About

Atlantic School of English & Active Leisure is a purposely small, select English Language school and a certified English teacher training centre in the beautiful town of Schull, South West Cork, Ireland. 4 to 84 year olds enjoy their own separate programme of language & leisure in their own purpose built centres, right beside the Atlantic. Learn the language, live the life and love the leisure with us in our breathtakingly beautiful location- we take care of everything.

Our Schools

The Atlantic School of English is comprised of 3 unique schools dedicated to Kids, Adults and Junior all within walking distance of each other.

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The Atlantic S.E.A.L. Experience

After a morning in the classroom students of all ages join their teachers for the seriously fun & unforgettable Afternoon Leisure Programme at our English Language School, in the beautiful Atlantic-side town of Schull, West Cork, Ireland. You won't believe what they see underwater!

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Who we Are

We believe expert tuition in small groups, combined with an exciting leisure programme that stimulates the mind and body, sets the tone for a successful and pleasurable learning experience. Our students build great confidence in using English thanks to the hands-on, relaxed approach of our teachers here in Schull. Students' progress isn't limited to just the classroom setting; they give more effective presentations, deal better with clients and counterparts on the phone & by email, and feel more confident communicating in English at work and socially following their experience here. Even shy students will enjoy the experience of living with a host family, as often there will be other people of a similar age group in the household where they stay. Our teachers accompany students on leisure outings, so new language is reinforced even while out having fun.

Our Atlantic English Team

Get to know the team behind the Atlantic School of English and Active Leisure before you arrive.
  • Barbara Connelly
  • Barbara Connelly
    Owner/Director

    Barbara and her partner Peter founded Atlantic SEAL in 1999 and is in charge of the overall management of the schools and related departments.

  • Dawn Evans
  • Dawn Evans
    Academic Programme Coordinator (Adult School)

    In charge of main academic administration and liaising with the adult school teaching staff.

  • Jodi Thomas
  • Jodi Thomas
    Leisure Coordinator

    In charge of leisure programme design & staff management at Junior school.

  • Jonathon Louks
  • Jonathon Louks
    Chief Office Administrator for all schools

    In charge of the day to day administration of each school.

  • Aisling O'Donnell
  • Aisling O'Donnell
    Director of Studies (Junior School)

    In charge of Academic management & teaching at the Junior school.

  • Coletee Egan
  • Coletee Egan
    Director of Studies (Young Kiddies Camp)

    In charge of programme design and execution at the Kiddies' Camp

  • Annette Roberts
  • Annette Roberts
    Host Family Liaison Officer

    Consults with the Accommodation staff in relation to suitable placement of students with host families.

  • Chris McDonald
  • Chris McDonald
    Senior Tutor/Online-English

    Senior tutor in the Adult and Junior school and our online English lessons.

Popular English Language Courses

Our unique and tailor made English language programmes are designed for students aged 4 to 84 and beyond!
Adult English Programme
Adult English Programme
Junior Programme
Junior Programme
Young Kids’ English Summer Camp
Young Kids’ English Summer Camp

Latest News & Offers

We will have our own cinema!
Jul07
We will have our own cinema!

1940s cinema comes to Atlantic SEAL. Our students young and old love watching movies and making movies here as part of our innovative way to learn and use English in the most creative way. Now we have bought LOTS of authentic vintage cinema seats from the 1940s (original seats of the iconic Capitol Cinema) so that our students can really get to feel they are at the cinema and also enjoy the movies THEY make look really professional. We have a huge screen, the perfect space and plenty of popcorn!. Lights out - action!

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Atlantic SEAL year round building triples its size, but not its student numbers, offering high standard facilities for our much valued learners.
Jul07
Atlantic SEAL year round building triples its size, but not its student numbers, offering high standard facilities for our much valued learners.

We are growing, but not going anywhere. How could this be possible? Easy - Atlantic SEAL has acquired the large building next door to our current year round adult school - it used to be a pub/restaurant and lots of living space and big garden that joins the schools current 'secret' garden at the back. This will provide extra top standard ecologically restored accommodation for our student and extra classroom space, extra relaxing lounges and leisure areas and an even bigger garden at the back which meets our current beautiful 'Main Street Secret Garden''. We don't want to get bigger, we are a purposely small school in a beautiful small Atlantic-side town, but we DO want to give our valued. students a superior experience. Perhaps we will be the only English language school in Ireland or the world with its own Irish pub on site?. In addition to the option to live in a host family or one of our other town and Atlantic-side apartments, this new socialising centre right on Main St. offers the best way to practise English with school friends and locals alike!

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Atlantic SEAL is expanding!
Jul07
Atlantic SEAL is expanding!

WE are delighted to share the news that now Atlantic SEAL has spread to the next door building and will have more accommodation for our students, right on main street of beautiful Schull, also we are planning more classroom and leisure lounges and an even bigger garden for our student to live,learn and relax...watch this space for updates.

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Atlantic S.E.A.L. is a fully accredited school operating year round since 1999. Private, personal, 100% Irish & family run. The only accredited English school in Ireland also approved by Trinity College London as a Teacher training centre.