Summer School Information

Headington Oxford Summer School (Ages 13-16) is located in the beautiful city of Oxford, just a 30-minute walk from the city centre. Headington School provides students with an idyllic setting in which to study and meet other students from around the world. The programme offers teenage students a great combination of English language learning, cultural excursions and activities; providing a truly memorable summer experience.

At a Glance

  • Ages: 13 to 16
  • Length of study: 2 weeks
  • Dates: TBC 2022
  • Location: Headington School, Oxford
  • Tuition Hours: 30 Hours of English Through Academic Subjects Tuition
  • Courses: General English | Academic Discovery | Global Young Leaders | Coding
  • Certification: Academic Progress Report & Certificate

Gracious, Student, Zimbabwe

Honestly, Headington was the best thing that happened to me this year, I met so many different people with different cultures. All the stuff members were amazing and so nice and supportive , I felt safe and at home here and I’m so sad to be leaving but hopefully I will be back next year

Academic Programme

Headington Oxford Summer School offers a variety of English and combined English Through Academic Subjects for 13-16 years old. Students receive 15 hours of tuition per week and can choose between our General English, Academic Discovery, Global Young Leaders, or Coding courses. Each course culminates with students delivering a small group presentation at their Time to Shine ceremony. All classes are multi-national, with a maximum of 15 students per class.

Headington Oxford students sat outside with a football guide showing them tricks

Summer School Social Programme

Students at Headington Oxford Summer School enjoy a varied and fun multi-activity social programme with a range of fun activities in the afternoon and evenings. The social programme allows students to spend time with their new friends and try lots of new and exciting activities.

Students will participate in a multi-activity programme with a wide range of activity choices including football, arts and crafts, music, and swimming. Students typically have a choice from over 10 different activities each afternoon. There will also be several whole school events, including discos, sports tournaments, and film making.

Optional English+ Activities

Alongside our inclusive multi-activity social programme, we also offer students the opportunity to participate in optional specialist activities. These activities take place on two afternoons each week in place of the multi-activity programme.

English Plus+ Art & Design

Students will be taught new skills in watercolour, Poska pen painting, sculpture, drawing and collage, to name but a few. This cleverly-designed syllabus, built around a concurring theme, enhances a student’s skill and artistic portfolio.

Cost: £120 per week

English Plus+ Dance

Led by a qualified instructor, this energetic course is perfect for students of all abilities who love to dance. Students have the opportunity to explore a number of different dance styles, including modern and street dance.

Cost: £120 per week

English Plus+ General English Extra

This course is for students looking to quickly build confidence and further their English language level. Students will focus on improving their vocabulary, grammar, writing, reading, listening, reading and speaking skills.

Cost: £120 per week

English Plus+ Intensive English Speaking

Suitable for students with an Intermediate to Advanced level of English, students will take part in various exercises aimed to develop speaking and listening skills with a focus on pronunciation and fluency.

Cost: £120 per week

English Plus+ Intensive English Writing

Designed for students with an Intermediate to Advanced level of English, this course will develop students’ written English skills, such as essay composition, paragraphing, journalistic writing and creative writing.

Cost: £120 per week


Over 2-weeks, students will go on three excursions to famous UK tourist cities or destinations. Our dedicated team of staff accompany the students and have a series of activities planned for the students to ensure that they make the most from their trip. During their stay, all students will visit London at least once. Our excursion destinations this summer include Oxford, London, and Bath.

As well as visiting local attractions, students will also have the opportunity for free-time and shopping in small groups.

Headington Oxford building in the background behind some flowers and green grass

Oxford Summer School Accommodation

Headington Oxford offers students high-quality on-campus accommodation, just a short-walk from the centre of Oxford.

There are separate boarding houses for boys and girls, offering a mixture of single, twin rooms, and some dormitory rooms – which sleep between three and five students.

All houses have comfortable communal space where students can relax with their new friends from around the world.

Student Support & Welfare

The safety and wellbeing of all students is our number one priority. Summer Boarding Courses is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Students are accommodated on-site in secure and comfortable boarding houses during their stay with us. Our friendly and caring staff team is available 24 hours per day to support students, which includes dedicated and experienced welfare staff, including House Parents and Welfare Managers. We have a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place to which all employees, volunteers, and contractors are expected to adhere.

We pride ourselves on offering the best possible support to students, confirmed by an official Area of Strength in Safeguarding Under 18s, Premises and Facilities, and Care of Students by the British Council accreditation scheme. To read more about our Accreditations and Awards, please see here.

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