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  • Paul Ellis

    Dr. Paul Ellis is Head of School at EF Academy Oxford. Previously, he was Deputy Head at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, UK (which he led to authorization as an IB World School), and Head of Department at University College School, London. He was educated at University College London (UCL). He has written for a variety of publications, been a recipient of Arts and Humanities Research Council funding, and a Schoolteacher Fellow at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

    Head of School EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Jason Bushell

    Jason’s 20+ years in education have taken him to Spain, Peru, Isle of Man and the US. Teaching English figured largely in his early career but it has been History, IB Diploma above all, that has taken center-stage since the mid-'90s. Joining EF Academy in 2015, following two years with an anti-slavery NGO, his aim is to inspire and empower students to see farther and reach higher, ultimately to discover and unlock their potential to leverage their lives for good.

    History Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Emma Clarke

    Emma is from Oxford and joined EF Academy in August 2011 after teaching at EF International Language Schools. Previous to this she was a teacher and Director of Studies with EF in Indonesia. Emma became a House Parent in September 2012 and finds living and working with teenagers a challenging, but also an incredibly rewarding experience.

    ESL Teacher & Head of ESL & House Parent EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Morag Clarke

    Morag earned an Honors degree in Agriculture at the University of London. Following this she completed further studies in hotel management and worked in the Health Service and various colleges both at home and in Saudi Arabia. She retrained as a teacher, through the Open University, and has taught Biology in the UK.

    Environmental Systems and Societies Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Barbara Garde

    Barbara was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where she taught for 17 years, the last 11 at an independent school in Harare where she was also the Head of Department. She followed the Cambridge International Examinations syllabus which is similar to the current A-level program taught at EF Academy.

    Head of Math Department & Math Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Emma Gernez

    After a Master’s degree in French literature completed in Paris, Emma came to Oxford in order to learn English and promptly fell in love with the town, the region, the language and the people. She has been teaching French in Oxford for 12 years in various international schools and gained a PGCE before joining EF Academy in 2014.

    French Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Grahame Hale

    Grahame has been teaching Mathematics at EF Academy, Oxford for the last three years. He holds a Master's degree in Mathematics from Durham University and a teaching qualification from the University of Leeds. Prior to joining EF Academy, he taught in state schools in the UK and also spent some time working in the Actuarial Profession.

    Math Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Martin Horsfall

    Martin was born in Yorkshire and he joined EF Academy Oxford in 2011. He teaches Economics and Business on the A-level and IB programs. He also runs a music club at the school and plays a range of brass instruments. He started his working life as a textile technologist before entering teacher training in 1989.

    Economics & Business Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Monica Islam

    Monica gained a degree in Biochemistry and Neuroscience from Imperial College London. After working in Banking for three years she completed a PGCE at Oxford University. She has been teaching for twenty years in Oxfordshire, having had a variety of roles including Head of Sixth Form before joining EF Academy in January 2012 as A-level coordinator.

    Deputy Head Academic & IB Coordinator EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Tim Lewis

    Tim has taught science in the UK, Bahrain, Portugal and Japan. He studied chemistry at Cardiff University and did his PGCE at Bristol University. He started teaching IB Chemistry and has mainly taught IB Chemistry and ToK since. His teaching experience in Europe, the Middle East and Asia has prepared him well for working at EF Academy.

    Head of Science & TOK Coordinator & Chemistry Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Michael Liggins

    Michael has worked in the education sector for over twenty years in a range of roles including teaching, management and consultancy. He has taught his subjects in further and higher education and has a wealth of experience that he brings to EF Academy. A specialist in Economics and Business teaching, Michael is a graduate of Oxford University.

    Head of Humanities EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Lubow Dabrowska-Szpakowicz

    Lubow Dabrowska-Szpakowicz, Head of ESL at EF Academy Oxford, graduated from Brest State University with a Master’s degree in Education. She has extensive experience as a language instructor and has taught English, Russian and World Literature in addition to working as a translator and interpreter in Poland and the UK and as the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at Printing Technical College in Warsaw.

