Academic English Course

Academic English Course - Tue 7th to Tue 21st August 2018

Our programme provides up to 55 hours of English lessons over two weeks. Students will be grouped by age, with Juniors (8-13 year olds) attending Language Skills sessions in the mornings and activities in the afternoons. Seniors (14-17 year olds) will benefit from a more rigorous academic schedule, with Language Skills in the morning and Study Skills in the afternoons. Classes will also be grouped by English language ability, to ensure that our native teachers can provide the best possible tuition for the maximum development of each student.

Language Skills sessions cover the four main areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening in an interactive way, using the latest teaching techniques for intensive English learning. Key aspects of daily life in Britain, such as British culture and social skills, will also be taught during the course.

Physics – Instruction and Experimentation

For seniors, Study Skills sessions will develop students’ independent study skills, including revision, different reading skills and research techniques. Students will also participate in a number of Physics lessons and experiments, which will develop their scientific vocabulary as well as their analytical and technical skills, and give them an insight into scientific education in Britain. These lessons will be extremely valuable for any students interested in taking sciences at a higher education level, and will support those working towards a Physics iGCSE certificate.


Two of the core values of a British boarding school are leadership and teamwork. During the course, one full-day excursion will take the students to the Brathay Centre, where trained professionals will coach students in developing their leadership skills. Students will complete fun and challenging exercises in a beautiful location, developing their confidence as well as their communication and negotiation skills both individually and as part of a team.

Individual Student Reports

Throughout the course teachers monitor each student’s progress and offer individual assistance. Every student will receive a full academic report and certificate at the end of the course. This contains their teacher’s recommendations on how to continue improving their English once they return home along with comments from their Housemaster or Housemistress and the Course Director.

The University of Cambridge

The first is provided by the Brathay Trust, who are experts in developing leadership skills and self-confidence in young people. The second will be a residential 2-day trip to the University of Cambridge, where students will be immersed in its unique tradition and heritage, experiencing life and study at one of the UK’s most prestigious universities. Workshops will talk them through the history and values of the university, and they will receive information on how to apply for the university in the future.

All transport and packed lunches are provided for excursions, and there is usually some time provided for students to go shopping for souvenirs.


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 two international airports are within easy distance.

Sedbergh is 25 minutes from the large town of Kendal, and just 35 minutes from the city of Lancaster.
Oxenholme Lake District station can be reached by direct trains from London within 2 hours 40 minutes and is located 20 minutes from the School.

Manchester and Liverpool international airports are both a 90 minute drive. Transfers from these airports are included in the fees*.

If a direct flight cannot be booked, many airlines offer connecting flights to Manchester (eg KLM via Amsterdam or Lufthansavia Frankfurt). There are also frequent connecting flights between Heathrow and Manchester airports. If you would like to discuss collection from alternate airports please contact us.

*for flights and trains arriving between 11am and 6pm and departing between 10am and 5pm on the nominated arrival/departure days.