Residential Course for Teenagers in Sherborne

Summer 2018: Wednesday 4th July to Wednesday 1st August
Availability: Book for summer 2018
Level: A1 Elementary to C1 Advanced
Maximum Class Size: 15
Minimum Age: from 12 to 17 years in groups, 13 to 17 for individuals.

The translation of Sherborne Girls' Greek motto is “The prize is a fair one, and the hope great”. This phrase refers to the famous torch-bearing race that the youth of Athens would run through the city to the Acropolis and it speaks of team work and individual responsibility. The race gave rise to the Olympic torch and its values still underpin Sherborne Girls’ School’s ethos today.

The Devon School of English and Sherborne Girls' School share the same ideas about education. A school should be a place where everyone counts; should have a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with a real sense of purpose and, above all, should have a passion for learning. This vision of how a school should be underpins The Devon School’s new and exciting residential study centre at Sherborne. Set in rolling fields and hills on the edge of Blackmore Vale, it is the ideal location for a residential summer school. Not only is the school in the heart of some of the most beautiful countryside in the West Country but also only minutes away from the lively and attractive market town of Sherborne, on the banks of the River Yeo.  What’s more, it is only two hours away from London by train.

The Devon School of English has over 40 years’ experience in organising teenager study holidays in Paignton on the famous English Riviera. Sherborne Girls is a quintessentially English Public School founded in 1899 and steeped in tradition and history. It is a story-book setting that never fails to captivate the imagination of students.

The campus has spacious, fully-equipped classrooms, light and airy bedroom accommodation and superb recreational facilities. The beautiful surroundings, carefully-selected staff and engaging programme of activities, trips and lessons all contribute to an unforgettable English experience.

The Devon School of English at Sherborne Girls

The leisure facilities at the college are outstanding. There is a modern theatre and cinema that we use for film nights, talent shows and drama; a performing arts space that we use for school events, music and dance; a music room; a large indoor sports hall for basketball, badminton, 5-a-side football, netball and other sports; an indoor swimming pool; and extensive outdoor sports fields, pitches and courts for cricket, athletics, football, hockey and tennis. Student common rooms have pool tables and TVs and DVD players.

Sherborne Girls’ is only a five-minute walk from the elegant market town of Sherborne in the county of Dorset in the west of England. The town’s many shops provide everything from the latest high-street fashions and technology to traditional English antiques, bric-a-brac and souvenirs. Sherborne, with its characteristically ochre-coloured, Medieval and Georgian, stone buildings is also home to the impressive Sherborne Abbey. The A30, the old London to Penzance road, runs through the town and is one of the most ancient thoroughfares in the country. Sherborne is the ideal location to visit the very best of the West: destinations such as Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Salisbury, Weymouth, Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast.


What will I learn?

The Academic Programme consists of 3 hours of lessons every morning from 9 till 10.30 and then from 11.00 to 12.30. Learning English with us is fun! We adopt a topic-based syllabus with a communicative focus: the first lesson concentrates on language development, the second is a skills-focussed project class.

Our teachers are all dynamic, enthusiastic, qualified professionals selected for their ability to make learning as effective and as enjoyable as possible. This means the best materials, the most stimulating teaching programmes and real-life projects. Projects are often linked to the afternoon activities helping to bridge the gap between the classroom and the world outside. Add to this a good mix of nationalities which enables students to get the chance to meet and make friends with young people from all over the world and you have the perfect combination for the ideal learning experience.

Students are placed in classes according to their results in our entrance test and their performance is carefully evaluated by our teachers in collaboration with the Director of Studies during their initial lessons and throughout their stay – this ensures that each student is working at the correct level for their ability.

Each student receives a Welcome Pack full of key information and study advice and a Devon School pen. At the end of the course, students receive a Course Certificate and a detailed report on their progress and advice for future study.

Students in class at the Devon School of English


How long can I stay?

Up to 4 weeks. The minimum stay is 1 week.

When do the courses start?

The arrival dates in 2018 are Wednesday July 4th and Wednesday July 18th.

What can I do after lessons?

We run a full activity programme at least one half-day trip and one full-day trip per week. Destinations for these excursions have included cultural trips to Bath and Salisbury, seaside trips to Weymouth and Lyme Regis and trips to shopping and historical and cultural destinations such as Bristol, Exeter, Oxford and Bristol. Other trips sample the beautiful countryside around Sherborne even ranging as far afield as the caves of Cheddar or Dartmoor National Park. At a very reasonable extra cost, and on request, we can also organise trips to London.

The excellent sports facilities at the college mean that we can offer football, tennis, swimming, water polo, baseball and rounders as well as the ever-popular mini-Olympics!

We have a wide range of non-sporting activities too. These have included song writing, film making, theatre and drama, dance classes (hip-hop to samba), jewellery making, fashion design, drawing & painting, magazine writing, and science challenges.

