This is an exceptional academic programme for young learners, which fully integrates English language learning and 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 social programme with different activities and culture trips to bring the lessons to life.
Primary School Academic Study Program consists of a well-balanced programme of academic tuitions, 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)
Outside morning classroom, students will improve language skills through a structured and balanced leisure programme designed for young students. The activities include:
- Art and craft
- Talent shows
- Cabot Circus
- Jungle Rumble
- Cake baking
- Team building
- Interactive Quiz
- Treasure hunts
- Drama workshops
- Disco Party games
- Pool parties
- Horse riding*
(*additional charge at £40/hour for a group lesson)
Excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside English language study. Students will have 2 fully day and 1 half day excursion each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- London Zoo
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Bristol Science Museum
- Cardiff Castle
- Crealy Adventure Park
The sample timetable below is a typical 4-week Primary School Academic Study Program at Sidcot School.
Students stay in Sidcot School boarding houses with single and double 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.
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals a day are provided in the school dining room. Drinks and biscuits are available in the lesson breaks. 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.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided
Sidcot School 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 in Quaker schools 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.