On behalf of all the team at Capital School of English I would personally like to welcome you to our school. We started in 2003, with just two students. Today we now welcome over 1500 students every year from every corner of the globe.
‘Every student matters’ is at the heart of Capital School of English and we believe in creating an individual learning experience through personal support throughout a student’s stay with us. We are proud of creating a professional, welcoming and friendly atmosphere in our school. Students receive a warm welcome and whilst learning English, quickly get to know fellow students and know they can always ask a member of staff for help. We are here to help develop and nurture language learning in order for every student to reach their potential.
We run International Young Learner Courses for students aged 12-17 travelling as an individual or as part of an organised group. All Young Learners Junior students will stay in our residential accommodation on Campus at Bournemouth University.
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*Students may be accomodated in one of our town centre residence and all meals will be provided on campus.
At Capital School of English our academic team are chosen carefully to match the needs of international young learner students, they are dedicated to providing their students with a rich learning experience.
We pride ourselves on offering a dynamic and truly international learning environment in a warm and caring environment. Capital School of English is accredited by the British Council, a member of Quality English, English UK and English UK South.
The University Campus is located in a safe and beautiful area of Bournemouth and just a 5-minute walk from our main year round school in Winton.
London, Oxford, Bath and Brighton are less than 2 hours away and we are surrounded by world famous landmarks including Stonehenge, Winchester, the Jurassic Coast (World Heritage Site) and the New Forest National Park, all of which are within one hour of the school.
Living on campus is great fun and everything you need is within seconds of the accommodation. You will live in a shared international house with other students and there is a designated team who are on-hand at all times to provide excellent welfare to all students 24 hours every day.
All of our houses are bright, spacious and well-equipped with relaxation areas. The campus and accommodation are located in quiet and safe surroundings.
- Student houses of 5-7 students per house
- Bright, airy, spacious private single occupancy bedrooms with a wash basin
- Leisure facilities such as table football and pianos, TVs, DVDs, Netflix, reading material, and board games.
- Each student will have a wardrobe and a desk in their room.
- Bed linen changed once per week
- Your roommates will be of a similar age but will speak a different language to you
- Wifi throughout
- Laundry service available for machine-washable clothes (Extra costs)
Residential students receive breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout their stay freshly prepared in the Fusion Building on campus and less than 30 seconds from the accommodation.
The menu changes each week, with plenty of variety to keep students happy and healthy. Special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
We provide three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and they are served in the Fusion Building only a 30 second walk from the residential accommodation. Meal times are a great opportunity for groups of students and staff to eat together, get to know one another, and chat.
- Choose from different options every day including international dishes and traditional English meals
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided
- We cater for special diets – vegetarian, vegan, halal, dairy-free and gluten-free
- Fruit with every meal
- Salad bar and dessert with (Hot) lunch and (Hot) dinner
In addition to this, we provide packed-lunches on excursion days. There is a tuck shop open throughout the day at the Fusion Building where students can buy refreshments.
The Young learners campus offers a wide range of excellent facilities
including: a state of the art Sports hall, all weather astro pitches, a large sports field for football, volleyball, hockey, etc. In addition to this, the beach is a short bus journey away which we frequently visit for various beach activities.
All classrooms are bright and spacious with modern furniture and smartboard technology. There is WiFi throughout the University campus as well as the residential accommodation.
WELFARE ON CAMPUS
Welfare on Campus:
Our number one priority is the safeguarding of our students. Both inside and outside of the classrooms our students’ welfare is very important to us and this has been evidenced with excellent British Council inspection results. We have an excellent staff to student ratio of 1:5 with a maximum of 1:10.
Our well-qualified and experienced staff are all trained in child protection and safeguarding and have suitable police checks in place prior to their employment. There is on site supervision for all students 24 hours a day. We have first aiders available 24 hours a day, both on the campus and with students while they are on excursions. We also have links with local doctors’ surgeries and to the local hospital if we feel students need more specialist medical attention.
