Bath, UK

Prestigious English and Horseback Riding - Downside School, Bath

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age icon 8-17 years old

time icon 3 weeks

book icon Weekly hours: 21

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Enhance your English language skills while indulging in the exciting world of equestrianism with our unique course.

  • This program offers students a fantastic opportunity to blend language learning with practical horse riding and grooming experiences at renowned local stables.
  • Perfect for language enthusiasts and horse lovers alike, the course promises an enriching blend of education and hands-on equine activities.
  • Whether you're looking to boost your English proficiency or immerse yourself in the joys of horse care, our course is tailored to provide an unforgettable learning adventure.

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  • Based at beautiful Downside School

  • Great to explore the South of England

  • Downside occupies a beautiful 500-acre estate at the foot of the Mendip Hills and offers excellent facilities.

  • The centre is ideally situated just 25 minutes south of the city of Bath in Somerset and two and a half hours from London.

Nearest airports:

  • London Heathrow (LHR), 103 miles/ 165 km

  • Bristol Airport (BRS), 17 miles/ 27 km

What's Included

  • 15 hours of English lessons

  • Two half days of horse riding & grooming activities at approved local stables

  • Additional activities program (Day-time and evening)

  • Full-board residential accommodation

  • Full-day excursions every Tuesday and Wednesday

  • One half-day excursion

  • At least one excursion entrance fee

  • Placement test

  • Internet access

  • End-of-course certificate

  • 24-hour supervision

  • Weekly laundry service

  • School bank service


Typical activities include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Badminton
  • Barbecues
  • Basketball
  • Bushcraft/Woodcraft
  • Capture the Flag
  • Casino night
  • Cookery
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Disco night
  • Football
  • Frisbee games
  • Karaoke
  • Kings' Got Talent
  • Latin dances
  • Movie night
  • Murder Mystery
  • Pool parties
  • Quiz challengers
  • Swimming games
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Zumba


  • Mix of traditional accommodation embedded in the stunning main quad in addition to separate and self-contained boarding houses.

  • A mix of single and twin with some triple rooms and a small number of rooms for 4-8 students; no room locks for safety.

  • Modern communal bathrooms

  • Boys and girls are housed in different accommodation areas/ boarding houses

  • 1 – 8 beds per room

  • Student:bathroom ratio 6:1

  • Each house has a common room for relaxation, TV, and music.

  • Students advised to use suitcase locks for valuables; we are not responsible for items in bedrooms.

  • School bank available for safe money storage.

  • Nighttime supervision by staff in each house, assistance with problems, and support for homesickness.

  • Classrooms are conveniently on-site.

  • Mandatory room vacation on departure day between 9.00 – 10.00am as per management instructions.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided every day.

  • Lunch and dinner are usually hot; on excursion days students are given a packed lunch.

  • Vegetarian always available. Others available on request.


  • 100 acres of sports fields for football, rugby, cricket and other games

  • Volleyball, basketball and tennis courts

  • Large sports hall

  • Indoor 25-metre swimming pool

  • 600-seat theatre

  • Art room

  • Large, historic dining room and student cafe

  • Campus-wide WiFi


Full-Day Excursions

  • Bournemouth: Beach, sunshine, shopping, and the famous Pier.
  • Cardiff: Wales' castle-rich capital city.
  • Weymouth: Seaside town with sandy beaches and Sandworld exhibition.
  • London: Overnight stay with tours of Westminster sights (Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace) and South Kensington's museums (Natural History, Science Museum).
  • West Midlands Safari Park: Drive-through safari and amusement rides.
  • Oxford: Historic university town with Harry Potter filming locations (Christchurch, Bodleian Library).
  • Portsmouth: Seaside visit with HMS Victory tour.

Half-Day Excursions

  • Bath: Explore shops, Roman Baths, and river cruising.
  • Bristol: Shopping, "We the Curious" museum, and Bristol Zoo.
  • Cheddar Gorge Caves: Site of Britain's oldest complete human skeleton.
  • Salisbury: Historic city with an original Magna Carta copy.
  • Wookey Hole Caves: Limestone cavern adventure.


  • A fee applies for unaccompanied minor service.

  • Students will be met at the airport by a guide or representative.

  • The guide may arrive up to 45 minutes after flight arrival.

  • If the guide is not found, students should visit the Airport Information Desk with their Transfer Confirmation Letter and remain calm inside the terminal.

  • Students advised to carry: Passport (Visa if needed), Letter of Consent to Travel, Booking confirmation letter, Transfer confirmation letter.

  • In case of flight delays or emergencies, call +44 7421 420 020.

  • Heathrow Shuttle service timings: Airport departure at midday, 3pm, 7pm; Centre departure at 6am, 10am, 1pm.

  • Students with parents/guardians must provide arrival/pick-up times in advance.

  • We will issue a document for completion before arrival; unaccompanied travel to/from campus is not allowed.

  • Arrival drop-off at the center: 3pm – 6pm

  • Departure pick-up: 9am – 11am.

  • N.B. All departures from Bath will be from Central London.

Lesson Plan

  • Child assessed upon arrival for placement in an appropriate class according to age and English level.
  • Six learning levels available, from Beginner to Advanced.
  • 15 hours of English classes each week, learning though fun teaching methods including projects, games, and group work to boost confidence, collaboration, and communication.
  • Between 9.00 - 12.30 or 14.00 - 17.30
  • Teaching days: Thursday – Monday (morning or afternoon lessons)
  • A full program of organised activities, with a choice of 2 – 3 activities per session.
  • Minimum of two full-day excursions per week, including one entrance fee.

The syllabus includes:

  • Language input and language practice
  • UK or US culture lessons
  • Excursion preparation/ follow-up lessons
  • Online safety classes
  • Project lessons
  • There is also a weekly review of materials studied.
  • 6 hours of horse riding and grooming related activities:
    • Riding - Hacking
    • Dressage
    • Show jumping and cross-country jumping
    • Gymkhana games
    • Tacking up and general grooming of the horse
    • Manes and tails plaiting

Sample timetable_horse riding


  • Residential refundable deposit (payable upon arrival): £50. This can be paid in either Sterling (£50) or Euros (€50).

  • Heathrow Airport Shared Transfer: £100 (One Way)

  • Heathrow Airport Transfer: £350 (One Way)

  • Gatwick Airport Transfer: £420 (One Way)

  • Stansted Airport Transfer: £500 (One Way)

  • Luton Airport Transfer: £400

  • St Pancras/Central London Transfer: £500

  • Bristol Airport Transfer: £180

  • Student Insurance(Weekly): £6

  • Courier Service: £65

  • Unaccompanied minor supplement(departure only): £75

  • Please bring suitable clothing and boots without a heel for horse riding lessons.

  • Pocket Money Advice: £50 per week pocket money is recommended for treats and gifts. This is a suggested amount, every student is different.


  • The school prioritizes the safety and welfare of all students, irrespective of gender, background, or ethnicity.

  • Dedicated to fostering a positive school environment through effective teaching, learning, and pastoral support for students and staff.

  • Mandatory for parents or guardians to complete emergency contact details for enrolled students.

  • Requirement to provide a 24/7 reachable telephone number for a parent, guardian, or agent.


**Entry level: **Beginner (Kings Level 1)


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Session Dates

Good News! You are not going to pay the full fee today, just a small deposit. After paying today, you will first get an enrollment form, and then receive a booking confirmation.

July - Boarding

Start 7/24/2024
End 8/14/2024
Duration 3 Weeks
Price £4,945

July - Boarding

Start 7/24/2024
End 8/7/2024
Duration 2 Weeks
Price £3,325

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