ISC Summer School at Haileybury College

Summer Courses for Young Learners & Teenagers (8th July - 11th August)

Haileybury College & International Student Club

Haileybury College is a leading co-educational boarding school, founded in 1862. It is situated in a stunning 500-acre private campus just 20 miles north of London.

ISC has run an international summer school at Haileybury for 21 years and provides fun, educational courses for up to 400 students at a time. Internationality is guaranteed and each year there are students from over 20 different countries.


Haileybury is the perfect location for a summer school. Set in beautifully green English countryside, the campus provides a very safe environment for students. However, the close proximity to London means easy access to all of the fantastic areas of the vibrant capital and beyond (see link to location map below).

Campus Facilities

While on campus students have access to: a fully equipped sports complex, acres of sports fields, tennis courts, a 25-metre heated swimming pool, theatres and disco room. There are many large, indoor spaces which can be used in wet weather. There is a tuckshop for students to relax in and snacks and drinks are available every evening.


Residential accommodation is in one of the College’s 12 spacious, and regularly refurbished, boarding houses. Each house has its own unique character with a mixture of modern and more traditional buildings. Single-sex houses can accommodate up to 60 students each. There is 24-hour supervision in houses, so staff are never far away should the students need them. Younger students tend to be housed in the multi-bedded rooms which sleep 3-8, whereas the older students are usually roomed in the single and twin rooms. All bed linen is provided and changed each week. Each boarding house has a common room, where boys and girls are free to get together to play games, watch DVDs and socialise with their international housemates.


All meals are eaten in the large, wood-panelled dining hall, which wouldn’t look out of place on a Harry Potter set. Haileybury is very proud of its award-winning chefs, who regularly compete in national competitions. The food is plentiful and wholesome and is all cooked on-site. There is always a choice between meat or fish and a vegetarian option with a variety of vegetables or tasty salads. The pasta bar, offering a selection of pasta and sauces, is also a popular choice. English puddings are excellent and fresh fruit is available with every meal. It is a nut-free campus and all special dietary requirements are routinely catered for. After evening activities there is a light supper available in the boarding houses before bed.

Summer Courses

Summer Courses at Haileybury College are for international students aged 10-17 who are visiting the UK for a short period of 2-4 weeks. We welcome groups of students accompanied by adult Group Leaders and individuals. The courses combine General English language tuition with a choice of options:

  • Multi-activity programme
  • Cambridge Exam preparation
  • Academic English

For all classes and activities, students are divided into two age groups (10-14 yrs and 14-17 yrs) and alternate between morning classes and afternoon activities on a daily basis (see sample timetable for details).


ISC offer a variety of entertaining daytime activities such as sports, geocaching, arts and crafts, circus skills, treasure hunts, dance workshops and games. Evening activities also include murder mystery events, team competitions, cinema nights and much more.


Students will visit Hertford and St Albans on their half-day excursions and London twice (including by night) and Cambridge for a full-day. Optional trips take place on Sundays to Thorpe Park, London and Brighton. Details are available on request.


The 2-week course fees include:

  • Student travel and medical insurance
    (individual students only)

  • Return airport transfer from LHR, STN and LTN

  • Residential accommodation (younger students in 3-8 bedded rooms; older students in 1-4 bedded rooms)

  • 3 meals per day with an evening snack

  • General English, British Culture and Project (30 hours)

  • Multiactivity programme (18 hours)

  • Optional Academic Courses (6 hours)

  • Evening activity programme for all students

  • 3 full-day excursions: London x 2, Cambridge

  • 2 half-day excursions: Hertford, St Albans

  • 24-hour supervision and welfare

General English Programme

Students receive 15 hours of General English, British Culture and Project lessons per week. We have an excellent team of experienced, professional and friendly teachers. We were awarded a strength for teaching in our recent British Council inspection.
Our English lessons are interesting and fun and focus on improving communication skills. We want to help our students improve in confidence and fluency when using English. Students practise all communication skills and pronunciation, but there is a focus on spoken production. We use our own range of interactive and interesting course materials, which are constantly updated by our creative teaching team.
In British Culture classes, students learn about the British way of life, food and music. Students also prepare for their excursions, where they can practise all the English they learnt in class!. In Project classes, our students work with their international classmates to create a drama Project which culminates in an exciting Project show at the end of the course.
Our teachers care about helping each individual student to progress and they use a variety of motivating activities, materials and technology in class. Learning is fun at ISC and we want to help our students learn and use English to the best of their abilities.

Key Information

  • For students aged 10-17 years old
  • Students are level tested on arrival and placed
    in the correct class
  • Our levels range from Elementary to Advanced
  • Maximum class size of 16 (General English and British Culture lessons)
  • Classes are merged for Project lessons and assisted by 3 or 4 members of staff
  • 15 hours General English lessons/week, which includes General English, British Culture and Project lessons

Course Fees: £1030 per week

Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses (PET & FCE)

Our PET and First Certificate exam preparation courses are designed for students who require practical exam strategies and guidance on how to approach Cambridge reading, writing, listening and speaking exam tasks.
During the course our students practise and develop their communication skills in English and are given exam tips and advice from our professional and experienced teachers. Students may take this optional course in addition to our General English course.

Key Information

  • 2-week course (8 x 45 minute lessons)

  • For students aged 10-17 studying towards a B1 or B2 level of English

  • For students who want to take the Cambridge PET or FCE exam

  • Maximum of 10 students per class

  • Exam strategies and helpful tips for passing Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening papers

  • Mock speaking exam and individual exam advice from certified Cambridge speaking examiners

  • Use of authentic Cambridge past exam papers

Course Fees: £1190 per week


Academic English Course

Our Academic English Course is for motivated students who wish to study in the UK in the future. Students may take this optional course in addition to our General English programme.
We aim to develop and practise essential academic skills and to nurture life skills that are necessary for studying away from home. Students will have the opportunity to improve their presentation skills and learn how to write an effective personal statement for UK university applications. Our students also benefit from practical lessons on essay writing and techniques for note-taking in university lectures.

Key Information

  • 2-week course (8 x 45 minute lessons)

  • For students aged 14-17 years old

  • Maximum of 10 students per class
  • For students studying towards a B2/C1 level of English

Course Fees: £1190 per week

Why choose Haileybury College?

  • Experience life at one of the UK’s most prestigious boarding schools
  • Beautiful, historic school with excellent facilities
  • Great location: only one hour from London and Cambridge
  • Fun, communicative lessons to improve students’ confidence and fluency
  • Fantastic activities and excursions
  • Experienced, qualified and enthusiastic staff
  • Outstanding British Council report awarding 9 areas of strength,
    including teaching and care of under 18s
  • Improve your English, make friends for life and have a great time!

Haileybury College

Haileybury College, Hertford SG13 7NU