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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.
Students walking in Cambridge


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
Course lenght
up to 12 weeks
Course dates
Bell St Albans: Any Sunday from 4 June to 13 August

Bell Tudor Hall & Bell The Leys: Any Wednesday from 5 July to 2 August 2023
Bell St Albans
Bell Tudor Hall
Bell The Leys
Bell St Albans:
£1,335 per week

Bell Tudor Hall & Bell The Leys:
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
Bell The Leys

Feel at home at Bell

We want to make sure your child has everything they need to maximise their potential for success at Bell. We provide residential accommodation at all our Summer Explorer venues. Boys and girls have separate accommodation blocks on site, each with a dedicated houseparent to ensure 24/7 supervision and care throughout their time at Bell.

Photo: Bell The Leys

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.


Windsor Castle

Explore the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world – bursting with over 900 years of royal history!

Make sure you keep an eye out for Her Majesty the Queen as this is one of her official homes.



Warwick Castle

Discover the history, stories and secrets from this 1,000-year-old impressive castle. If you’re feeling brave, you can even travel through the castle’s dark dungeon.

After your journey through the castle’s history, explore the picturesque university town of Warwick.

Student at Warwick Castle

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 at Bell Cambridge timetable

Dates and locations

Bell Tudor Hall

From 05 July 2023 to 15 August 2023

Tudor Hall
Wykham Park
OX16 9UR

Bell The Leys

Bell The Leys

From 05 July 2023 to 15 August 2023

The Fen Causeway,
Cambridge, CB2 7AD

Bell St Albans

From 04 June 2023 to 19 August 2023

Shenley Ln
London Colney
St Albans

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