Summer School in the UK
Attending summer school may not be every child’s dream but summer school in the UK is unlike no other summer school. Summer Schools are a fantastic opportunity for international students to learn the English language and experience British boarding life, for UK students to enrich their summer holidays. Many UK boarding schools run short holiday courses for students aged between 8 and 17. These Summer Schools provide various programmes of activities including lessons, excursions, sports and social events. These courses either run from March-April, or July-August, depending on when the host school’s holidays are.
There are many different courses to choose from and the majority of courses are a combination of lessons and fun activities. The summer schools often combine English language learning with academic study, social and sporting activities and excursions. So, not only do the students get the benefits of learning the English language from some of the best teachers in the country but they get to enjoy some summer activity as well. Some courses offer specialist subjects, for example dance, drama, sailing or tennis, but all courses will give students a variety of experiences.
These courses will often include trips to historic UK cities, such as London, Oxford and York, as well local excursions. The United Kingdom has some really great places to visit and learn about the country’s history. They may see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or the London Bridge. Students will learn from museums and other cultural places of interest all while learning the English Language.
Summer Schools run from 2-6 weeks, with 3 weeks being the most popular length. The average class size is between 12-16 pupils, and although students are often from lots of different nationalities, English is always the common language in the classroom. These classes are small so each student will be able to keep up with the other students. Students will learn the basics such as vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure and how to read and comprehend the English language.
Students are tested when they arrive at the schools; these tests are the PET, KET and the FCE tests. These tests determine what level each student is at when it comes to their English. Students are placed accordingly and there they can grow to learn more in the right classroom settings. If schools did not set tests then students who are at a higher level than what the school teaches would be wasting time as well as parents’ money.
A typical summer school class schedule would look like this; students will spend the morning in the classroom, take a break between classes then continue with their classes until lunchtime. When the students are done with classroom activities for the day, they get to do On Campus Sports and Activities and then take a dinner break and then there are evening games and sports until bedtime.
For the duration of the course, students will stay in the school’s accommodation and have access to the boarding house facilities, including the common room and dining hall. UK Boarding schools are known for their exceptional facilities, so students will feel right at home.