Harrow Summer English Courses are unique creative English language programme aiming to help students active their English, learn new creative skills, and discover hidden talents. The course also offers international students an extraordinary opportunity to stay in one of the most famous and influential schools in the world – Harrow School, to experience exquisite boarding life of this world famous British public school.
The programme includes 15 hours per week creative project-based English lessons designed to help students to use their imagination and language skills to produce creative work in English that is uniquely theirs. The English language is explored in the classroom and then put into practice in creative projects such as photo story, filmmaking and build a band. The focus of each project is on using real English to discuss ideas, solve problems and use language creatively.
Students are given an English level assessment on the first morning to make sure they are placed in the right class to really enjoy and learn as much as possible. They will be taught by English language teachers who have backgrounds in the creative industries. They use a wide range of materials, media and different technologies in lessons, as well as music, drama and storytelling.
While main classroom teaching is based in the St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow, the creative lessons are complemented with 2 hours per week English Masterclass in Harrow School’s historical Speech Room or famous Harry Potter’s 4th Form Room. All students will stay in Harrow School’s traditional boarding houses with full board included and full use of Harrow School sport facility. The boarding houses are in close proximity to classrooms via a short walk through leafy Harrow-On-The-Hill.
With all the world-class facilities that Harrow School offers, the programme of Harrow Summer English Courses is enriched with sports activities ranging from swimming in an indoor pool, to rock climbing and Harrow Fives inter-house competitions, together with inspirational combination of varied social, culture activities and excursions alongside their structured creative English tuition. Students live, study and play in an English speaking, multinational environment, where they have fun, make new friends from around the globe, and enjoy every opportunity to improve their English ability.
Harrow Summer English Courses consist of a well-balanced programme of creative English tuition, activities, sports and excursions. It includes:
- 15 hours of Go Create! English lessons per week
- 2 hours English Masterclass in the historical Speech Room / Harry Potter’s 4th Form Room
- Staying in one of Harrow School’s traditional British boarding houses with full board included
- Specially-arranged guided Harrow School Tour including Old Speech Art Room Gallery, Speech Room, Museum of Harrow Life and Vaughan Library
- Full use of Harrow School sport facility – tennis courts, football field, sport halls, squash courts, heated indoor swimming pool, 9 holes golf course
- Formal suppers in Harrow School’s Dining Hall
- Activity programme and excursions
- Maximum class size is 16, and the average class size is around 12
- Insurance and Airport transfers
Outside classroom, students will improve language skills through a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Ten-Pin Bowling
- Games night
- Quiz night
- Tennis with a professional coach
- Golf coaching with PGA professional
- Sports days with team games such as relay races, football and volleyball
- Talent shows
Harrow Summer English Courses offer students a wide range of interesting and enjoyable excursions to London and other places to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- The Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey
- Trafalgar Square & Piccadilly Circus
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- The Tower of London
- The Natural History Museum
- The British Museum
- The London Eye
The sample timetable below is a typical weekly programme of Harrow Summer English Courses.
Students stay in one of well equipped Harrow School Boarding Houses – Single & Limited Shared Rooms for Younger Students. Private shower facilities and bathrooms located throughout the boarding house. Girls and boys are accommodated in separate boarding houses. The boarding house is securely locked at all times and only students and members of staff have access. The dedicated House Master and House Parent will be on hand to look after all students throughout their stay.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided with evening snack and drink daily. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Full use of Harrow School sport facility – tennis courts, football field, sport halls, squash courts, heated indoor swimming pool, 9 holes golf course, etc. The boarding houses have well equipped games rooms that are very popular with children throughout the day. Each House also has at least one TV room where students can watch TV and DVDs. Free WiFi internet access.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
Harrow School is an all-boys full-boarding school, founded in 1572 under a royal charter granted by Elizabeth I. It is one of seven English public schools, as defined by the Public Schools Act 1868, which are the oldest and most famous and respected secondary schools in the world, educating many sons and daughters of the English upper and upper-middle classes. Its famous alumni include eight former Prime Ministers, including Winston Churchill, numerous foreign statesmen and UK Parliament members, two Kings and various royal families, and a great many notable figures in both the arts and the sciences.
The School occupies 430 acres of beautiful grounds, and is located in the village of Harrow on the Hill, with stunning views of central London. Only 20 minutes away from Central London and 30 minutes away from Heathrow Airport. The campus combines traditional buildings with modern facilities offering specialist academies in tennis, golf and piano. Certain scenes of Harry Potter were filmed there.
Harrow is one of a very few schools still specialising in providing a high quality boarding school education. As Tatler Schools Guide pointed – The School’s ‘super-curriculum’ which encourages independent learning, debate and scholarship, as well as lots of philanthropic activity make Harrovians continue to excel at everything they turn their hands to. Of those leaving Harrow in the summer of 2017, nearly three quarters of boys (74%) took up places at Oxbridge, Ivy League or Russell Group universities. In total, 24% of boys took up places at universities ranked in the top 10 globally, while 43% took up places at universities ranked in the top 25 globally.