Bishop’s Stortford College International Summer School is for international students aged 8 – 17 who are visiting the UK for a short period of 2 weeks. We welcome groups of students aged 8 – 17 accompanied by one or more Group Leaders and individual students aged 13 – 17. The courses combine English language tuition, general or specialist activities and classes, events, local visits and excursions to places of historical and cultural interest.
Bishop’s Stortford College is set in extensive, safe, attractive grounds with excellent residential, educational and sporting facilities. The campus is conveniently located on the edge of town and is just a short walk from all the shops, cafés and restaurants as well as the train station.
On campus there are extensive and well-maintained playing fields, all-weather surface courts and two floodlit astro pitches for football, hockey and tennis, a well-equipped sports hall for basketball, badminton, volleyball, indoor cricket and an indoor heated swimming pool. Additional facilities for activities include a dance studio, theatre and Art & Design centre.
During breaks in lessons and activities, students can relax and buy refreshments in the student café. WiFi is available across the campus and in the boarding houses.
Accommodation & Catering
Students are accommodated in 5 different boarding houses, all located on the main campus. Each house has between 30 – 50 beds in different-sized rooms. The majority of bedrooms are single and either have a private bathroom or individual wash basin but there are several twin and 4-bedded rooms in each of the Senior School houses. The Prep School house is ideal for Kids’ groups with a large spacious and comfortable common room and multi-bedded bedrooms which can sleep between 5 – 10 students per room. Group Leaders have single rooms in all houses unless otherwise requested and summer school staff are resident and on-call at all times. The College provides bed linen and towels every week and each boarding house has its own laundry. Girls and boys are accommodated on separate floors or in different parts of the boarding houses and have separate bathrooms if the bedrooms are not en suite. There is a common room in each boarding house where students can relax, socialize with each other, watch TV or DVDs, play video-, indoor- and board-games.
The College has a large dining room and provides the students with 3 wholesome meals each day. Breakfast offers a selection of cold and traditional cooked items; lunch and dinner consist of soup with bread, pasta bar, a main dish, vegetables, salad bar, desserts, fresh fruit basket. Packed meals are provided for full-day excursions, late arrivals and early departures and there is a weekly barbeque.
English Language Courses
Experio English is a partnership between Experio Summer and EngXcel. EngXcel is the latest enterprise from the founders of ABC Cambridge, a school built on 60 years’ experience of delivering quality English language tuition at all levels and in accordance with British Council standards. All students are tested on their first full day and subsequently placed in classes of no more than 16 students at an appropriate level for their ability. The lessons are topic-based and are designed to help students develop communication skills, natural English and a range of vocabulary. Materials have been specifically chosen for both the Kids’ and Teens’ courses and include authentic resources.
For English classes and daytime activities, students are divided into 2 age-groups:
- Kids (8-12 yrs)
- Teens (13-17 yrs)
All students have morning English classes from 09:00 – 12:40 (15 hours per week) and afternoon activities from 13:45 – 17:30.
Kids’ activities are a combination of language practice, culture, arts and crafts, sports and lots of fun! They include walking tours of Bishop’s Stortford as well as organised team games with local English children attending the College’s holiday activity camp.
A wide range of options are on offer for Teens and students should choose their preferred course(s) at the time of booking: Multi-activity, Academic, Drama, Sports Coaching (either 2 courses x 1 week each or 1 course x 2 weeks).
combine sports activities (basketball, volleyball, badminton, swimming, rounders, touch rugby, cricket) with artistic activities (dance, film-making, arts & crafts).
Intensive English or IELTS Preparation are for motivated students wishing to make additional progress with their communication skills in English (speaking, listening, reading, writing) or to prepare for the IELTS test when they return home.
are for students who have an interest in theatre and want to develop their knowledge and experience of performance skills and theatre-making techniques. Students will use these skills and techniques to devise and rehearse a theatre piece, to be performed in front of the whole summer school at the end of the course.
Sports Coaching Courses
(football, hockey, tennis) are for athletic students wishing to experience high-quality coaching in their chosen sport (maximum 1 sport per week). Open to students of all experience and abilities.
Every evening all students can enjoy a variety of different activities. Some are for the whole College (disco, film night, talent show, sports tournaments, hide & seek, ghost walk) and some are for smaller groups (quiz night, dance classes, cooking classes).
Students will have two half-day excursions on Thursdays (14:00 – 19:00) to the famous university city of Cambridge which include an open-top bus sightseeing tour, university colleges walking tour, Fitzwilliam Museum, punting and free time to explore and shop.
Full-day excursions are on Saturdays (09:30 – 21:30) and will take students to London (Buckingham Palace, Whitehall & Westminster, Covent Garden, British Museum, free time for shopping) and Canterbury (historic river tour, cathedral visit, walking tour, free time to explore and shop).
Optional visits and excursions can be arranged for groups and these can be booked in advance or on arrival at the College.
Student Health & Welfare
Bishop’s Stortford College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its care.
Safeguarding processes and procedures are in place to support students, their families, Group Leaders and staff; how to access and benefit from these will be explained during the orientation session.
All summer school staff have had basic First Aid training and know exactly which procedures to follow in cases of illness or injury.
For medical emergencies there is a nurse on call at all times and the Herts & Essex Community Hospital is only a 10-minute drive from the College.