What Our Students Say

Students come to the Mary Ward Centre for all sorts of reasons – to gain a qualification, to improve employment prospects, to enhance their knowledge of a subject that they have had an interest in for a long time, to make friends or to enjoy the pleasure of learning something completely new in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere.

Students come from all over London from many different backgrounds and of all ages. Often people hear about the Centre through word of mouth, meaning we have an extended community of students, family and friends and ex-students, which is reflective of our supportive atmosphere and excellent teaching.

In this short film some of our students speaking about their experience at Mary Ward Centre.

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When I found out how reasonable the course prices were I stopped fretting about retirement

Suraiya
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I started a course in ethics and philosophy, purely out of curiosity and interest. I loved it so much that I went on to do Advanced European Philosophy. Now I teach philosophy here!

Dike
Sonja

The singing class I took was for people who thought they couldn’t sing. I was really nervous at first but the teacher was supportive and inspiring so by the end of the class we’d all lost our inhibitions!

Sonja
Momotaz

When I first arrived in the UK I spoke little English. I felt extremely shy and could barely talk to anyone. Through taking ESOL classes at the Mary Ward Centre I began to communicate and express myself more confidently. I am proud to say that I am now a teacher in the community!

Momotaz
mo

I have taken a lot of courses at the Mary Ward Centre, including Pilates, Yoga and Dance. They have all improved my wellbeing and the staff and tutors are supportive, helpful and humorous.

Mo
john

I’d recommend the Mary Ward Centre because it's very accessible and open and it's filled with really interesting people.

John
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Thanks to taking part in Mary Ward Centre productions, I had the chance to perform at the ICA and the Edinburgh festival!

Cathy
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The tutors give just the right level of criticism and it's always constructive, I'm allowed to make my own mistakes and learn from them.

Patsy
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I have a fantastic native teacher, she really inspires me. Studying French here has hugely broadened my vocabulary and my grammar. I now feel confident enough to have long detailed conversations when I am on holiday.

John
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Now I'm at university I realise how beneficial my learning at Mary Ward Centre has been, my transition has been really easy.

Justine
julia

The teachers, staff and students here have a massive amount of enthusiasm. I've definitely gained more confidence since starting to study here. I couldn't sing its praises more highly!

Julia
karen

There are such a huge number of courses on offer, I can always find something to fit in with my busy schedule.

Karen
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I feel much happier and more energetic since I started classes at the Mary Ward Centre.

Nila
mo

The Mary Ward Centre has nourished my mind and my thirst for knowledge, and has helped me grow and change.

Mo
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The Mary Ward Centre's Widening Participation work has helped me find a place in my community and make friends

Mandy

The Mary Ward Centre has allowed me to let go of creative restraints, it's given me confidence and I've learnt a lot of new techniques. Now I can really draw from my heart!

Deborah
Nasreen

The exceptional standards of teaching and support on the Child Care course have enabled me to work towards becoming a qualified Early Years teacher. The teacher has been an inspiration to me.

Nasreen