Headington Summer School

Our Oxford Summer School takes place at Headington School, a leading independent school in the UK. The programme offers teenage students a great combination of English language learning, cultural excursions and activities, providing a truly memorable summer experience.

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Discover more about what a typical two-week course at Headington Summer School looks like for our students. Please note our sample timetable is given as an example and can be subject to change.

Life on campus

Headington Oxford Summer School provides students with an idyllic setting in which to study and meet other students from around the world. The programme offers teenage students a great combination of English language learning, cultural excursions and activities, providing a truly memorable summer experience.

Located in a picturesque suburb and spanning 23 acres, Headington is a 30-minute walk from the centre of Oxford, making it conveniently accessible to the city’s historic beauty.

The school boasts a wide range of impressive facilities including a sports hall, theatre, and the new purpose-built art studios. Headington Oxford facilities accommodate a wide range of skills and interests. You will be able to take advantage of the extensive facilities, whether you wish to channel Headington’s famous alumni, Emma Watson, on stage or compete against new friends while using Headington’s extensive sports facilities.

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Social Activities

At Headington Oxford Summer School, students can fully immerse themselves in a wide range of fun activities. We aim to facilitate the physical and mental well-being of all our students, by providing a whole host of games and sports that allow students to explore their extracurricular passions and interests.

On Tuesdays, students can take part in the cultural programme which could feature activities such as Oxford Walking Tours, Punting, and a visit to Ashmolean Museum.

In addition, there will also be several whole school events, such as tournaments, quizzes, zorbing and discos. This helps develop key teamwork and communication skills whilst, most importantly, having fun! This part of the experience ensures students socialise with peers outside of their subject and language groups, and builds a sense of community within our schools.

*Schedules are subject to change


During a two week course, students will go on three enjoyable excursions to famous UK cities and popular tourist destinations, providing the opportunity to see some of the UK’s most famous attractions and landmarks.

To ensure that our students get to make the most from their trip, our dedicated team of staff accompany the students and provide a full itinerary for the day.

During their stay, all students will visit London at least once, but to broaden our students’ cultural horizons even further, our excursions frequently include visits to other famous British locations such as Bath and Bristol.

In each location, with parental consent, students will have the opportunity to explore independently in small groups during their excursion free time.

Academic approach

Because we encourage experiential learning, SBC goes above and beyond the curriculum. Our students are challenged to use and exhibit new skills in a supportive and encouraging setting.

At SBC, we take full advantage of how we can differentiate ourselves from more formal teaching settings and cultivate a relaxed atmosphere. With more dynamic lesson structures, our students have an even greater opportunity to demonstrate their individuality and to enhance their soft skills.

By creating fresh possibilities for important skills like critical thinking, leadership, communication and teamwork, we bring theory into practice.

Each of our students are empowered to think independently and critically while working together with others to find solutions, under the careful guidance of our excellent teachers.

Time To Shine

A highlight of the students’ week is our famous Time to Shine projects. Here, students work in teams to develop a special presentation throughout the week, which is then presented to the class. Outstanding presentations will be given in front of the whole school during a special Time to Shine event.

Confidence, public speaking skills and teamwork are just a few of the qualities that are developed during this special project. By placing student autonomy at the heart of our academic programme, students deliver their own ideas, solutions to problems and outlook on the world.

English Plus+

The English Plus+ Programme enables our students to try new activities and classes or to develop existing interests and skills. English Plus+ courses are optional and each student can select one English Plus+ course each week, at an additional cost. Where selected, English Plus+ replaces the Multi-Activity Programme for two afternoons each week and allows the students to choose from:


Adventure Sports

This course is for our more adventurous students and can include kayaking, paintballing, climbing, laser quest and high ropes. All activities take place off-site and are run by professional instructors.

Art & Design

This 2 week course is for creative students looking to develop their artistic skills. Students will focus on painting, sculpture and drawing, creating their own portfolio over the 2 week period.


Students of all abilities can enjoy this vibrant course led by a qualified dance teacher which includes modern styles and street dance classes.

Honestly, Headington was the best thing that happened to me this year, I met so many different people with different cultures. All the stuff members were amazing and so nice and supportive , I felt safe and at home here and I’m so sad to be leaving but hopefully I will be back next year

Gracious, Student, Zimbabwe


The safety and well-being of students is our number one priority. We have a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place to which all employees, volunteers, visitors, and contractors are obligated to adhere to.

All staff are given the tools, through their extensive training, to guarantee that all students feel safe, secure, valued and respected whilst studying with SBC. Students are accommodated in secure and comfortable boarding houses with each house managed by a dedicated House Parent alongside a team of residential staff. Our staff teams are always available to provide high-quality pastoral support and remain on call 24 hours per day.

Student voice also features heavily in our students’ experience and we empower our students to shape their own experience by championing that voice. SBC is committed to our response to student feedback and welcomes student-led initiatives which help us to continue to provide excellent services.

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At Headington Oxford Summer School, all students reside in purpose-built boarding houses divided into male and female accommodation. The houses are well maintained and are made up of comfortable single-occupancy, twin and small-dorm rooms with shared bathrooms and common rooms. Boarding houses are where our students forge strong friendships, which often last beyond the summer experience. Our House Parents and residential staff are experienced in facilitating these bonds.

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