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Summer is a time for relaxation and fun, but it can also be an opportunity to continue your education and personal growth. UK summer schools offer a range of programmes for children of all ages, from primary school to university. Whether your child is looking to improve their English, explore a new subject, or gain practical experience in a particular field, there’s a summer school for them.

The Golden Circle’s education experts have selected the top 10 most inspiring UK summer schools for 2023. To book your place or for more information, please get in touch to speak with a member of our team.

1. Whitgift Summer School

Best for learning English

Awarded Independent School of the Year Award in 2020, Whitgift School offers outstanding accommodation, STEM, sports, and performing arts facilities, as well as sharing their campus with the resident peacocks and flamingos. Whitgift’s intensive English programme attracts students from all over the world. It offers inspiring English language lessons and opportunities for children to perfect their spoken English in authentic real-life situations. Recommended by Golden Circle parents, Whitgift Summer School is the perfect programme for any child who wishes to improve their fluency, and experience life at an impressive British boarding school.

Ages: 11 – 17
Length of study: 2 – 6 weeks
Dates: 9 July – 20 August
Location: Whitgift School, London
Fees: £3300 – £8350

https://www.whitgift.co.uk/short-courses-welcome/short-courses-learn-english


2. Summer Boarding Courses at Eton College

Best for a prestigious British boarding school experience

Summer Boarding Courses (SBC) offers students the opportunity to study at some of the UK’s most prestigious boarding schools. With alumni including 19 former British prime ministers, Eton College stands as the global benchmark in private school education and is an inspiring learning environment for SBC’s immersive General English course. Academics are complemented by a varied social calendar which includes sports, arts, excursions, and workshops on leadership, public speaking, and critical thinking.

Ages: 12 – 16
Length of study: 2 – 4 weeks
Dates: 10 July – 7 August
Location: Eton College, Berkshire
Fees: £4800 for 2 weeks, £9600 for 4 weeks

https://www.summerboardingcourses.com/courses/general-english-summer-school/sbc-at-eton/


3. Oxford Summer Courses at Harrow School

Best for curious young minds

Explore the beauty and prestige of Harrow School with Oxford Summer Courses junior summer programme. Children enjoy academically rigorous lessons, learn from expert teachers, and engage in a wide range of extracurricular activities. Students can choose from 8 engaging subject specialisms, including Enterprise, Law, Medicine, Science, and Creative Writing, to pursue their academic interests and goals. For intellectually curious children, who are confident English speakers, this is an excellent chance to go beyond the school curriculum and have an unforgettable summer experience at one of the most prestigious schools in the UK.

Ages: 9 – 12
Length of study: 1 week
Dates: 9 July – 12 August
Location: Harrow School, London
Fees: From £1595

https://oxfordsummercourses.com/venues/summer-school-at-harrow-school-juniors/


4. BRIT Summer School

Best for aspiring actors and musicians

The BRIT School is renowned for its ambitious arts programme and internationally recognised alumni. Former students include the singers Adele, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, and the late Amy Winehouse. This summer they are offering an exciting creative arts programme focused on Film Making, Photography, Digital Design and Art, and a performing arts programme specialising in Dance, Singing, Theatre and Musical Theatre. At an incredibly competitive and highly regarded performing arts school, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Please note that this programme is a day summer school (9am – 4pm) and does not offer overnight boarding.

Ages: 7 – 12
Length of study: 2 weeks
Dates: 31 July – 11 August
Location: BRIT school, London
Fees: £538

https://www.brit.croydon.sch.uk/summerschool


5. Imperial Global Summer School

Best for STEM A Level students

Imperial College London’s Global Summer School is a pre-university STEM programme for children aged 16 and 17. This is an exciting opportunity to learn at a world top ten university, engage in a challenging academic programme of lectures, labs, and workshops, and develop desirable workplace skills through group STEM challenges. On top of academics, Imperial Global Summer School students have access to professional advice and guidance on university applications and enjoy a full calendar of social activities in evenings and weekends, helping them to maximise their time in London.

