Why Choose Southbourne School of English?

We make learning English fun. We’re based in Bournemouth by the sea, one of the UK’s most popular locations for international students.

Thousands of students of all ages have passed through our doors since 1966. Many of our students make friends for life.

We run English courses in well-equipped classrooms, all with the latest interactive whiteboards. As well as excellent teaching, our students benefit from trips to famous British landmarks.

All year around, students study and socialise with us. But best of all, we enjoy the experience together.

Study with us

We’ll give you quality education, a fun programme and an experience that you’ll never forget.

Socialise with people from all around the world

Everything has more value when you share it with friends.

Enjoy living in Bournemouth

Only minutes away from the beach and near some of Britain’s most famous sights.


  • I’ve been coming here since I was ten and I think that this is one of the best school to have fun and learn English. Teachers are very friendly, help you in everything you need and once a week they could give you a questionnaire to know if you are happy or not. The leader activities always tell you the best place to visit, the bus driver is so funny and he is always talking to you. Personally my teacher Jane is very friendly and funny. She ask us every day how we are and in class she do very interesting activities to learn better and faster. Needless to say the reception, accommodation office and academic office have the best people I’ve ever meet. They always ask if you need something, help you when you need and the most important for me is they always do it with a smile.

    Rocio / Spain /

  • The atmosphere at school was great. The sea, a nice city, parties and a lot of pubs. All I could wish and more! I had a lot of fun during the lessons and highly improved my English. Especially my spoken English became very good. You can’t study there without having a great time and a lot of new friends. These four weeks I spent there were kind of the best four weeks I ever had. The family was really kind and helped whenever I had a problem. Actually I didn’t suppose English dishes to be yummy, but theirs were really great! Whenever there was an excursion, I took the opportunity to attend. I loved them, as they were funny and educative at the same time. I really like you guys! I hope I’ll be able to come back.

    Lukas Braumiller / German /

  • I'd like to thank everybody for giving me the opportunity of studying here, meeting people, improving my English and so on. I managed to become very gregarious, and became friends with almost every student, with the teachers, the people in reception and the office. Thanks to the school and the people in it. I could say I found myself, because before coming here I was very shy, now I'm not afraid of meeting new people, and I can't still believe that 4 years ago I was in elementary and now I'm in advanced which is the highest level, I could say "I started from the bottom, now I'm here". One of the things that I like about the school; the teachers, the teachers are friendly, they’ll always try to do their best to teach you and to help you with whatever you need, sometimes they become more friends rather than teachers. The hardest part of being here for too long, is that I have to say goodbye to a lot of people that I love. In resume, the school teach you not just grammar or listening or writing, they also teach you how to get along with people, so they help you spiritually, they help you to improve yourself rather than just learn one language. I wish I could stay here more, because the school has become my home, and I owe everything to the school, the teachers and my friends, because of them, I can say that finally I found myself and the reason for why I’m here in this world. Thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime, now I'm looking forward to go back home, go to university and then come back to Bournemouth because now I'm in love with this city.
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    Santiago / Colombia /

  • The Southbourne School of English is very good! The school is located in a quiet area of Southbourne, near Bournemouth center and near the sea. The courses are very interesting and the time passes very fast! All the teachers are very nice and pleasant. They help to improve our English using different activities and exercises. There are a lot of people from other countries, with different cultures and different habits. Every weekend the school organises excursions to nice places in England with the teacher Neil! The receptionist helps the students for anything! For any question! The time that I spent  in this school was fantastic!
  • The school is very well equipped with a good environment. Great place, quiet, well organised with marvellous people who are very efficient. Studying at Southbourne school has been awesome, because this is my first time abroad to study. The school activities were an amazing experience with a lot of short trips. My accommodation was fantastic – great family and a comfortable home.

    Xavier / Spain /

  • I am so over the moon that several months ago I made up my mind to come to this school. Now I am sure that I’ll go back home with not only a luggage full of new clothes and postcards but also a wealth of useful English knowledge. I like my teacher (Jane) very much, the atmosphere in class was very easy and friendly. The classes are interesting and broaden your mind and prepare you to face challenges while doing very difficult but useful exercises on grammar, enjoyable conversations and help improve your speaking. I appreciate every minute I spend here and with local people, I enjoy their politeness, patience and friendliness. In addition, I can’t help admiring the views and landscape of this city. This trip (of only 2 weeks) makes me feel like coming back here again one day. Despite the fact that I have an advanced level, I am absolutely sure there are plenty of things and useful tips that I can learn in the future. I wish teachers in Southbourne school could share some experiences with the teachers of my country. I am very happy to be a part of this school.

    Anastasiya / Uzbekistan /

  • Firstly, about the school – I am delighted with the dynamic of the classes. We have trained every day all the skills but focussing on the parts the we need support with. The school facilities are quite modern and that is very helpful in the development of our skills. I would like to thank my teachers: Trish, Michael, Jane and Pauline. They are all marvellous teachers and I appreciate their utter dedication to their students. Secondly, I want remark that my host family was superb! They provided me with everything I needed and really made me feel like I was at my own home. Finally, I strongly recommend to everybody who wants to have a great experience while learning English to come to Southbourne School of English. I would like to come back if I have the opportunity.
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    Alvaro / Spain /

  • I am very happy with the school, teachers, facilities and all the staff. Many different activities for students to enjoy and my host family were perfect. I would recommend your school in Mallorca.
  • My trip was so amazing. I am on cloud nine! I had been dreaming about this trip all my life. My host family was friendly, easy-going, and sociable. I’ve spoken to them as much as possible. This trip left an unforgettable impression on me. I’m looking forward to coming back.
  • I was one of the students who was anxious about the home stay accommodation, but my host family was very kind to me. During my stay, I think that living with British people is a good way to improving English and learning about the country’s culture. I think I chose the best school!