Highlights of the evening social events are the Murder Mystery, Queen’s College Has Got Talent, the Village Fête and the Casino Night, not forgetting the popular Friday disco with a professional DJ, sound system and light show.

Where is the school?

Sherborne Girls' School is in the beautiful town of Sherborne in Dorset. It is considered to be a perfect example of an English town. Located in northwest Dorset with a population of just 10,000, a small community helps ensure that all students feel safe. Sherborne is famous for its golden-coloured Abbey and wealth of medieval and Georgian buildings, which include two castles; the ruins of a 12th-century fortified palace and a 16th-century mansion built by Sir Walter Raleigh and known as Sherborne Castle.

The town is focussed around a bustling yet pedestrianised high street complete with independent shops, a weekly market and a wide range of coffee shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. The narrow streets are lined with old grey stone buildings interspersed with early timber-framed, gabled-ended houses and local hamstone structures; it’s therefore unsurprising that Sherborne is often used as a location for period films. 

What rooms can I choose?

Sherborne Girls' accommodation houses have well-appointed dormitories with between 2 and 6 beds. Single rooms, and some en-suite rooms, are also available. Each student has wardrobe and drawer space and a lockable cupboard. Students are advised to leave expensive items in the school safe. Towels and bed linen are provided and are changed weekly.

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There is free wi-fi and computer access in each residential house. Every student is given a 24-hour emergency number which they or their parents can call. Parents can phone or leave a message on the office telephone/fax machine. We advise students to telephone their parents once they have arrived at the college to assure them that they have arrived safely and well.

The three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are taken in the light and airy dining halls situated in each house. There is an excellent  choice of top-quality meals every day plus a vegetarian option. Food is freshly prepared in the school kitchens. Packed meals are provided for excursions and transfers. Menus offer a varied, balanced, healthy and tasty diet, with produce supplied from local farmers and butchers. There is also a Tuck Shop, providing the students with a variety of snacks, sweets and soft drinks.


How are the students cared for?

There are three managers on site: the Centre Manager, who oversees all aspects of the residential programme; the Director of Studies, who oversees the academic programme; and the Activities Manager, who is responsible for the programme of activities and excursions. Together, they deal with all aspects of organisation, planning, supervision, security and pastoral care on and off the campus.

The three managers are supported by our House Parents, teachers and activity leaders. The managers constantly liaise with the foreign group leaders and Sherborne Girls’ School staff to make sure that everything runs smoothly and any problems that might arise are addressed immediately and effectively. They are also responsible for the welfare and pastoral care for our individual students and act in the place of group leaders.

Supervision andsecurity are certainly the major concerns of parents sending their child to England, maybe for the first time,  and we, at The Devon School, give these matters our top priority. We make sure that parents can feel confident about sending their child to study with us. All of our activities are closely supervised by our managers, teachers and activity leaders. Students must take part in the full activity programme and are not permitted to go off on their own. House parents monitor and provide pastoral care for students when they are in their residential houses. Designated activity leaders look after our unaccompanied students (students who have not come with a group) during excursions and break times in school.

Staff are always on hand to deal with any individual problems or requests. Our Anti-Bullying Code (ABC) means that everyone can be sure that they will enjoy their time at Queen’s free from intimidation.

On the first day of school, students are given a personal school identity card with an emergency telephone number which can be contacted 24 hours a day. Before their arrival, students receive a Welcome Pack, explaining exactly what to expect during their stay.

How do I get to Sherborne?

Sherborne is in the south west of England in the county of Dorset. It is 175  kilometres from London (2.75 hours by car or 2 hours by train from London’s Waterloo station)

The three most convenient airports are

Heathrow (3 hours distance),
Bristol (1.5 hours)
Exeter (1.5 hours).

All groups and individual students will have their private transfers organised by the School.Accompanied transfer by Devon School of English leaders every Wednesday from Heathrow. Details available on request. 

What does the price include?

English language classes – 15 one-hour lessons per week (3 hours each morning. Maximum class size – 15)

Educational materials – folders and pens provided free of charge.

End-of-course certificate – with a final progress report from the teacher.

Excursions, sports and social activities – one full-day excursion per week, one half-day excursion. Entertaining and educational social programme.

Full-board accommodation – breakfast, lunch and evening meal. Single, twin and shared dormitory rooms.


How much does it cost?

To receive a quotation for your selected course, please click here.

Please be advised, there is an £8 fee added to all transactions to cover international bank charges. We ask for a £50 deposit from all our students to cover any damage caused and to cover penalties for any major rules broken. For example, there is a strict ban on any cigarettes or alcohol on the premises or any anti-social or bullying behaviour.

• Age range: from 12 to 17 years in groups, 13 to 17 for individuals.

• Capacity: 200 students


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