About Us

About Us

The Essential English Centre is a boutique, independent 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. 


Our school now welcomes individuals and groups of students from over 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.

Nationality mix 2017
Mixed nationality classes



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

Rachel The Essential English Centre

Summer Academic Manager

Gaelle The Essential English Centre

Accommodation + Admissions Officer

Debbie The Essential English Centre

General English + Cambridge Exam teacher

Jamie The Essential English Centre

General English + Business English teacher

Patrick The Essential English Centre

General English + IELTS 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.


We are also members of NUS (National Union of Students). This means that as a student of The Essential English Centre, you have the option of receiving a student card which will give you discounts and special offers in many shops, restaurants, bars and the cinema.