Stafford House Study Holidays currently runs fifteen centres throughout the UK, and four in the USA, and these are either based at University campuses or private boarding schools. Our clients (language travel agents, schools and colleges worldwide) place equal emphasis on both the academic and leisure parts of the programme and especially the integration of British culture into both.
Our courses usually provide 15 hours of language tuition and one and half days of excursions per week. Students stay in residences situated on campus or at some locations, with host families. We offer a full programme of weekly activities and arrange for transfers to and from the airports.
Life at a summer school is very different to life in a year-round school. Students and staff share accommodation blocks and spend a large part of their day in each other's company. This demands a high standard of personal conduct, and also means that you have responsibility for those around you, responsibility not only for their well-being, but also a responsibility to make their stay in this country as rewarding as possible.
While at our schools, students have a mixture of English lessons, activities and excursions, but they also meet people from a wide range of different countries and backgrounds. We are here to make sure they learn a lot, have a good time, learn a little bit about Britain, and above all, are well looked after.
On each of the courses, every effort is made to create an environment where English is the natural language of communication. Children are grouped partly by age and partly by attainment. Particular attention is given, throughout the course, to converting a passive knowledge into an active one. This is achieved by taking into account the student's level of English, while at the same time appealing to their interests, knowledge and intellectual ability, and special emphasis is placed on listening and speaking.