English Summer School Information updated: 19/10/2019 by Ian Mucklejohn – Director, Vacational Studies

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  • We have received notification that, following the Inspection this year, our Accreditation by the British Council has been continued. Here is the letter. I shall publish the report when I receive it. Thanks to everyone involved - staff, students and school.
  • 'VacStuds 2019 All Over Again' - the video is here.
  • Applications are now being accepted for VacStuds 2020 at The Mary Hare from 5 July to 1 August 2020.
  • The price for 2020 is £4500.
  • Acceptance for 2 or 3 weeks of the Course in 2020 has begun.
  • British Airways has changed its rules: 'The minimum age of a person permitted to travel alone on British Airways is increased from 12 to 14 years of age. If the young flyer is accompanied by someone who is aged 16 or over (on the same or a linked booking), British Airways will still allow them to travel. All young flyers aged under 16 and travelling alone must complete this parental/guardian consent form before travel.' We can help link bookings.
  • The £:€ rate today is £1 = €1.1846; the £:$ rate today is £1 = $1.3171. Details from NatWest Commercial Exchange Rates (see 'NatWest buys from you' column.) We can invoice in £, € or $ – whichever is best for you.
  • We have changed our taxi firm. It remains one known to IGM, but is better value. Charges for 2019 are here. 2020 charges will be released in March.
  • The 2020 brochure is basically just the words of those who were with us last summer:

  • Vacational Studies 2020 brochure

    Vacational Studies 2020 brochure

  • Take a look at our encapsulation of 'The spirit of Vacational Studies'.
  • The availability of positions of responsibility is listed under 'Availability'. When these positions are filled, an 'in-waiting' system applies so skills can still be used and responsibility taken.
  • 'Masterclass Tutorials' will take place in the after-lunch 'Homework' period in 2020, re-named 'Digest'.
  • The new indoor swimming pool at The Mary Hare School is now complete.

    This is as it was in March 2017 (outside) and ...

    now as it is inside.
  • The Course in 2020 (as since 2017) is 27 days instead of the 28 days it always used to be. Under a new law, if a person under 16 is in the UK staying with a non-family member for 28 days or longer, this constitutes 'fostering'. The local Social Services department is then expected to have an involvement in that young person's welfare. Needless to say an involvement with a young person in the controlled environment of a British Council Accredited School was not an intended consequence of this law. The situation is easily avoided by making the Course 27 days rather than 28, so this is what has happened.
  • A School Council gives our young visitors the chance to express their opinions of the service we provide. A Councillor represents these opinions to management at Council meetings. The School Council in 2019 was run by a Head of School Council who chaired School Council meetings. Students can opt to be a Councillor. A Head of School Council will be chosen from among them. Councillor is a position of responsibility that can be chosen for 2020.
  • The MAD afternoons (click here for a Zumba) will be continued in 2020.
  • The role of Mentor will be continued in 2020 under the chairmanship of a Head Mentor.
  • Those with us in 2019 should join the VacStuds 2019 Facebook group.
  • Those with us in 2018 should join the VacStuds 2018 Facebook group.
  • Those with us in 2017 should join the VacStuds 2017 Facebook group.
  • The concept of 'the Ambassador for 2020 - is described here.
  • Do you think you may need a visa for the UK? See 'Do I need a visa?' for help.
  • The British Council Inspection Report on our 2015 Inspection is here. We remain Accredited by The British Council until March 2020.
  • The Vacational Studies Facebook group membership is now over 1800.
  • Vacational Studies Alumni with a membership of 300+ is now on Linked In.
  • Prefects in 2019 should read 'Notes and History of Prefectship' dated 24 November 2015 in the section on 'Student Progression'.
  • My family's latest Vlog is 'Honorific Prefixes' – what to call yourself in England. Click here for a series of (amusing, I hope) videoclips that my sons and I are creating on the differences between English English and the international variety.
  • Take a look at our 'Vacational Studies is an investment for life' video.
  • Short videoclips of students and parents talking about us are here.
  • IGM's page includes observations on the Course.
  • 45 years of Vacational Studies brochures are in the 'Archives' section.
  • The photos on Shutterfly and videos on Vimeo tell the story of VacStuds.
  • One of our 2014 Prefects writes on 'Simply using only English'. It really is that easy.
  • Joe (Academic Manager) talks about our Task-Based teaching programme.
  • For those with us between 1973 and 2019, there's plenty of activity and old friends waiting to be contacted on our main Facebook page at VacStuds Facebook.