SBC Oxford welcomes students aged 10-13 for a truly international summer school experience. Here, students will have fun with new friends from around the world, improve their English, and take away amazing memories of their stay. SBC Oxford Summer School is held at the Dragon School – one of the most famous preparatory schools in England.
The Dragon School was established in 1877 and has produced some of England’s best-known writers, actors and politicians. The school is just a 15-minute walk from the historic centre of Oxford, and offers first-class facilities and spacious sports fields. The school creates a stimulating learning environment, and suits energetic younger students who want a fun adventure in one of the UK’s best cities. The exciting programme of activities, excursions and academic options offered at SBC Oxford enables our students to thrive in the heart of this fascinating and inspiring city.
All SBC Oxford Summer School students receive 15 hours of lessons delivered across 5 mornings each week. All classes are multinational and delivered by professionally qualified, friendly teachers. The maximum number of students in a class is 15.
On the morning following their arrival, all children have a language assessment in both spoken and written English, and are then placed in language classes based on ability, age and nationality. We monitor the students’ progress in their classes throughout their stay. On departure all students receive an SBC Oxford Summer School Certificate, plus a school Progress Report.
Lessons at SBC Oxford are stimulating and engaging, and we aim to increase the confidence of all our students so that they feel comfortable using their English language skills in a multinational environment. With project lessons and specific day trip preparation lessons, children also have the opportunity to use their English language skills in real life contexts too.
When booking, students can choose between our General English course available for students of all abilities from near Beginners to Advanced, or our more advanced Summer Study course, available to students with an Upper Intermediate to Advanced level of English.
For students of all abilities, this course has been specifically designed to further the development of our students’ communicative abilities. Through its topical content, students are encouraged to express their ideas and practise the relevant vocabulary and grammar, helping to increase their confidence in expressing themselves in English. Lessons are taught in a student-centred environment and formal presentations are included in the syllabus, requiring students to have an active role in their own learning – a valuable life skill in preparation for the start of college or university.
For students of an Upper Intermediate or Advanced level of English, we offer an alternative to the five mornings of general English language lessons with our Summer Study course, which combines English language with a range of subjects including History, Geography, Science, Creative Writing and English Literature. Summer Study takes place during 3 hours of morning lessons, replacing the general English language classes. Children can take the Summer Study course for a maximum of 4 weeks.
Price: supplementary £145
Our Multi-Activity Programme at SBC Oxford takes place over 5 afternoons per week, offering students a range of team games and sporting activities, as well as artistic, creative and craft activities. The fun and varied programme immerses students in a British cultural setting, as well as encouraging confident communication in real-life scenarios with new friends and staff.
Due to the school’s perfect location, with the wonderful city of Oxford only a short walk away, all students will enjoy a visit to the historic centre of Oxford and see its famous university buildings.
In addition to visits to Oxford, all our students enjoy two day-trips each week, visiting famous cultural sites, as well as fun-filled attractions.
Our London day trips take students round the major sights, enabling all students to see famous tourist attractions such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. Students may visit the famous Tate art gallery or view breathtaking panoramic views of the famous city landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Canary Wharf and ‘The Gherkin’ on a flight on the London Eye, or at the iconic Shard tower. Students will also have time to enjoy a meal out together in a London restaurant.
For Summer Schools based in Oxford, children are given the opportunity to eview this beautiful city, rich in history and culture. There will be the opportunity to go on a walking tour, go punting, visit the University Colleges or the famous Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums. Of course, there will also be time for buying souvenirs and enjoying an ice cream!
Students will be surrounded by magic, myth, history and adventure on this day out to one of the UK’s finest castles. Afterwards, students can enjoy exploring the picturesque streets of Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Enjoy a day at one of the UK’s most popular theme parks, where students can travel through 10 different lands, each offering its own theme, unique ride experiences and attractions.
There is so much to see and do in Bristol with its vibrant waterside, fascinating history and fabulous shopping centre. Students will enjoy the best of Bristol plus a visit to the state-of-the-art interactive science centre.
A day exploring the famous Cadbury World chocolate factory, where students will learn how they make delicious chocolate with plenty of tasters! The afternoon will be spent at the fascinating Sea Life Centre.
