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Experiences

As any parent knows, so many of the most valuable life lessons happen beyond the classroom. Outside of school hours, Dukes offers a host of educational
experiences at our summer schools and day camps for students from all over the world.

I can see that Jana gained many benefits through her experience with SBC — starting with developing a high level of independency and boosting her self-confidence, and ending with making good friends with nice people from all over the world.

Heba, parent, Egypt

Summer schools & day camps

The adventures kids experience at camps and summer schools are an important part of the educational journey. They offer new ways to learn, both academically and socially, as well as encouraging them to brave new environments and try their hands at new skills.

We’re delighted to have two of the UK’s leading international summer school providers, Summer Boarding Courses (SBC), and Varsity International, as well as an outstanding provider of kid’s day camps –  Ultimate Activity Camps, as part of the Dukes family.

Together, these provide fun and educational experiences beyond the classroom for students aged 4-17 years.

More about our providers

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Summer Boarding Courses offers residential English language and academic programmes for international students over the summer holidays, in prestigious and beautiful British universities and boarding schools.

 

Over the last 10 years, they’ve welcomed over 10,000 students from over 139 countries worldwide, to learn new skills and make new friends, while exploring an exciting new country.

 

Summer Boarding Courses has been ranked the UK’s number one summer school provider by the EL Gazette based on its recent incredible achievement of becoming the first-ever multi-centre summer school to be awarded all 15 areas of strength from the British Council.

 

This ultimate seal of approval is testament to the exceptional experience each of our students has had.

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Ultimate Activity Camps provides outstanding Ofsted regulated activity day camps with the primary function of delivering a very high level of care and welfare for 4-14 year olds during the school holidays. This childcare is delivered through a fantastic range of exciting activities – whether these be in the Art room, the sports hall, playing fields or in the woods. The team use their many years of experience and enthusiastic staff to create a programme that changes each day and deliver outstanding levels of care whilst ensuring that children of all ages are thoroughly engaged and inspired to try new activities and make new friends.

 

Some of the types of camps offered include:

 

  • Ultimate Activity
  • Ultimate Survival
  • Ultimate International
  • Academies of Sport

 

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Varsity International offers both residential and non-residential summer activity camps with English tuition, located at some of the best schools in the UK.

 

The summer schools specialise in integrating international students with English children, allowing them to take part in exciting activities together, sharing their love for sports, arts and adventure.

 

Children develop language skills in fun, social, and immersive environments, where they are integrated with British children. The children have access to great facilities and Varsity International’s staff are highly experienced, ensuring students have a fantastic summer full of memorable experiences and exciting activities creating lifelong learning opportunities. Varsity International is part of Active Education Group.

 

  • The residential programme takes place in Cothill House School, Oxford, and is suitable for children aged 8 – 14 years
  • Non-residential programmes take place in premium locations all over the UK,  and can accommodate children aged 4-14.

 

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As well as our specialist summer school providers, we host residential Easter and Summer programmes in some of our own schools and colleges.

 

Summer Schools at Cardiff Sixth Form College

A highly academic summer school experience, particularly suitable for students thinking about their next steps towards university. Programmes include:

 

  • Academic Summer Programme
  • Engineering School Preparation Programme
  • Law School Preparation Programme
  • Medical School Preparation Programme
  • Oxbridge Preparation Programme

 

Visit Cardiff Sixth Form College’s website to learn more.

 

 

Earlscliffe Easter and Summer Programmes

 

Based in charming seaside town Folkestone (about halfway between London and Paris), Earslcliffe’s international summer school programmes offer students the chance to explore their academic interests, improve English, and enjoy fun activities with new friends. Programmes include:

 

  • Global English
  • Mini-MBA™
  • Uni-Prep
  • Earslcliffe Easter

 

 

Visit Earlscliffe’s website to learn more.

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Kids make amazing connections with international friends
Summer students participating in class
Students develop skills during their holidays

Our Accreditations

  • In 2018 SBC became the first and only multi-campus summer school to be awarded 15 out of 15 areas of strength in a British Council inspection.
  • SBC was ranked UK's No. 1 Summer School by the EL Gazette in 2018.
  • Our Summer Boarding Courses summer schools are English UK members.
  • SBC is a 2019 Finalist for secondary learning international impact award
  • Ultimate Activity Camps is Ofsted-registered.
  • Varsity International is accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider.