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Junior Summer School

Junior Summer School (12-17yrs)

Cheltenham (independent & group bookings) - 29th June - 31st July 2020

Gloucester (group bookings only) - 13th July - 31st July 2020

We have been proudly welcoming students from all over the globe (over 35 different nationalities) for many years. Our multi-national Summer School creates a safe, friendly environment for our students to meet and learn about each other's culture. Lifelong friendships are made here, alongside the life skills that studying abroad always brings. Culturally enriching and fun - Summer Schools are all about learning English, making new friends and experiencing British culture.

Why choose GC?


The Junior Summer School is held at both the Cheltenham and the Gloucester campuses of Gloucestershire College.  Each offers something different: Cheltenham is a lively town in the Cotswolds, known for its numerous festivals and outdoor activities – there’s always something to do! Or Gloucester, with its famous Cathedral (used as a set in the Harry Potter films) and the docks, where tall ships can be seen. Cheltenham and Gloucester are only a few kilometres apart and are connected by frequent bus and train services.  In addition, both are within easy reach of cities such as London, Birmingham, Oxford, Bath, Bristol and Cardiff – so are easily reached from UK ports and airports


Students can study for 2-5 weeks. The emphasis is on making learning English fun, so students can expect a varied and interesting time during lessons taught by our team of qualified and dedicated teachers. The Gloucester campus offers courses for groups only and the Cheltenham campus offers courses for groups and independent students. The classes comprise of groups of learners of similar ability. Typically there is a good mix of nationalities in each class, giving learners the opportunity to make new friends and meet people from around the globe. 

What's included?

  • Morning English Language classes - concentrating on developing students’ knowledge of English through a wide variety of interactive activities; lessons typically involve role play or language games in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
  • Afternoon activities - a number of age appropriate options such as cooking, sports, animation, art, film workshops, dance, drama, or exam-focused courses for those intending to take IELTS.
  • Evening activities - various activities are arranged, such as a junior discos or bowling
  • Excursions  - there are usually two excursions per week, one half-day visit and one full-day visit (including admission entry) to major cities and attractions across the UK.
  • Full board accommodation - in one of our carefully selected nearby homestay families, with breakfast, lunch vouchers and dinner provided. Packed lunches will be provided on weekends and excursion days. 


The Cheltenham and Gloucester campuses of Gloucestershire College enjoy a number of modern sport and leisure facilities, including:

  • Indoor sports centre for badminton, volleyball, team games etc
  • Outside playing fields for football, cricket and rounders
  • Dance studios for street dance and capoiera classes
  • Theatre for plays and shows
  • TV and radio studios for making films
  • Mac suites for editing films
  • Outside picnic area
  • Choice of two cafes with social areas
  • Catering kitchens for cooking lessons

Summer School student review

2020 Summer School Sample Week 

Cheltenham Campus (independents & groups)

29th June - 31st July 2020


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Transfer/Day with Family

Testing and orientation followed by classes English classes

English classes followed by half day visit to Stratford upon Avon

English classes English classes

Full day trip to London, including London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and the British Museum

Afternoon Tour of Cheltenham followed by swimming at the lido Group rounders/sports GC Great British Bake-Off Wellness workshop including yoga 
Evening With Family Bowling With Family With Family With Family

Gloucester Campus (groups only)

13th July - 31st July 2020


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Transfer/Day with Family

Testing and orientation followed by classes English classes

English classes followed by Mini-Olympic games

English classes English classes

Full day trip to Oxford including entry to a college

Afternoon City tour, including Harry Potter tour at filming scenes of Hogwarts (Gloucester Cathedral) Local boat trip/bowling Warwick Castle trip Media workshop - recording film/theatre or music
Evening With Family Disco at Pitville Pump Rooms With Family With Family With Family

2020 Junior Homestay Summer School Dates and Costs

29th June - 31st July 2020

Dates start and finish on Sunday, the travel day.

Course and length Course cost - £ GBP Accommodation and Search Fee
- £ GBP
Total - £ GBP
2 weeks 865 360  1225
3 weeks 1205 525 1730
3 weeks and 4 days (max 26 nights 12-15 yrs) 1497 643 2140
4 weeks (16rs+) 1575 690 2265
weeks (16rs+)  1780 855 2635

15-18 hours of English classes per week. Course materials, transport for day trips and admission entry to the full day excursion, full activities programme, learning facilities and administration charges are included. Airport transfers are not included but can be arranged. Homestay accommodation is full board (lunch vouchers on weekdays and packed lunches on weekends and excursion days) and includes light laundry. Prices include £30 accommodation search fee.


Safety is a priority to us at Gloucestershire College and we are pleased that Cheltenham has recently been ranked one of the safest towns in the UK for students. 

Our students study in safe and caring environments while they are on campus, with our host families and on excursions.

Care of students

The level of care you can expect as a student is outlined here:

  • Appointed Safeguarding Lead – to ensure we operate in a responsible and caring way to safeguard (look after) your wellbeing on all levels
  • All members of staff undergo a police check (DBS)
  • All homestay providers hosting under 18’s undergo a police check (DBS)
  • Staff are trained in the safeguarding of under 18’s
  • Designated staff responsible for student well-being
  • We take email and telephone contact details for the parents or guardians of all under-18s
  • Parental consent forms are required for all students (under 18’s) attending the Junior Summer School (these are available on request in advance)
  • Trained first aiders on each premises
  • Social programmes will contain activities appropriate to the age of students. Risk assessments will be carried out on all off-site activities.
  • Friendly and approachable staff

Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.