Who We Are

British Learning Academy is a spin off of Brockhurst and Marlston House Schools, a preparatory school with over a hundred years of history.

Since 2011 the company has grown fast, widening its range of courses and including innovative project-based and business-oriented programmes for individuals, groups and multinational corporate clients.


Our Team at BLA

Giancarlo Calderini

The principal of the British Learning Academy and Non-Executive Director of Brockhurst & Marlston House Schools, GC is an electronics engineer who graduated at Oxford Brooks. Of Italian and English descent he is a serial entrepreneur having being involved in a number of technology and educational companies for the past 30 years.


James Washbourne

James is our Director of Studies and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL). He has been teaching since University, where he studied and researched Education and gained his teaching qualification. He describes himself as a farmer and a teacher. Having worked with BLA since 2014, James has taught and designed a range of courses from Business English to the YEP Programme.

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Katya Parkinson

Katya started teaching English as a foreign language in 1993 when she went to China to work with students studying for degrees in business and economics. Since then has taught for language schools in Brighton and Chichester and hosted intensive homestay English courses. She currently teaches English at Chichester college and British Learning Academy.


paola genovese

Centre Manager and Designated Safeguarding Person (DSP) at BLA, Paola has been working in the Education industry since 2008. She works closely with teachers and team leaders, ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the school while taking a keen interest in the welfare of the students. Paola looks after prospective students and interacts with agencies from all over the world.


andy ayres

Andy started his career in education over ten years ago teaching English to individuals and small groups. After completing his undergraduate studies in Romance philology, he undertook a postgraduate course to become a qualified teacher. He has taught in Spain helping to create bespoke learner-centred courses, many schools across the UK and China.

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Guy Shread

Guy graduated with a First class Honours degree in Visual Theatre from the university of Liverpool and has been working as an actor and performer for many years. At BLA he is as our Head Team Leader and is in charge of organising all kind of fun activities for our students!

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Our Philosophy

Our courses create a fun, stimulating and collaborative study environment.

Interactive programmes are designed so that students can develop and practise the language and skills required to communicate effectively in a range of social and business contexts, preparing students for life and for a global career path.

Our Mission

At BLA we are committed to providing the best quality for every student – for a future without borders.


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