About us

ECS Scotland is an independent British Council accredited English language training centre founded in Edinburgh in 1995 by Jane McKinlay and Ian McPhail. We have been part of the Quality English school network since 2015.

Our aim has always been to provide a relaxed and positive learning environment for adults of all ages and nationalities in which to practise and improve their English language skills. As a small, family-run school, the atmosphere is friendly and students are genuinely made to feel welcome.

Even in the era of globalisation, big companies and cheap services, ECS Scotland continues to maintain its original ethos of small group learning and reasonably priced, good quality teaching.

Our approach

Learning and teaching in the school is led by the Principal, Jane McKinlay, who has a long career in teaching English as a Foreign Language both in the UK and abroad. Jane believes that small groups are the key to learning English effectively as it provides each student in the group with ample opportunity to practice and communicate. In addition to small groups, daily practice outside the classroom is essential. Jane makes sure that coffee breaks are taken together every morning as this provides an extra opportunity to speak English with other students and teachers in an informal social environment.

Laura McKinlay arranges homestay accommodation for students as well as taking care of bookings and administration tasks alongside her sister, Flora McPhail.

The whole family believes that the Wednesday afternoon excursions, which are included in every course, are also an important opportunity to practise listening and speaking skills in a natural setting as well as visiting places of cultural interest in Edinburgh and outside the city. Many of the Wednesday afternoon excursions take place outside of Edinburgh, giving you the opportunity to see some of Scotland even if you only visit for one week.