Residential Summer Courses 2021

We are very sad to announce that we have had to cancel all of our 2021 residential summer courses. Please click HERE to read the full review.

Please contact our admissions team HERE if you have any questions.


Family Summer Course

Our Family Summer Course is an English language course for children aged 7 to 10 years, and parents based, at Dean Close School in Cheltenham.  This course is available for two or four weeks and is a great introduction to British boarding schools.  Each course will include visits to three excellent schools.

There are two booking options on this course for parents:

STAY & PLAY – parents stay nearby and participate in all the planned lessons and activities.

DROP & GO – parents drop off their child at the school and then do not participate for the 2 weeks.  They can return on the final day when they can rejoin the course for the drama show and to collect their child.

Children live in a boarding house at Dean Close School on their Prep School campus.  Parents (on STAY & PLAY) stay in nearby hotels and visit their children regularly and share many activities together.  Parents also have some excursions on their own as well free time for shopping and tourism.

If you are thinking of sending your child to the UK, this course should be part of your essential preparation.

The recommended minimum language level for this course, for both students and parents, is CEFR Level B1 / IELTS 4.0.

Course dates & prices

Duration Dates Price
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Each additional child is charged at £3,000.00 per child for 2 weeks
Each addition adult is charged at £1,500.00 per adult for 2 weeks (STAY & PLAY)

Course Aims for Children:

We aim to give international students a real taste of living in a British boarding school. They will improve their English, study other subjects, enjoy interesting trips, play sport, perform in a show, meet British children, and have lots of fun. They will grow in confidence and knowledge of the world.

Course Aims for Parents (on STAY & PLAY):

We aim to help parents understand British Boarding Schools so they can make decisions about their child’s future education. They will see their child’s school and have visits to other schools and meet their staff. There is a talk about British education and they will also have English lessons to help during their stay.

The Price Includes:

The prices shown above include transfers from and to Heathrow and Gatwick airports on the first and last days of the course (subject to time restrictions). For children, all accommodation, meals, teaching, activities, and entrance fees. For parents, airport transfers and all teaching and activities as described opposite. Please note, the price does NOT include the parent’s hotel accommodation or meals unless advised on the timetable. We are able to provide details of hotels in Cheltenham which are near Dean Close School.

Included for Children:

– 15 hours of English per week.
– 6 hours of other subjects a week, including Maths, Science, Geography, Drama and Art.
– Sports programme.
– Evening social activities with British Student Hosts.
– Each week, one half-day activity such as climbing or hiking.

Included for Children and Parents Together (on STAY & PLAY):

– Each week, one full-day trip to Bath.
– Each week, one half-day activity such as painting pottery, or countryside nature walk.
– Each week, one half-day visit to a different Boarding School.
– Parents will join students twice a week for lunch at Dean Close School.
– Social evening meeting British families and children.

Included Just for Parents (on STAY & PLAY):

– 6 hours a week of English lessons.
– Talk on British education system.
– Visit to a discount shopping park selling designer goods.
– Advice on travel in the UK.
– Free days to arrange your own activities.

Thank you for these kind words

“Etherton Education did wonders to all my students. They attended the summer programme in preparation for their boarding school. To begin with they were nervous and shy, after 8 weeks’ intensive studying, they became confident and fit in really well in their new school. The friendship they made at Etherton last for a long time. I witness their growth both in academic and personal sense. It is for this reason, Etherton will always remain on my top priority list". Wai Shun International Education Centre (Agent)