  • The school is located in a beautiful part of the country and provides good facilities in a secure setting. My students particularly liked the lessons and the teachers who helped them increase their confidence when communicating in English. The host families were friendly and welcoming. The office staff was helpful and supportive…. We can’t wait to be back next year!
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    Cristina / Italy /

  • I want to say thank you very much for being such a nice school for my young children. They liked everything and were happy to tell their parents about it. The teachers were the best, the host families also the best, activity staff was very helpful and patient with my children. Furthermore, your school staff is very well qualified and it is a pleasure to deal with such people as Sally(she personally did a great job), Sonia and others. Gulfara, The GL kept me informed every other week what they had done and when I used to come to the school on Tuesdays I saw the children were busy which is very important. So, I am very thankful to you and to the staff. Hope next year we can have more children. All the best

    Tatyana / Georgia /

  • "My favourite thing about the school is that people are respectful, helpful and kind. The area is peaceful and everybody in the neighbourhood is ready to help and guide you. The students liked their intensive course and their teachers were very kind to them. As for the social activity, everything was new and interesting for us. We went to a lot of beautiful places and the students enjoyed themselves. The host families liked cooking and trying out dishes from all over the world. Amazing staff at the reception!! Thanks for everything!"
  • The School is excellent! We have been coming to Southbourne School of English in Bournemouth for the last 10 years. The location is very good, the courses are great and the staff are very kind.

    Maggie / Italy /

  • Studying at Southbourne School of English was an enriching experience for our students. Some of our pupils have already been here three times and they still want to come back.

    Joan Nicvas & Carme Cugat / Spain /

  • Excellent location, next to all the essential services. The teachers were very considerate, the courses were very motivational to the students at all times. The accommodation was comfortable, host families were very hospitable and provided a good stay for the students. The social programme / activities provided by the school for the students, suggested things to do in the city and helped to arrange extra trips and activities with pleasure. Reception staff were really solicitous by helping us with everything we needed.

    Jessica / Brazil /

  • The courses are great! The academic team are well aware of students’ abilities and make sure they are in the right class at all times. We feel comfortable in the area and prefer this location to the centre of town. I have been staying with the same host family for the last 10 years. I feel like they are my family.
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    Graciela / Argentina /

  • Over the last twenty years, the school has improved lots of ways: in the comfort for students, technology, teaching methods, the quality of the host families and activities. The school sits in a quiet neighbourhood close to the high street where students can find everything they need. It’s also in a perfect environment surrounded by cliffs, beaches and parks.
  • It was nice to see the new expansion to the school's cafeteria and office. I am very pleased with the efforts of the school in constantly improving its facilities and providing a good educational environment which is fun for the students to learn and develop themselves. The course is good and the students are happy and enjoy their classes, the host families are kind and caring, the social programme is well organized and all the school staff are very helpful and accommodating. I would like to show our appreciation to the school and say well done!

    Onwadee / Thailand /

  • We like the way the school puts the students in the correct level after taking a test on the first day. We are really pleased with this and think it is the best way. The classrooms are very nice and modern. The school location is excellent and very close to the students host families. It's a great experience for the students to meet people from all over the world and to become more internationally aware. The host families are very nice and look after the students. The activities are very enjoyable because every day the students have many things to do. All the staff are very kind and are always taking care of us if there is a problem or we need anything they are there to help.

    Julia & Borja / Spain /


  • I started working at SSE 3 years ago, and I’m still here! I love teaching international students; they are so friendly, interesting and polite. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family and going to the occasional rock concert!
  • I have been working at Southbourne School of English for 2 years. I am a keen swimmer and cyclist and when I am not in the pool you will find me in a studio or ballroom.
  • I have been teaching English for over 16 years but only joined Southbourne School in 2012. I really enjoy my job because whilst I am teaching, I am also learning about the country of my students.

    Pauline / Teacher /

  • I have worked at Southbourne School of English since 2008, firstly as a Summer Activity Leader and now as a teacher. The best thing about my job is meeting so many interesting people from different countries and cultures.
  • I have worked as an English teacher for nearly 20 years. I enjoy working at Southbourne School as the atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly.
  • I came to SSE ten years ago. I really enjoy teaching here as it’s very friendly and meeting people from all over the world is so interesting.
  • I joined the teaching staff at SSE in 1996, having previously taught in France and in other schools in Bournemouth. This is a great place to work.
  • I have been working at Southbourne School of English for over ten years and enjoy the hustle and bustle of life with students from overseas.
  • I first came to Southbourne School of English nearly 30 years ago. I enjoy working with my colleagues and there has always been a great atmosphere in the school.
  • I’ve been working at the school now for about 25 years. I like working here because of the friendly, family atmosphere.