Choosing an English summer course
Choosing an English language summer school is a big decision. For many pupils it is the first time they have been away from their family for more than a night or two, it might also be the first time travelling alone or with a sibling by train or plane to another country.
There are a lot of options out there and it can be difficult to know how to choose the best English language and activity summer camp for your child or teenager.
That's why we try to share as much information about our course across our website to help you get to know ECS and see if it is the right option for you. You can find information about our summer camp location and accommodation, our summer camp English language lessons, social programme, sports activities and local sightseeing trips, as well as why we think ECS is a great choice for children and teenagers.
But don't just take our word for it! it can be helpful to see feedback and quotes from parents and pupils who have been to ECS, sometimes for many years. It can also be reassuring to speak with other parents who have sent their children to our international summer camps.
We hope you find this information helpful and that you choose English Country Schools for your child's summer experience.
How can we help?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, Christopher & Sarah Etchells, Directors of ECS
How to choose an English language summer course
If you are unsure how to pick the best English summer camp for your child, we have a few suggestions on what to look out for and ask. Apply these criteria to your shortlist of summer schools and you will hopefully find the one that is right for your child.
Safety and wellbeing at ECS
We are a caring school. Our experienced and thoughtful team works hard to ensure every pupil is safe and happy on our courses - from the moment we meet our pupils at the train station or airport in London, throughout our lessons, trips and activities, to the moment we say goodbye back at the train station or airport.
Here are some of the steps we take to protect and support our pupils:
- View our Child Safeguarding Policy
- Read our advice on homesickness
- View our comprehensive travel and medical insurance for pupils
If you have questions or comments, please contact Sarah Etchells (Co-Director & Welfare Officer) who will be happy to help.
It is important to check whether you need a visa to join our residential English summer camp, especially if you are not from an EU or EEA country.
Information for agents
We welcome bookings for individuals and small groups from agents around the world. If your young clients are looking for a friendly and varied general English summer camp, ECS might be the right option.
Our courses for international children and teenagers are British Council accredited and include a huge range of sports, trips and activities, as well as 15 hours of English language lessons each week.
Work for ECS
If you would like to help us create a fantastic summer experience for kids and teens, we would love to hear from you.
Each summer we welcome applications from returning and new staff to teach English, manage our language course, organise social activities, coach sports and care for our pupils as house parents.
Find answers on our FAQs page
We have collected many of the questions parents, carers and pupils ask us about our summer English language camp, accommodation, transport and more. Hopefully you can find the answer to your questions there.
If you still don't find the information you are looking for, please contact us via email and we'd be happy to help.