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  • Harrow HouseHarrow House International College is an English Language School in Swanage, a popular seaside town in the south of England, some 2.5 hours away from London.
  • Multi Cultural and Diverse EnvironmentExcellent nationality mix with students from over 50 different countries in the high season.
  • Local AreaSwanage, the capital of the Isle of Purbeck and approximately 2.5 hours from London, is a popular seaside resort on the south coast of England, with long inviting expanses of sandy beaches, clear unpolluted water and breathtaking coastal scenery. The town provides a warm welcome to all visitors and retains an atmosphere of safety and tranquillity. In a recent publication, Dorset was found to be the safest county in England, with Swanage being one of the five safest places in the UK.
  • Junior Courses at Harrow HouseThe first course offered at Harrow House in 1969 was a Junior Course, which makes our Junior Programme one of the most established and longest running Junior Courses in the UK. The success of these courses is borne out by the very high student return rate, with up to 40% of students returning for a second year and many returning for a number of years thereafter.
  • Harrow House SwanageDue to its geographical position, Swanage enjoys a very mild climate and often heads the British Sunshine League. Swanage offers a variety of entertainment including traditional pavement cafés, takeaways, fun parks, carnivals, fairs, festivals, live music, cinema, theatre, disco, scenic walks, museums, English pubs, speciality restaurants, wine bars, a ride on an historic steam train and many other things to do.
  • Facilities at Harrow HouseHarrow House Swanage occupies an elevated position in the centre of the town, enjoying splendid views of the surrounding Purbeck Hills, the sea and the Isle of Wight. The sandy beaches and the town’s attractions are within 10 minutes' walking distance. Harrow House is the only language school in Swanage and therefore our students are guaranteed maximum integration with English people, their customs and the English way of life. We have some of the best on-campus facilities in the UK.
  • Courses at Harrow HouseYoung Learners, Juniors and Adults (including exam courses) are all catered for in Harrow House.
  • Welcome to the Jurassic Coast!Swanage, listed as one of the top 4 seaside resorts in the UK for cleanliness, safety and outstanding beauty, is considered to be the gateway town to England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. This unique stretch of coastline has joined the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the natural world. The coast is famous for its fossil discoveries, its unparalleled range of beautiful sandy beaches and its many historic towns and villages.

Learn English

in a safe environment.

Harrow House has been providing quality English Language Courses to all ages since 1969 and continues to offer a unique combination of on-site facilities and residential accommodation in a safe seaside location. We are dedicated to providing students, employees and partners with the highest standards of learning and personal development in a fun and culturally diverse learning environment.

Harrow House offers course options to students of all ages so that every member of the family is catered for – all within the beautiful seaside town of Swanage, situated on the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Safe Friendly Location

of Swanage is situated in a UNESCO World Heritage Site with easy links to all UK attractions.

Harrow House Swanage is situated in one of the safest coastal locations in the UK and offers English Language Courses and unrivalled facilities for all ages with excellent links to all UK attractions.

Swanage has a mild climate compared to much of the UK and enjoys a long, beautiful sandy beach, stunning natural scenery and wonderfully traditional English architecture. The Swanage Steam Railway is one of Isle of Purbeck’s most popular tourist attractions and is a huge favourite with students and visitors to the town. Nearby locations of Corfe Castle, Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester offer added variety to students attending a course a Harrow House.

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Our Courses

Harrow House offers courses for young learners, juniors, adults and families.
Young Learner Courses
Junior Courses
Adult Courses
Family Courses

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International Academic Semester and High School Year Programmes

Oldfeld Boarding School - Part of the Harrow House Group

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Residential Educational Facility for Groups

The Swanage Centre - Part of the Harrow House Group


Professional Harrow House teaching staff.

Harrow House has a pool of experienced, professional staff all of whom are specifically trained and qualified in the teaching of English as a foreign language. The care and attention given to students by our teaching staff, both inside and outside of the classroom, contributes greatly to the friendly and happy atmosphere at Harrow House.

The College is registered with the Department for Education (Dfe), inspected by Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate, receiving the highest grading in all areas from the ISI. Harrow is also accredited by the British Council and is a founder member of English UK and Young Learners English UK.

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Multi-Cultural and Diverse Students from all over the world.

Harrow House has a long history of teaching students from all over the world and welcomes students from over 40 countries throughout the year. This provides a rich and diverse mix of nationalities and a truly international experience.

Junior students at Harrow House regularly get the chance to interact with English students at local schools in after school clubs and joint activities. This is part of an ongoing integration initiative. We maintain small class sizes ranging between 8 and 16 students. At Harrow House we take great pride in the progress our students make, both linguistically and personally, and our ability to satisfy our students' needs. Our dedicated welfare team ensures the highest standard of student care at all times.

Harrow House is not just a 9 to 5 English language school. We offer much more, including an English boarding school experience. Our unrivalled facilities provide students are provided with a wide variety of social and sporting activities when not in the classroom.

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