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Important news

Directors: Edward Greevy and Colm O'Byrne


Photos: Joe Low, Winchester Tourist Information and Winchester School of English

11th November 2020


Winchester School of English has been welcoming English language students since 1989. ATC Language Schools acquired the boutique school in 2013 and endeavoured to continue the ethos and philosophy of WSE while exploring new opportunities for the school. WSE is proud to have continued teaching English to the highest standard in a relaxed environment and providing the opportunity for students from around the world to experience the very best of British life, culture and traditions.


On Friday March 20th 2020, in line with the UK Government guidelines and restrictions, Winchester School of English closed its doors and began offering online classes for private tuition with the intention of returning after a period of weeks. Unfortunately, the unprecedented events that unfolded globally this year mixed with the sharp decline in international travel meant that the doors of WSE had to remain closed for longer than anticipated.


It is with a very heavy heart that we write now to inform you that Winchester School of English will remain closed. This decision was not an easy one to make and there were a great many factors to look at and we have given each and every one due consideration. Every corner of the world has been affected by the evolving impact of the international and domestic travel restrictions and each country’s government guidelines.


One of the key strengths of WSE over the years was the school’s cosy, family feel in a traditional, period building setting. However, with strict new regulations, this beautiful building would have required significant remodelling work to meet social distancing requirements and expectations. Unfortunately for Winchester School of English it is unsustainable to continue with such uncertainty while also needing to find a new home.


We would like take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our administration team, academic team, students, host families and partners that we have worked with over the years. We are very grateful to all of you for your dedication, loyalty and wonderful memories that helped make Winchester School of English a unique place to study and become immersed in English culture. The school and Winchester will forever hold a very special place in the hearts of so many who came to study here over the past 30 years.


We wish you and your families the very best for the weeks and months ahead as we all navigate a course through this pandemic to better and happier times in the future.


Stay well, stay safe and look after each other



On behalf of the Directors and staff of Winchester School of English.


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