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 22 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 1984. Then in 2008, we also became an IELTS test centre and in 2010, the exam centre rebranded as The London Exam Centre. The London Exam Centre has its own computer-based testing centre and offers a wide range of paper and computer-based exams including Cambridge, IELTS, PTE, ACCA, TEA, TEAC, OET & TOLES.

Over the past 60 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.

Did you know?

What is the connection between Wimbledon School of English and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club?

WSE has a strong family connection to English Premier League team, Tottenham Hotspur FC, one of the UK’s oldest football clubs – Spurs were founded by Marjorie Housden’s father, Bobby Buckle, in 1882.

Bobby Buckle Founder of Tottenham Hotspurs FC

You can read more about Bobby here on the THFC website:



Bobby Buckle THFC

Bobby Buckle (Pictured far right)

Bobby Buckle THFC Wimbledon School of English

Bobby Buckle (Pictured far right)

Photos: Courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur FC


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