Over 50 years of experience in education

Bayswater Summer has been offering young, international students, summer camp experiences in the UK for over 50 years.

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A long journey to success

STS Education, a Swedish education company, started arranging group tours to the UK for Swedish youths in 1958. It expanded rapidly to become a leading operator of English language summer camps to students from across Europe.

In 1999 STS acquired Language Study Centres a specialist in residential summer camps in the UK.

Bayswater Education acquired Language Study Centres from STS Education in 2020 and rebranded to Bayswater Summer, merging with its existing summer camp portfolio in the UK and Cyprus.

Bayswater Summer is British Council accredited and hosts over 5000 students per year from over 40 countries.

  • First group tours for Swedish youth by STS Education
  • STS Education acquired Language Study Centres
  • Bayswater Education acquired Language Study Centres from STS Education

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Meet the team

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  • John Harrison

    John has been involved in the language travel industry for most of his working life. It all began when he decided it was time to leave London for the exciting buzz of Brighton and John took a role in a language school group as Regional Sales Manager. With an intensive travel itinerary John discovered how rewarding it was to meet people from different cultures around the world and to promote learning experiences for students. John’s success saw him rise to Head of Sales and he began dreaming of using his connections to form new businesses to complement the industry. In 2011 these dreams became a reality when John founded The Academy of English language school. Two years later John saw an opportunity to create year round residential centres for student groups and thus Academy Residences was formed. The Academy businesses helped thousands of students experience living and learning in the UK, something John is immensely proud of. In early 2022 John joined Bayswater to bring his breadth of knowledge and experience to the most exciting and ambitious company in the industry. John is Commercial Director for the Summer and Groups division of the company and heads a team of energetic and experienced people who continue to deliver amazing new experiences for the next generation of students.

  • Nicole Poukis

    Nicole has over 7 years' experience in the sector starting out as a teacher and then moving into operational management, using skills from her previous roles in other industries.

    Nicole uses her wide experience in Operational Management to make sure our Cyprus camp runs smoothly, giving everyone a great experience from booking to graduation.

  • Michael Duncan

    Living abroad and teaching had always been an aspiration for Mike, so soon after finishing University he studied to become a qualified English Language teacher. A few months later he found himself packing his bags for his first teaching job in Siberia, Russia. The next few years found Mike travelling the world teaching in Mexico, Italy and most importantly, a number of Summer Schools across the UK.

    The vibrant buzz of UK Summer Schools is always the environment Mike enjoyed working in the most, so upon returning to the UK in 2016 he joined the Bayswater team in London. Initially working solely on recruiting teachers, his role has expanded to include looking after the academic programme and overseeing all summer recruitment.

  • Stephan Roussounis

    Stephan has over 15 years experience in the sector, initially starting out as a English language teacher in Ecuador and Argentina, he moved on to marketing and then sales and business development roles for Malvern House, a pioneering low-cost high-volume operator in central London.

    He then moved to Cambridge Education Group, to develop a network of adult language schools under the Stafford House brand. Starting with one school in Canterbury in 2010 the business was grown organically and via 3 acquisitions to 10 schools, in 3 countries (UK, USA and Canada).

    Stephan also launched Cyprus as an English language destination in 2007, and currently is a co-director in English in Cyprus, the leading language school in Cyprus.