Ages: 16 – 17
Length of study: 2 weeks
Dates: 3 – 15 July or 7 – 19 August
Location: Imperial College London, London
Fees: £5825

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/be-inspired/global-summer-school/


6. Summer Boarding Courses at Twyford School

Best for first time summer schoolers

Twyford Summer School offers younger students the opportunity to learn English and make friends from the UK and around the world in a fun, nurturing environment. Located in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, just three miles outside of Winchester, Twyford School is the perfect location for outdoor activities and immersive English language lessons. This dynamic course focuses on building communication, teamwork, and creativity skills to improve children’s understanding of English and boost their confidence. It’s a gentle and supportive summer school for children who are experiencing life away from home for the first time.

Ages: 8 – 12
Length of study: 2 weeks
Dates: 30 July – 12 August
Location: Twyford School, Winchester
Fees: £3200

https://www.summerboardingcourses.com/campuses/twyford-summer-school/


7. Oxford Summer Courses at Oxford University

Best for academic studies

As a city of dreaming spires, Oxford has long inspired and educated world-renowned thinkers. Oxford Summer Courses offers the unique chance for students to experience life at this internationally acclaimed university and vibrant academic hub. Students choose from one of over 40 intellectually stimulating and engaging subject specialisms, including Art History, Entrepreneurship and Computer Science – to name but a few! Accommodation includes stays at Christ Church, Brasenose, Teddy Hall, and Worcester College. Academic lessons are complemented by exciting extracurricular activities and outings.

Ages: 13 – 24
Length of study: 2 weeks
Dates: 25 June – 26 August
Location: Oxford University, Oxford
Fees: £5895

https://oxfordsummercourses.com/oxford/


8. Harrow School Online English Summer School

Best for virtual learners

Join Harrow School’s online English courses for tailored virtual lessons curated for learners from age eight to adults. Students have access to a virtual campus where interactive self-study programmes and learning materials are available at any time, allowing you to progress at a comfortable pace. Activities include language games, interactive texts and listening exercises, and conversational English videos. Self-guided study is supported by one-to-one 45 minute lessons delivered by qualified teachers to work on any problem areas.

Ages: 8 +
Length of study: From 1 month
Dates: Flexible
Location: Online
Fees: From £100

https://www.harrowschoolshortcourses.co.uk/online-tuition/virtual-campus/


9. Wellington College Summer School

Best for multi-sports and activities

Located close to central London, Wellington College is an impressive building set within a beautiful 400 acre leafy campus. It has a “premier league” reputation as one of the best schools for sport in the UK and boasts excellent facilities for swimming (indoor and outdoor pool), squash, climbing, netball, hockey, tennis, golf, cricket, and rugby. This summer school takes full advantage of the well-equipped environment. In addition to English lessons, children participate in a wide variety of sports (as well as a mini-Olympics half day!) and enjoy 12 excursions over their 14 night stay.

Ages: 10 – 18
Length of study: 2 weeks
Dates: 16 July – 13 August
Location: Wellington College, Berkshire
Fees: £940/ week

https://www.embassysummer.com/locations/uk-and-ireland/wellingtoncollege


10. British Summer School at Oundle School

Best for achieving English language accreditation

Oundle Schools is a co-educational boarding and day school, situated in a charming market town in rural Northamptonshire. This summer school offers an academic English programme to improve one’s speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. Students take a “placement test” at the start of the summer camp to assess their English level. Students’ understanding and progress are then tracked by short assessments and they leave the British Summer School with a course attendance certificate and academic report. Children can opt in for additional Cambridge Language (B1, B2 or C1) or IELTS courses and exams for internationally recognised accreditation. Language lessons are accompanied by leisure and cultural activities.

Ages: 12 – 17
Length of study: 2 weeks
Dates: 2 July – 12 August
Location: Oundle School, Northamptonshire
Fees: £1500/ week

https://www.britishsummerschool.co.uk/oundle


Attending a summer school in the UK offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Fun, immersive activities to improve your English language skills
  • The opportunity to continue your academic studies and personal growth over the summer
  • A chance to experience life at prestigious British boarding schools
  • A time to explore a new city in the UK
  • The opportunity to make friends from around the world

If you’re looking to take advantage of the opportunities offered by UK summer schools, it’s important to start planning early. Many summer schools have limited places available so it’s a good idea to research and apply to your top choices as soon as possible. Whether your child is looking to improve their English language skills, explore a new subject, or gain practical experience, a UK summer school can be an enjoyable and memorable way to reach their goals.