English Plus+ is an optional extra which replaces the Multi-Activity Programme on two afternoons per week. At SBC Oxford, students can either choose from academic English Plus+ options such as Intensive English Speaking or Writing, or from a range of activities such as Horse Riding, Adventure Sports and Art & Design. All the courses are led by qualified professionals, and are available for a small additional charge extra to the normal course cost.
English Plus+ courses are optional and each student can select one English Plus+ course per week. Where selected, English Plus+ replaces the Multi-Activity Programme. Please note, the English Plus+ Showtime and Art & Design options must be chosen for a minimum of 2 or 4 weeks.
For students with an Intermediate to Advanced level of English, this course is tailored to develop students’ written English. These valuable skills are transferable to writing components within the internationally-recognised English examinations such as FCE/CAE.
Price: supplementary £110 per week
Open to all levels, these additional language classes are designed to develop our students’ English speaking and listening skills with small classes focusing on pronunciation and fluency.
Price: supplementary £110 per week
This fun and creative performance course combines dance, drama and singing. Led by our very own performing arts staff, our students will create performance pieces for a Talent Schow. As the English Plus+ Showtime course works towards an end-of-course performance, this option can only be selected for 2 or 4 weeks.
Price: supplementary £110 per week
This two-week course is for students with a creative flair looking to develop their artistic skills. Students will focus on painting, photography, sculpture and drawing, creating their own portfolio over the two-week period and displaying their work in the school’s Art Gallery at the end of the course.
Price: supplementary £110 per week
This course is for our more adventurous students and includes varied and exciting activities can include kayaking, laser quest, high ropes, paintballing, climbing and woodland survival skills. The Adventure Sports course is led by qualified professionals, and accompanied by our own staff. Available activities differ at our different campuses. Enquire now to find out which specific activities are available at the campus you are interested in.
Price: supplementary £210 per week
Children will learn how to ride and look after horses with qualified instructors in the beautiful English countryside. Our Horse Riding course is suitable for beginners, who may never have ridden before, and also for those children with more experience who ride regularly.
Price: supplementary £210 per week
Please note: if you select the Subject Study course, or any English Plus+ activities, there will be a small surcharge. See the Academic Courses and English Plus+ tabs for full details.
The SBC Oxford Summer School programme is designed especially to engage young international learners aged 10-13. With students from over 40 different countries studying together over the summer, SBC Oxford is a truly international experience where children will make new friends from all over the world, develop their confidence using English skills in real life contexts and enjoy an experience they will never forget.
The facilities at SBC Oxford Summer School are very impressive, including an indoor swimming pool, theatre, tennis courts, a dance studio and more, allowing students to make the most of their stay. The boys and girls sleep in separate boarding areas in bright and spacious dormitories sleeping between 4 and 9 students.
For breakfast there is a hot English breakfast two mornings each week, as well as a continental breakfast option every day.
For lunch and dinner there is always a choice of two hot meals, including one vegetarian option. There is a varied salad bar selection as well as fresh bread, fruit and desserts. In addition, drinks and biscuits are served before bed.
All of the SBC Oxford staff are dedicated, enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about working with children from different countries around the world. We have a dedicated team of Managers, Teachers, House Parents and Activity Leaders. SBC Oxford has a ratio of 1 member of staff for every 6 children, allowing our staff to give our students a high level of care and attention. The welfare of the children is our main priority at all times, both on-site at the school and off-site during excursions and trips. The SBC Oxford staff are responsible for our students 24 hours a day, so whether it’s an activity session, meal time, break time or in the houses, there are always staff members with the children. Here at SBC Oxford we understand that staying away from home can be both an exciting and a daunting experience (both for the children and the parents) and we pride ourselves on the level of care we offer.
Summer Boarding Courses is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We have a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which all employees, volunteers and contractors are expected to adhere to.
For more detailed information about our Managers, Teachers, House Parents and Activity Leaders, please click below:
For full details regarding travel and transfer to our summer schools and colleges, visit our Travel and Transfers page.
SBC Oxford transfer costs are as follows:
Option 1 – Coach Transfer Service.
The Coach Transfer Service runs between Heathrow Airport and SBC Oxford on arrival and departure days.
Arrivals: available between 09:00 and 17:00.
