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50 Year Anniversary of the School

Southbourne School of English is proud to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. This is a wonderful milestone to have achieved.

The school has gone from strength to strength and is still run by the Gallina family 50 years on. Over the years we have heavily invested in all areas of the school to make it a great place to study and to keep at the forefront of EFL learning.

We have come a long way from this,

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To this,


We now have top of the range interactive whiteboards in all of our 23 classrooms. These help our students have a modern and current learning platform that they are familiar with.

Although the look of the school has changed our ethics, vision and goals have remained the same. We are passionate about offering our students a first class education in a fun, caring and welcoming family environment.

With a wide range of courses available for adults, juniors, 50+, examinations, closed group courses and many more, there is sure to be a course to suit your needs.

The location of the school is wonderful and similar to when we first opened in 1966. It is still a lovely residential area. All families are within easy walking distance of the school and the beach is only a short walk away.

With a vision that exceeds many other schools, we try to lead EFL into the future.

Thank you for being a part of our rich history and celebrating how far we have come and being part of what lies ahead.


Top 10 Places to Visit in Dorset

Here are the Top 10 places we recommend visiting when you come to Dorset!

1. Monkey Worldmonkey world

Monkey World is a chimpanzee rescue centre based in Wareham, which rescue and rehabilitate primates worldwide. You can visit Monkey World and see monkeys and apes of over 20 different species that are kept in safe and naturalistic environments. You can either walk freely around the site and observe, or take a tour where you will be able to listen to the Primate Care Staff talk about man’s closest living relative. There are also cafes dotted around the site that serve hot and cold drinks/food.


2. The Tank Mtankuseum

The Tank Museum showcases tanks from across the ages, from 1915 to the present day. When visiting the museum you will be guided by accounts from veterans that used these impressive vehicles at the battlefronts. Go back in time and gain an understanding of the history of tanks from across the World Wars.

3. New Forest National Parknew forest pon

The New Forest is an incredibly beautiful national park that lies within the county of Hampshire and is a collection of open heathlands and ancient woodlands that stretches 150 square miles. The New Forest is a perfect place to visit to explore, go on long walks, see wildlife and have picnics. This area used to be a royal hunting ground for King William I and his noblemen, in the 12th Century AD and therefore holds much history to it.

4. Durdle Door

The incredible Durdle Door is a perfect example of the power and beauty of nature – presenting an arch and beach so serene and well-crafted that it feels surreal when you see it. The shingle beach is accessible via a path and steps from the car park and provides a beautiful picture opportunity through the door in the cliff to the sea’s horizon.

5. Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island provides a great opportunity to observe diverse habitats and wildlife, which includes the rare and highly endangered red squirrel, as well as a small population of peacocks. You can access Brownsea Island via a public ferry or private boat for a price that is worth every penny. Take a picnic, relax, watch the wildlife and enjoy the views that it has to offer.

Durdle_Door_Overview6. Jurassic Coast

95 miles of coastline, 185 million years of history. The Jurassic Coast consists of fantastic beaches, cliffs and landslides, of all which contain rocks and fossils from millions of years in the past. Exploring the coast is awe-inspiring, this area reveals the records for millions of years of our Earth, giving an understanding of the beautiful natural history of the formation of these rocks. This is the reason Dorset and the East Devon coast was designated as England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001.

7. Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head is a natural reserve that offers numerous areas of exploration, including various outdoor activities, wildlife, geology and a hugely interesting history. It is suitable for anyone, with a land train available for access to Mudeford Sand spit with scenic views and a café if you want a tea or coffee. For the more adventurous, you can take an educational tour or see the spectacular views from the top of Warren Hill.

8. Moors Valley Country Parkmoors valley 3

A 1000-acre country park and forest that has activities for everyone. With an Adventure Play Trail, Tree Top trail, a steam railway, golf centre, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Forest Segway’s, restaurant and gift shop. This country park is a beautiful place to visit for a day out and walk.

