English and Adventure Sports Academy at Plumpton College is designed for kids who would like to have a breakaway from screens and reconnect with the natural world. When kids experience adventure and achieve things they would never thought they could at a young age, they become parts of them. They come away filled with confidence, enriched with newfound skills and get ready to face their future with adventurous spirits.
English and Adventure Sports Academy is a perfect combination of adventure with English course. This two-week adventure sports program is action packed and challenging but very rewarding for any student looking for an English summer school with a difference. As well as a full English Language course taught by qualified EFL teachers, students will also enjoy: horse riding, sailing, mountain biking, mountain boarding, wall climbing, kayaking, raft building and the very popular Survival Night where students learn how to survive a night camping in the English countryside.
Plumpton has excellent facilities for horse riding and wall climbing before mountain biking and mountain boarding on some challenging routes across the spectacular South Downs. Ardingly Activity Centre is only a short drive away for all the water-based activities. All the adventure activities are taught by fully-qualified professional staff.
Plumpton College English summer courses consist of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, activities, sports and excursions. The structured programme includes:
- 36 hours of English tuition over two week
- 2 full-day excursions and 1 half-day trips per week
- 3 adventure sessions per week
- End-of-course Assessment & Certificate
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme
- Maximum class size of 11 students
Outside language tuition, students will improve language skills through a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Camp Fire
- Arts & Crafts
- Summer Fete
- Kite Making & Flying
- BBQ at the Beach
- Sports Tournaments
- The Cube
- Trash Fashion Show
- Scavenger Hunt
- Family Fortunes Quiz
- Climbing Wall
- Film Evenings
- Musical & Dance
- Table Tennis
- Talent Shows
- You Bet
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 2 half day excursion and trips each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Camden Market
- Oxford Street
- Hever Castle
- Bognor Regis
- Thorpe Park
- Portsmouth & Spinnaker Tower
- Windsor Castle
- Eton College
- Brighton beach
- Leeds Castle
- Stratford Upon Avon
- Warwick Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Ely/Ely Cathedral
- Chessington World of Adventure
The sample timetable below is a typical two-week Plumpton Adventure Sports Academy.
Students will live in the college bedrooms which are close to both the classrooms and the large dining room. Most rooms are single study bedrooms with facilities ranging from shared to en-suite, and many of which were completely new in 2010. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. In each boarding house, there is a senior member of staff who looks after the students in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided in the beautiful dining hall. Drinks and biscuits are available in the lesson breaks. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Indoor facilities include 5-a-side football, netball, badminton, cricket, basketball, volleyball, hockey and indoor tennis and a popular climbing wall. Outdoor facilities include a sports field, two tennis courts, football, rugby and cricket pitches. Horse riding stables including two indoor riding rings. Working farm with farm animals, and an animal care unit. 3 student computer rooms. Wi-fi access in common areas.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
Plumpton College is located in the magnificent English countryside at the foot of the South Downs, and only 20 minutes away from the popular tourist resort of Brighton.
The College has one of the largest agricultural estates of all Colleges in England, covering over 890 hectares of farmed land and woodland, which also includes ancient semi-natural woodlands, chalk downland, a network of small streams. Its proximity to the South Coast with its varied coastal habitats is also an advantage. The estate is managed for habitat conservation, agriculture, forestry, gamekeeping as well as general recreation. Setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the centre of the South Downs National Park, the Plumpton College offers a tranquil, safe, and state-of-the-art learning environment.
The College is an agricultural college during the academic year and as such it has an on-site working farm; an Animal Care Centre; stables including one of the best horse-riding schools in the country; beautiful grounds for outdoor activities; and a new Children’s Rural Education Centre opened by HRH The Princess Royal in 2008.
The College specialises in providing a wide variety of highly-respected, practical, land-based courses. In association with the University of Brighton, the college also offers degree courses, international students can study a work-focused degree course such as BSc Viticulture and Oenology – the only undergraduate degree in wine production delivered in English in Europe, or BSc Equine Sports Performance. Accommodation on campus is guaranteed for all international students.