Earscliffe Summer School

Our Earlscliffe Summer School offers exceptional summer programs designed by academics and enhanced by professionals; prepare for further education and beyond at Earlscliffe.

Discover Earlscliffe

Experience Earlscliffe and discover what unique qualities create a UNESCO School. Close to the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, Earlscliffe Summer School is located in the charismatic English coastal town of Folkestone, just 54 minutes from London via the express train.

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Life on campus

Not far from the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, Earlscliffe Summer School is located in the English coastal town of Folkestone. Situated a short train journey from London, the College is highly regarded for its achievements in producing outstanding A-Level results and also its prestigious status as a UNESCO School. The recently renovated campus provides the perfect learning environment for academic achievement.

Both Earlscliffe and SBC are a part of the Duke’s Education family. This programme is offered in partnership with Earlscliffe.

Formed of eight Victorian and Edwardian buildings, at Earlscliffe campus students can enjoy an inspiring environment that quickly feels like a home from home. With its recently renovated residential facilities, life on campus feels both comfortable and modern.

The school is what is known as an ‘in-town’ campus of buildings, meaning that students can easily walk between classes, meals, accommodation and activities, which helps new students to settle into this new environment quickly and feel part of a learning community where students can get to know one another.

All students live in the school’s own, supervised residences which are located within a few minutes’ walk of both the main building and the school house classrooms.

Academic approach

SBC has an innovative approach to learning by advocating experiential learning, which is essentially ‘learning through doing.’ In addition to absorbing information, our students are challenged to take an even more hands-on approach to demonstrate new skills in an environment in which they are supported every step of the way.

Students have the opportunity to acquire the soft skills necessary outside of the classroom because throughout the programme exciting possibilities are created for key abilities to be used such as; critical thinking, leadership, communication, and teamwork.

Each student in the classroom is actively encouraged to take the initiative, think critically, and cooperate with others to solve problems, simulating what we do every day in a work environment. This is done under the direction of our inspiring tutors.

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Earlscliffe Programme Highlights


Students at Earlscliffe Summer School enjoy a balanced programme including sports, arts and crafts, and cultural events. The programme is delivered across the campus and nearby sports centre facilities.

The seaside location of the summer school enables students to take regular daytime and evening trips to the beach, whilst the campus’s proximity to Folkestone’s town centre provides the opportunity for students to visit an array of shops and cafes.


Earlscliffe Summer School students will enjoy full-day trips on Wednesdays and Sundays, as well as evening trips to bowling, laser tag or the cinema.

On Sundays students may visit: the world-famous cathedral city of Canterbury, take a river boat tour; go ice-skating, visit Bluewater shopping centre; a theme park, Margate and Dreamland or Windsor Castle.

Students will also be able to travel on the high-speed, direct train to London accompanied by our staff. During the summer we have previously visited some of the capital’s most famous landmarks and museums, including the London Eye; the Tower of London; the British Museum; the London Dungeons; and the Natural History Museum. Each year excursions are reviewed in order to provide the best and enriching opportunities available.

During excursions, students will also benefit from some supervised free time in small groups.


Alongside our inclusive multi-activity social programme and excursions, students also have the opportunity to join some additional extra activities.  Each optional extra can be booked once per stay. Please speak to a member of our admissions team when booking for costs and availability.

Stand up paddle boarding

Discover the fundamental techniques required to be proficient at paddling, turning, and stopping while touring the Sunny Sands Bay and Folkestone Harbour area.


Having fun in the forest while avoiding opponents and attempting to plant the team’s flag (all safety equipment is provided and must be worn at all times).

Musical Trip – Disney’s ‘The Lion King’™ in London’s West End

Experience the joys of the familiar tale of the ‘The Lion King’™ in person at London’s famous West End.

Warner Bros Harry Potter™  Tour

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, enjoy a magical day out at this popular attraction. Discover the inner workings of all of the great intricacies of the most successful film and book series of all time!

Student support and welfare

At SBC we place the utmost importance on the security and welfare of your children. All employees, volunteers, and contractors are required to adhere to our thorough Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

During their stay, students live in boarding facilities that are secure and within close walking distance to our main campus offices.


Earlscliffe offers students high-quality student residences. Girls and boys live in separate, supervised accommodations. Rooms are mostly twin or triple rooms and all have en-suite WC and showers. The ‘in-town’ campus means that students can walk between their classes, to meals, accommodation, and activities with ease.

Meals are held in the college dining room. We offer a varied menu with a mixture of British and international cuisine. Dietary requirements can be catered to upon special request in advance of your course.

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SBC has helped me improve my English whilst having fun. That’s why I’m coming back for the third time in a row!

Gioia, Student, Switzerland

Our Awards & Accreditations

  • Summer Boarding Courses - The UK's No.1 Multi-Campus Summer School

    In partnership with Earlscliffe

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Summer Boarding Courses - The UK's No.1 Multi-Campus Summer School

In partnership with Earlscliffe

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Prepare your child for a summer of achievement and inspiration

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