Upon arrival each student is shown to their residence where they will meet the team responsible for them in all aspects of their stay at Capital School of English. From the moment our students arrive through to their departures there is always a member of staff they can talk to. Our commitment to ‘Every Student Matters’ is at the forefront of all that we do.
We have a great deal of experience with working with young learners from around the world and we look forward to meeting our next students in the summer of 2020.
Our social programme is fun and varied with morning, afternoon and evening activities. We offer something for everyone, including a FIFA Football, Arts & Crafts, beach activities, swimming, Astro-Turf football, basketball and cultural visits. Students have one full day and half day excursion every week, giving them a chance to enjoy London, Bath, Oxford and local towns and cities supervised by our enthusiastic and caring activity Staff.
We organise sports, cultural and social activities every afternoon and evening so that you can have fun, make new friends, and practise your English outside of the classroom. During the activity programme, you will also have the chance to mix with students from other classes.
Every day you will take part in two different afternoon activities. You will always have a choice between two or more different activities for each session. Here are some of the things you can do:
|Y-Ball||Drama Workshop||Team leader skills|
|Tennis||Music and Song||Photography challenge|
|Badminton||Capital School Ensemble||Beach clean and Environment awareness|
|Basketball||60 second film heros|
|Dance and Fitness|
After dinner, the whole school comes together for an evening activity. This is a great way to get everyone together and make the most of the long summer evenings on the beautiful campus.
- Talent Show
- Treasure Hunt
- Film Night
- Fashion Show
- Lip Synch Battles
- International party night
- Mini Olympics
- Capture the flag
- Quiz and Games night
- Battle of the Beach
Trips and excursions:
We organise 1 full day excursion and 1 half-day excursion per week.. We take students off campus to visit different cities and cultural destinations. Our full day excursions are on Wednesdays usually departing at 0800 and returning for dinner at 18.00.
Sundays are relaxed days with a later breakfast, time to catch up with family at home and then optional visits to local areas with our activity team. These local visits are included in the programme fees.
Full-day excursion destinations include:
- London- River cruise included
- Oxford-Entrance to Christchurch College included
- Bath-Entrance to the Roman baths included
Information for Parents
We know that sending your child abroad to study can be worrying. We want to make sure that we give you all the information you need to know you are making the right decision in sending your child to join us in Bournemouth.
We take our responsibilities for children very seriously, we have rigorous policies and procedures in place to make sure your child has the best possible experience in a safe and secure learning environment. If you feel that we have not fully answered your questions, please feel free to contact us, and we will make sure you are fully satisfied.
We ask you to read and understand the following policies on student safety in order to make sure you are happy with your decision and that your child is aware of what is expected of them during their stay in the UK.
We also ask that you complete and return – email [email protected] – our Under 18 Parental Consent Form.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve put together a list of some of the most frequently asked questions for our Young Learner Centre. Please read the answers below and consult our Student Guide to see if you can find the information you need. If not, please contact our student services team on [email protected] and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
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What is the size of the Young Learner Centre?
We can have a maximum of 120 young learner students at Bournemouth University
Do most students travel as individuals or in groups?
Most students come as individuals and some will travel with a friend, sibling or relative. This makes for a really sociable summer school and our students are keen to make new friends. We also welcome small groups of up to 20 students who want to travel together but once they arrive at the school they are integrated like everyone else.
What are the details of the excursions?
Our full day excursions are always on a Wednesday as the places we visit are usually quieter and offer a better visitor experience. Every excursion is different, but they generally involve a tour around a well-known destination and the entrance to an attraction, as well as some free time for shopping. Trips are with the Activity Leaders who give students the chance to practice their English in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Can I arrive a day early?
Provided there’s space in the accommodation, and it’s agreed in advance, for an extra fee students can arrive on the Saturday rather than the Sunday before their course starts.
Where do the students come from?
We usually have in excess of 25 different Nationalities in the school. In 2019 we welcomed students from Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Oman, Russia, Spain, Germany, Austria as well as as many others.
What is the student to staff ratio?
