I would like to extend a warm Sedberghian welcome to international students from all over the world seeking a rewarding summer school experience.

Established in 1525, Sedbergh School is a traditional British boarding school that has maintained the best of British boarding school traditions whilst constantly introducing innovative ideas and new ways of teaching.

Our unique International Summer School is an excellent example of this. Owned and operated by Sedbergh School's own staff it provides a complete British boarding school experience where students learn English from the finest teachers and, outside the classroom, enjoy an impressive range of sports, excursions and exciting activities. Sedbergh School is one of the few remaining full boarding schools in the UK. Our past pupils include Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of London 2012-13, former England rugby captain Will Carling, Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill KG, poet William Wordsworth’s sons, geologist Adam Sedgwick, as well as several polar explorers, well-known actors and many successful businessmen and women. One of our past Romanian pupils received a Harvard scholarship and is now working in US Congress.

Sedbergh School is renowned internationally for its academic excellence and the vast majority of our pupils go on to top British Universities. We are also famous for our sporting expertise and the adventurous Sedbergh spirit. Some 34 sports are conducted here and, indeed, the School regularly produces U16 and U18 internationals in hockey, cricket, sailing, rugby and athletics, and boasts an impressive 35 full internationals amongst its Alumni. We also have a strong reputation for music. Pupils receive outstanding tuition in more than 40 instruments, and participate in the School’s 5 choirs, 6 orchestras and bands (including our internationally recognised Brass Band) and numerous ensembles.

The School’s spectacular surroundings make it inspirational for artists and thrilling for the adventurous. Within minutes of the School grounds, pupils have immediate access to numerous outdoor pursuits including hill walking, climbing, abseiling, caving, ghyll scrambling, mountain biking, canoeing, sailing, camping, golf and horse riding.

During the last few summers, we have welcomed more than 300 Summer School students who have enjoyed using the School’s outstanding facilities and appreciated our spectacular location and wide range of opportunities. Indeed, some enjoyed their stay so much that they are now pupils in the boarding school! We hope you enjoy reading this prospectus and very much look forward to welcoming you to Sedbergh next summer.

Andrew Fleck BSc, MA (Nottingham)

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or 015396 22610 (UK)
e. iss@sedberghschool.org

A Quick Overview

This exclusive course is designed for boys and girls from 10 -16 years and provides a wonderful opportunity to experience life in a traditional British boarding school environment. Students live in Boarding Houses with staff and each day is structured to give a true taste of boarding school life. Our own staff are on hand 24/7 to ensure that students are happy, in a suitable class and reaching their full potential for language throughout their stay. The welfare of each student is of paramount importance and each Boarding House has a Student Welfare Supervisor (Matron) resident for the duration of the course who acts in loco parentis and is responsible for the wellbeing of each individual.

The course is small and friendly and is designed for individuals (groups are not accepted). The vibrant market town of Sedbergh is a very safe and secure location for an exciting summer. Summer School runs for four weeksand students may elect to do a two, three or four week course. With 23 hours of English lessons each week and student numbers restricted to 20% of any one language, opportunities are maximized to improve English language skills very quickly. Class sizes are small (a maximum of 15) and a variety of teaching styles is used to ensure that students are engaged and learning effectively.

Younger students gain practical experience using their English skills in the town of Sedbergh and its surrounding villages through age appropriate research activities, while older students can enhance their communication skills through a range of fun activities designed to improve self-confidence and leadership skills. Students also experience history first-hand during excursions to some of Europe’s oldest cultural centres and enjoy thrilling outdoor activities in beautiful British countryside.

Through practical projects, educational trips and an exciting range of extra-curricular activities, students gain valuable skills, make lifelong friends and take away unforgettable memories.

Come to Sedbergh for a Great British Experience!

English Lessons

This year ISS has produced a new exciting and rigorous programme to capture every students´ imagination to produce a range of impressive communication from interviews, surveys, plays, creative writing, debates, story-telling and sketches. All the ingredients to succeed are given in the morning in the form of vocabulary, grammar and skills teaching to enable each person to exceed their previous best and be inspired to create. Recognising the essential role of reading in language acquisition, we have created a stimulating reading programme from carefully chosen materials that will not only support language learning but also create opportunities for all round development and a memorable experience.

Our programme provides 23 hours of English tuition each week during which students study grammar, writing, speaking, listening, reading and comprehension. Our teachers are well-qualified and use a wide variety of different teaching methods to provide the best tuition and stimulate understanding. Students undertake a placement test on arrival and are allocated to classes based on ability and age, and each student receives a full academic report at the end of the course. As is typical in boarding schools, teachers monitor students’ progress and offer individual assistance.

Opportunities for the students to speak in English are maximised at all times during the course.

