Learn English at the friendly school next to Manly Beach, Sydney

As owners of the Sydney English Academy (SEA) we would like to welcome you to the Australian English school that is different.

Conveniently located just metres from Manly Beach and right in the town centre, the SEA is a boutique English school where you will quickly feel at home and always receive the individual attention you deserve.

By keeping our classes small (average 12, max 15 students per class), we are able to offer a high level of personalised English tuition and English lessons, allowing you to learn English in Australia quickly and easily.


We look forward to meeting each one of you individually, sharing with you our extensive knowledge of Australia, and making sure that you have the best possible experience of learning English in Australia.

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Sam Milton and Mick Edwards (Directors)
CRICOS Provider no. 02353C


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Why study at the SEA ?
  • Excellent Teachers

  • Excellent mix of nationalities

  • Small boutique school - friendly atmosphere

  • Individual personalised care

  • Free computer and internet access plus wifi

  • Small classes mean rapid progress

  • Located in the centre of town and one hundred metres from Manly beach.

  • English + Activities courses
  • Great social activities with your teachers


  • We are fully accredited with NEAS, which is your guarantee of a quality educational institution


  • We are a member of IALC, which is an award-winning global network of independently owned and operated quality schools. is your guarantee of a quality eductional institution. 

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Friendly atmosphere at the SEA




Free internet access


Free Internet Access

Why study in Manly ?

  • Sydney's premier tourist destination

  • Amazing pubs, bars & restaurants

  • Pristine beaches

  • Holiday atmosphere

  • Lots of work opportunities

  • Sydney city centre is only 17 minutes by fast ferry

  • Tell me more about Manly

SEA Blog

The Place to Be (by Livia)

Date: 8/Jan/2015

The Place To Be   Now, it has been made official. A psychological survey confirmed Manly the new hot spot of the whole world. Manly and its citizens had to struggle through various examinations and - we all knew before - came out to be the winner! But, what makes Manly so special?   First of all, it ’ s a great place for adolescents, either tourists or natives. The mix of Australian people together with students from abroad makes it a multicultural place w

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Manly and Northern Beaches

Date: 11/Apr/2014

Manly and Northern Beaches lifestyle   When you study English at the Sydney English Academy SEA you will be living on the beautiful Northern Beaches.   The Northern Beaches stretch for many kilometres along Sydney’s beautiful coastline. With the ocean on one side and nature reserves on the other, you can walk along dramatic headlands or admire the twinkling horizon from the beach. Manly Beach is arguably the most famous of the Northern Beaches and the closest to

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Mature-Aged Students Wecomed at SEA!

Date: 4/Apr/2014

Samantha Milton, Co-director of the Sydney English Academy believes it is the integral atmosphere of mutual respect which has seen SEA’s 40+ Program really take off over the last 2 years. “Any student, no matter their age is welcomed, their contribution valued.  This in turn enriches the lives of all fellow students.  Our mature-aged students are quickly and seamlessly integrated into school life, and their wisdom and experience is genuinely embraced by our younger stud

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Top 10 Ways to Study a Language

Date: 27/Mar/2014

Read on for Tips from Three of our Experienced Upper Intermediate Students  Iris, Persio and Larissa... If you are in another country to learn the native language, you have already done the first and the most important step, so below you can find some easy and useful tips to improve your language skills: 1 Live with a homestay family: you will practise the language not only at school, but also at home and it’s an opportunity to learn more about the local culture. 2 Listen

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Great Walks in Sydney

Date: 6/Dec/2013

Typically bright sunny day in Sydney?  Looking for something a little more active than just the beach?  Have you considered one of Sydney's two iconic walks along the coastline?  Whether it's the cliff top meanderings of the Bondi to Coogee walk or the bird filled harbour walk of Manly to Spit Junction, you can't go wrong with either.  It all depends on your mood and in the end you'll love the first one so much, you'll end up doing the second one anyway.

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Sydney's Festivals

Date: 21/Nov/2013

At a loss for things to do at the weekend? Then why not head to one of Sydney's colourful, neighbourhood festivals.  Over the past few weeks there have been festivals In Marrickville, Newtown and Glebe, with many more to follow.  Its a great chance to see the variety Sydney has to offer and experience the diversity in this great city of ours.  You never know what hidden gem you will uncover. In Marrickville for example, we found a great little jazz bar named Lazy Bones.&nbs

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Surf Camp Weekend

Date: 8/Oct/2013

Surfcamp 20. – 22. September 2013 From Friday, 20th September to Sunday, 22nd September, students from the SEA had the oppurtunity to going on a surfweekend with „Australien Surf Tours“ in Bendalong, in the south of Sydney. After a 4 hours drive we arrived on a camping in Bendalong, just next to the sea. We met other students from different  english schools in Sydney. Unfortunately it was already dark outside, so we couldn’t see the location from this camping. B

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SEAS's Sponsored Student

Date: 25/Sep/2013

Since 2007, Sydney English Academy (SEA) has sponsored students from one of the world’s newest nations; East Timor.  It is SEAS’s hope that these students return to their country with a language and a cultural experience that will benefit not only themselves, but also their wider community. Currently Sancia Florencia Paixao Bano (or for short; Metta!) from Oecusse is studying at SEA.  SEA’s Director Sam Milton caught up with Metta last week for a quick interview:

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How to improve your English

Date: 13/Jun/2013

How do I improve my English? Students ask this all the time. It seems hard at first but there are lots of little things you can do to make it easier. Try to read something small every day –a newspaper or a magazine article, there are plenty online. Find an article about something you’re interested in or read about something you’ve already read about in your language. This will make the vocabulary easier to understand. Don’t worry about understanding every word; it&

