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Harrow House ranked in Top 10 Residential Schools in the UK

We are pleased and proud to announce that in last months EL Gazette (www.elgazette.com), Harrow House was ranked in the top ten residential schools in the UK, based on our most recent British Council report.

We have also been awarded the coveted ‘EL Gazette Centre of Excellence’ award. These accolades are awarded in recognition of our commitment to providing and maintaining the highest standards. This is in addition to our Ofsted Boarding School report which stated Harrow House is outstanding in all areas.

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Why choose Harrow House?

Because Harrow House has ...
  • Over 45 years' experience
  • Unrivalled facilities in the UK
  • Safe seaside location
  • Swanage is a gateway town to England’s first UNESCO World Heritage site
  • On-site residential accommodation
  • Homestay accommodation within walking distance of the College
  • Excellent nationality mix with students from over 40 different countries
  • Dedicated welfare officer and support services
  • Varied evening entertainment with at least 3 options per evening
  • Regular full-day and half-day excursions
  • Competitive prices all year round
  • Small and friendly classes with interactive learning
  • Complimentary teaching materials, Student welcome folder and certificate
  • Continuity of qualified and experienced staff
  • Cambridge and Trinity examinations available on request
  • 24/7 residential support team
  • International Student insurance included in the fees


Unrivalled On-site Facilities

Harrow House has unrivalled on-site facilities, which include:
  • Reception
  • Shop
  • Games room including American Pool and darts
  • Wessex room Wi-Fi area with satellite TV and Wii games
  • Medical Room
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Self-service laundry room
  • Durlston accommodation (including en-suite facilities)
  • Assembly hall, mini-theatre, table-tennis and games room
  • Ballard accommodation
  • Cinema, lecture hall with digital TV
  • Squash court, dance studio, yoga studio
  • LookOut Lounge and disco
  • Cafeteria
  • Fitness Studio
  • Bay View Accommodation
  • All classrooms with interactive whiteboards / screens and all rooms with internet access
  • Computer rooms for internet access
  • Library
  • Basketball court
  • Tennis courts
  • Indoor sports dome with tennis, badminton, volleyball and five-a-side football
  • Astroturf football pitches and tennis courts
  • Volleyball court
  • Aeroball
  • Mini golf
  • Harrow Lodge accommodation
  • Team building zone
  • Lulworth House en-suite accommodation


Harrow House Teaching Staff

All language teachers at Harrow House have a native-speaking ability of English and are specifically trained and qualified in the teaching of English as a foreign language. The care and attention given to students by our qualified and experienced teaching staff, both inside and outside the classroom situation, contributes greatly to the friendly and happy atmosphere at Harrow House.

All sports lessons are supervised either by our energetic blue shirt residential staff or by specialised sports coaches.


English Language Levels

Please check the English language level requirements for each course before completing the enrolment form.

CEFR Level A1 - Beginner (Junior Course students only)
CEFR Level A2 - Elementary - Pre-Intermediate
CEFR Level B1 - Intermediate
CEFR Level B2 - Upper Intermediate
CEFR Level C1 - Advanced
CEFR Level C2 - Proficiency


Class Sizes

We offer small, friendly and informal classroom environments, best suited to maximising each student's potential. Class sizes range between 8 and 16 students. Class sizes during the high season (January, April and June to August) range between 14 and 16 students.


Excursion Destinations

Harrow House organises full-day and half-day excursions to all the UK's top destinations including: London, Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, Southampton, Winchester, Longleat, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Windsor Castle and more.

In addition to the great UK attractions, Harrow House can also arrange full-day, overnight and weekend trips to the following destinations:

Amsterdam - Netherlands
Barcelona - Spain
Berlin - Germany
Edinburgh - Scotland
Paris - France
Porto - Portugal
Prague- Czech Republic
Rome - Italy

Top UK weekend attractions visited by Harrow House include:

(All London excursions are for individual students from 14 years of age and for groups with group leaders for students from 8 years of age).

  • London
  • Oxford
  • Stonehenge & Salisbury
  • Bath
  • Winchester & Beaulieu
  • Bournemouth
  • Corfe Castle
  • Portsmouth
  • Windsor
  • Southampton
  • Houses of Parliament
  • HMS Belfast
  • Dorchester
  • Buckingham Palace
  • British Museum
  • Bicester Village
  • London Dungeon
  • London Eye
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Monkey World
  • St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The Tank Museum
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Westminster Abbey


Placement Test and Pre-tests

All students take a placement test on the first day of their course. The exact level of each student can then be determined and the student is placed in a class which is best suited to his/her ability. Weekly teachers' meetings enable us to monitor the progress of each student and to decide whether a change of level is necessary.



Harrow House is committed to, and prides itself on, the high level of welfare we offer, an area where our inspections demonstrate we both exceed expectations and which has long been one of our core strengths.

Our experienced staff oversee all the welfare needs of our students. All students have insurance cover included in their fees, have access to an a registered on-site matron and access to the local hospital, doctor’s surgery, dentist and any other health and welfare facilities they may need during their stay in England.

Our dedicated residential staff take care of all our students’ day to day needs. For students needing further assistance, our welfare and first aid trained staff are on hand to ensure their stay is as comfortable as possible. Students health and happiness is our number one priority at all times. Our staff are fully trained in welfare and safeguarding.

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