Teaching

We use 'Task-Based Learning' and 'Traditional' teaching. (We have a video showing some of the teaching methods)

  • Teaching is every morning except Sundays and when there is a full-day trip
  • There are 15 'taught hours' each week*
  • Lessons are from 09.00 until 12.50 with breaks
  • There is a 'Digest' period with teachers after lunch
  • Class size is no more than 14
  • An optional Masterclass is designed for very advanced learners during Digest
  • Optionally (at cost) we offer the Trinity Graded Examination in Spoken English
  • Each class has a formal 'Board Meeting' with the Director in the boardroom for the first three weeks
  • 'Board Meetings' become an optional Public Speaking Event in the last week
  • Prefects and Sub-Prefects (see 'Student Progression') will receive fewer 'taught hours'. They will gain language by using it. They will also gain independence

  • 'Task-Based Learning' = using English as a working language. In 2020, the 'task' is creating a video, Students will:
    1. Create a film script
    2. Use the script as a basis for language-study
    3. Film the script with themselves as actors and film crew
    4. Edit the film using computers
    5. Take ownership of a film uploaded to Vimeo which can be enjoyed by family and friends at home.
    * Note: Some theatre and other trips in the afternoon may reduce the number of taught-hours.

    The teachers:
    are led by a DELTA-qualified Academic Manager
    Joe Wallis is our Academic Manager (see and hear him here).
    There is also a Course Tutor and a Senior Teacher
    Other teachers work in Teaching English as a Foreign Language


    The students:

    Most of our young visitors come to us on personal recommendation
    Numbers are kept quite small so that staff can get to know everybody and treat each person as an individual
    Many of the children who came to us in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are now sending their own children so they can have the same international experience with the feeling of independence in a safe and secure environment.
    Former students of any age keep in contact via our Facebook page.

    To have motivated young people:
    we request a brief 'letter of recommendation' for those new to us before acceptance
    This is written by their own teacher and tells us they are well-behaved and positive about studying
    Students and parents must read the 'Notes for Students' and 'Notes for Parents'.


    Our staff:
    • are resident in the School
    • are checked for suitability to look after young people
    • are made aware of their responsibilities to exercise pastoral care
    • are initiated into safeguarding


    Management staff have advanced level safeguarding training.
    The staff:pupil ratio is better than 1:6.

    Still uncertain? Read 'A letter from Louise' here... See more of the fun here, here and here...

    A month full of great experiences, amazing fun and self development.

    Julius, 14 - student from Germany
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    • There are 15 'taught hours' per week. Here is the Timetable:
    • 08.00 Breakfast
    • 09.00 First lesson
    • 09.45 Break
    • 09.55 Second lesson
    • 10.40 Long Break
    • 11.10 Third lesson
    • 11.55 Break
    • 12.05 Fourth lesson
    • 12.50 Break
    • 13.00 Lunch
    • 13.45 Digest/Masterclass
    • 14.15 Break
    • 14.45 Organised sports and games
    • 18.00 Dinner
    • 19.00 Social events
    • 21.00 Hot chocolate and biscuits
    • 21.30 'Club'
    • 22.45 Bedtime (or 22.30)