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Taronga Zoo

Date: 5/Jun/2013

Needing a break from studying so hard, we decided to take a day off and go to Taronga Zoo! So we, the CAE class and our teachers Dave and Pauline (and her son Luiz), jumped on the bus to enjoy a perfectly beautiful and sunny day at the zoo. Wandering around, we came across heaps of animals, such as elephants, kangaroos, crocodiles, gibbons etc. What really caught our attention, were the big cats (tiger, lion and snow leopard) of which we were able to take some great pictures. However, perh

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Vivid Festival

Date: 30/May/2013

Visitors to Sydney are especially lucky this week as Vivid takes over the city, lighting up the Opera House, the Rocks, the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay with an amazing array of multi-coloured lights and projected images. Happening just once a year, the festival transforms Sydney after dark into a magical wonderland. Everyone has their favourite projections. When we went opinion was divided whether the Opera House changing from a pin ball machine into a gecko was more impressive that

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Date: 7/May/2013

Australia has hundreds of things to do on a beautiful sunny day, but learning to surf has got to be at the top of most people’s list, especially if you're living in Manly.  Australians grow up on the beach - for them it’s as easy as riding a bike. But for newcomers it can be a bit scary, especially if you’ve never tried it before. All you need are some lessons. Instructors will teach you how to get started and before you know it you’ll be catching you

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North Head Bush Walk

Date: 1/May/2013

This week we went to North Head as it’s such a beautiful walk full of native flora and fauna and has some of the best views in Manly. We started at Shelly beach and walked all the way up to Sydney lookout to see the city from a higher perspective, and what a view! Definitely well worth the effort!  After that, we walked along the Fairfax track, the perfect place for whale spotting as it looks out over the ocean toward the cliffs. All the students had a wonderful tim

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Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs

Date: 29/Apr/2013

Friday was a great day for the students but not for the Manly Sea Eagles. Twenty of us went to Brookvale Oval to watch rugby live. It was a battle between second and third place and because of this that the stadium was nearly sold out. Most students had never seen rugby league before but the atmosphere was electric and with teacher Dave doing his best to explain some of the rules, everyone had a great time and got some real Aussie culture. The game was a close affair and both teams were

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Anzac Day

Date: 24/Apr/2013

Tomorrow is Anzac Day, the day when Australia remembers all the Australians who have died in wars. It is a public holiday in Australia and our students will be joining in the spirit of the day in many ways. Some will be attending the Dawn Service of Remembrance at Manly War Memorial on the Corso with their host families. Others, who can’t quite make it out of bed for the 4:30am Service will be going to the Commemoration Service at 11am instead. After paying their respects, many of o

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Date: 7/Apr/2013

It’s that time of year again to look out for whales and dolphins.   I had my first sighting of dolphins as I walked to work along Manly Beach this morning – what a way to start the day! Southern Right whales and humpbacks can often be seen on their migration especially in the months of April and May, so keep your eyes peeled!

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SEA - Your Home from Home

Date: 26/Mar/2013

For some of our students this is their first trip overseas.  They have never travelled nor met people of a different culture.  Usually at the beginning of their course they are a little wary.  Maybe they think that people from another country must be very different from them.  But in a very short period of time they begin to understand that we are all very similar, wherever we come from, whatever our culture, background, age, religion or sexuality.  We all want love an

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Why Learn English?

Date: 26/Mar/2013

Did you know that linguists are already talking about multiple ‘Englishes’ rather than one English language?  There are so many reasons to learn English (to get that job, to get the food you want, to get talking to that pretty girl / that good-looking guy who probably won’t speak your language but might just speak English…).  Now there are so many reasons to get familiar with all those Englishes.  You can’t expect all English speakers to speak &lsq

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Manly's the Best!

Date: 21/Mar/2013

Why is Manly the best place to study English?  This is what our students said when we asked them: It was very easy for me to find my first job in Manly.  SEA staff gave me lots of help with my CV.  Then another student who was working in a café asked his boss if he needed a kitchen-hand and he was so impressed with my CV that he gave me the job!  SEA is a friendly school and Manly is a friendly village – everyone helps each other.  If you are hard-wor

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From the Heart

Date: 21/Mar/2013

Hi!  I’m Sam and I own and run the Sydney English Academy with my husband Mick.  We started the school back in 2001 after many years of working in big English language schools.  We wanted to give students an experience they would never forget.  We wanted to make them feel that they could still be at home on the other side of this big wide world.  And I think we’ve succeeded.  The SEA is an amazing place to be.  As a student or a teacher or a homes

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Cambridge Success!

Date: 21/Mar/2013

We are so proud of our latest CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) exam results.  More than half of our students achieved a B pass or above with the results as follows:CAE Pass at A grade: 1 student, at B grade: 4 students and at C grade: 4 students.  Our results are proof of our excellent teachers’ skills in motivation and our students’ hard work.  Congratulations to all our CAE and FCE students and best of luck to the members of our latest FCE and CAE classes who have

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The Little Things

Date: 20/Mar/2013

The Little Things (the little things at SEA that made my experience so beautiful, as quoted by some of our ex-students): A cup of tea and a chat in the morning with my lovely homestay mum Michelle at SEA saying "Hi" to me (and remembering every student’s name!) each morning Walking to school from my homestay along beautiful Manly Beach, the sand between my toes Hanging out with my friends and classmates, sharing food & chatting easily in English (typical lunch-

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Have a great Trip!

Date: 18/Mar/2013

With their Cambridge exams out of the way, many of SEA’s students are just about to set off on their long-awaited trip around Australia.  Please let us know about your experiences and adventures and any tips or warnings that we can pass on to other students.  We’d also love to hear about the highlights of your trip (places or experiences or good places to stay and things to do).  Don’t forget to keep practising your English, keep safe and have a great time!&nbs

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