History of Shane English School

Shane English School is one of the largest and most respected British-owned EFL chains in the world.  A major leader in the English Education industry, Shane English has always prided itself on its commitment to innovation in education and providing the highest quality English courses to its students. With hundreds of locations worldwide, it’s not difficult to see why Shane English has had more than a 40 years of success.

Starting out teaching English classes at his kitchen table in Japan in 1977, Shane Lipscombe, the founder of Shane English School, built his company from modest beginnings. It wasn’t long before people noticed the quality of his lessons, so Shane established his first school two years later in Ebisu, Japan. This one school expanded to include over 200 locations in Japan alone.

Obviously, this sort of growth required more teachers, so in 1989, Saxoncourt Recruiting was established to train and recruit the highest quality English teachers. For a brief overview on teacher training and recruitment, please visit our Teacher Training & Recruitment page.

With a successful English school chain in Japan, Shane English Schools decided it was time to establish a study abroad program.  In July of 1992, the first summer camp, sponsored by the newly established Shane English School (also known as Shane UK) on South Molton Street in London’s West End, was held.

The 1990s were an exciting decade as Shane English School also expanded into Taiwan and China and received a Coat of Arms from the ‘Heraldic Household of the Queen’ for its contribution to the English language – the first time an English school had received such an honour.

After the millennium, Shane English School established schools in Poland, Vietnam, Algeria, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, and Portugal.  With more locations established each year, Shane English School continues to prove itself to be the premier English language school in the EFL market.

Today, Shane English School prides itself on its excellence in course and curriculum development, teacher training, a professional approach and the care and support it provides its students.  Shane English Schools employs compassionate educators and committed staff members that are passionate about education.

An Education Franchise with a Coat of Arms

In recognition of the Saxoncourt Group’s contribution to global English education, in 1998 Shane English became the proud recipient of their very own Coat of Arms. This prestigious award has endowed Shane English with tremendous honour and has further strengthened their dedication to excellence.

The Meaning Behind Shane English School’s Coat of Arms

  • The shield represents linguistic accomplishment.
  • The three Saxon crowns represent quality.
  • The birds are nightingales, which represent the peaceful joining of nations.
  • The trees are taken from the Lipscombe crest and symbolize the tree of knowledge.
  • Red and white are the colours of St. George, Patron Saint of England.
  • The Latin motto: Vox Anglica Vincit Omnia – The English Language Wins Over All.


Shane English School Map - School Locations


Get in touch about opportunities

Get in touch with our international franchising team and get started with Shane English School.