    Head of ESL EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Ray Mavenga

    Ray holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters in Psychology and a degree in History from the University of Zimbabwe. He has taught at all levels of high school and has worked as Head of Department, Senior Teacher and Deputy Head. He has now over 10 years working as an A level Psychology teacher in the UK.

    Psychology Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Antonia Melvin

    Antonia loves teaching international students and especially on the IB program because it encourages students’ creative and critical thinking and their sense of self determination in their learning. This is especially due to CAS, extended essay and ToK, the ‘core’. TOK has become her specialism throughout the last twelve years of her IB teaching.

    English Teacher & TOK Coordinator EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Diana McClurg

    Diane is a first class graduate in History from the University of Stirling, Scotland. She has taught Modern European History at both Stirling and Leeds universities before moving to Oxford to teach English as a second language. She joined EF Academy as a house parent and member of the teaching staff in September 2012.

    ESL & History Teacher & House Parent EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Nicholas Moulder

    Nick graduated from University of Bath in Chemical Engineering. His first career was in the international Chemical industry in a range of roles from process optimization to corporate planning. Nick trained to be a teacher at Southampton University in 2003. Since then, he has developed broad experiences in state, independent and 6th form colleges specializing in Physics and Chemistry to A level.

    Physics Teacher EF Academy Oxford

  • Rob Murphy

    Robert teaches Philosophy to A Levels and IB students as well as being the Coordinator for students on the IB program. After studying philosophy at Middlesex University, he worked in the information and communication technology industry before training to become a teacher. He has now worked in education for the last seven years.

    Philosophy Teacher & Head of IT EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Jonathan Newell

    Jonathan has wide-ranging educational experience, living and working in the UK, Norway, Egypt and Austria. He has worked in Higher Education at Trinity College of Music, London, and was Director of College Music and Tutor at Brasenose College, Oxford University. Jonathan has been a member of the IB’s Diploma Examining Board, and the Chief Examiner for Music for the IB Diploma Program, and regularly leads teacher-training workshops for the IB around the world in Music and Extended Essays. He is an IBDP schools exams inspector, facilitator and developer for online workshops in both DP Music and the Extended Essay. He holds a Master's degree in Choral Education from the University of Surrey, England, is an Honorary Fellow of the Cambridge Society of Musicians, awarded for distinguished services to music and music education in the UK, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

    EE Coordinator EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Philip Randall

    Philip is a fully qualified teacher with a Combined Honors Degree in English and History and a PGCE. He was an Independent Boarding and Day Housemaster for 18 years and he has also hosted international students from Language Schools in Oxford for years. He enjoys the role of Guidance Counselor at EF Academy Oxford.

    Guidance Counselor EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Richard Pugsley

    Richard is a Mathematics graduate from Cardiff and Bristol universities who has over 15 years experience in the IT industry. He decided to change to a career in teaching in 2008 and has been enjoying teaching international students ever since completing his PGCE with the Oxford University.

    Math Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Michel Santana Rivero

    Michel Santana Rivero has a Cuban-German background and studied German and English philology with a teaching training option at University of Havana, Cuba. In 2009, he relocated to Germany where he took up the complementary studies of German, Spanish and English for the teaching profession in high schools at Goethe University Frankfurt. Because of his extensive knowledge of the German culture, literature, history and his teaching experience, Michel was selected to work at St. Edward’s, Oxford, as the German Assistant in 2014. He was responsible for the preparation of the students for A-Level, IB and IGCSE exams there and gave literature lessons for native speakers. Michel joined EF Academy Oxford in January 2015.

    Spanish Literature A IB, German Literature A IB & House Parent EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • John Shepherd

    John is a teacher of Mathematics and Assessment Coordinator at EF Academy Oxford. Through his teaching he encourages students to appreciate the logic and applications of Mathematics. He completed his PGCE course at the University of Manchester.

