History of Wimbledon School of English

History of Wimbledon School of English

Established in 1964, Wimbledon School of English is one of the oldest English language schools in the UK. The school was founded in Wimbledon Village by Mrs Marjorie Housden and she began by teaching English to overseas students who were living and working locally.

By the mid 1970s, the school was so successful that we needed to find larger premises. It was then that we moved down the hill to our current address at 41 Worple Road.


           WSE in the 1960s                                WSE in the 1970s                              Founder Marjorie Housden
                                                                                                                                  & former principal David Rodgers

As the years went on and the school continued to grow, we expanded into the house next door. There has also been an extension at the back and as of 2015 we have 21 permanent classrooms spread over three floors.

The school became a centre for Cambridge Examinations in 1979 and was first accredited by the British Council in 1983. Then in 2008, we also became an IELTS test centre and in 2010, the exam centre rebranded as The London Exam Centre.

Over the past 53 years, WSE has developed a reputation as one of the best schools in the UK. It is still owned by the Housden family, who remain dedicated to ensuring that Wimbledon School of English is a centre for academic excellence and quality service provision.

Mission Statement

We are a serious, academic school employing highly professional staff. Our purpose is to provide a quality service to all our customers in a friendly and caring environment. We aim to ensure that every student’s stay is both profitable and enjoyable and that all our students will improve their English language skills, gain an insight into British life and culture and also enhance their knowledge and understanding of other cultures.

In everything we do we aim to:

  • Ensure our service provision in all areas is of the highest possible quality
  • Be fair, honourable, ethical, responsible and professional
  • Show value and respect for everyone we deal with: students, agents, host families, other clients, and staff
  • Provide a secure environment for work, study and relaxation
  • Be respectful of and responsive to the needs and expectations of our customers
  • Provide staff with opportunities for training and development
  • Follow good professional and business practice
  • Provide value for money
  • Maintain the commercial viability of the school
  • Enhance the reputation of English language provision in the UK

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