9. Bournemouth International Centre

The Bournemouth International Centre is a great venue for a whole host of events – from music gigs, comedy shows, broadways and musicals, the BIC has it all! See all the events they have on and buy tickets online on their website.

sandbanks beach10. Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks Beach is arguably one of the best beaches in the UK, holding European Blue Flag status for a record 20 years, it presents a beautiful golden beach and was the only beach to be awarded 100% by the Tidy Britain Group. Along the beach there are various café’s, ice cream kiosks and even a mini golf course. This beach is a definite must-see as it also holds a record for the 4th most expensive place to live per square metre in the world – along the peninsula are some of the finest and upmarket properties that the world has to offer.


FREE English Course Competition – Win 2 weeks English tuition!

We thought what better way to start the summer than to give someone the opportunity to win 2 FREE week’s tuition to learn English in the UK! If you’re coming to learn for fun or if learning English is important to your studies, enter our competition and see if YOU are our lucky winner!

To be in with a chance of winning our English Course Competition for 2 weeks English tuition at Southbourne School of English visit our Facebook page!

There you will find our competition post! Like, Tag and Share with friends to win lessons to learn English in the UK!

Our Facebook page URL –

Good luck!

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10 Reasons Why Learning English in the UK is Great!

The reasons behind people learning English can vary from person to person, however, doing it in the UK can be the best way to do it! Here are a list of reasons why learning English in the UK is fun and effective:

  1. You learn about the culture, not just the language! We pride ourselves on a totally English experience here in Southbourne, therefore excursions to traditional cities and nearby towns provide exactly that!
  2. We offer education to a huge age range! – from next year we’ll be offering our courses to 9 year old individuals and above (currently ages 9 and 10 have to be in a group). This means we offer a great variety of courses for all!
  3. Accents and regional words – when you’re in England you don’t just learn the national words, you also learn fun idioms and phrases from the region you’re studying that extends your knowledge of English even further!
  4. Knowledge is power – when you learn English you open up doors for yourself for further education and career paths that may need an English qualification!
  5. Quality assured – accreditations assure that you will receive the best education on offer in England. Here at Southbourne School of English, we are accredited by the highly credible likes of English UK, British Council, Quality English and many more!
  6. Meet new people from all over the world! – coming to England is a great opportunity to meet lifelong friends and create incredible memories to take home.
  7. Education = Holiday – not only is coming to England to study an effective way to learn the language, but it’s also a vacation too! You can sightsee in places like London, Bath and Oxford – as well as going on fun excursions to waterparks, rollercoaster parks and many more!
  8. Goldilocks courses! – we offer numerous different courses, this means that you can find the best course to suit you!
  9. Hear it, speak it, read it, learn it! – when you’re in England, it means everyone is speaking it, writing in it, reading, etc. and when you’re exposed to it regularly you will pick it up faster than you can say Southbourne School of English!
  10. It’s where the English language was born! – So where better to learn it?

If you’re looking for courses in the UK, then check the courses area of our website and come study at Southbourne School of English!

Celebrating the start of our summer programme!

With the long awaited summer finally here, we are celebrating the start of our summer programme for our Junior and Adult students, which began 13th June – we also welcome all of our enthusiastic and motivated activity staff that will be hosting our summer programme activities for the juniors!

With activities from Beach Volleyball to day trips to traditional towns and cities such as Christchurch and Oxford, we are looking forward to educating and creating unforgettable memories for our students who visit from various countries across the globe.

Bournemouth, Southbourne and the rest of the UK has plenty to offer this summer for our students – with national, regional and local events/excursions, this allows them to build an in depth understanding of the British culture and leave with a quality level of English they wish to achieve and often even further!

Euro 2016 is extremely popular in England and this gives our students a fun and competitive event to follow throughout June until July 10th – and for junior students who are arriving in July, they will have the opportunity to play and be trained by a FIFA Football Association Coach that is coming to our school. Wimbledon also begins on 27th June and to accompany this, we have available an LTA certified Tennis Coach to our junior students throughout the month of July.

