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Young Learners: Your First Summer School Experience

For many of our students, an SBC summer school is the first time they have stayed away from home. We understand that this can be an exciting but nervous time, so we are here to support you every step of the way. Working closely with families we have carefully developed our summer school experiences so that from the very first e-mail you are supported every step of the way.

SBC offers two schools that specialise in offering summer camps for younger students:
SBC Oxford (Ages 8 – 12) and SBC Canford (Ages 11 – 15).

SBC Young Learner Student taking a class on the computer

Support Before the Summer

Each one of our summer schools and colleges has a Student Support Manager who is the single point of contact for your enrolment. Your Student Support Manager will guide you through the admissions process and answer any questions that you may have about the best options for your child to ensure that the most suitable course is chosen.

After you have made the booking your Student Support Manager will continue to be your point of contact as you prepare for summer. They will provide lots of useful information such as what to bring, when to arrive at the school and what will be happening during your child’s stay.

“I love the summer school because it is fun and you get to know other people from other countries. I like the classes and I also like the activities and the staff are nice too."

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Andres, Age 10, from Spain.

Support During the Summer

Your Student Support Manager will continue to be your main point of contact during the summer. They will act as a link between you and the school, ensuring you are kept regularly updated with your child’s progress and how they are doing at the school. They are also available should your son or daughter have any problems, like homesickness. Being a little bit homesick in the first few days is quite common for younger students, and normally nothing to worry about. We will support and advise on the best way to overcome this, and usually after the first few days even the youngest of our students have made lots of new friends.

At the school your child will have a House Parent who will look after all of your child’s welfare whilst they stay with us. Look out for our regular blog updates to see how everyone is doing at the school!

Two SBC Students taking a class together
Two SBC Students taking a class together

Support During the Summer

Your Student Support Manager will continue to be your main point of contact during the summer. They will act as a link between you and the school, ensuring you are kept regularly updated with your child’s progress and how they are doing at the school. They are also available should your son or daughter have any problems, like homesickness. Being a little bit homesick in the first few days is quite common for younger students, and normally nothing to worry about. We will support and advise on the best way to overcome this, and usually after the first few days even the youngest of our students have made lots of new friends.

At the school your child will have a House Parent who will look after all of your child’s welfare whilst they stay with us. Look out for our regular blog updates to see how everyone is doing at the school!

“It is very nice, I like the food and the lessons. Mostly I like the trips and also the activities... Other students should come because it is really fun, and you learn with fun!"

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Bambi, Age 10 from Finland.

SBC Oxford Student playing outside in the grounds

Lessons for Different Ages and Language Levels

Our Young Learners courses introduces English language in a fun and engaging way. All courses are designed with a communicative approach and with an emphasis on speaking and interacting, students will quickly build confidence to use English. We offer courses suitable for all levels from beginner through to advanced, many of our younger students come to summer school with a low English language level. Students take a short online placement test before arriving at the school to ensure that they are in the most suitable class.

I like all the teachers, they are funny, and I like seeing my friends again. Other students should come here because it is really fun and you speak English with other students.”

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Clemence, Age 11, from France.

SBC Oxford Campus

SBC Oxford (Ages 8-12)

SBC Oxford Summer School is for students who are 8-12 years old and is located at the Dragon School in Oxford. The Dragon School is a school for young students during the year, so its an ideal school to host a young learners summer course.

SBC Canford Campus

SBC Canford (Ages 11-15)

SBC Canford Summer School is for students who are 11-15 years old. It features our greatest variety of academic options and is located at the Canford School, which was voted the Best Independent Boarding School of the year in 2018!

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