Summer School Course
This exclusive summer school course is designed for boys and girls aged 8-12 (Juniors) and 13-16 (Seniors). For English lessons, students are divided into Junior and Senior classes, which ensures that they receive the correct level of English tuition for their age and ability. In keeping with the ‘boarding school taster’ experience and our wish to develop independence, teamwork and leadership skills in our students, all meals, lessons and activities are taken together. Sports, excursions and evening entertainment are also combined, allowing students to spend time with new friends.
Students live in single-sex boarding houses under the care of an experienced Houseparent who acts in loco parentis and is responsible for the development and welfare of each student. All International Summer School staff are employed directly by Sedbergh School which helps students to settle quickly and to help them achieve their full potential during their stay.
The course is small and friendly, and the village location offers a stunning and very safe location for an exciting summer. Each day is structured to give a true taste of boarding school life. With 22 hours of English lessons each week and student numbers restricted to 20% of any one language, opportunities are maximised to improve English language skills very quickly. Class sizes are small and a variety of teaching styles is used, including group language activities to ensure that students are engaged and learning effectively.
All students 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.
Our younger students are offered a lot of variety and support throughout their lessons. They build up their vocabulary through the different weekly themes which aim to excite them and stimulate their interest in British culture, something which they cannot get out of a textbook. In order to get them learning outside of the classroom, once a week Junior students have a special ‘English in the Community’ afternoon, where they learn in a practical environment with native speakers. Every year, students practice writing and sending postcards in the local Post Office, which put their writing and speaking skills to the test. Other examples include attending a cheese tasting, followed by a talk by a local cheese maker.
Older students are offered a stimulating environment in which to learn. The large amount of contact hours with their teacher means they are able to maximise the benefits of a total immersion in English. Lessons are linked to the weekly excursions, to make the summer school a connected learning experience. Each week, as well as their normal lessons, the Seniors will also attend ‘Active Communication’ lessons, which focuses on project work and team-building to learn English in a fast-paced and fun way.