LAL Torbay was our first language school and opened its doors in 1984. The school is in a residential area of Paignton, on the English Riviera in South Devon.
Our mission is to provide the perfect environment for our students to learn and practise English while enjoying the characteristics and culture of each country.
We understand that you may want to know more about us and what we do, so we have prepared this page to give you some further information. We would invite you to read it carefully as it may be referred to in an interview.
What we do
LAL Torbay runs English courses for students for Young Learners aged 10-17 and also for adults. We offer high quality courses that are accredited by the British Council. We also provide a compulsory leisure programme for Young Learners and optional excursions for Adults, as well as holding events such as charity fundraisers and drama productions: this is part of our core principle that our students should enjoy a full cultural experience as well as classroom time, which is why LAL stands for ‘Language And Leisure’.
As well as our English teaching programmes, we also train new EFL teachers through the Cambridge English CELTA course, and offer teacher development and the higher qualification of the Cambridge English DELTA course too.
Our school can teach up to 800 students per week, though the number of students in the school will vary throughout the year. Our busiest periods are Easter and the summer, corresponding with school holidays in the northern hemisphere, and this is when we offer most seasonal positions.
Our team of teachers are supported by the administration of the Academic Department, who devise and control the courses. Our Student Services team consists of Welfare, Accommodation and Leisure staff. Within the school premises we also have departments from the ‘head office’ team, including HR, Central Reservations, IT and Design and Communications.
Why work for us
We offer a wide range of jobs, from teaching to administration and leisure staff, and employ full-time and seasonal personnel. We have a long-held reputation as a language school that takes our work and responsibilities seriously, offering excellent courses, pastoral care and leisure programmes, with staff who are dedicated to what they do. Although our busy times can be periods of high pressure, we have a high number of returning seasonal staff, and a low turnover of permanent staff thanks to a strong team spirit and sense of responsibility.
We are a company that assists and encourages its staff with our comprehensive management team. We welcome and support newly qualified teachers but also give experienced teachers their own freedom in the classroom; and we always look for the most enthusiastic, energetic and motivated administration, activities and welfare staff.
Whether it is contributing to new text books or helping with talent shows, staff often find opportunities for using skills that they might not have expected, and we have a surprising number of staff who have completely different jobs from the ones they first started through the company’s knack of spotting talents and encouraging staff to develop them.