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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.

Course type
Young Learners
Age of student
11-17
Language level
Beginner (A1) - Proficient (C2)
Staff/student ratio
1:6
Lesson hours per week
15 hours.
Course dates
June, July, August
Price
£2,625 per two week course (£1,150 per week at Bell St Albans)
Location
Bell St Albans , Bloxham School, Oxfordshire , The Leys School, Cambridge , Wellington College, Berkshire

Who is this course for?

Young learners who want to combine English language study, activities and cultural visits.

Course outcomes

Your child will develop:

  • Confidence and become more independent as learners and users of English
  • Core English language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • Vocabulary, pronunciation and understanding of grammar
  • Skills in their chosen electives or academy option
  • Essential life skills (teamwork, independence and communication)
  • A portfolio of work
  • An international network of friends

Course description

Project-based English lessons

30 hours per two week course (15 hours per weekly course at St Albans)

English lessons include projects which are designed around the school’s weekly theme. Small groups of students work together on their projects focusing on each child’s language knowledge and skills development. Students at Bloxham, The Leys and Wellington also have the opportunity to demonstrate their language skills by preparing for and taking the Trinity College London Speaking exam (GESE).

Project themes at Bell St Albans

  • The Great Britons
  • The sound of Britain
  • Extraordinary Earth
  • Fame and fortune
  • To the future and beyond
  • Lights, camera, action!

Project themes at Bloxham, The Leys and Wellington

  • Six Degrees: fame, fortune and social media
  • Destination Discovery: gadgets, gizmos and the future
  • Mind the Art
  • Food for Thought

 

New for 2018: Bell Academies

18 hours per two-week course

Bell academies give students the chance to specialise in one particular area of interest such as tennis, e-Sports or horse-riding. Delivered by professionals with many years of industry experience, students practise their English while focused on learning or developing their chosen skill.

Academy options incur an additional charge and are booked in advance.

Read more about Bell Academies and view a summary of each academy below. 

Football Academy 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. 

Download our football academy factsheet

eSports Academy at Wellington College

eSports at Wellington College

In this innovative academy, experienced industry professionals will show students how computer games are a unique way to develop their English language and teamwork skills. 

Students will explore topics such as:

  • The history of computer games
  • The rise of the internet
  • Multi-player games
  • The way people play today. 

Sessions will be held close to Wellington, at Quantum Web Cafe, the UK's longest running internet cafe and gaming zone. The academy is hosted by professional gaming coach, Jason Deane, who has taken part in the CyberOlympics. As part of the course, students will explore the future of eSports and learn about the opportunities of this new and exciting world. 

Download our eSports academy factsheet

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. 

Download our performing arts academy factsheet

Horse-riding Academy at Wellington College

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. 

Download our horse-riding academy factsheet

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. 

Download our tennis academy factsheet

Art and Design Academy at Bloxham

Our Art and Design academy is perfect for budding artists who want to improve their creative skills. 

Led by an experienced art teacher, students will develop their personal creativity and explore different artistic styles. 

  • Animation 
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Graphic design
  • Sculpting.

Students will work towards creating a bespoke piece of art to showcase their hard work and artistic flair. 

Download our art and design academy factsheet

Art and Design academy at Bloxham School

Elective programme

18 hours per two week course (9 hours per weekly course at St Albans)

Students at Bell 'learn by doing', so the activity programme is an integral part of the course and allows young learners to practise and develop what they have learnt in lessons. Our afternoon activities – electives and academy options – are designed to improve communication and confidence while developing academic, creative and active skills.

Electives at St Albans

A selection of active, creative and academic electives will be available each week. Choose your activities on arrival.

Examples include:

  • Archery
  • Art and crafts
  • British literature
  • Cooking
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Drama
  • Film and photography
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Health and fitness
  • Journalism
  • Lacrosse
  • Music
  • Orienteering
  • Rounders
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball

Electives at Bloxham School

Students choose three electives on arrival at Bloxham.

The following electives are always on offer at this site:

  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Film-making
  • Pool sports and swimming
  • Tennis

A selection of other electives will also be available on each course. Examples include:

  • Archery
  • British literature
  • British sports
  • Cooking
  • Cricket
  • Dodgeball
  • Fashion design
  • Football
  • Fine arts
  • Journalism
  • Volleyball

Try the new Art & Design Academy at Bloxham (book in advance).

Electives at The Leys

Students choose three electives on arrival at The Leys.

The following electives are always on offer at this site:

  • Basketball
  • Drama
  • Football
  • Journalism
  • Photography in Cambridge

A selection of other electives will also be available on each course. Examples include:

  • Art and crafts
  • British literature
  • Cambridge culture
  • Cooking
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Handball
  • Health and fitness
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Try the new Tennis Academy at The Leys (book in advance).

Electives at Wellington College

Students choose three electives on arrival at Wellington.

The following electives are always on offer at this site:

  • British sports
  • Contemporary art
  • Event management
  • Presentations and debates
  • Volleyball

A selection of other electives will also be available on each course. Examples include:

  • Art and crafts
  • British literature
  • Cricket
  • Dodgeball
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Health and fitness
  • Journalism
  • Photography
  • Rounders
  • Rugby

Try the new e-Sports, Football, Horse-riding or Performing Arts Academies at Wellington College (book in advance).

Young learners
Young learners
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Young learners, Bloxham
Young learners, Wellington College
Wellington College
Performing arts at Wellington College
Bloxham swimming pool
Photography at Bloxham
Learning at the Leys
Archery

Study tours

3 full day study tours per two week course (1-2 days per one week course at St Albans)

Students learn about British life and culture through study tours to historic UK destinations such as London, Oxford, Cambridge and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Study tours are learning opportunities outside the classroom and are part of the academic programme. Students are prepared for the study tour in class, given a task to do on the trip and have a feedback lesson afterwards. Young learners are carefully supervised on all study tours.

Other activities

25.5 hours per two week course (9 hours per one week course at St Albans)

After lessons, afternoon activities and a delicious dinner, students have an evening activity – more chance for your child to learn and practise English. Examples of evening activities include team-building challenges, treasure hunts and film nights.

Trinity College London Speaking exam

Students have the option to demonstrate their language skills by preparing for and taking the Trinity College London Speaking exam (GESE) at the end of their course. This is optional and is available at Bloxham School, The Leys School and Wellington College.

Course includes

  • Accommodation at your chosen school
  • All meals
  • All social activities and study tours
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure with Bell staff
  • Free internet access
  • Free laundry service
  • Comprehensive insurance

Summer Explorer sample timetable

Summer Explorer sample timetable
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