Summer School Courses

Our UK summer school is for international students aged 8-17. Now in their 26th year, the summer courses are intensive and academic, but as well as working hard, students have lots of fun with an extensive choice of sports, activities and excursions.

UK summer school options

With very small class sizes (5 – 8 students per class) and an overall staff-student ratio of one member of staff to three students, parents can relax knowing their children are safe, happy, learning effectively and well looked after in a caring, family environment.

Located in the town of Sherborne, surrounded by beautiful English countryside, our UK summer school courses are based on the same high-quality standards as our school term courses. Written academic and house reports are sent to parents every two weeks and all students receive a certificate of attendance.

The summer course in Sherborne was one of the best things that I have ever done in my life. I never thought that I would have so much fun while doing classes. Everybody is so nice here and the memories and friends I made here will stay in my heart forever.
Azucena, 14 – Paraguay

Summer school dates

There is now very limited availability on our 2018 summer school courses and some weeks are completely full:

  • 4 July (for 2 weeks) – completely full
  • 18 July (for 2 weeks) – completely full
  • 1 August (for 2, 3 or 4 weeks) – completely full
  • 15 August (for 2 weeks) – places available – register your interest now!

The last two weeks (15-29 August) are ideal preparation for students placed in British Boarding Schools from September, helping students feel more confident and prepared.

Summer school fees

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It was one of the best experiences in my life.
Lledo, 15 – Spain

 

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A level or IB Preparation Summer School Course

Our A level or IB Preparation Summer School Course is designed to help international students starting A Level or International Baccalaureate Diploma courses settle into their new school courses more quickly and confidently.

The course will really improve your chances of gaining good grades early in the course – a real help with final results and university applications.

A Level / IB Preparation Course – Key Points

Lessons on this A level / IB summer school course cover the basic components and techniques of each subject, plus the style of working at this level. Practical skills, written requirements and effective study habits relevant in each subject are emphasised.

Students develop their use of English language appropriate for studying and for life in a UK boarding school while socialising with students from many different nationalities. They learn to analyse texts, develop research skills and present conclusions and results verbally and in written form. Drama lessons help increase confidence with speaking and presentation.

The pre A Level course was a new experience for me but I enjoyed every minute of the lessons!
Maria, 15 – Russia

A Level / IB Summer School – Dates

There is now very limited availability on our 2018 A Level / IB Preparation Summer School Course and some weeks are completely full:

  • 4 July (for 2 weeks) – completely full
  • 18 July (for 2 weeks) – completely full
  • 1 August (for 2, 3 or 4 weeks) – completely full
  • 15 August (for 2 weeks) – places available – register your interest now!

The last two weeks (15-29 August) are ideal preparation for students placed in UK Boarding Schools from September, helping students feel more confident and prepared.

A Level / IB Summer School – Fees

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The teachers were amazing (like every year) and really prepared me for school life in Britain.
Emily, 16 – Germany

 

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IGCSE or GCSE Preparation Summer Course

Our IGCSE or GCSE Preparation Summer Course gives international students starting (or thinking about starting) IGCSE or GCSE courses the support they need to acquire skills vital to success.

Key points about this summer course

  • Perfect preparation for school term GCSE / IGCSE courses at Sherborne International or other schools
  • For students aged 8-17
  • Very small class sizes (5 – 8 students)
  • 30 lessons per week: 22hr 30m
  • Six lessons in each of four chosen subjects plus six lessons of drama
  • Essential study skills
  • Experience of practical science
  • Optional additional individual tuition classes available
  • Full programme of sports, afternoon and evening activities
  • Two excursions a week (including study trips on alternate Wednesdays for those staying more than two weeks)
  • For students with CEFR level B1 and above

Students on our IGCSE or GCSE Preparation Summer Course can choose four subjects from: biology, chemistry, physics, maths, history, English and English literature.

Lessons give an introduction to the kinds of content and skills each subject will need at IGCSE / GCSE level. For example, in science, students do experiments and learn how to describe what they did and explain the conclusions they reached in the same way as they would on our one and two-year GCSE / IGCSE course.

In history, students look at evidence and how to examine sources and write up and explain their findings – skills that are important irrespective of the actual period to be studied.

Throughout, students develop their use of the English language appropriate for studying and for life in a boarding school and the UK generally while socialising with others of many different nationalities. Students learn to analyse texts, develop research skills and present conclusions and results orally, in debates or in written form. Drama lessons help increase confidence in speaking and performing.

Students can come for the whole eight weeks or for 2, 3, 4, or 6 weeks. For a thorough preparation, we recommend as much time as possible. You can study the same four subjects for the whole time, or choose different subjects in different two-week sections.

My teachers were wonderful, they were very kind, and if I asked a question they explained until I understood.
Sayata, 14 – Japan

IGCSE / GCSE Preparation – Dates

There is now very limited availability on our 2018 IGCSE / GCSE Preparation Summer Course and some weeks are completely full:

  • 4 July (for 2 weeks) – completely full
  • 18 July (for 2 weeks) – completely full
  • 1 August (for 2, 3 or 4 weeks) – completely full
  • 15 August (for 2 weeks) – places available – register your interest now!

The last two weeks (15-29 August) are ideal preparation for students placed in British Boarding Schools from September, helping students feel more confident and prepared.

IGCSE or GCSE Preparation – Fees

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You know, I couldn’t stand studying Maths, but our teacher made me fall in love with it.
Sofiya, 15 – Russia

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Intensive English Summer School Course (plus subjects)

Our Intensive English Summer School Course is aimed at international students who wish to improve their written and spoken English, whilst also studying a range of subjects.

It was the first intensive English summer course of its kind for international students and has now been running for over 25 years. It is aimed at students aged 8-17 who:

  • Wish to improve the fluency and accuracy of their spoken and written English
  • Are considering joining a British independent school and wish to improve their English in this context, including exposure to some more academic language through the subject lessons
  • Are already at a UK school but want to enhance their English language skills
  • Want to sample independent school life and culture in England while socialising with students from different nationalities
  • Want to acclimatise themselves or receive a boost by enrolling on an English summer school course prior to starting at a UK school in September

With English plus the addition of several lessons in different subjects – such as sciences, maths, history, geography, cultural studies, art, drama and computing – this intensive English summer course gives a taste of our academic year programme.

The variety of content and language is much appreciated by the students. They enjoy the interactive and dynamic lessons whilst developing their English throughout.

English Summer School – Key Points

  • Very small class sizes (5 – 8 students)
  • 30 lessons a week
  • Optional additional individual tuition available
  • Full programme of sports, afternoon and evening activities
  • Two excursions a week (including study trips on alternate Wednesdays for those staying more than two weeks)
  • All Common European Framework language levels offered from beginner (A1) to advanced (C2)

What can I tell you about this place?
If you want to send your children to improve their English, send them here.
Fedor, 14 – Russia

Dates

There is now very limited availability on our Intensive English Summer Course and some weeks are completely full:

  • 4 July (for 2 weeks) – completely full
  • 18 July (for 2 weeks) – completely full
  • 1 August (for 2, 3 or 4 weeks) – completely full
  • 15 August (for 2 weeks) – places available – register your interest now!

The last two weeks (15-29 August) are ideal preparation for students placed in British Boarding Schools from September, helping students feel more confident and prepared.

Fees

More information

The summer course was really interesting and helpful to improve my English.
Nour, 13 – Switzerland

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