Our Junior Academic Course is based at Wellington School in the South West of England and is for international students aged 10-12 years. It is designed for young students who want to have a great summer school experience, but also want something more than just an ordinary holiday course. It is for boys and girls who are keen to try new activities and learn new skills.
You will spend 9 hours a week in English classes, 3 hours each in Drama and Maths, and 90 minutes each in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Art, ICT and Life Skills. You will learn English for daily life scenarios – talking about health, asking for directions, and so on. The aim of this is to make you as comfortable as possible in adjusting to a new culture. Our maximum class size is 16 students, but the usual average is 9-10 students per class.
The course content is academic study, but it is appropriate for younger learners. Teachers have the opportunity to focus on activity learning, and this is why we bring lessons such as Life Skills into the timetable. Life Skills, ranging from First Aid to basic cooking, are designed to help students prepare for their future education.
You will receive at least 3 hours of homework a week. You have supervised homework time led by the Student Hosts. This is a more relaxed environment from your classroom timetable where you can get study support from your friendly Student Hosts.
Course dates & prices
|8 weeks||10/07/2017 - 03/09/2017||£9200.00|
|6 weeks||23/07/2017 - 03/09/2017||£6900.00|
|4 weeks||10/07/2017 - 06/08/2017||£4600.00|
|4 weeks||06/08/2017 - 03/09/2017||£4600.00|
|2 weeks||23/07/2017 - 06/08/2017||£2550.00|
|2 weeks||06/08/2017 - 20/08/2017||£2550.00|
We believe Drama is an ideal way of helping to practise speaking in English. Participating in a real Drama Shows increases your confidence and is also great fun. Some of our past productions have included Grease, The Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a rock and roll version of Romeo and Juliet. In the past, we have found all students really enjoy the performance and take great pride in all of their hard work.
Students on this course will also have sports every day for an hour. This gives students the chance to have a taste of British sports including cricket, netball and rugby. Wellington School has excellent facilities for sport, and our British Student Hosts join in the games, so that you learn more English even when you are playing.
As well as the academic timetable, there will be many social activities. We have unique exciting activities designed by Etherton Education which are organised by the Student Hosts so our students can enjoy themselves after a full day of studying. There are two big social evenings a week with varying activities including a Fashion Show, a Business Game, an Environmental Game, Speed Chatting and many more! These evenings bring out your creativity and give you a chance to develop your team spirit.
We also hold Formal Dinners and Dances during the summer course. These events give you the chance to dress up smartly and practise how you would be expected to behave. On Sundays there will be opportunities for you to join many Sunday Clubs. In the past, clubs have included arts and crafts, art club, team games, photography club, dog walking, circus acts, singing and hand casting. Sunday is a great time to get involved in something new and learn outside the classroom.
Every week you will join the Pre-GCSE students for a full-day excursion for you to learn more about the culture of Britain. These may include Oxford, Longleat, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Dartmoor. Whilst on these trips, you will get to visit many famous sites and attractions. As the Junior Course timetable is more relaxed, you will also have one or two half day excursions every week. Some of these trips may include indoor and outdoor climbing, water raft building, coastal walks, caving, mountain biking, grass sledging, exploring the local national parks and visiting local museums.
Students work hard and play hard on the Junior Academic Course. They mix with students from other countries. There are many staff to look after them, and our wonderful British Student Hosts are on duty over 50 hours a week, so there is plenty of time for you to practise chatting with friendly native speakers of English.