about us

Our Mission...

“To promote international cooperation and friendship through the study of the English language.”

Founded in 1992, Chaucer College is a British Council accredited language school with over 27 years’ experience in teaching English as a foreign language. Our purpose built study centre is located in the world renowned city of Canterbury, Kent – ‘The Garden of England’.

We offer a range of courses for both groups and individuals throughout the year, including General English (both part-time and intensive), exam preparation courses and subject specific programmes. Our popular Junior Summer Camp offers a comprehensive course alongside a packed schedule of activities. 

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Student welfare & support

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and take our responsibilities very seriously.

  • All Chaucer College staff have oversight of the safeguarding of our students
  • On-duty porter, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. We also have 24 hour monitored security camera surveillance
  • All staff & host families are enhanced police checked to ensure students safety & wellbeing at all times
  • Resident house parents are on hand overnight to assist any students & group leaders staying in our residential accommodation
  • Students are accompanied by college staff & group leaders on all excursions & during activities by a ratio of 1 to 15 students
  • Emergency phone numbers are provided to all students, group leaders & parents prior to arrival & are available to be contacted on 24 hours a day

Important Information for students

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OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Professor Mitsutoshi Horii

Acting PrincipAl

Louise Mead

HR Manager

Davie Hutton

Operations manager

Richard Venner

Academic Business manager

James Archer

Finance manager

Richard Pigott

Head of junior programmes

Dee Byatt

head of marketing

Dan Arthur

head of IT

Graham Simpson

head of Catering

Cathy Clark

head of Accommodation

Ed Bailey

head of student services

Board of Directors

Professor John Craven

Chair

I joined the University of Kent as a lecturer in Economics in 1971 after studying at Cambridge and in the USA. By the early 1990s I had become Deputy Vice-Chancellor and was closely involved in the discussions that led to the establishment of Chaucer College. I left Kent in 1996 to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, and I retired from that post in 2013.
Since my retirement I have enrolled for a PhD in the Philosophy department at King’s College London, and I am closely involved with a family support charity in Portsmouth. I try to look after half an acre of garden in West Sussex, and more recently have discovered the joys of looking after two grandchildren, who were both born last year.

Professor Mitsutoshi Horii

After studying at University of Kent for his BA and MA in Sociology, Mitsutoshi Horii obtained his PhD in Sociology also from the University of Kent in 2005. In the same year, he joined Shumei University, Japan as a lecturer, but continued living in the UK working at Chaucer College, which operates as Shumei University’s overseas campus in the UK. In 2011, he was appointed as Shumei Representative at Chaucer College. He received Professorship from Shumei University in 2018.
Mitsutoshi is also an active researcher. His recent research focuses on the function of modern Western categories, such as ‘religion’, and examines the ways in which these categories authorise and naturalise specific norms and imperatives in a variety of socio-cultural contexts, including Japan and Euro-American social theories. His forthcoming monograph is entitled as Social Theory and the Ideas of ‘Religion’ and ‘the Secular’: Postcolonial Reflections on Sociology (Paplgrave Macmillan).

Pat Todd

Born in Ramsgate and schooled in Maidstone, Pat excelled at all sports with particular success in rugby, swimming and athletics. 
Joining Kent Police in 1964 he retired after a full, interesting and varied career, in 1998.
In 1999 he was elected a Canterbury City Councillor and has been successfully returned five times. Chairing several committees over this time, he has served two terms as Lord Mayor of Canterbury (2006-7 and 2010-11) and is entering his fifth year as deputy leader of the council.
Pat says of Chaucer College, ‘I am and always have been impressed with the friendliness and hard work of all the staff at the College from top to bottom, which enables it to deliver what it does in a capable and friendly manner. There is no doubt students and visitors leave having had the best experience possible’.

Anne Moore

Anne has 15 years’ experience in international education, which includes leading the advancement and delivery of strategic and financial planning for the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education. Anne currently leads a high-performing international team of commercially focused marketing, communications and finance professionals who work alongside senior academics to co-deliver the Centre’s academic and financial strategic objectives. A key factor in the teams’ success is the identification and advancement of strategic partnerships worldwide with commercial, educational and Governmental organisations. She is happiest around horses and horticulture.

Masaaki Sekiguchi

Masaaki Sekiguchi received a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Dokkyo University and a Master’s degree in Education at International Christian University in Japan.  After a few years’ teaching at secondary school he earned a scholarship from the Rotary Foundation and studied English phonetics at Leeds University.  In October 1992 he returned home from the UK and got a teaching position at Shumei Gakuen in Saitama. Ten years later Masaaki transferred to Shumei University in Chiba, then in April 2006 he dispatched to Chaucer College with his family and his Labrador. He is now in charge of one of the five faculties of Shumei University. 

Professor Koki Kawashima

Professor Koki Kawashima studied for his BA at the University of Tokyo, and graduated from the University’s Faculty of Letters in 1985. In 1991, he was appointed as the chairman of the Shumei Foundation. Since then, he has been the chairman of Shumei Foundation all the way to the present day. He has also been the President of Shumei University since 2012

Kevin Balchin

Kevin is currently the Director of the Centre for Language and Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he’s been working since 2002. Alongside managing the Centre, he supervises PhD students and teaches on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes including the MA TESOL and BA English Language. He has also been involved in several international projects and short course programmes training and developing English language teachers. His research is based around English language teacher education, English language teaching methodology and the integration of technology into English language classes.

Chaucer College has been a member of English UK since 2015

Chaucer College is a registered exam centre for the provision of the Graded Examination in Spoken English (GESE)

Chaucer College is the official test centre in the South East for the IELTS academic examination