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Practice your English while focusing on a skill you love. 

Bell academies give students the chance to specialise in one particular area of interest. The academies will be delivered by professionals with many years of industry experience, so students can practice their English while focusing on learning or developing their chosen skill. Students will receive 18 hours of their chosen activity over a two-week period while on their Summer Explorer course.

Academy options are booked in advance and are available at The Leys and Wellington College.

Academy fees are added to the Summer Explorer course fee as an additional charge. 


Football academy with Reading FC at Wellington College

Football Academy at Wellington College

Students will receive professional football coaching from Reading FC Community Trust. Coaches are qualified by the FA and have extensive experience with both male and female footballers. 

Coaching will cover technical aspects of the game including:

  • Dribbling
  • Passing 
  • Shooting
  • Heading
  • Tackling 
  • Goalkeeping. 

Students will get a chance to put all these skills into practice through supervised matches. The academy also includes a guided tour of the Madejski Stadium, home to Reading FC.

Find out more about our Football Academy

Tennis academy at the Leys School

Tennis Academy at The Leys School

The tennis academy option is ideal for students who want to receive professional tennis tuition. All coaches are qualified by the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) and have experience in teaching students of all abilities. 

Students will play on a range of surfaces, working on their forehand, backhand, volley shots and services and will get to apply their newly learnt skills in regular games. 

As the UK is the home of grass court tennis, students will have the chance to practise playing on this surface and learn about the different skills and techniques required. 

Find out more about our Tennis Academy

Performing Arts Academy at Wellington College

Performing Arts Academy at Wellington College

Taught by an experienced Performing Arts Specialist, students will improve their theatrical skills through activities such as:

  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Stage management 
  • Costume and set design. 

Students will have their moment in the spotlight as they create an end-of-course production to be performed to their fellow students and Bell staff. 

Find out more about our Performing Arts Academy

Horse-riding at Wellington Academy

Horse-riding Academy at Wellington College

Our horse-riding academy takes place at a long-established equestrian school, approved by the British Horse Society and Association of British Riding Schools. 

Led by professional trainers, students will:

  • Develop their riding skills including walking, trotting and cantering
  • Learn about stable management and how to care for horses
  • Learn how to safely handle and tack up horses in the stables. 

Students will have the opportunity to display what they have learnt during the academy at a final 'tack and turnout' show and will be presented with a certificate and rosette to celebrate their achievements. 

Find out more about our Horse-riding Academy

Two students with their robots

Robotics Academy at The Leys School

Your child will learn specialist skills to develop an autonomous, remote-control robot:

  • Coding
  • Engineering process
  • Mechanics
  • Design

Students will try their hand at complex mechanisms and learn how to program both the robots themselves and their wireless controllers.

These skills are increasingly critical for future work and highly sort after by employers covering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills

Find out more about our Robotics Academy