Awe-Inspiring English Summer Camp for High Schoolers at Cambridge University, Ridley Hall College

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Course Description

This is a summer camp for students aged 16-17. It combines general English teaching with a full programme of interesting activities and excursions. The school has been running for 55 years! The camp is located at Ridley Hall and Newnham College. Newnham College is one of the 31 colleges of Cambridge University and Ridley Hall is affiliated with Cambridge University. Students can choose between the Classic and Intensive courses – see the Course Options tab for more details. The school has a capacity of up to 100 students at any one time. There is a wide range of nationalities and the ratio of staff to students here is high. The average number of students per class is 12 or 13 and the maximum class size is 16. This is an ideal centre for our 16-17-year-old students looking to enjoy a holiday course with a real taste for Cambridge University life.

Location

Cambridge is one of the most famous, and most instantly recognized, city names in the world. It has been a centre of learning for 800 years and is the international symbol of academic excellence. But it is also fun! With 20,000 university students, virtually the only “business” of Cambridge is education and, despite its age, the whole city is designed for young people.

Awe-Inspiring camp is based at Ridley Hall and Newnham College. Newnham College is one of the 31 colleges of Cambridge University. Ridley Hall has been a summer course centre since 1967 and is affiliated with Cambridge University.

The campus has 11 classrooms, lecture hall, residential bedrooms on-campus, traditional and modern dining halls, student common room, lovely gardens and outdoor playing fields.

What's Included

-20 lessons (15 hours) or 28 lessons (21 hours) of English language teaching per week (all levels)

-Residential accommodation, on campus at Ridley Hall and Newnham College

-All meals (3 per day)

-Activities

-1 full-day excursion per week

-Transfers to and from London Heathrow or London Stansted on Sundays

-Welfare supervision with high staff-to-student ratio

-24 hour emergency telephone line

Starting From

£2,750.00

Age Range 16-17 Years
Duration 2 Weeks
Weekly Course Hours 21 hours

The following are some of the activities on offer at Sir Christopher:

Cambridge University Discovery

  • Punting on the River Cam
  • “Student life” presentation by students
  • “Hidden Cambridge” selfie challenge
  • Debating club
  • Myth-busting quiz
  • Create your own university society
  • University treasure hunt
  • Cambridge University college tour
  • Cambridge museum visits
  • Botanic gardens

Sports and creative activities

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Football
  • Running club
  • Film nights
  • Bingo
  • Board games
  • Cake decorating
  • Charcoal sketching
  • Bag design
  • Decoupage
  • …and lots more!

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Activities

Students on course live in the Cambridge University’s Ridley Hall or Newnham College residences.

The course residences:

  • Central accommodation in comfortable and secure university college buildings

  • The school staff living on-campus, providing 24-hour supervision

  • Mostly single bedrooms, with some twin bedrooms

  • Bathrooms and showers – usually shared – sometimes private

  • All meals included

  • Free laundry facilities – you must do your own washing, but at no extra cost

  • A change of bed linen once per week

The residential bedrooms are at Ridley Hall College or next door at Newnham College. Rooms are mostly single bedrooms, with some twin bedrooms. Bathrooms and showers are shared, with some en-suites available at Ridley Hall on request.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided at both residences. There is a wide choice of hot and cold food and a vegetarian option for every meal. Please inform us if you have special dietary requirements. At weekends packed lunches are provided.

Pocket Money

We recommend that students bring around £80 per week for souvenirs, gifts, snacks and drinks etc.

At residential camps for younger students, we strongly recommend that money is given to the ‘the school bank’, where we will keep it safe. Students will be able to obtain their money from the ‘the school bank’ at regular intervals.

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Accommodations

The school includes one full-day excursion per week, on a Saturday.

  • **London 08 July 2023 :**Walking tour of some famous sights of the city with time to take photographs. The tour will include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, Big Ben & Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and St James’ Park. In the afternoon students will have time for shopping on Oxford Street.
  • **Warwick Castle 15 July 2023:**An impressive mediaeval castle where students can experience 1,000 years of history. Attractions within the castle include jousting and falconry as well as the castle’s impressive interiors, gardens and the opportunity to climb the battlements.
  • **London 22 July 2023:**Students who have not already visited London on this course will walk past some famous sights of the city with time to take photographs. The tour will include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, Big Ben & Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and St James’ Park. In the afternoon students will have time for shopping on Oxford Street. Students who have already visited London once on this course will visit the British Museum and Covent Garden.
  • **Windsor 29 July 2023: **Entrance into Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of His Majesty the King. Souvenir shopping time is included at the end of the day.
  • **London 05 August 2023: **Students who have not already visited London on this course will walk past some famous sights of the city with time to take photographs. The tour will include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, Big Ben & Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and St James’ Park. In the afternoon students will have time for shopping on Oxford Street. Students who have already visited London once on this course will visit the Science Museum, Hyde Park and have the chance to shop in South Kensington (including Harrods).
  • **Peterborough & Ely 12 August 2023: **Students will visit Peterborough Cathedral, one of the finest Norman Cathedrals in Europe. After time for lunch and shopping in Queensgate Shopping Centre, students will go on to Ely where they will have a walking tour around the ancient city of Ely.

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Excursions

Arrivals and departures for the camps are always on Sunday. You will be met at your airport of arrival on the first Sunday of your course by a school representative. They will arrange your transportation to your accommodation by private coach or taxi. On the last Sunday of your course you will be taken back to the airport and helped to check-in.

The cost of this service is included in the fees for transfers to or from **Heathrow **or Stansted airports on Sundays. Arrivals must be scheduled to land at the airport at 20:00 at the latest. For transfers to or from Gatwick or Luton airports on Sundays a supplement is charged.

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Transportation

Lesson Plan

Awe-Inspiring English Summer Program has Cambridge University Discovery Theme. Lesson topics include a focus on famous Cambridge alumni; its scientific discoveries; sporting traditions and debates. Students are tested in advance and placed in the right class to meet their learning needs. Camp participants can choose between Classic and Intensive courses.

Intensive

20 lessons (15 hours) of English language tuition per week plus 8 lessons (6 hours) of Academic skills or English language skills (depending on level) 9 sessions of activities per week

Classic

20 lessons (15 hours) per week of English lessons per week 13 sessions or activities per week

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Session Dates

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