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Summer Availability Update

We are expecting a very busy July which is very good news after the last couple of years, and have limited or no availability for some dates during the summer, details are as follows:

Bournemouth Collegiate School 9th – 23rd July and 23rd July – 6th August

 We have some availability for both of these dates. Please check with us before sending in any bookings. No booking will be confirmed until we receive the deposit of GBP 90.00 per person. If you have already reserved places and have a confirmation email from us, your places are secure.

Southbourne School of English Mid-June – end August

Junior students We have no availability for junior students staying for 4 weeks or longer. This is because of UK rules regarding Private Foster Care for long-stay Junior students.  All private foster families are fully booked.

Russian speaking Students our quota of Russian speaking students has been filled for the month of July. Unless you have confirmation that a place has been reserved, we will not be accepting any more Russian speaking students until 30th July, when we have availability.

Chinese speaking Students our quota of Chinese speaking students has been filled until 6th August. Unless you have confirmation that a place has been reserved, we will not be accepting any more Chinese speaking students until 6th August onwards, when we have availability.

All long stay adult students of 6 weeks or more if you wish to stay for 6 weeks or more, it may now be necessary to change host family part way through your course as many host families are fully or partially booked.

Special Requests – we have had an unprecedented number of students with specific requirements. As far as possible we have met these requirements, but for the month of July we can no longer guarantee:

–              No males in the family

–              No dogs or other animals in the family

We currently have availability for August but before booking flights please check with us.

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.


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!

Mix and Mingle

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Mix and Mingle – when all of the students went to rooms 3 and 4 to practise speaking, was a great success. All of the students enjoyed getting to know new people, and at lunchtime a lot of those new friendships seemed to be growing!

Once again, we see the ‘big happy family’ atmosphere of the school being deepened… and Alison is happy to see so many people speaking English outside the classroom as well as inside.

More photos on our Facebook page – link available on our homepage or click here.

Happy Holidays!

All of us at Southbourne School of English wish each and every one of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR filled with peace and prosperity!

Seasons Greetings from SSE

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