Residential accommodation | Course dates: 7th July – 4th August 2020
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- Traditional boarding school setting with modern facilities
- Charming English village location
- Multi-National Programme
- Extensive sports facilities on campus and indoor heated swimming pool
Mayfield and Mayfield School
Mayfield is a perfect example of a traditional English village. It has a beautiful high street with shops, a typical English pub, and two churches, all built in the local Sussex style. The local villagers are friendly, making this the perfect place for younger students to attend a course.
Mayfield School is a traditional English independent boarding school, built largely in stone, and enjoying the most wonderful location and facilities. The school itself is based on the medieval palace of the Archbishops of Canterbury and dates back to the thirteenth century. On one side are the rolling hills of the Sussex countryside, and on the other is the main gate that leads into the main high street with its range on interesting shops.
The school facilities are superb. Well-equipped classrooms are light and spacious, and the magnificent dining hall with its high ceiling and wooden beams is more like a banqueting hall than a school dining room. The sports facilities are also impressive, with a modern indoor heated 25m swimming pool, sports hall and extensive grass and all-weather playing surfaces for all kinds of activities and sports, as well as tennis courts and a dance studio.
Accommodation & Catering
There are four main accommodation areas at Mayfield, two above the main school buildings and two separate houses (Leeds and Connolly). They are situated within the compact school campus so security is very high. They each have their own distinctive style but all offer comfortable study bedrooms, singles, twins or triples. Connolly house has larger dormitory style rooms with individual sleeping areas, and is ideal for the lower end of the age range.
All meals are served in the traditional dining hall where our students enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is always an excellent choice of menus with a vegetarian option and an extensive salad bar.
- Course fees (per week): £795.00
- Accommodation: Residential
- Course dates: 7th July – 4th August 2020
- Student ages: 7-15 years
- Student nationalities: Italian, Spanish, French, Austrian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese
Airport transfer time:
- English lessons: 15 hours per week
- Laundry facilities: Yes
- Wifi on campus: Yes
Elac Study Vacations
The Old Palace
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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 Mayfield School 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. Students use an Elac workbook which also acts as a record of the student’s stay.
There is an option for students to be prepared and entered for the Trinity Examination while on an Elac course at Bath Spa University. 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 and the “activity carousel”
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
Mayfield School has very good sports facilities and we have access to everything. There is an indoor swimming pool, a large gymnasium/sports hall, all-weather tennis courts, and five-a-side football pitches. There are also facilities for volleyball and we have access to the grass fields and the extensive grounds for other activities.
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
- Coach excursion to London (1.5hrs)
- Guided walking tours to take in main tourist attractions in London, Brighton and Canterbury
- Included entry to the Sealife Centre (Brighton) and Canterbury Cathedral
On a two week programme students go to London, Brighton and Canterbury
On a three week programme students also go on an additional excursion to London and on a half-day excursion to Tunbridge Wells.
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 and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, The London Eye, the River Thames, Trafalgar Square and much more. At the end of the sightseeing tour, students have some free time to visit some shops and buy souvenirs.
Canterbury's skyline is dominated by the stunning Cathedral, the oldest in England. Our visit includes entry into this beautiful building as well as a walking tour around the city led by our activity leaders. Canterbury is also a modern and vibrant city, which our students will have the opportunity to explore and do some shopping during their visit.
Brighton is a famous seaside resort city in East Sussex. It has lots of attractions, including an extensive beach and seafront, the pier, and excellent shopping around ‘the Lanes’. It is also home to the Sealife Centre, which our students have an opportunity to visit.
London #2 (3 week programme)
In a city like London, there is always something interesting to see. On the second excursion, students will have the opportunity 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, fit in some shopping in Oxford Street, or just soak up the atmosphere of the capital.