Brighton and Hove News » Brighton language school closes, blaming changes in demand for international students

A long-standing language school in Brighton has announced it will close at the end of the school year.

Bellerbys College, which teaches 800 international students at its Billinton Way boarding school, posted the announcement on its website.

He said the “difficult but necessary decision” was made “due to changing demand for international students”.

The college, which was founded in Hove in 1959 and bought by a group of businessmen in 1991, follows other language schools in Brighton which have closed since Brexit and then Covid reduced the request.

In the statement, Bellerby’s said: “Although this chapter is coming to an end, we are deeply proud of the three decades of achievement of the students of Bellerbys College who have come to us from all over the world and who have often formed lifelong friendships while while continuing their studies. Goals.

“We are also truly grateful for the positive impact our teachers and support staff at Bellerbys College have had on the education, careers and lives of thousands of young people, and we are committed to supporting current students and the staff involved to the best of our ability. over the next few months.

“We would like to take this opportunity to assure you that this news does not affect our commitment to continue to help our students achieve their education goals in the UK.

“Our team will continue to help them complete their programs at Bellerbys College, or help them transition to an alternative route or provider of their choice. »

As of 2020 Regent Brighton and Sprachcaffe Hove have both closed and other language schools have moved out of town or online.

Bellerby’s was originally a branch of Davies College, founded in London in 1927. It was initially based in Cromwell Road and mainly offered A-level remedial courses to UK students.

It began recruiting international students in 1980 when Robin Bellerby became principal. It was later renamed in his honor.

In 1991 it was bought by a group of British businessmen and in 1994 it became part of The Study Group, which still owns it today.

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