Discovery Summer

The Young Learner Specialists

Discovery Summer specialises in running summer courses for young learners. Our short, intensive courses combine learning with a great "British" experience.

We offer a wide range of residential courses in top UK boarding schools for students aged 8-17, as well as non-residential courses for families visiting London (juniors from 5 years, teens and adults).

Our course dates vary by location from late June to mid August. The average length of stay is between 2 - 3 weeks. Most courses start every week.

Update April 2020: We are now offering online 1:1 and 2:1 English classes for juniors and adults of all ages and levels. Please check our website for details.

We are regularly inspected by the British Council which guarantees the quality of our teaching, administration, premises, resources, accommodation and welfare. In our July 2018 British Council inspection we are proud to have been awarded 14 strengths out of a possible 15.

Most of our students come by referral or recommendation and many return year after year.

“My children had the best weeks of their summer with Discovery. They learned a lot, had fun, made new friends and improved their English like never before.”

Neva, Italy

  • Online English classes (1:1, 2:1, Juniors, Adults, all levels)
  • English & Multi-Activity (ACS Cobham, Marymount, Radley, Shrewsbury)
  • Global Young Leaders (ACS Cobham)
  • Sports & Tech Academy (Shrewsbury)
  • Pre-University (Winchester)
  • London Day Courses (Collingham, Queen's Gate, Marymount)
  • Full board accommodation in top UK boarding schools on all residential courses
  • Families who study on our day courses in London are responsible for finding their own accommodation
School Factfile
  • Family-run since 2002
  • Top 2% of all accredited UK course providers (EL Gazette 2019)
  • A wide nationality mix - over 50 nationalities each summer, with a limit on the number from each country on each course.
  • 10% of our residential students are English - our English Student Hosts, of your age, who will be living on campus and sharing British culture with you
  • Excellent student care - Staff/student ratio at least 1:4 on residential courses
  • All inclusive programmes with no hidden costs
  • 30% of our students return each summer
  • Over 60% of our staff come back each summer
  • For 2020, we will offset carbon emissions on flights in and out of the UK for all residential students and staff

Various Locations

5 residential summer centres in top boarding schools, near London and around England. Plus 2 non-residential centres in Kensington, central London

Our residential programmes take place in top UK boarding schools with outstanding facilities for study, sport and recreation.

Radley College - our flagship centre - is close to Oxford and within easy reach of London. The extensive campus offers an unparalleled range of different sports, as well as outstanding facilities for science, art, and performing arts. English & Multi-Activity juniors (11-14) and teens (14-17).

Shrewsbury School is a famous, traditional independent school founded in 1552 with Charles Darwin amongst its famous 'old boys'. Two courses English & Multi-Activity and Sports & Tech Academy (11-16)T

Marymount International School is a small, safe centre close to London. Ideal for young learners. Two courses: residential English & Multi-Activity, Full Day course. Monday to Friday (8-13).

ACS Cobham is an impressive international school close to London with outstanding accommodation. Two courses: English & Multi-Activity (10-13), Global Young Leaders (12-16)

Winchester College, one of England's most historic boys' schools, is situated in the heart of historic Winchester. Choose from a wide range of specialist subjects all taught in English. Pre-University (14 - 17)

Our day programmes take place in Kensington, central London and are designed for families visiting London. Juniors (5-17), Teens (13-17), Adults (18+) .

“Thank you Discovery Summer. I really improved my English at Collingham and my son, Benjamin, loved Queen's Gate. We will be back next summer.”

David, China

  • Radley College, near Oxford
  • ACS Cobham, Surrey
  • Marymount International School, Kingston-upon-Thames
  • Shrewsbury School, Shropshire
  • Winchester College, Hampshire
  • Collingham, Kensington, central London
  • Queen's Gate, Kensington, central London

Latest posts from Discovery Summer

“Discovery Summer is an independent, family-owned company - offering top quality programmes since 2002. Over the years we have built up a team with extensive experience in running summer schools who dedicate their time throughout the year to developing exciting, innovative and challenging programmes for children, teenagers and families. We hope you'll join the Discovery family this summer.”

Jane Merrick, owner and Managing Director

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