English and Tennis Academy at Wycombe Abbey is designed for international students who want to learn English language as well as to develop their tennis skills at a top British boarding school. The course combines professional tennis coaching with English tuition and a lively programme of social activities and excursions.
The course is open to all abilities from beginners to advanced, and students are divided into teams by age. The programme includes 15 hours per week of tennis coaching programme taught by professional tennis coaches in a small group of maximum eight students per session and all equipment is provided. The coaching covers a range of skills and tactics appropriate to the level of each group. Students will be coached in all aspects of tennis with proven coaching methods to help students develop a greater understanding of tactics and matchplay. In addition to the expert coaching there is ample opportunity for competitive matches.
Alongside specialist coaching, in a well-balanced programme, students will be given 15 hours per week English tuition, taught by qualified EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers who have ability to make language learning fun. Students will improve language skills through a range of interesting and exciting activities. A full package of social, culture activities and excursions also offer great opportunities for students to socialise and make new friends from across the globe.
Wycombe Abbey is a world leader in outstanding education with excellent sports facilities, and is consistently one of the UK’s best performing schools with over a third of students received Oxbridge offers every year. Attending English and Tennis Academy at Wycombe Abbey also gives international students an exclusive opportunity to experience gracious school life of this leading British independent school.
English and Tennis Academy consists of a full programme of English tuition, tennis coaching, activities, and excursions. It includes:
- 15 hours of English tuition per week
- 15 hours of specialist tennis coaching per week
- Visit to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
- Full evening activities and social programme
- 2 full-day excursions per week to London and beyond
- Maximum class size is 15, and the average class size is around 12
- Certificate of Achievement in Tennis
- Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports between 10:00-16:00 GMT)
Outside classrooms and tennis coaching, students will improve language skills and make friends through a broad range of evening cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Table Tennis
- Challenge event
- Treasure hunt
- Sports competition
- Blind Date
- Quiz Night
- Talent Show
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 excursion each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Buckingham Palace
- Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
- The National Gallery
- The Tower of London
- Covent Garden Market
- The Science Museum
- Shopping at Oxford Street
- Leeds Castle
- Chessington World of Adventures
The sample timetable below is a typical English and Tennis Academy summer programme.
Students stay in comfortable boarding houses of Wycombe Abbey, twin or quad en-suite accommodation. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. Common rooms and kitchens and provide the perfect environment for relaxation and socialising. 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 with a wide range of salads and hot dishes are provided in the school dining room. Vegetarian meals are always available and are clearly labelled. Drinks and snacks are provided during break times. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Set in impressive parkland grounds spanning over 160 acres, the school is home to a 25-metre indoor heated swimming pool, a dance studio, climbing walls and various other outstanding amenities. There are students’ lounges, common TV room, and kitchens 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.
Wycombe Abbey is a world leader in girls’ boarding education and a place where academic excellence, empathy and integrity thrive. It is one of the UK’s most successful independent boarding schools for girls, aged 11 to 18. The School is committed to creating tomorrow’s women leaders and has a long tradition of academic excellence, it is consistently one of the country’s best performing schools with over a third of girls received Oxbridge offers every year.
Founded in 1896, the School is set in 160 acres magnificent parkland in Buckinghamshire, England with its own lake, and is only 30 miles from the centre of London, 20 miles from Heathrow airport. It provides a secure and comfortable country lifestyle setting for the course.
The vision of Wycombe Abbey is to pursuit of academic excellence, the development of each pupil’s talents, the fostering of an awareness of God and an understanding of the needs of others. The ISI inspectors were blown away, bestowing a rare and much coveted ‘exceptional’ status on the pupils’ learning and achievements.
The School has an impressive record of academic success and is consistently one of the top performers in public examination league tables. The average GCSE results from 2010-2017 were outstanding with 97.75% of all GCSE entries graded A*A. At A-Level, an average of 88.6% were graded A*A. With such excellent exam results, Wycombe Abbey girls gain admission to competitive courses at leading universities throughout the world. One third secure Oxbridge offers with the majority heading to Russell Group universities or prestigious Art, Drama or Music Schools.