An intensive english course built around you

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Students benefit from dedicated and enthusiastic native English teachers in small class sizes (maximum 15 students per class)

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

Rodolfo from Italy

Our programme provides 22 hours of English lessons each week, with lessons taught Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (Thursdays and Sundays are excursion days).

For their lessons, students are divided by age into juniors and seniors, and then by their level using a short placement test. This ensures they are placed with students of a similar age and ability, in order to provide lessons tailored to their needs, and to maximise language development. Our 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 the classroom – through lessons and afternoon sessions such as Active Communication – and outside the classroom – through our excursions, activities and Leadership Activities. 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 (maximum 15 students per class), 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.


You will complete a short test on arrival to allocate you to the most appropriate class for your ability. During the course it is possible for you to move up a class based on your performance.


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.


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


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.


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.


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One of our teachers awarding her Student of the Week Certificate in 2018.

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.

Pablo from Spain