Since its establishment in 1971 the Wessex Academy has been owned and managed by the same family that operates the School today. Being sensitive to the needs of others and providing a friendly, safe and professional learning environment is our commitment to all our students.


The school has continuously achieved the high and exacting standards set by the British Council.


The Wessex Academy is Poole's only British Council accredited school with adult courses available year round and junior (PISCES) courses available during the summer.


Our portfolio of adult courses include:


20 Lessons per week
- General English
- Summer Courses

- Examination Courses


30 Lessons per week
- Intensive English
- Business English


Long-term courses
- Academic Courses
- General English


Programmes for government and school groups can be arranged. Including specialist courses for military and local government personnel.


A COMPUTER ROOM offering Free internet access & 'wifi' throughout the school.


LISTENING CENTRE: A wide selection of listening, reading and dictation material plus a broad set of past exam papers for the Cambridge suite of General English exams, BEC & IELTS and TOEFL & TOEIC examinations.


THE DIRECTED STUDY CENTRE (Library): Over 600 texts of varying levels are retained in the library for students use. Materials can be taken home for additional study. We also stocks most of the prospectus's of the UK's universities.


The Academic staff are always available to help, advise and direct students in the use of the Computer Room, Listening Centre and Library. Furthermore they are also on hand to help with homework and additional study practice - examination preparation, etc.


All our teachers hold either a first degree, diploma or certificate qualification in teaching English as a foreign language. They undergo regular training and development and their training is continually monitored.


Class sizes are on average between 8 and 10 but no larger than 12. During your stay you will be monitored continuously by a programme of formal and informal tests and examinations. Every 6 weeks you will have a one-to-one tutorial with your senior class teacher.



Our homesay accommodation is inspected and monitored closely. Most families are located less than 20 minutes walking distance from the School. Their close proximity allows students to make the best use of the school and its facilities and helps students develop a good and active social life as they are in close proximity to one another.