Overall, this summer at Southbourne gives a great opportunity for any foreign language students to not only LEARN English but to LIVE English also!


Summer adult course Summer Junior programme

Things to do in Southbourne in the summer!

With summer around the corner we thought it would be great to tell you about the events that are happening here in Southbourne and in the surrounding areas!
Whilst soaking up the summer sun on Southbourne beach can be fun, there are even more things to do throughout the day and in the evenings too!

Summer Live: July 1st-August 14th

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The event features live acoustic music and art demonstrations throughout the day as well as an English Garden Summer Bar – for students at Southbourne, you can simply get the yellow 1b bus into Bournemouth Square, and voila, you are there!

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Quay for my Car – starting July 1st 18:00-21:00

Every week at Poole Quay from July 1st, there is a different theme of vehicle being showcased by any car owners that fit the theme of that week! For students, simply take the 1b or M1 bus to Poole and stroll down to the lovely Poole Harbour Quay!

The date of each theme are below:

1st July – Red open top sports cars and Red convertiblesminis
8th July – Minis
15th July – Italian Stallions
22nd July – Land Rovers featuring Defenders
29th July – Best of British – pre August 1983
5th August – VW Air-cooled
12th August – Lotus 7s & Caterhams
19th August – TVRs
26th August – American Dreams

Evening Nature Walk and Picnic on Brownsea Island – July 8th 18:00-21:00

At Poole Quay you can jump on a special Brownsea boat and make your way over to the island!
Here you will be taken on a walk around the island and you can discover more about the nocturnal wildlife!
Tickets are only £10.

Nightlife clubbing/bars! (18+) – Every evening

In the evening, Bournemouth comes alive! With arguably some of the best clubs and bars in the UK – such as Halo, Cameo, BarSo and Lost Paradise (Lost Gardens) to name just a few! You’ll definitely appreciate the nightlife in Bournemouth and have a great time partying with your newly found friends!

cameo bournemouth

Summer Breeze on the Quay with Fireworks – July 21st 19:00-22:00summer fireworks

Summer Breeze is a weekly event throughout the summer holidays every Thursday evening on Poole Quay!
With great live music, awe-inspiring street entertainment, special themed nights and a spectacular fireworks display at 10pm (22:00)!

Bournemouth Pier Zip Wire

Ever wanted to zip line or have done before and would love to try it again? Then the world’s first pier-to-shore zip line in Bournemouth will allow you to do just that, soaring over the sea and down to the beach!

£18 for a single ride! Or £32 for a dual ride with a friend! (April-September)

zip lining bournemouth pier

Southbourne and the surrounding areas in Dorset have so much for all ages! So why not come to study at Southbourne now and explore the finest events, beaches, excursions and more that the UK has to offer!

Famous Idioms and Phrases

The English language is filled with idioms that can be used to express what you may want to say in a more subtle, poetic and/or appropriate manner. These famous idioms and phrases also give an insight into the principles and values of different regions cultures/society.

The ball is in your court – it is for you to make the next decision/step.actions words

Bite off more than you can chew – taking on a task or tasks that are far too big.

Don’t judge a book by its cover – do not judge someone by what they look like.

Hit the nail on the head – doing or saying something that is exactly correct.

Once in a blue moon – something that happens when it’s a very rare occurrence.

Every cloud has a silver lining – be optimistic, when times are tough, there will be good times!

An arm and a leg – when something is very expensive.

Actions speak louder than words – people’s intentions can be judged better by what they do rather than what they say!

Happy Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother’s Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. Mother’s Day usually falls in the second half of March or the beginning of April.

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So a chance for all of us on this special day to say thank you to our mothers for the life and the love they have given us and remembering all that they do.

Wishing you all a lovely Mother’s day!