dean close summer school

Cheltenham is a historic city in the west of England, close to the World Heritage city of Bath and the famous university city of Oxford. Like Bath, Cheltenham became famous as a spa town in the 18th century, its buildings and streets built in the elegant Regency style. There are award-winning gardens; an impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, and prestigious festivals of horse racing, music and literature. Dean Close School has a modern campus just outside the city centre, which is close to Premier League Football Stadiums, it has a professional theatre and excellent sports facilities – including football pitches, a swimming pool and sports hall. Students will be part of an old English school house system, where they can earn points to compete against their friends through personal achievement, academic progress or sport skills.

The accommodation is of a very high standard with single and twin rooms. En-suite rooms are available to book in advance for a supplement.

Premier League Experience
Intensive English Programme


For four hours a week students improve passing, heading, and shooting skills while also learning how to play the game better – through teamwork and strategy - from our qualified football coaches. Students on the 2-week football course also receive a stadium tour at a famous London Premier League Stadium. This programme is only available for the first four weeks of the course.

Young adults programme

Older teens need extra challenges and space to express themselves as young adults. For this reason, we include a programme of separate activities specifically aimed at 16-17 year olds, including additional afternoon free time in Cheltenham, photography/design competitions and practical opportunities to practice their English. Social evenings such as going to the cinema or bowling are offered at a supplement.


Students who want to accelerate their English learning can elect to take our Intensive English Course with four more hours of afternoon lessons each week. Students get more time to develop their English in smaller more personal groups. Alternatively, you can also sign up to the Trinity GESE Exam course and have the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification in spoken English*.

For Harry Potter

For the lovers of Harry Potter we are offering an optional excursion to visit the Warner Brother Studios where the famous series was filmed. Walk through the sets and see how they made everything come to life!*

Classic Course Overview

Our summer English courses are designed to give students the opportunity to practise their English in a friendly, multicultural environment. Students are actively encouraged to practise their English with students from other nationalities, both in class and outside. We concentrate on raising their confidence and fluency, and bringing out the English they already know, but can’t yet use.

About our courses:

  • Five levels from Elementary to Advanced
  • All students are tested on arrival to grade their spoken and written English to place them in the class of the correct level
  • 15 hours of teaching per week from qualified teachers including project work to allow them to use their English creatively and learn more about British culture and history
  • A certificate on completion of their course
  • Full activity programme including 5 afternoon activities and 7 evening activities
  • One half day excursion to local towns and cities
  • One full day excursion to more prominent towns and cities further away

All courses include the above.


Half day excursions may include: Bath, Worcester, Bristol

Full day excursions may include: London, Warwick Castle, Oxford

Optional excursions may include*: Harry Potter Studios, Salisbury and Stonehenge, Stratford upon Avon, Cardiff

*supplements apply

Sample Activity Programme

dean close school sample programme

Key Facts:

Highlights: Excellent sports facilities. Shared en-suite accommodation available
Location: Cheltenham
Closest Airports: Birmingham, Bristol and Heathrow
Services Included: 24 hour Welfare and Student Support, WIFI and small laundry service
Staff to Student Ratio: 1:8
School Size: 165 students per week
Age Range: 10-15 year olds. 16-17 year olds
Full board accommodation is included as standard

Courses Available:

Classic Course
Young Adults Programme
Premier Football Experience
Intensive English Course


Harry Potter Studio tour £75
Single Room (shared en-suite): £15
Shared Room (with shared en-suite): £10
Trinity GESE: £200

Student Testimonials

"It’s a relaxing, enjoyable and meaningful stay because I know a lot of teachers and friends."
Royal Russell School
"Next summer I would like to stay 3 weeks."
Prior Park College
"I love this school. My favourite excursion is Brighton."
Royal Russell School
"People are very friendly and polite. Students are my new friends. I’ll come here next year, if it’s possible."
Prior Park College
"It [the food] was so yummy and if I could I want to come back next year."
Royal Russell School
"I love the excursions and the activities."
Prior Park College
"It was really cool! You are a very nice team."
Royal Russell School
"I had 2 amazing weeks. Thanks for everything."
Royal Russell School
"I like the teachers and the staff."
Prior Park College

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