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Summer Explorer

Join us this summer to study our flagship English Explorer programme, which offers a holistic language experience which is immersive, flexible and lots of fun.


A summer full of opportunities and adventure.

Summer Explorer focuses on developing core English language skills through project-based learning activities and interactive learning – an effective way to learn language quickly and successfully.

We encourage students to become more confident, independent learners while they develop 21st century life skills that will benefit their future learning, life and work.


11- 17
Minimum language level
All levels
Staff to student ratio
Maximum class size
Bell St Albans
Bell The Leys
Course dates
Bell St Albans
Start any Sunday, 30 May to 21 August 2021

Bell The Leys
30 June
14 July
28 July
Course length
1 - 12 weeks
From £1,200 per week
Lidia Poland
I came to Bell to improve my language skills, expand my knowledge and explore England. Now I think I speak more fluently and sound like a native speaker. It's the best course I've ever been on.
Farah Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Bell has given me the opportunity to learn new things. Today I learnt to play hockey – which I’ve never tried before and I got to learn new words and how to pronounce them properly.
Paul Germany
This is my second time at Bell. I came on the Spring Explorer course last year and I had so much fun that I wanted to come back this year. I now want to come back for a third time!
Students walking around Bell Wellington

On this course, students will:

  • Gain confidence and become more independent learners and users of the English language
  • Develop their English language skills (reading writing, listening, and speaking)
  • Improve your vocabulary, pronunciation, and understanding of grammar
  • Essential 21st century life skills (communication, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and cultural awareness)
  • Produce a portfolio of work to demonstrate progress and achievements
  • Meet new friends from across the world


Project-based learning

Project themes have been intentionally designed for students and teachers to take their project in a direction that best meets the group’s needs and motivations.

This means that every group of students will learn something different and each student receives a personalised learning experience. Each theme will have a central guiding question that focuses the project and students work collaboratively towards the production of a tangible project outcome.

This approach helps students learning faster and more successfully. It also guarantees that students will learn something new every time.

Students working together on a project
Playing tennis as an elective


Learn by doing.

The activity programme is an integral part of the course and allows students to practise what they have learnt and develop a natural, fluent use of the language. Our afternoon activities – electives and Academy options – are designed to improve communication and confidence while developing academic, creative and active skills.

All Summer Explorer students will also enjoy a wide variety of whole-school activities, such as games, competitions, discos and shows.


Gain new life experiences

There is no better way to learn about British life and culture than to experience it for yourself.  Study tours also play an important role in our learning approach. Students prepare for their study tour in class and have educational tasks to complete during their trip, this is then discussed in lessons afterwards.

They will have three-full day study tours to UK destinations, every two weeks. Students will also have the opportunity to add optional activities to enhance their experience.

Students on a study tour in London

Specialise with an Academy

Delivered by professionals with many years of industry experience, students have the chance to specialise their language in one particular area of interest.
Academies are 9 hours per week. Book your Academy in advance.

Enjoy study tours to exciting attractions like:


London Eye

The London Eye is an iconic part of London’s skyline and has been offering guests a new panoramic view of London.

It has won over 85 awards for national and international tourism, outstanding architectural quality and engineering achievement. In fact, it has become the UK’s most popular visitor attraction.


Shakespeare’s Birthplace

Visit the home of Shakespeare and see the beautifully restored Elizabethan houses around the city. Take a bus or boat tour to see all the sights of one of the prettiest towns in England.


Science Museum London

The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.

Students can experience what it is like to fly or blast off into space in their stunning 3D and 4D simulators. They can also watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.

London Science Museum


Madame Tussauds London

This famous wax museum offers students the chance to get up close and personal to some their favourite icons and famous faces. It combines glitz and glamour with incredible heritage, having over 300 wax figures.

Look out for having tea with Her Majesty the Queen, rocking it out with Ed Sheeran, posing with Harry and Meghan, or singing a duet with Dua Lipa! Not only do you learn about some of the most famous individuals of British culture, you’ll not want to put your Instagram away!


Madame Tussauds in London


Punting in Cambridge

Tour the famous academic city of Cambridge and visit the prestigious, elite colleges of the University of Cambridge. Try punting along the river or visit one of the many world-class museums, like the famous Fitzwilliam Museum.

Punting in Cambridge

Sample timetable


Summer Explorer timetable

Dates and locations

Bell St Albans

Bell St Albans

Start any Sunday, from 30 May to 21 August 2021

Shenley Lane, London Colney,
St Albans, AL2 1AF

Bell The Leys

Bell The Leys

30 June – 13 July 2021
14 July – 27 July 2021
28 July – 10 August 2021

The Fen Causeway,
Cambridge, CB2 7AD

Bell St Albans

Bell St Albans

Start any Sunday, from 30 May to 21 August 2021

Shenley Lane, London Colney,
St Albans, AL2 1AF

Bell The Leys

Bell The Leys

6 July 2022 – 19 July 2022
20 July 2022 – 2 August 2022
3 August 2022 – 16 August 2022

*Dates subject to confirmation

The Fen Causeway,
Cambridge, CB2 7AD

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