Safety is of paramount importance to us. On average there is 1 member of staff for every 10 students. The maximum ratio of staff to students on campus is 1:10.
Is it possible to attend as a day student and live off campus?
No, we offer students the full package and living on site with other students is all part of the experience.
Is it possible to follow part of the programme? For example, classes only?
No, all students take part in every aspect of the programme, from breakfast until lights out.
Will I be able to use my mobile phone at all times?
You can use your mobile phone in your free time and in your room, until lights out when you should put it away for the night. In class and on activities, your teacher may allow you to use your phone for research or project work, but they may also insist that you put your phone away.
I know what my level of English is. Why do I have to do a level test?
We need to make sure that our students are placed in the most appropriate class for their level. All students are tested as part of their first day induction. We normally do this on the Sunday of arrival in order for students to take part in classes on the first Monday of the programme. We aim to place students in class by age and linguistic level.
Do I have the same teacher throughout my course?
We like to give students a variety of teaching styles. The 3 hours of English classes are communicative and project based where teachers often share classes in order for students to receive varied teaching styles.. Week-by-week, teachers may change or may stay the same, depending on student numbers, levels and feedback.
What do I do if I feel I’m in the wrong level?
You should first discuss this with your teacher, who will advise you on their opinion. If your teacher agrees, she/he will then talk to the Director of Studies and they will do their best to put you in a more appropriate level.
What happens if I sign up to a course with a minimum entry level, but on the initial test it turns out that I don’t have the required level?
As much as possible, we will try to accommodate students in this situation. We would encourage them to try the class they want to attend, but ask their teachers to monitor the level. After the first couple of days, we would have a meeting to decide whether the student should be moved or remain in the same class.
Do I receive a leaving certificate and a report?
Yes. You receive a leaving certificate and attainment report highlighting your achievements
Does the leaving certificate have my level on it?
Yes, it will include your level and details of all the courses you’ve taken.
How many students are there in my class?
Our maximum class sizes are fifteen but your class may well be smaller than that.
How far is the accommodation from the rest of the facilities?
Dining room – less than 1 minute walk
Classrooms – less than 1 minute walk
Common Room – less than 1 minute walk
Sports Hall – less than 1 minute walk
How is the accommodation allocated?
Our summer residential accommodation comprises of houses with each house containing 5-7 private, individual bedrooms. Students will be placed with students of the same gender, similar age, and a different nationality where possible. It is very important to us that you are practising your English at all times so you we try to place you with a student who doesn’t speak the same language as you.
How far are the showers and toilets from the rooms?
Each house contains showers
How many students will share one bathroom?
This varies but on average it will be 2/3 students to 1 bathroom.
Are there sinks in the bedrooms?
All rooms have a wash basin.
What furniture do the bedrooms have?
Each student will have a single bed with a pillow and duvet. There is also a wardrobe, set of drawers and access to a desk and chair for every student.
How often is the bed linen changed?
Once a week
Are towels provided?
No, students must bring their own towels and toiletries
How does the laundry service work?
Students have access to a laundry room where they can wash and dry their clothes if needed. (Extra fees apply)
Will my room be cleaned?
All rooms and communal spaces are cleaned weekly. Student bed linen is cleaned and replaced weekly.
Is there Wi-Fi in the accommodation? How is it controlled?
Students will have 24-hour access to free Wi-Fi for the duration of their stay and the signal is strong throughout the entire campus. There are firewalls in place to ensure that students cannot access inappropriate content.
What can students do during their down time?
This is free time for students so they can use it to relax, mix with other students, watch television, play computer games or have an evening snack. Students also use this time to shower.
All groups are advised to use our return airport transfer. All individual students will be required to use our private hire transfer to and from their chosen airport on arrival and departure. (Extra fees apply)
Booking your course
How do I apply?
Does Capital School of English offer visa support?
Yes, we can provide an invitation letter for all students that require a visa to study in the UK. You will receive detailed guidelines at the time of booking.
What are the terms and conditions?
Please refer to our full terms and conditions.