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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.

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.


Harrow House offers courses for Young Learners, Juniors, Adults and Families.

Young Learners are accompanied by Teaching Assistants both in their English tuition and on activities. The assistants also accompany the children at meal times to ensure healthy food choices are made and that the children are eating well. They also accompany the Young Learners during the evenings and supervise their bedtime routine.

This continuity of contact ensures the children are confident and comfortable at all times. 

Age Group: 8 - 11 years


We offer Junior Courses for individual students from early January to early May and from early June to mid September and for groups all year round.

The 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.

Other contributing factors are: Our unrivalled facilities, active evening programme with a wide range of social activities, sports and games every evening, dedicated teachers, an international atmosphere with over 50 different nationalities (in the summer season), supervision by our residential staff; on-site residential accommodation and the safety of Swanage as a destination, to name but a few.

Age Group: 10 - 17 years


For Adult Students we offer Intensive English in Action Courses. Intensive English in Action Course includes 22.5 hours of English language tuition per week Individual Learning Plan (ILP) for students studying more than four weeks

Age Group: 16+ years


Family Course for adult family members of Young Learners and Junior Course students.

Whilst the children follow their chosen full-day Junior English PLUS Courses, adult family members have an excellent opportunity to improve their English language skills not only in the classroom but also in our 'English in Action Programme' in the afternoons. English in Action has a focus on using English in context, British Culture, the UNESCO Jurassic Coast and local area. It is designed for adult family members to become fully immersed in our quintessentially English local culture with our friendly staff.