Experio Summer School at Clifton College 2021

Summer Courses for Young Learners & Teenagers (6th July - 17th August)

Summer Courses for Young Learners & Teenagers

Clifton College is a traditional English boarding school that values very highly the international dimension and the cosmopolitan atmosphere brought to the school by its overseas’ boarders and its summer school students. In term-time, the school teaches over 1200 pupils (30% from overseas) and in the summer there are up to 400 residential students at any one time from more than 15 different countries. The summer school runs for six weeks in July and August and is open to groups (8-17 yrs) and individual students (13–17 yrs) for 2-4 week stays.


Bristol is the second largest city in the south of England after London and has a population of nearly half a million people. It’s an interesting and exciting city which combines a fascinating history with a modern trendy feel. Bristol is made up of many different districts including the very attractive area of Clifton which is only a 20-minute walk from the city-centre. The College is just a short walk from Clifton Village with its shops, cafés and local amenities…not to mention the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo. Bristol International Airport (BRS) is 15 km away and London Heathrow (LHR) is 175 km.

Campus Facilities

The College is set in extensive, safe, attractive grounds with excellent residential, educational and sporting facilities. On campus there are large spacious playing fields, tennis courts, a sports hall and a 25m indoor heated swimming pool. Students also have access to the student café, the school shop and the computer room. WiFi is available in most areas of the campus and in the boarding houses.


Students are accommodated in 9 different boarding houses which surround the main campus (see campus map). Each house has between 30–60 beds in different-sized rooms of 1–6 beds per room. Kids are generally accommodated in 2–6 bedded rooms and Teens in 1–4 bedded rooms. Group Leaders have single rooms unless otherwise requested.

The College provides bed linen and towels and a weekly laundry service for light items of clothing (underwear, socks, T-shirts etc). Girls and boys are accommodated on separate floors or in different parts of the boarding houses and have separate shared bathrooms with toilets, showers and washbasins.

There is a common room or “House Hall” in each boarding house where students can relax, socialize with each other, watch TV or DVDs, play cards or board games…all under the watchful eye of the residential staff. Individual students are all accommodated in the same boarding house under the careful supervision of the experienced pastoral team. They form an international group and have activities and excursions together.


The College has two self-service dining rooms and provides the students with 3 wholesome meals each day. Breakfast is continental during the week and cooked at the weekend. Lunch and dinner consist of soup with bread, pasta bar, a main dish, vegetables, salad bar, desserts and fresh fruit basket. Packed meals are provided for full-day excursions, late arrivals and early departures and there is a weekly barbeque (weather permitting!).

Summer Courses

Summer Courses at Clifton College are for international students aged 8 – 17 who are visiting the UK for a short period of 2 – 4 weeks. We welcome groups of students aged 8 – 17 accompanied by one or more Group Leaders and individual students aged 13 – 17. The courses combine English language tuition, general or specialist activities and classes, events, local visits and excursions to places of interest.


For English classes and daytime activities, students are divided into 2 age-groups:
• Kids (8-12 yrs)
• Teens (13-17 yrs)
Kids have activities every morning from 09:00 – 12:15 and English classes in the afternoon from 13:30 – 17:15 (12 hours per week). Teens have morning English classes from 09:00 – 12:40 (15 hours per week) and afternoon activities or classes from 13:45 – 17:00.

English Classes (provided by Bristol Language Centre)

All students are tested on their first full day and subsequently placed in classes of no more than 16 students at an appropriate level for their ability. The lessons are topic-based and are designed to help students develop communication skills, natural English and a range of vocabulary. Materials have been specifically chosen for both the Kids’ and Teens’ courses and include authentic resources.

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    Kids’ Morning Activities

    Kids’ activities are a combination of language practice, culture, arts and crafts, sports and lots of fun! They include walking tours of Clifton and Bristol as well as organised team games with local English schoolchildren.

    Teens’ Afternoon Courses

    A wide range of options are on o er and students should choose their preferred course at the time of booking: Vacation Courses, Academic Courses, Individual Sports Coaching, Work Experience. All courses are open to both group and individual students provided they meet the entry requirements (see section below for details). 

    Evening Activities

    Every evening all students can enjoy a variety of different activities. Some are for the whole College (disco, film night, talent show, sports tournaments, hide & seek, ghost walk) and some are for smaller groups (quiz night, dance classes, cooking classes).


