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Southbourne about



Southbourne School of English is a family run school that was established in 1966. It is located in a beautiful residential area of Bournemouth with a large demographic of young families and professionals. The attraction with the location is that it is very safe, clean and on a very good transport line. It is only a short walk from the local high street and 10 minutes to the beautiful beaches of Bournemouth which are some of the longest sand beaches in England.

The School has recently undergone a complete refurbishment and now offers first class facilities in a welcoming and caring environment. We have invested in all of our 22 classrooms with fitted top of the range interactive whiteboards. All of which are state-of-the-art design. At Southbourne School of English we set the standard for creating, delivering and managing lessons to the highest standard and this is reflected in our resources that we provide our students with. All rooms have air-conditioning and heating systems with comfortable, modern classroom furniture and our student cafeteria has been extended and can now seat 110 students. There is also an internet corner with 10 computers and we provide free WIFI throughout the school.

We have the capacity for 300 students in the winter months and 330 in the summer months. As well as being a member of English UK we are accredited by the British Council and are also a member of Quality English ensuring that our standards are high at all times not only across the level of academic service we provide but also the facilities and tuition.

Last year we were inspected by the ISI. Schools in this association are ranked amongst the best in the world and we exceeded all expectations and gained top marks in all 3 sections.

Established year: 1966


Address: Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth, 30 Beaufort Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 5AL

From London by train: 2 hours

Learning Environment

Have a swim in the sea! There are plenty of watersports to try such as: kayaking, sailing, jet-skiing, snorkelling, windsurfing and wakeboarding. Go ice-skating. In the winter months, the ice rink opens up to the public. Walk along the beach. Enjoy a scenic stroll along the promenade. Visit all the parks and gardens, including large aviary in the Lower Gardens with many exotic birds. Go to any of the entertainment venues. The BIC and Pavilion Theatre offer live music, musicals, comedy, ballet and ice shows. Eat fish and chips on the beach – the perfect combination. You can’t get more British than that. And it’s cheap! Enjoy a cream tea –a loved British tradition. A perfect mix of scones, jam and clotted cream, with a cup of tea to wash it down. Try out another British classic, the picnic. Relax outside with your friends on the beach or in the gardens. Visit the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum where you can see treasures from around the world. Last but not least, go on a shopping spree. Spend a day walking around the shopping centres to curb your desires.

Everyone learns better in the right environment. We`ve recently invested in new classrooms, the latest equipment and fresh paint to create light and airy spaces that are a pleasure to learn in. We now have 22 modern, clean classrooms equipped with new interactive white boards.

We make sure our students have everything they need outside of class too.

  • A large café area with computers that students can use in breaks. The café serves hot meals. Sandwiches, salads. Snacks and hot and cold drinks.
  • A free language laboratory with a teacher to help students after class
  • A library, equipped with a wide selection of books and guides
  • Free Wi-Fi access throughout the school and garden
  • A large cinema room with surround sound for film nights
  • A terraced garden with sunshades and benches
  • Access to our own sports hall, swimming pool, tennis courts, football and rounder pitches during the month of July


Our school is conveniently situated in the very centre of Bournemouth, so our students literally have all the shops, clubs and pubs on their doorstep. Just a 2-minute walk from the Lower Gardens and a 5-minute walk from the beach, there is no location more central than this!

Just a stone's throw away from some of Britain's most prized areas, places of interest include Poole Harbour, the world's second largest natural harbour after Sydney, and the Jurassic coast, a world heritage site well known for its beauty and geological importance. The New Forest is only 20 minutes away and is renowned for its stunning landscape and wildlife where horses roam freely and visitors can enjoy the many bike trails and walks.

Cosmopolitan town

Bournemouth is famous for its student atmosphere and attracts thousands of British and international students

Home from home

The school provides a unique family feel, a key aspect for a great experience


Study centre, Internet zone and free Wi-Fi, in-house café

Ready for Work Programme

Combine an English course with paid work in a hotel

No. of students

300 in peak season, 120 in low season

Age of students

Minimum 16 years, average 23 years



We make sure that all our students have a happy, safe home to return to after school. All our host families have been carefully selected by us and some have been working with us for years. Homestays are designed to give a family feel, and could be one or more adults with or without Children. We have a large selection of families to choose from and they have all been police checked.

We also have a designated welfare officer and an accommodation officer who visits the homes to guarantee that they are of a high satandard. We believe that choosing the right family for you is important as we want you to feel comfortable, happy and safe.

All our homestays are within walking distance of the school and adults aged 18+ are guaranteed single rooms all year round. By living with a host family, you’ll enjoy home comforts and learn as much as you can about the English way of life.

Having every opportunity to practice your English is important to us. We make sure that you aren’t in the same house as another student of the same nationality. You’ll learn much more by speaking in English at every opportunity. However, if you would like to share a room with your friend, or be in the same host family as a friend, let us know and we’ll arrange it.

Guest House and Hotels

Bournemouth has a wide range of small hotels and guesthouses (guesthouses are like small hotels, often family run, and offer great value for money). We inspect all of the guesthouses and hotels to make sure that they meet our standards of quality and comfort.