English Lessons

An Intensive English Course Built Around You

The first school I have ever been to where the English lessons are really useful.


Our programme provides 22 hours of English lessons each week, during which students are divided by age into juniors and seniors. A placement test ensures they are placed with students of a similar ability, in order to provide lessons tailored to their needs, and to maximise language development. Our well qualified and very experienced teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods to provide the best tuition and promote understanding.

In 2017, 100% of parents said their child’s English language skills have improved as a result of attending Sedbergh International Summer School (surveymonkey 2017)

English is taught through different weekly themes; this takes place both inside and outside the classroom. By providing a structured focus, the learning of grammar, speaking, listening and reading as well as general comprehension is promoted.

As small classes are maintained, teachers are able to monitor each student’s progress and provide individual assistance. Every student receives 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 Houseparent and the Course Director.

The Right Level for you

You will complete a short test on arrival to allocate you to the most appropriate class for your ability.

Your Learning Mentor

All Sedbergh teachers are highly qualified, enthusiastic native English speakers who are dedicated to providing you with engaging, fun and interesting lessons every day.


At Sedbergh, we value the importance of community engagement and as a junior you will have the opportunity to visit surrounding towns and villages to complete class projects. By speaking to the local British people, you will develop your spoken and written English.

Academic Subjects

In addition to our General English and Activities programme, we are offering an academic course for English combined with practical Physics experiments, following the British science curriculum. By choosing this course, you will also take advantage of our tailor-made, pre-course distance learning materials package which will optimise your learning during the course.


We also offer intensive IELTS courses, which replace your English lessons. At the end of the IELTS course you will take an official exam. Please contact us for dates and prices. This course is subject to availability.

Active Communication (Ages 13 to 16)

As a Senior, you will develop your independent learning and research skills by completing individual and group projects with support and guidance from your teachers.

Celebrating Success

celebrating course success

At Sedbergh, we recognise the achievements of all our students, so each week is celebrated with an Awards Ceremony which congratulates their academic and house contributions. If students have worked hard, put in effort and shown a desire to help others, they may be selected for the Student of the Week certificate. Students will continue the celebration with the weekly disco, where they can dance the night away with their friends.

I really enjoyed the awards ceremony because I got a ‘Student of the Week’ certificate.