Poole Gakuin is a Christian organization supporting Poole Gakuin Junior and Senior High Schools, Poole Gakuin college. Its governing bodies are made up of Christian leaders, scholars, business people and alumnae.

To the Glory of God

Poole proceeds into the 21st century with its 140-year history of keeping the Christianspirit alive and strong

In 1879, a school for girls was founded in Osaka by the Church Mission Society of the Anglican Church based on the ideals of love and service. Enveloped in the love of God, our campus has nourished the hearts and minds of young women, becoming a pioneer in girls’ education in Japan. The emphasis placed on freedom, cooperation and self-reliance by the early founders of Poole Gakuin lives on in the Poole Gakuin college. Poole Gakuin college has 186 students in 2019.



Founded by Anglican missionaries in 1879, the school was named after Arthur William Poole, the first Anglican Bishop of Japan, in 1890. In 1950 Poole Gakuin added a women’s college with a program in English language and literature to its junior and senior high schools. The college moved to Sakai in 1982 and two years later a program in secretarial studies opened.


Department of Secretarial Studies, Poole Gakuin college

The Department of Secretarial Studies provides students with six courses of study: Hospitality and Marketing, Finance and Bookkeeping, Information and Media, Medical Office Administration, Airline and Tourism, and Career English. Students choose 3 of the courses that best suit their career paths. The program offers small-group instruction and provides many opportunities for students to develop business and interpersonal skills. Nationally recognized professional qualifications, such as “Certified Secretary in Advanced Studies”, are awarded to all graduates together with the Associate Degree.


Department of Early Childhood Care and Education, Poole Gakuin college

The Department of Early Childhood Care and Education offers the early childhood education qualification as well as the second-level kindergarten teacher license. The department is committed to cultivating early childhood care and education specialists with high degrees of expertise and interpersonal skills.


Chapel and Religious Activities

In June of 2001 the newly built Eleanor chapel and Christian Center opened. Full and part-time chaplains staff the Christian Center and, in cooperation with the Christian Activities Committee, they are responsible for Christian life on the campus. A 15-minute chapel service is held 3 times a week and students are encouraged to attend and to participate. The Christian Center organizes a variety of activities, volunteer services and fundraisers, including a collection for charities at the Christmas chapel service.