Who we are

s·a·e·s combines English tradition with modern teaching techniques to ensure optimal progress


s·a·e·s, Seminar for Advanced English Studies, is a study programme founded by Janet Muth-Dunford in 1973 and continuously refined ever since.

Our aim is to enable each student to strive for and achieve personal excellence. We want to develop your potential to its fullest and motivate you to engage in the learning process. Our concept is based on the individual and four decades of experience in preparing students for the Abitur.

Our Philosophy

Learning success through individual encouragement

We have an in-depth knowledge of the different curricula of the various federal states and other international institutes. We have close connections to German teachers working in various federal states.

We work in small groups with maximum five students per class. In forming the groups, we consider the language level, the requirements of the exam to be taken and the personal learning goals of each individual. We offer students tools and techniques to enable them to achieve the best they are capable of. Special attention is paid to text analysis, writing skills and oral competence.

Mocks under exam conditions and a varied and stimulating activity programme ensure that skills are practiced both inside and outside the classroom. Learning is done within an authentic cultural context, demonstrating to students the real practical value of this world language.



  • Optimal progress through individualised programme
  • Small classes (maximum 5 students per class)
  • Focus on specific curriculum requirements
  • Thorough grouping process
  • Personal tutor
  • Motivation to learn
  • Identification of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Private lessons for intensive personal support

Our Team

Our core team consists of teachers who all combine excellent academic qualifications with years of experience teaching English to the level demanded by the Abitur. Add to this a commitment to the s·a·e·s philosophy and you have a powerful mix.

Janet Muth-Dunford, founder and principal of s·a·e·s

The Muth family

Janet Muth-Dunford, the founder and principal of the school, works closely with her two daughters Daniela and Vanessa who grew up bilingually and studied at renowned Universities in the UK.


The Teachers

Our core team comprises highly qualified teachers. In addition to their excellent academic training, they have all taught English at an advanced level for many years. On top of their educational qualifications, all teachers at s·a·e·s have experience teaching English as a foreign language.

  • Janet Muth-Dunford (UK) studied in both England and Germany. The s·a·e·s learning concept has evolved as a result of 40 years of close cooperation with schools, teachers, professors and university faculties as well as from her personal experience with 3 daughters in the German school system. She now works closely with teachers and pupils alike to ensure that the highest possible standards are met and that each individual is given the personal support needed to fulfil his or her full potential.
  • Daniela Muth (UK) graduated with first class honours from Lancaster University in both Law and Philosophy. Having been involved with the school from a very young age, she can draw on years of experience in teaching international students and in preparing them for matriculation exams.
  • Vanessa Muth (UK/DE) graduated in Organisational Psychology from Lancaster University. Having worked in marketing for a number of multinational companies, she combines practical expertise in the field of international communication with years of experience teaching English to pupils from the 7th to 13th grades.
  • Michael Cokayne (UK) We consider ourselves lucky to be able to draw on the expertise of Michael who for many years ran his own successful language school before branching out into coaching business English to executives from around the globe. His breadth of experience is a real asset.
  • Chris Bosten (UK) is a highly qualified and trained English teachers who has been working with SAES for over 10 years and is part of the saes family. He works on a very individual level with every student helping them achieve their highest possible progress during their time at s·a·e·s.
  • Gina Rowland (UK) holds a DPhil from Oxford University and has travelled widely in the Middle East. She has 30 years’ experience as an English teacher and manages the IB courses and  Abiturcourses in Oxford.  What Gina loves most about SAES is the people: both as a teacher and as the person responsible for our host families she enjoys being part of a community committed to education and helping students.
  • Felix Johnson und Fabian Hoffmann Felix Johnson studied acting in New York School and is the activity leader and communication mentor at SAES. Together with Fabian Hoffmann the activity leaders are responsible for the extra curricula activities, promising true British experiences ranging from an in-depth understanding of Shakespeare theater to the passionate outbursts of English football. In his roles as a communication mentor, Felix develops communication and presentation skills, encouraging every students to grow above and beyond themselves.


Oxford & Cambridge — Studying at the world´s campus

Oxford and Cambridge are two of the world’s greatest and best-known university cities worldwide. Students from all over the world come here to study and be inspired by the renowed and highly academic environment and facilities. Two beautiful cities,cities that boast England´s most treasured history and set the standard for academic achievements now and for generations to come.

Bridge Of Sighs
The Radcliffe Camera


Oxford is known as the “city of dreaming spires”, a term coined by poet Matthew Arnold in his poem Thyrsis, referring to the harmonious architecture of Oxford’s university buildings.
The city is known worldwide as a university town and home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the country and in the English-speaking world.

Oxford is a city in central southern England. It is the county town of Oxfordshire and forms a district within the county. It has a population of 150,000.


King’s College mit Kirche, Cambridge


Cambridge is known as the home of the University of Cambridge, founded in 1209 and consistently ranked one of the top five universities in the world. The city of Cambridge is a university town and lies in East Anglia, on the River Cam, about 50 miles (80 km) north of London. It has a population of roughly 120,000 citizens (including 24,488 students).

A small university town, with quaint passages set around the historic market place and colleges. Many beautiful museums and art galleries as well as great little cafes with traditional cakes.