School. She is an experienced ESOL Teacher with over 10 years experience working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the UK. She now plays an advisory role and supports the Hope English School Leadership Team.

We care about partnership 

At Hope English School we work with charities and organisations across and around Sheffield to ensure ESOL provision for those who need it most.