Departures: available from 10:30 onwards. We recommend booking flights departing between 10:30 and 18:00.
|Coach Transfer Service||Price per journey
Arrival OR Departure
|Heathrow Airport||£90 per journey|
Option 2 – Taxi Transfer Service
Flights arriving at Heathrow before 09:00 or after 17:00 will need a Taxi Transfer. All students arriving into other UK airports will also need to make use of our Taxi Transfer Service.
For departures, students whose flights are scheduled to depart Heathrow before 10:30 can use our Taxi Transfer Service. The Taxi Transfer Service is also available for students departing from all other UK airports.
|Taxi Transfer Service||Price per journey
Arrival OR Departure
|Heathrow||£205 per journey|
|Gatwick||£250 per journey|
|Stansted||£270 per journey|
|Luton||£220 per journey|
For other airports or train stations, prices are available on application.
Q: How do children travel to and from SBC Oxford Summer School?
A: We offer an Airport Transfer Service for students attending SBC Oxford Summer School, at an additional cost to the weekly course price. Please see our Travel and Transfers page for further information.
Q: What happens on arrival at SBC Oxford Summer School?
A: When the students arrive they are taken to the main office where they put tickets, passports and pocket money into the school safe. The students are then shown to their rooms, given time to rest and have something to eat if they are hungry. Once refreshed, the students are then introduced to other students and shown round the school.
Q: How many students and staff will be at the school?
A: A maximum of 90 children attend the summer school each week during the summer. All the students are residential. We usually welcome students from over 40 different countries to SBC Oxford each summer. The maximum in a class is 15 and we try to place as many nationalities in each class as possible. The SBC Oxford staff are responsible for our students 24 hours a day, and as the welfare of our students is our main priority, we have 1 member of staff for every 6 students meaning we can offer extremely high levels of supervision.
Q: Can friends and family visit, or take a student out for the day?
A: Friends and family are welcome to visit students or arrange to take them out for the day. 24 hours’ notice must be given in writing, prior to any visit to the summer school. If a student is to be taken out of the school or out of the care and responsibility of our staff during an excursion, the parent or guardian must provide written permission by signing an absence form.
Q: Can students use the Internet and email?
A: Yes. There is an Internet Suite that students can use at specific times. Students will be supervised.
Q: How do the students contact home and are parents able to contact students during the course?
A: On arrival all students are encouraged to phone home to let their parents know they have arrived safe and well. If a student doesn't have their own mobile phone they are able to use the school office phone to call home. We give all students a UK SIM card, meaning they will be able to be contacted directly by parents without it costing a fortune!
Q: What are the dining arrangements?
A: Students take all meals in the Dragon School dining room. There is a hot breakfast served two times a week, with a continental breakfast, cereal, fruit, toast and yoghurt on offer every day. At lunch and dinner there are always two hot choices on offer, including a vegetarian choice, as well as a varied salad bar selection and fresh bread, fruit and desserts. Students are provided with packed lunches for day trips. The tuck shop is open three times a day, and every night before bed the students are given juice and biscuits.
Q: Can students with special diets be catered for?
A: Yes. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Q: What do students need to bring?
A: A guidance list of casual clothing is sent to you after the booking has been completed. All students must bring a pair of non-marking trainers to use in the sports hall (without black soles). A free laundry service is provided (please mark all items of clothing with the student's name) and sheets and bed linen are provided by the school. Students must bring a towel as these are not provided by the school.
Q: How much pocket money should a student bring?
A: As everything is included in the price, the only money students need is for sweets and drinks from the tuck shop and for presents and souvenirs. We recommend around £50 per week. The students are able to collect pocket money from the office at specific times during the week.
Q: Can the school look after valuables?
A: Yes. We will look after all passports, travel documents and pocket money. We would recommend that students bring as few valuables as possible. It is important to note that the bedrooms do not lock from the outside (this is nearly always the case in British boarding schools) for reasons of personal safety. We are only able to look after important documents (passports, money etc.) in the school safe.
Q: What are the sleeping arrangements?
A: The boys and girls sleep in separate boarding areas in bright and spacious dormitories sleeping between 4 and 9 students. We generally place the older children in the smaller dormitories and the younger children in the bigger ones. There are at least two members of staff on duty in the girls’ and the boys’ boarding areas each night.