Junior Academic Study Program is an exceptional academic programme for young learners, which fully integrates English language learning and British primary school curriculum academic subjects. The course is designed to help young students widen their subject knowledge and develop their language skills and to be better able in future to follow a course of academic study delivered in English.
Students will study 20 hours a week from Monday to Friday. The course offers a full curriculum of subjects, including English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious Education, Technology, Art, Music, Dance and Drama. Many lessons are cross-curricular, where students will study a topic or participate in a project which combines different subjects. Students will be taught by qualified primary school teachers and supported by experienced teachers of English.
The course fully integrates English language learning and academic subject study through European ground-breaking teaching method – Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), an approach for learning content through a foreign language (English), thus teaching both the subject and the language.
The course aims to help students to achieve their personal best in every subject. Students are encouraged to set targets and to keep a diary and folder of their work. Through praise and encouragement we will help students to see how far they have come and how much they can do if they continue to work hard. In the afternoons and during the weekends students will enjoy a full structured social and leisure programme, cultural visits and trips to complement the academic programme, and to encourage social interaction in English.
Junior Academic Study Program takes place at two British boarding schools in Bristol and Cambridge – Sidcot School in Bristol with highly competitive price for a great summer academic course in a beautiful countryside setting; and Abbey College Cambridge, where the world-famous Cambridge University are right next to them. In addition, students at Sidcot School enjoy a unique experience to communicate and take part in daily activities with local UK children.
Junior Academic Study Program consists of a well-balanced programme of academic tuition, activities, sports and excursions. The weekly programme includes:
- 20 hours of English and academic tuition per week
- Personal Best tutor time
- Afternoon, evening and weekend sports and activity programme
- Joint activities with local native speakers of English students
- 2 full days and 1 half-day trips and excursions per week
- Maximum class size of 12 students (typically 10 students per class)
- Heathrow & Gatwick airport transfers (between 06:00 and 18:00 on arrival day and 08:00 and 20:00 on departure day)
Activities and Excursions:
British Education encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work in order to fostering students awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. The social programme of the course is designed to incorporate aspects of the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) strand of the IB Diploma.
- Creativity includes a wide range of arts activities. Students will be able to participate in digital media, textiles, drama, bracelet making, cooking, model making, art competitions, circus skills, quizzes and photography.
- Action includes participation in individual and team sports, including football, cricket, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis, paint-balling, archery, fencing, swimming, hiking, orienteering, canoeing, water zorbing, sports competition, driving, survival skills and abseiling.
- Service encompasses community and social service activities. Students could be involved in helping to organise fun charity events to raise money. For these events students worked as a team and developed leadership and organisational skills.
In addition, excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside academic study. Students will have 2 fully day and 1 half day excursion each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The followings are structured leisure programmes including sports, evening activities and weekend trips across two course centres.
The sample timetable below is a typical weekly Junior Academic Study Program.
[Sidcot School, Bristol]
*Shipmates is a Holiday Club based at Sidcot School for local UK children aged 5-12 during the summer.
Students stay in Sidcot School boarding houses with single, double and triple rooms. Girls and boys are accommodated in separate boarding houses which are close to both the classrooms and dining room. A team of friendly staff will stay with the students to look after them in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night. The Sidcot School nurse is also on call twenty-four hours a day.
[Abbey College Cambridge]
All bedrooms are single and ensuite. Girls and boys are accommodated separately in different areas. A team of friendly staff will stay with the students to look after them in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night.
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals a day are provided in the college refectory. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Excellent sports facilities including a swimming pool, good IT facilities and wireless access throughout the campus, a library, a new creative arts block with extensive drama, art and music facilities. There are students’ lounges, kitchens and laundry facilities in the accommodation.
[Abbey College Cambridge]
Abbey Cambridge is located on an outstanding new campus in the centre of Cambridge. The College has modern classrooms, science laboratories, art studio, dining hall, coffee bar, gym, basketball court, sports hall and boarding accommodation all on one campus.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided
Sidcot School at Bristol is a British independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 – 18 established in 1699. It is one of seven Quaker schools in England.
The School is situated in glorious Somerset countryside, the south-west of England. On the edge of the village of Winscombe, Sidcot benefits from being situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty whilst being within easy access of the two major cultural centres or Bristol and Bath. The coast at Weston-super-Mare is 8 miles away.
Students are encouraged to be outward looking and adventurous, to participate fully in the life of the school and to be of service to the community. The focus is put on finding the best in everyone. With the belief that there is ‘that of God’ in every person, the Quaker philosophy to education aims to ensure that:
- Every learner is approached with optimism
- Individuals are encouraged to believe in their own ‘immense potential’
- Learning happens most creatively when relationships are based on mutual respect
- Methods of discipline are based on trust, mutual support and a desire to promote the positive
- Responsibility is encouraged, as is questioning, exploration, honesty and openness.
Sidcot School is always pride of offering a range of extra-curricular activities with excitement, diversity, challenge and rigour within a safe and supportive framework. ‘PASS’ (Programme of Activities for Sidcot School) is a very special co-curricular initiative based on key values of integrity, stewardship, self-reflection, adventure and community. A range of exciting activities are embedded at the heart of the curriculum and are focused on bringing these values to life. Every Year Group will be involved in a unique and tailored range of activities every Wednesday afternoon throughout the year.
Abbey College Cambridge is an independent sixth form college situated in the centre of the University City of Cambridge. It is part of the Alpha Plus Group Ltd, which also operates a number of similar colleges elsewhere in the country.
The college specialise in helping students from across the world achieve the personal, social and academic growth needed for success at the UK’s best universities. It provides GCSE and A-level courses, together with a university foundation course. Since its foundation in 1994, Abbey College Cambridge has become one of the best sixth form colleges in the UK. In 2014 OFSTED ranked Abbey College Cambridge “Outstanding” in the following areas.
- Pupils’ achievement
- Pupils’ behaviour and personal development
- Quality of teaching
- Quality of curriculum
- Pupils’ welfare, health and safety
- Leadership and management
The college aims to be ‘a community energised by the love of learning and the pursuit of outstanding achievement for all’. The college is proud of its academic track record, with the A-Level exams A*/A rate being above 60% for each of the past 11 years, compared to an average of 25% in other UK schools. The desire of attending one of the UK’s best universities, coupled with the excellent academic progress the students make, results in over 25% of its A Level students progressing to the UK’s top five universities every year, namely Oxford or Cambridge University, Imperial College, LSE and UCL.