    Students will visit Bath and Cardiff on their half-day excursions (13:45 – 19:30) and London and Oxford for a full-day (09:30 – 21:30). All students will have a “Discover Bristol” day which includes an open-top bus sightseeing tour. *Additional destinations are offered to students staying for 3 or 4 weeks. Optional visits and excursions can be arranged for groups and these can be booked in advance or on arrival at the College.

    The 2-week course fees include:

    • Student travel and medical insurance (individual students only)
    • Return airport transfer from LHR and BRS
    • Residential accommodation (Kids in 1-6 bedded rooms; Teens in 1-4 bedded rooms)
    • 3 meals per day with an evening snack
    • English language tuition (Kids = 24 hours; Teens = 30 hours)
    • Morning activity programme for Kids
    • Afternoon courses for Teens as booked
    • Evening activity programme for all students
    • 2 full-day excursions: London, Oxford (*Portsmouth)
    • 2 half-day excursions: Bath, Cardiff (*Wells)
    • 24-hour supervision and welfare

    Teens’ Afternoon Courses

    Vacation Courses (13-17 yrs; 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks)

    These courses combine on-campus sports coaching (football, tennis, basketball), multi-activity sessions (swimming, rounders, dodgeball, touch rugby, cricket), artistic activities (dance, drama, film-making, arts & crafts) with educational “Discover Bristol” walks and visits. Students are supervised at all times by Clifton College Summer School staff. Course Fees: £1070 per week

    Academic Courses (13-17 yrs; 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks)

    Courses for motivated international students with an interest in improving their General English skills and/or continuing their secondary or higher education in an English-speaking environment.

    Intensive English Course (entry level: B1) is an extra 10 hours per week of General English for those students wishing to make additional progress with their communication skills in English (speaking, listening, reading, writing). The extra lessons will complement the morning classes and lead to a more rapid overall improvement. Course Fees: £1176 per week

    Academic English Course (entry level: B2) is designed for students who are interested in studying in an English-speaking environment e.g. at a UK, US or International High-School or at a university where English is the common language. The course is 10 hours per week and is for students with a level of B2 and higher. It offers an introduction to the differences between General and Academic English as well as helping students to develop the communication skills that are necessary for studying academic subjects in an English-speaking context. Course Fees: £1176 per week

    Individual Sports Coaching (13-17 yrs; 1 or 2 weeks)

    English + Sports Coaching is for athletic students wishing to experience high-quality professional coaching in their chosen sport. Students will receive 9 hours per week (3 x 3 hour sessions) of tailor-made one-to-one coaching in English.

    Tennis Coaching takes place on the College’s own courts and is delivered by a team of LTA-qualified coaches from Absolute Tennis Bristol who also coach the Clifton College tennis teams throughout the year. Course Fees: £1438 per week

    Golf Coaching is provided by the Paul Mitchell Golf Academy at the nearby Bristol & Clifton Golf Club which has one of the best 18-hole championship courses in the area. All the coaches are PGA-qualified and the practice facilities at the Club are excellent. Transport and equipment is provided. Course Fees: £1770 per week

    Drama Course (13-17 yrs; B1; 2 weeks)

    English + Drama is a 2-week programme in partnership with Loupe Theatre, a Bristol-based professional theatre company. Students will learn all aspects of putting on a play from writing the script, sourcing and making the props and costumes, managing the technical aspects such as sound and lighting, the event management, directing the action, acting and of course performing in front of the whole summer school (18 hours + performance). Fees: £1280 per week

    Work Experience (16-17 yrs; B1; 3 weeks)

    English + Work Experience is a 3-week programme offered by Experio Work in partnership with UK International Group to older international teenagers (16-17) attending the Clifton College Summer School. The programme combines General English classes in the mornings with work experience in the afternoons (11 x 3 hour sessions), giving participants the opportunity to practise their newly acquired language skills in an authentic work environment while gaining valuable hands-on experience. Students can choose to work in one of the following sectors: Retail, Marketing & Administration, Childcare, Hospitality, Event Management. Course Fees: £1280 per week

    Why choose Clifton College?

    • Experience life at one of the UK’s top boarding schools
    • Make new friends with young people from all over the world
    • Improve linguistic, academic and cultural awareness
    • Prepare for full-time education in an English-speaking environment
    • Benefit from expert English language tuition
    • Enjoy a wide-range of daytime and evening sports and activities
    • Discover Bristol and visit some of the UK’s most interesting cities
    • Stay safe at all times with our friendly and caring staff