About Us

About Us

The Essential English Centre is an independently-owned English school, founded by two passionate teachers, Jo Wilde and Bairbre Walsh, and is well-known for the level of quality and personal attention given to all students. Our school has been built on a genuine passion for providing the very best in language teaching and learning.

All staff are committed to ensuring that our high standards are consistently met and that you receive the education and experience you expect and deserve. We care about your future goals and understand that for many of our students this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn, experience and grow. 



Throughout the year, our school welcomes individuals and groups of students from approximately 35 countries worldwide, studying on General English, Exam Preparation or Business English Programmes. We have helped hundreds of students to reach their language goals and have had the pleasure to watch many students progress to university and professional employment.

Quick Information

School opening/closure dates The school is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

 In 2020, the school opens on Monday 6th January and will close on Friday 18th December.
The school is also closed for all public holidays. Public holidays are:
Friday 10th April
Monday 13th April
Friday 8th May
Monday 25th May
Monday 31st August
Minimum age 16
Students who are 16+ can join our adult courses (with the exception of Business English, where the minimum age is 21)
Students (and parents of students) who are under 18 must read additional ‘Care of under 18’s’ information before booking a course.

Private Group bookings – minimum age 12

Average age The average age of our students in 22
Class sizes Maximum 12.  In July and August the maximum is 14
Average class size Average number of students in class, September to June: 8
 Average number of students in class, July and August:12

Average student numbers during the year

*Shows average student numbers over a 1 year period based on 2017 and 2018 data.

Meet the Team>

Bairbre The Essential English Centre

School Owner + Quality and Compliance Director

Jo The Essential English Centre

School Owner + Marketing and Business Development Director

Rebecca The Essential English Centre

School Manager/Director of Studies

Sinead The Essential English Centre

Admissions + Accommodation Officer

David The Essential English Centre

General English Teacher

Jamie The Essential English Centre

General English + IELTS Exam Teacher

Patrick The Essential English Centre

General English + Cambridge Exam Teacher

Accreditations and Memberships>

British Council school Manchester

British Council

The Essential English Centre is accredited by the British Council, which is an international stamp of quality. This means that that you can be assured of excellent standards in all areas of your experience with us.

English UK

We are members of English UK, the world’s leading language teaching association. English UK’s members are all accredited, high-quality institutions and include universities, college and English language schools. English UK guarantees the quality of all its members through regular inspections, checking on teaching, progression, welfare and accommodation.

Quality English Manchester

Quality English

We are a licensed Quality English school. Quality English schools can be found worldwide and The Essential English Centre is the first school in Manchester to receive the license.  All Quality English schools guarantee a quality experience in every area of the course.


Our Values>

Our vision is and has always been to offer a high quality, personal language learning experience in an exciting city centre destination.

We achieve this by following our values, which are:

Always showing we care
We do this by:

–          Nurturing a genuine interest in every student’s experience.

–          A commitment to consistently high levels of customer service.

–          Always being there when a student needs us.

–          Always treating our clients with the utmost respect and patience.        

Ensuring every student achieves
We do this by:

–          Recognising that learning takes place inside and outside the classroom.

–          Offering a quality product that exceeds expectations.

–          Going above and beyond to help students recognise and achieve their goals.