Wimbledon School of English is a work of art

Roberto Perez

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 who 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. We then extended out the back of the school and we now have 21 permanent classrooms spread over three floors, and 4 in a separate building. 

The school became a centre for Cambridge Examinations in 1979 and was first accredited by the British Council in 1984. Then in 2008, we also became an IELTS test centre and in 2010, the exam centre rebranded as The London Exam Centre. The Centre now offers a wide range of paper and computer-based exams including CambridgeIELTS, PTE, ACCA, TEA, OET & TOLES.

Over the past 55 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.