About us

For over 70 years, we have been welcoming students into classrooms all over the world.

Message from the founders

We established Bayswater Education because we know that education and travel are life’s greatest adventures. Our mission to inspire and educate begins in our beautiful, modern classrooms and extends to communities and cultures across the globe. 

We provide a platform to effective learning through travel, accommodation, classes and activity programs and we offer structured guidance throughout your journey. We also want to extend our mission beyond our borders, so when you enrol with us we offer the same education to a disadvantaged person. 

James Herbertson and Stephan Roussounis 

Our promise

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    We are your home away from home


    A Warm Reception 


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    We are a student-powered community

    Student of the Month 

    Student Ambassadors 

    Feedback and Surveys 

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    We focus on your goals

    Meeting your needs 

    We give you the tools to succeed 

    We communicate your progress 

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    We develop global citizens


    Social Awareness 

    Initiatives and Fundraising 


Bayswater is

  • For Global Citizens

    We look beyond our borders; we embrace new cultures and are richer for it. We give access to education from the heart of London to the rest of the world. You are all welcome. 
  • For Guidance

    We take care of the little things at every step of your journey. From enrolment to graduation, we want you to know there’s always someone here to help. 
  • For Students

    Everything we do is geared toward student success and safety. We know that confidence is an essential tool in learning and are here to encourage that confidence. Our focus is on the good you are doing. 
  • For Serious Fun

    Your overall experience is important to us and we know fun is a large part of adventure. We aim to introduce you to like-minded people so that your friendships are our legacy. 
  • Business for good

    We provide the skills to change people’s lives. For every student we teach, we will teach another from a disadvantaged background. We provide classes beyond our borders and extend our commitment to education to regions where they are most needed. 



Bayswater expands to Canada by the acquisition of 2 Stafford House centres in Toronto and Calgary


Bayswater acquires Eurocentres and Language Study Centres, a leading Summer Camp provider (now called Bayswater Summer)


Bayswater Education is founded by Stephan Roussounis and James Herbertson


Bayswater Paris opens (as Eurocentres Paris)

1960 - 1999

1960: Collaboration with France, Spain, and the USA begins

1968: Eurocentres receives the "Statut Consultatif de la Catégorie 1" - advisory status in the field of language teaching and learning - from the Council of Europe

1970: Bayswater London and Brighton open (as Eurocentres)

1974: Bayswater Toronto opens (Stafford House Toronto)

1975: The number of students exceeds 20,000 per year

1978: Pioneer works on “CALL” (Computer Assisted Language Learning) and self-access learning in multi-media learning centres

1984: Introduction of Scale of Language Proficiency

1986: The first purpose-built school for teaching German opens in Cologne

1988: New centres are opened in countries outside of Europe, including the USA and Japan

1990: Eurocentres aids in the development of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and is commended by the Council of Europe Language Policy Unit for its contributions

1991: With the completion of a new purpose-built school in La Rochelle, there are now 3 year-round schools in France – Paris, Amboise, and La Rochelle

1993: The "Eurocentres Scale of Language Proficiency" is put into practice. It is followed by the development of a computerised language testing system which enables teachers to generate reliable tests according to students' individual needs

1995: The first consultancy agreements take shape in in Switzerland, Spain, and Brazil

1997: Bayswater Calgary opens (Stafford House Calgary)

1998: Bayswater Cape Town opens (as Eurocentres Cape Town)

1999: International collaboration leads to partnerships in Canada and Malta.

2007: Bayswater Cyprus opens (as English in Cyprus)

2008: Introduction of Eurocentres Success System

2013: Bayswater Liverpool opens (as The Language House)


The first Bayswater school opens in Bournemouth (as Eurocentres Bournemouth), founded by Erhard Waespi

Our team


Stephan Roussounis

Managing Director

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, a private-equity backed international education business. His role was 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.


James Herbertson


James Herbertson previously co-founded an accommodation agency, London Nest, in 2010. In the past 7 years London Nest has provided flat shares and residences to over 10,000 students. Prior to London Nest, James started and later sold language travel agency Answer English, and studied Spanish at Malaca Instituto where he formed his passion for learning languages.

James is also Secretary of charity Zimbabwe Rural Schools Development Programme (ZRSDP) that builds schools and communities in rural Zimbabwe.

ZRSDP was started in 2001 and has raised over £350,000 to build an AIDS education centre, classroom blocks, teacher’s accommodation and drill bore holes in 8 Zimbabwean schools. In 2011 James formed a relay team and together they swam the English Channel to raise funds raising more than £50,000 for a classroom block at Makowe Primary School.


Yeliz Hussein

Global Sales Director

Yeliz will lead the recruitment for Bayswater College’s Digital Marketing, Fashion and English language programmes, as well as English in Cyprus, a partner school of Bayswater.

Yeliz has been in the industry for nearly 15 years, starting in operational roles then moving into sales with LAL Language Centres in 2010, most recently as a Head of Regional Business Development.


Lucinda Hickey

Academic Director

Lucinda oversees the development and quality assurance of all English courses as well as growing the portfolio of professional courses, currently Digital Marketing and Fashion.

Lucinda has an extensive and varied career in international education, from teaching primary and secondary in Asia and Latin America to university level courses in the UK, before going into management and development. Most recently Lucinda was Academic Director for ELT at Cambridge Education Group, setting up a teacher training function at Stafford House and improving the delivery of English and language development through academic content at CATS and CSVPA colleges.


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Success stories

  • Yuki Nakamoto

    "Thanks to Eurocentres' help, I had the opportunity to work at a local primary school as a volunteer."
  • Andressa Rodriguez

    "The course material is excellent and the teachers are fabulous! I love all of them."
  • Fusako Ishikawa

    Fusako Ishikawa
    "I didn't learn only French but also learned about the French culture, way of life, food and wine."