Residential accommodation | Course dates: 4th July - 15th August 2022
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- Traditional boarding school
- Set in 250 acres of countryside
- 50 minutes to London by direct train
- Multi-National programme
- Extensive sports facilities & indoor heated swimming pool
Haywards Heath And Ardingly College
Ardingly College is located near Haywards Heath, just 20 minutes from Gatwick Airport and to the south-east of London. Set in 250 acres of unspoilt countryside, including forests and a lake, the College is only 20 minutes from the town of Brighton on the South Coast.
The local town of Haywards Heath provides all services such as banking, restaurants and shopping. It is an ideal place for students to explore an English town.
Our course takes place in Ardingly College, one of England’s famous independent boarding schools. Founded in 1858, it moved to the present site in 1870s and was originally a boys’ school. Over the years, facilities have been built and upgraded, but the site still retains an impressive air of tradition and quality.
The school’s facilities include extensive playing fields, an indoor heated swimming pool, six hard tennis courts and two full size astroturfs. For academic purposes the school has spacious classrooms with interactive whiteboards, a drama studio, and space for activities, both indoor and out.
Accommodation is in nine boarding houses situated around the campus. Single, double and triple rooms, with both shared and en-suite bathrooms are available. All houses have a communal area with kitchen, sofas and TV. Bedrooms are cleaned weekly.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are taken in the school dining hall. The excellent menus include vegetarian meals as well as a selection of hot and cold dishes together with a salad bar. A cooked breakfast as well as a continental breakfast is served daily. Different allergies can be catered for. Barbeques are also held on a regular basis.
Course fees (per week):
Premium Standard: £840.00
- Accommodation: Residential
- Course dates: 4th July - 15th August 2022
- Student ages: 7-17 years
- Student nationalities: Italian, Spanish, French, Austrian, Greek, Russian, Japanese, Chinese
Airport transfer time:
London x 2
- English lessons: 15 hours per week
- Laundry facilities: Yes
- Wifi on campus: Yes
Elac Study Vacations
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Key Academic Features
- 15 hours of English lessons each week
- Balance of appropriate language and skills development
- Links to activities and visits in the UK
- An opportunity to work individually and in multi-national groups
- Integrated skills syllabus linked to the ALTE framework
- An opportunity to take the Trinity Spoken English examination
- An opportunity to study with at least two Elac teachers
At Ardingly College our students receive 3 hours 20 minutes of English tuition divided over 3 lessons in the morning or afternoon, four or five days a week; a total of 15 hours per week. There is a balance between language and skills development in mixed nationality classes, with a maximum of 15 students to a class.
There is an option for students to be prepared and entered for the Trinity Examination while on an Elac course at Ardingly College. Preparation for the exam takes place in three additional sessions organised in the afternoons or evenings immediately prior to the exam.
There is an additional charge for entering the exam. Please refer to the “Dates and Prices” page for more details.
Key Activity Features
- A wide variety of sports and activities
- Multi-national activities
- A blend of "Core Activities" and "Free Choice"
Our sports and activity programme during the day and in the evening gives students’ opportunities to enjoy a variety of sports and activities and practise their English in mixed nationality groups. Our activity leaders are experienced in encouraging students to get involved and have fun.
The “activity carousel” organises students into small multi-national groups who do some activities together during the course. The carousel helps students gain confidence and fluency with their English as well as encouraging them to interact with more students of different nationalities.
Sports and Physical Activities
Ardingly College has excellent sports facilities.
There are a large number of football and rugby pitches, tennis courts, as well as astro-turf for football. There is also ample indoor space for volleyball, indoor football, badminton and a variety of other sports. Swimming will also be offered as part of the activity programme.
We run inter-group competitions as well as individual competitions. Trophies and prizes are awarded at the end of the course for the winners.
We also offer aerobics and dance activities where possible.
Students can also participate in the following:
- Designing T-shirts and bags
- Making key rings, book marks, painting and colouring projects
- Music and drama workshops
These take place every evening. Activities include:
- Treasure and photo hunts
- Quiz nights and murder mystery events
- Talent shows and casino nights
- Discos and Karaoke
- Movie nights
Key Excursion Features
- Direct trains from Haywards Heath to London (50 minutes)
- Great sightseeing walk to take in main tourist attractions in London and Cambridge
- Included professional tour on the excursion to Cambridge
On a two week programme students go to London twice and Cambridge once.
On a three week programme students also go to Winchester and a half day excursion to Crawley.
Our first excursion to London begins with a walking tour of the city – the best way to see all the world-famous landmarks. During the tour, students will see Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and much more. At the end of the sightseeing tour, students have some free time to visit some shops and buy souvenirs.
In Cambridge our students enjoy a walking tour of the city to learn about its history, including an entrance into one of the famous colleges. In the afternoon students can choose to spend time in further sightseeing, wandering main shopping streets or in trying their hands at punting on the river.
In a city like London, there is always something interesting to do. On the second excursion students will have the chance to visit some of London’s wonderful museums, markets, art galleries or parks. There will also be chances to explore a new part of London, such as Covent Garden, the City, or Oxford Street, to fit in some shopping, or just soak up the atmosphere of the capital.
Winchester (3 week programme)
Winchester is a small, historic city in the South of England. Winchester is a typically English town with charming architecture and many places of historical interest such as the 900-year-old Cathedral which houses the Winchester Bible, Jane Austen’s grave and the Great Hall where you can see the Round Table which was once believed to be King Arthur’s. Entry to the Cathedral is included in the visit.
Crawley Half-day (3 week programme)
Crawley has plenty to offer students on a half day excursion. There are plenty of shops as well as the County Mall Shopping Centre and weekly markets. There are also cafes and restaurants along the Hight Street to enjoy.
In a two week programme there is one Optional Excursion day (in a 3 week programme there are two Optional Excursion days). There are a range of excursions that can be booked once a group is in the UK. Please contact the head office for more information.