English and Arts Experience Summer Camp at King Edward’s School is a specialized summer English course for junior students aged between 10 – 13 who are enthusiastic in music, dance and drama, and would like to further improve their English while exploring their artistic talents.
The programme of English and Arts Experience Summer Camp combines English language tuition with art workshops. There are 15 hours of English tuition each week, plus three afternoon theatrical training from West End professionals in music, dance, and drama. Each week is based on a different musical or play. No experience is
necessary for this course, which is designed to increase confidence in English language and on-stage performance.
Making use of King Edward’s School’s music hall, students will work with a variety of instruments to create pieces of music from around the world. No musical expertise is required.
The dance workshop will focus on a different style of dance each week. Students will prepare, practise and perfect a dance routine during the afternoon sessions before a grand performance at the end of the week. Dance styles in the past have included modern, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. No previous experience is necessary and the tutor will adapt the routine to the ability of the group.
The workshops take place in King Edward School’s art studio, and students will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of dramatic techniques to build confidence and explore acting skills in characterisation, staging, movement, costume, voice and translation.
All arts workshops are run by current professional west end performers! Each week students will explore different theme allowing them to learn about all aspects of British performance. Themes for 2019 include Shakespeare’s Mid Summer Nights Dream, west-end hit The Lion King, as well as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.
The programme incorporates language study, language for life, excursion link lessons and academic skills sessions with art workshops. The language study lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. Whereas language for life lessons integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills. In addition, the academic skills sessions give students an introduction to exam techniques and are intended to help students improve the skills of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.
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 qualified EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers who have ability to make language learning fun. At the end of the course, teachers will assess students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as their overall English proficiency to provide students with a realistic determination of their English ability. All students will receive a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale, which can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS.
English and Arts Experience Summer Camp consists of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, arts workshops, fun activities, sports and excursions. The weekly programme includes:
- 15 hours of English Tuition per week
- 7.5 hours of arts workshops per week
- 2 full day and 1 half day excursion per week
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games
- Personalised report card and certificate
- Airport transfers and insurance
- Maximum class size of 11 students
- Staff to student ratio is 1:7
- Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports between 10:00-20:00 GMT)
Apart from morning language tuition and arts workshops, students will improve language skills through a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Animal Mask Making
- Arts & Crafts
- Cake Making
- Climbing Wall
- Collage Making
- Film Evenings
- Musical & Dance
- Magic Marty’s Magic Show
- Musical Instrument Making
- Save the Egg
- Scavenger Hunt
- Sports Tournaments
- Table Tennis
- Talent Shows
- The Cube
- Trash Fashion Show
- T-Shirt Painting
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
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Oxford Street
- Thorpe Park
- Eton College
- Windsor Castle
- Brighton beach
- Leeds Castle
- Stratford Upon Avon
- Warwick Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Ely/Ely Cathedral
The sample timetable below is a typical one week English and Arts Experience Summer Camp at King Edward’s School.
Students stay in the boarding houses of King Edward’s School. Bedrooms are made up of single, twin and 4-bed rooms, with separate female and male
accommodation. Bathrooms are shared between 4-6 students. 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 three cooked meals are provided in the beautiful dining hall. Drinks and biscuits are available in the lesson breaks. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
King Edward’s has excellent on-site facilities include an indoor swimming pool and an all-weather sports pitch. Well-equipped sports hall; large playing fields; tennis courts; large astro-turf playing fields; outdoor climbing wall; TVs & common areas in boarding houses; indoor heated swimming pool. Student computer room plus a computer in each boarding houses. Wi-Fi available throughout.
Laundry: Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
King Edward’s school was established in 1553 by King Edward VI (only son of the late King Henry VIII), and is one of the famous English private schools in the south of England. The School is situated in a picturesque 120 acre campus in beautiful village of Witley, Surrey. It is within an hour of both Central London and the south coast of England. Famous past students include Ivor Caplin MP; Liz Gordon MP, Edd China, Guinness World Record holder; and Du’aine Ladejo, the Olympic gold medallist, etc.
The School offers a blend of forward-thinking and traditional values in a secure environment where young people can be nurtured – intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, culturally and socially – through the transition from childhood to adulthood.
King Edward’s School has superb on-site teaching and sports facilities including an indoor swimming pool, modern sports centre, squash courts, dance studio and extensive sports fields, including an astro-turf all weather playing field. The school also enjoys a tradition of excellence in Music, Drama and the Visual Arts, supported by a new state-of-the-art music technology centre.
Academically the school has excellent results and offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma since 2004. Their terrific 100% pass rate and high average points score of 34 over the last 5 years, twice as many pupils achieved the top grades than was the case worldwide, rank King Edward’s School 8th in the UK, for I.B. schools. Pupils proceed to many of the top universities including Oxford University and University College, London in the UK and many overseas universities.