Our Story and History

An Introduction to the Founder

Shane Lipscombe is the Founder and CEO of The Saxoncourt Group, an umbrella organisation comprising specialised English education services companies that span the globe.

Shane spent his childhood in Kent, England before moving to New Zealand with his family at the age of 15.  Upon graduating from Auckland University with a degree in Accounting, Economics, and Company Law, Shane moved back to London to work as an Economic Forecaster.

At age 22, after moving to Japan, he started teaching English classes from his tiny Tokyo flat. It wasn’t long before the public took notice of the quality of his lessons, and Shane was able to establish his first English school in Ebisu, Japan. From this single location, Shane English Schools grew to over 200 locations in Japan. There are now several hundred more schools worldwide, and growing!

Shane enjoys music and loves traveling to rarely visited locations such as Papua New Guinea and Mongolia.  Over the last few years, he has patiently and dotingly restored Nanteos, a Gregorian mansion in Aberystwyth, Wales, into a five-star hotel. He sees this as his responsibility to do what he can in protecting British heritage for the next generation. Shane currently resides in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife, son, and daughter.


Shane English School opens in Tokyo, Japan.


Saxoncourt Teacher Training opens in London, England.


Saxoncourt Recruitment starts hiring teachers.


Shane Global Centres (now Shane UK) opens in London, England.


Shane English School opens 100th school in Japan.


Shane English School opens first school in Taipei, Taiwan.


Shane English School opens first kindergarten in Taipei, Taiwan.


Saxoncourt invests in a Shane Adult program in Poland.


Shane English School receives a coat of arms.


Saxoncourt establishes Saxoncourt Publishing.


Shane English School opens first school in Beijing, China.


Shane English School opens first school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.


Shane English School sells Shane English School Japan to Eikoh.


Shane English School opens first school in Algiers, Algeria.


Shane English School opens first schools in Pattaya and Sattahip, Thailand.


Shane Language Centres open in Indonesia.


Saxoncourt invests in Caledonian Language School


Shane English School opens first school in Ulsan, Korea.


Shane Education opens in Hong Kong and Macau.


Shane Academy opens in Azerbaijan.

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