Work-life Balance

Whatever stage you are at in your teaching career Poole is a great place to live and work.

We have beautiful award winning beaches and endless things to do in your leisure time for you and your family.

Poole is a beautiful Dorset town on the South Coast of England, whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors and beaches, our renowned arts and culture, or are looking for a great place to bring up a family.

Poole Beach photo

Poole offers the opportunity for a truly outstanding worklife balance, whatever your age or outlook.

Each year millions of people come to holiday in the place where most of our staff live and work every day – enjoying access to award-winning beaches along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, picture-postcard villages, great weather, stunning countryside and an incredible range of cultural activities within easy reach.

Three miles of golden sands, clean clear waters and contemporary waterside bars and restaurants including Britain’s best beach Sandbanks.

The Lighthouse has an amazing programme of national and international arts and is home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

A haven for wildlife and famous for its red squirrels, Brownsea Island is perfect for a days adventure.

beach lighthouse arts centre brownsea island
tower park water sports children on quay

Tower Park is the South Coast's largest entertainment centre, with a 10 screen cinema, bowling, waterpark, soft play and plenty of restaurants.

There are a huge range of water sports and our parks offer woodland walks, water sports, beachside play, paddling pools and cafes.

A bustling Quay where you can enjoy crabbing on the quayside, explore historic Poole, shops and restaurants.

Transport Links

Poole has great transport links too:



By Sea
To the Channel Island, Jersey, Guernsey and France
By Air

Via Bournemouth International Airport and Southampton Airport



By Rail
Direct link to London in 2hrs; to the local area; and Bristol and Exeter
By Road
Good motorway links to London in less than 2.5 hrs. To Exeter and Bristol in 2 hours.

The local economy and employment

Poole has a thriving economy and is home to a diverse mix of high profile companies across a mix of industries including:

  • Sunseeker
  • Barclays
  • Animal
  • Lush
  • Siemans Traffic Solutions
  • Liverpool Victoria
  • Kerry Foods 

Poole’s economy is expected to grow faster than the national growth rate, employment is expected to rise by almost one fifth between 2011 and 2021, and an extra £12.6m will be invested in Poole and Dorset between 2016 and 2021.


If you are looking to move to the area Poole has a range of housing options and the uniqueness of living and working in Poole is that everything is within easy reach. 

As part of our support package for NQTs, we asked them what help they wanted.  An important issue for them, was more information on renting in Poole.  In response to this we have put together a fact sheet which we hope you too will find useful.  

Download Housing fact sheet