English in the Community (10 to 13 year olds)
Sedbergh’s International Summer School provides a unique opportunity for younger students to experience life in rural England. They undertake fun, practical projects in the small, friendly market town of Sedbergh and surrounding villages, where they can practise their new English skills while interviewing business owners, visitors, and local residents. These projects help students to grow in confidence and develop valuable leadership and teamwork skills.
Active Communication (14 to 16 year olds)

Older students participate in discussions and fun activities designed to promote effective communication skills andself-confidence. Students are challenged to think quickly, construct and defend a point of view and their ability to express themselves is also enhanced.

Excursions & Entertainment
Each week includes cultural and activity excursions. Past excursions have included iconic British cities such as Liverpool, Edinburgh, York and Manchester and these experiences are incorporated by teachers into English lessons. Our activity excursions take advantage of the School’s excellent location and typically include water sports such as kayaking and sailing, as well as mountain biking which takes students to wonderful views that make the steep hill ascents well worth the effort! Go-karting and paintballing are other extremely popular activities which bring out a fun, competitive streak in everyone.
A full programme of exciting social events, games and entertainment is organised each evening, as well
as regular age-specific activities. Students have the opportunity to make new friends and have lots of fun at events such as talent nights, quizzes, traditional games night, bonfires, barbeques and movie nights. The end of each week is celebrated with an assembly where student awards are presented, followed by karaoke or a fun disco, where students (and staff !) can show off their dancing skills and relax with their new friends.


Cultural excursions (Thursdays)

10 July: Manchester: Old Trafford (home of Manchester United) + Trafford Centre
17 July: Liverpool - Albert Dock + Liverpool One
24 July: Edinburgh - Castle + Princes Street
31 July: York: York Minster/Jorvik Viking Centre + Shambles

Outdoor excursions (Sundays)

13 July: Mountain biking and cruise on Lake Windermere  
20 July: Excursion to Keswick Canoe & Bushcraft
27 July: Paintballing & GPS Challenge


** In the event of circumstances beyond our control, excursions and/or itineraries are subject to amendment
Young Leaders
One afternoon a week, all students participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities designed to develop
leadership and team-building skills.
A Typical Week
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Accommodation & Food
Sedbergh International Summer School is well regarded for its superior level of pastoral care. Students live in Sedbergh School’s comfortable single-sex Boarding Houses with their Houseparent and experienced staff who are on hand to support students and help them settle in. Accommodation is in mixed nationality rooms of 1- 5 beds. Each house also has a Student Welfare Supervisor living in the house. Houses are well-equipped with social areas providing table tennis, wifi access and Sky TV. Students are encouraged to maintain regular contact with their families at home.
The School is proud of its excellent catering staff and dining facilities. A full and varied menu of international style food is provided. For lunch and dinner, there is a choice of two hot dishes and a vegetarian option. Students also enjoy barbecues, English roast dinners, pizzas, pasta, and international theme nights. A salad bar is available at lunch and dinner, and fresh fruit is available at every meal. At ‘Chocolate Time’ just before bed-time, students come together in their Boarding House over hot chocolate and biscuits for a chat about the day’s events. In addition to being an important social point of the day, this also allows staff to check that each student is well and happy.
Travel to Sedbergh

The small, safe yet vibrant market town of Sedbergh is situated
between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, two of the most
visited National Parks in Europe. Sedbergh benefits from excellent
road and rail links, and Manchester and Liverpool international
airports are within easy distance.

By Air
Sedbergh is within 90 minutes of the international airports of both
Manchester and Liverpool. Transfers from these airports are
included in the fees, for flights between 10am and 6pm on the
designated arrival day and 9am and 5pm on departure dates.
Flights should be booked arriving at Manchester or Liverpool
airport. If a direct flight cannot be booked, many airlines offer
connecting flights to Manchester (eg KLM via Amsterdam or
Lufthansa via Frankfurt). However, if required, there are also
frequent connecting flights from Heathrow to Manchester airport.

By Rail
Sedbergh is less than 30 minutes from the large town of Kendal,
and just 40 minutes from the city of Lancaster. Oxenholme Lake
District station can be reached by direct trains from London
within 2 hours 40 minutes.

We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment as places are limited. We restrict numbers of bookings from
speakers of any one language to ensure a good mix of different nationalities and to maximise immersion in the English

Make an enquiry
Terms & Conditions

Tel: (+44) 15396 22610 (Overseas) or 015396 22610 (UK)

Email: iss@sedberghschool.org

Sedbergh School
Cumbria, UK, LA10 5HG

© 2013 Sedbergh


Many of the summer school staff are current staff or former pupils of Sedbergh School. Recruitment for remaining positions is now in progress. Details of the positions available are now. Enquiries should be directed to Shirley Worrall shw@sedberghschool.org

Please note:

  • With very few exceptions, all staff will be required work the full duration of the course and to live on site (full board and accommodation provided).
  • Sedbergh School is committed to safeguarding & protecting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

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Sport & Recreation
In the afternoons students choose from a variety of activities and sports. A full and varied range of different
options is available and during the course will typically include:
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Table tennis