Summer School Information

SBC Canford Summer School takes place at Canford School, ‘Independent Boarding School of the Year’ (2018) and ‘Tatler Public School of the Year’ (2019). The idyllic grounds and impressive facilities give students a traditional British boarding school experience. Students will join an engaging academic programme of their choice. Outside of the classroom, an exciting programme of activities and events are planned every day.  We run two separate summer school programmes at the school, our Junior course for students aged 8 – 11, and our Senior course for students aged 12 – 15.

At a Glance

  • Ages: 8 to 11 & 12 to 15
  • Length of study: 2, 3 or 4 weeks
  • Dates: 11th July – 15th August 2022
  • Location: Canford School, Bournemouth, South Coast England
  • Tuition Hours: 15 Hours of English Through Academic Subjects Tuition per week
  • English Level: Beginner (A1) or Above
  • Courses: Junior General English | Junior Academic Discovery | Academic Discovery | Future Business Leaders | STEM Explorers | Intro to International Relations | General English
  • Certification: Academic Progress Report & Certificate

Our children have attended the summer boarding courses for two consecutive years and we (parents) have witnessed a tremendous development in their English command and, more importantly, their confidence and happiness to experience the program again. It is a very satisfying and rewarding adventure for children willing to improve their language abilities and meet different cultures.

Carlos, Parent, Portugal

Academic Programme

Each week, summer school students will receive 15 hours tuition in their chosen subject/course. All courses employ a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology, to enable students to develop their English language skills through lessons focussed on a specific subject. At the end of each week students collaborate to give small group presentations to demonstrate their learning and put their English to practical usage.


Junior Academic Programme (Ages 8 – 11)

Senior Academic Programme (Ages 12 – 15)

sbc canford friends playing with a football

Summer School Social Programme

Students at SBC Canford Summer School enjoy a varied and fun multi-activity social programme with a range of fun activities in the afternoon and evenings. The social programme allows students to spend time with their new friends and try lots of new and exciting activities.

Students will participate in a multi-activity programme with a wide range of activity choices including football, arts and crafts, music, and swimming. Students typically have a choice from over 10 different activities each afternoon. There will also be several whole school events, including discos, sports tournaments, and film making.

Optional English+ Activities

Alongside our inclusive multi-activity social programme, we also offer students the opportunity to participate in optional specialist activities. These activities take place on two afternoons each week in place of the multi-activity programme.

English Plus+ General English Extra

This course is for students looking to quickly build confidence and further their English language level. Students will focus on improving their vocabulary, grammar, writing, reading, listening, reading and speaking skills.

Available For: SBC Canford Junior & SBC Canford Senior
£150 per week

English Plus+ Adventure Sports

This course is for our adventurous students and offers activities such as Bushcraft, High Ropes, Archery, Mountain Biking and Paint Balling. All activities take place off-site and are run by professional instructors.

Available For: SBC Canford Junior & SBC Canford Senior
£250 per week

English Plus+ Horse Riding

Students are taught by British Horse Society approved instructors at their school in the New Forest, which provides some of the finest countryside riding in the South of England. Beginners or experienced riders receive tuition in riding and looking after horses.

Available For: SBC Canford Junior & SBC Canford Senior
£250 per week

English Plus+ Art & Design

During this 2-week course, students will be taught new skills in watercolour, Poska pen painting, sculpture, drawing and collage, to name but a few. This cleverly-designed syllabus, built around a concurring theme builds a student’s skill and artistic portfolio.

Available For: SBC Canford Junior & SBC Canford Senior
£150 per week


During the two-week course, students will go on three excursions to famous UK tourist cities or destinations. Our dedicated team of staff accompany the students and have a series of activities planned for the students to ensure that they make the most from their trip. During their stay, all students will visit London at least once. Our excursion destinations this summer include Bournemouth Beach, Oxford, London, and Bath.

sbc canford grounds


All students live on-site in purpose-built student accommodation. At Canford School, there are mostly single & twin rooms, with some 4-bed dorms (available for Junior students). Students will have access to shared bathroom facilities. Boys and girls live in separate accommodation buildings and enjoy access to their own private common rooms. Staff also live on-site to ensure that there is 24-hour support available to all students should they need it.

All accommodation and facilities are cleaned regularly throughout the stay to ensure the highest standard of hygiene is maintained. A laundry service is available once per week to all students.

Take a virtual tour of Canford School here.

Student Support & Welfare

The safety and wellbeing of all students is our number one priority. Summer Boarding Courses is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Students are accommodated on-site in secure and comfortable boarding houses during their stay with us. Our friendly and caring staff team is available 24 hours per day to support students, which includes dedicated and experienced welfare staff, including House Parents and Welfare Managers. We have a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place to which all employees, volunteers, and contractors are expected to adhere.

We pride ourselves on offering the best possible support to students, confirmed by an official Area of Strength in Safeguarding Under 18s, Premises and Facilities, and Care of Students by the British Council accreditation scheme. Make sure you read more about our Accreditations and Awards.

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