Skip to main content

Today’s a big day for Babel Fish: we’re thrilled to share the news that a new chapter in our school’s story begins – as our purchase of one of Cornwall’s longest-standing and highly accredited language schools, Mercator, completes.

The amalgamation of our schools is both exciting and humbling.

Mercator’s Legacy

Mercator was established 34 years ago by three great friends.

Their hard work – and team work – saw them become the first EFL school in Cornwall to achieve prestigious British Council accreditation (held for an impressive sixteen years), cultivate a reputation for quality and consistency across Europe and open centres in St Austell, Camborne, Plymouth and Exeter.

We know we are not only buying a business but the result of a career of hard work and resilience –  and a testament to the lifelong friendship between Peter, Janet and Mersedeh.


We are honoured that they trust us to continue their story.

Our promise is to match their teamwork and tenacity with our team’s own.

Team Babel

And that team is growing: Dr Mersedeh Proctor will join Babel Fish as Academic Manager  – her advice and experience invaluable, as we also seek British Council accreditation.

“Our aim has always been to hand over our small but successful organization to reliable and competent people who can maintain our good work, ethics and standards,” explains Mersedeh. 

“I know they will to promote Devon and Cornwall as one of the most popular destinations for educational and cultural student travel in the UK.”

Babel Fish has always been about people above profit – we’re not looking to be the biggest school, but certainly one of the most compassionate, professional, student-centred and unique. 

We’re looking forward to meeting new agents, schools and students: learning, teaching, and growing our school’s community. We act on sustainable travel and believe in our duty to protect the ocean which gives our school and community so much.

Babel Fish Surfers on the beach

We’re excited to write Babel’s next chapter – and live up to the legacy of Mercator.

Alex Trumble

Director, teacher, surfer, food-lover, guitarist.