    Math Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Helen Story

    Helen holds a degree in economics and industrial relations and a PG Diploma in European economics and politics. She has spent the majority of her teaching career in state schools where she has been Head of Department and Senior Teacher. Before deciding to take up teaching, she worked in central London in the advertising and travel industries.

    Economics Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Magdalena Terzyk

    Magdalena has been with EF Academy as a School Administrator. She holds a degree in English and Media from Leeds Trinity University. During her study she has been working as a student mentor in a hall for International Students. This has provided her with considerable experience working with students in an international environment.

    School Administrator EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Cy Webber

    Having completed a PGCE in Economics and Business Education at Warwick University, Cy taught both subjects at a UK state school near Cambridge for two years. He worked in Italia for a few years which is where he found is passion for university guidance and helping students make subject choices began.

    Guidance Counselor & Business Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Joan Wilisoni

    Joan has been involved in International Education and IB program for over 25 years. Joan has been an IB coordinator, teacher and examiner, and has also been a member of the Diploma five-year review committee for the Asia Pacific region. Her current role at the school involves overseeing the nonacademic life of our students.

    Deputy Headteacher Pastoral & IB Biology Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Jonathan Whitlow

    With 36 years’ experience, Jonathan previously worked in schools and colleges in the North West England, as the Head of Biology at four establishments. He holds 3 Degrees in different aspects of Biology, a BA in Classics and Post Graduate Teaching qualifications.

    Biology Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • David Zakarian

    David teaches Russian Literature at EF Academy. He holds a Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Culture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master of Studies in Classical Armenian Studies from the University of Oxford. He is currently finishing his PhD research in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford.

    Russian Teacher EF Academy Oxford Campus

  • Mark Zumbuhl

    Mark was an undergraduate at Cambridge University and did an MPhil and PhD at Glasgow. He has worked mainly in Higher Education, including teaching and research fellowships. Mark worked for 3 years in undergraduate admissions at Oxford University and has wide experience of the university admissions process.

    University Guidance Counsellor EF Academy Oxford Campus

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EF Academy Oxford


EF Academy Oxford is a 20-minute walk from Oxford’s city center. Based in a restored, centuries-old mansion known as Cotuit Hall, and making full use of the excellent educational and leisure amenities offered at the adjoining EF International Language Centers campus, our school features traditional buildings along with modern multimedia classrooms, language and science laboratories, and several inviting student lounge areas.

Pullens Lane Headington
Oxford OX3 0DT
Only ten minutes from the city center by bike or bus.

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Living with a local host family allows you to immerse yourself in British culture. These hosts have been carefully selected by EF Academy based on their experience hosting international students and for their kind and welcoming attitude.

In a host family arrangement, students will observe and take part in customs that may be different from those they are used to at home, enhancing their global perspective and introducing them to new traditions, foods and local culture. Students will thrive in a supportive and comfortable environment with a family routine.

Students are provided with all the same necessities as they would in a residence and all of their meals are served by the host family, except the weekday lunches that are served at school.

At Cotuit Hall, students aged 16 to 19 can live in twin, triple or quadruple rooms. The residence is a three-minute walk from the school and hosts male and female students in separate dormitories. Students have access to a student lounge, quiet study areas, and mini shared kitchens that are equipped with cupboard space, microwaves, kettles and refrigerators. These kitchenettes give students the option of preparing snacks outside of regular meal times. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the cafeteria, which is just a short walk away. Wi-Fi is available, free of charge, throughout the residence as well as on campus.

EF Academy Oxford encourages students to use English as their primary form of communication - this is why they are paired with roommates from different countries. Bedrooms are equipped with desks for each occupant so students can also study in their rooms. Students are welcome to decorate their living spaces with flags, pictures or posters that reflect their interests and styles and remind them of their home countries. Cotuit Hall’s student lounge is a great place for students to relax a snooker table, tennis table and football table are available for entertainment during study breaks.

An accommodations manager and live-in house parents oversee the well-being, whereabouts, and safety of the students. They ensure the highest standard of nurturing, social education and parenting.