- Newbury, England
Small class sizes ensure that each student receives individual attention from their tutors, providing a learning experience which is unique to their needs. This close proximity between students and teachers fosters close relationships and a supportive environment, which builds confidence amongst the young learners and encourages them to succeed.
Teachers challenge students to achieve to the maximum of their potential, and set milestones and goals for each student, with constant evaluation. This sets the pace for each learner to surpass their academic expectations and achieve more than they thought possible.
In tandem with English language development, the course piques the intellectual curiosity of the learners by exposing them to a range of authentic sources from different academic subjects, which in turn develops their critical thinking skills as they discuss and analyse them.
The mix of nationalities in the classroom and the wide range of materials covered creates an international outlook amongst students, broadening their horizons and exposing them to new ideas, cultures and ways of thinking.
Objectives of the stay
For learners who want to develop their English language skills for a short intensive course or a long extended course at any time throughout the year.
Newbury Hall is a safe and special place delivering a ‘trajectory education’. As a stepping stone from pupils’ backgrounds towards their ambitions, the course helps potential high-achievers forge their own learning practices in harmony with their personality.
Pupils also learn to think independently.
• The academic programme
New language, knowledge and skills in the service of better thinking and becoming a better learner generally. Academically literate pupils can successfully face the challenges of understanding and responding creatively to complex ideas in English and can generate both informed and personal opinions. Over the longer term the programme provides an ideal transition for international pupils into mainstream UK education.
• Meaningful content
Writing craft workshops in essays & argumentation and journalism based on our in-house cultural calendar, biographies, debates, literature and reader’s theatre, reciprocal reading, subject tasters, guided research projects with presentations, book club with presentations
and discussions, eloquence ‘walkshops’, training in philosophical thinking, etc. Grammar and pronunciation are embedded throughout all lessons.
• Intensive Exam Skills
These programmes teach exam strategies, for example IELTS and IGCSEs and provide extensive practice tests with feedback against mark schemes so that pupils feel confident going into the exam. Pupils also have dedicated language lessons to ensure they cover the exam vocabulary and grammar.
Ability to speak and write in English with confidence and accuracy, whilst feeling comfortable using the language.
Personal development including increased personal confidence.
Achievement of required grade in chosen exam.
Secure, fully-supervised residential accommodation. All meals included.
Homestay accommodation is provided. All meals included.
The experience of living in Newbury
Newbury is an affluent and historic market town about an hour from London and also within easy reach of Oxford, Winchester and Bath. Dating from the 11th century, the town has a population of around 30,000 and boasts a beautiful town centre with a picturesque canal and superb facilities including a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants. In addition there is a modern local cinema, excellent theatres and a whole host of sporting opportunities.
The town is also close to areas of historical interest such as Stonehenge and Highclere Castle - the setting of Downtown Abbey, and is in close proximity to nature, green spaces and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The course includes cultural activities such as excursions, social evenings, movie nights, book clubs, drama clubs and a wide choice of sports.
The price includes the hours of tuition per week, full-board accommodation and a fully-supervised cultural programme.
Transfer on arrival and departure
A meeting service is available to transfer students on arrival and departure.