About the School
Southbourne School is a family-run business founded in 1966. It occupies purpose-built premises situated in the middle of a typical English suburb with only a ten-minute walk away from the sea. The school is open all year and caters for students of all ages, levels and nationalities. It provides an informal, friendly atmosphere in which to study.
We aim to meet students’ English language needs, whether they are for business, pleasure or further study, in the UK or at home. We believe success is more likely when students are in a positive, safe learning environment, which is what we provide at Southbourne School of English. Studying abroad is also about learning outside the classroom and from the local environment. Cultural lessons are also included, and the social programme and host family are also important parts of the language learning experience.
Arrival at SSE
On arrival at Southbourne School of English students are welcomed by our Academic Principal and given details of lessons, social programme, rules of the school and life in general in England.
All students take a placement test on the first day of their course. From the result of the placement test each student is placed in an English class which is best suited to his/her linguistic ability. Weekly teachers’ meetings enable us to monitor the progress of each student and to decide whether a change of level is necessary.
All language teachers at Southbourne School of English are native speakers and are specifically trained in teaching English as a foreign language. They are always available to advise and assist students at all times. Click here to meet the team…
Our experienced Academic Principal together with teaching staff are responsible for the selection of teaching materials used in class, and are constantly researching and developing new ways of improving language teaching.
Throughout the course, your teachers monitor your progress and will give you regular tests. Please feel free to discuss your studies with your teachers or the Academic Principal. If requested, for long term students, a monthly progress report can be sent to your sponsor.
Homework forms an important part of your course and you should expect a minimum of 1 hour a day.
Computer Room Facilities
SSE offers free internet and email services to our students in our newly refurbished computer room, offering 15 of the latest Dell computers. Wireless internet connection is available throughout the whole School.
You will receive a Certificate of Attendance / Personal Assessment at the end of your course.
Private car transfers to Southbourne School of English / Host Families can be booked on request from and to London Airports (Heathrow / Gatwick / Stanstead) and Victoria Coach Station. Regular bus services from London Heathrow / Bournemouth, with connections to Gatwick/Stanstead Airport are available, with National Express or
Flight Link. Bus services are available for groups arriving and departing together. http://www.nationalexpress.com
We recommend that all students take out insurance before coming to Britain. No personal or travel insurance is included in our fees. We can, however, offer comprehensive medical and travel insurance. Please contact the School Reception. For help in arranging insurance cover to suit your needs, go to http://www.course-u-can.com
Administration / Welfare Staff
Our experienced and friendly staff are available at all times to assist students to solve any problems that may arise during their stay.
The School’s Coffee Shop serves reasonably priced snacks and
drinks all day and hot meals at lunch time. Special care is given to students’ preferences.