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Clifton College Summer Language School

Clifton College is a traditional English boarding school that values very highly the international dimension and the cosmopolitan atmosphere brought to the school by its overseas’ boarders and its summer school students. In term-time, the school teaches over 1100 pupils (20% from overseas) and in the summer there are up to 400 residential students at any one time from more than 15 diferent countries.

The summer school runs for six weeks in July and August and is open to groups (8-17 yrs) and individual students (13–17 yrs) for 2-4 week stays.

Why people love our courses…

Would you please pass our thanks to all the teachers and support staff on the hockey course. Catherine thoroughly enjoyed the course and had a marvellous time. She is set for the up and coming hockey season and has made some new friends into the bargain. I hope all involved have the chance for a rest.
Mrs Cooke
Brad, just to say that Cameron enjoyed the rugby week enormously. He has had a couple of years out of rugby but thoroughly enjoyed returning to it. It was an excellent course (as was the hockey) and he is keen to do the next one. Well done for running two excellent courses!
Mr Wood
I thought I would just write a few quick words, to say thank you for yet another great summer camp. My son really enjoyed the course, gaining lots of experience and meeting up with some familiar faces, it really helps to get ready for the next season and improve fitness and rugby skills!
Stuart Edwards
I would like to pass on the positive feed back from Ralph regarding this years rugby week with you at Clifton:- The time table & coaches involved where fantastic, the sessions where hard, but enjoyable, with a great mix of physical & technical skills, all round it was a great week for rugby mad boys!!
Michelle Wood

Brad, would just like to say thank you very much to everyone involved in this years rugby residential on behalf of Aaron Smith, who had an amazing week , despite being a little under the weather half way through, this did not disrupt his experience at all he had a really good time and has been full of it on his return, please forward our gratefulness and thanks to all those involved in a very successful week.

Lisa Smith

Just to note to say, the course was a big hit with Holly! Lots of fun, as well as developing her hockey……she was full of enthusiasm on her return home. Many thanks to you and all the staff for making it such a great week for her.

Donna Horton

Language Courses at Clifton College

The College is set in extensive, safe, attractive grounds with excellent residential, educational and sporting facilities.

Prime Location

Bristol is the second largest city in the south of England after London and has a population of nearly half a million people. It’s an interesting and exciting city which combines a fascinating history with a modern trendy feel. Bristol is made up of many diferent districts including the very attractive residential area of Clifton which is only a 20-minute walk from the city-centre. The College is just a short walk from Clifton Village with its shops, cafés and local amenities…not to mention the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Bristol International Airport (BRS) is 15 km away and London Heathrow (LHR) is 175 km.

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Fantastic Campus Facilities

The College is set in extensive, safe, attractive grounds with excellent residential, educational and sporting facilities. On campus there are large spacious playing felds, tennis courts, a sports hall and a 25m indoor heated swimming pool. Students also have access to the student café, the school shop and the computer room. WiFi is available in most areas of the campus and in the boarding houses.

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Sumer Language Campus Facilities

Modern Accommodation within Historical Boarding Houses

Students are accommodated in 9 diferent boarding houses which surround the main campus (see campus map). Each house has between 30–60 beds in diferent-sized rooms of 1–6 beds per room. Kids are generally accommodated in 2–6 bedded rooms and Teens in 1–4 bedded rooms. Group Leaders have single rooms unless otherwise requested.

The College provides bed linen and towels and a weekly laundry service for light items of clothing (underwear, socks, T-shirts etc). Girls and boys are accommodated on separate floors or in diferent parts of the boarding houses and have separate shared bathrooms with toilets, showers and washbasins. There is a common room or “House Hall” in each boarding house where students can relax, socialize with each other, watch TV or DVDs, play cards or board games…all under the watchful eye of the residential staf. Individual students are all accommodated in the same boarding house under the careful supervision of the experienced pastoral team. They form an international group and have activities and excursions together.

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The College has two self-service dining rooms and provides the students with 3 wholesome meals each day. Breakfast is continental during the week and cooked at the weekend. Lunch and dinner consist of soup with bread, pasta bar, a main dish, vegetables, salad bar, desserts and fresh fruit basket. Packed meals are provided for full-day excursions, late arrivals and early departures and there is a weekly barbeque (weather permitting!).

Click here to take a look at our breakfast, lunch & dinner menus (sample).

Sumer Language catering

Language Courses at Clifton College

The College is set in extensive, safe, attractive grounds with excellent residential, educational and sporting facilities.

Our long-standing relationships

Clifton College Summer Language Schools is a long-standing and very successful partnership between:

  • Clifton College – providing and managing its own excellent facilities and running the activity and excursion programme
  • Bristol Language Centre – writing and teaching its own unique vacation course materials for young learners and teenagers
  • Experio Life – offering expert marketing, sales and client relations

Our courses on offer for Summer 2017

  • Vacation Courses – offering tuition, activities & excursions
  • Academic Courses – intensive & academic courses for motivated international students
  • Individual Sports Coaching Courses – high-quality professional sports coaching for athletic students

Afternoon Activities

Student activities are a combination of language practice, culture, arts and crafts, sports, and lots of fun! They include walking tours of Clifton and Bristol, as well as organised team games. Activities are also very varied with a full range of campus sports (football, tennis, volleyball, swimming), arts & crafts activities (cooking classes, dance classes, drumming workshops, hula-hooping workshops), specialist events (falconry displays, ghost walks, scavenger hunts) and cultural visits (monuments, museums, art galleries). For a supplement, students may also choose from a wide-range of off-site activities we provide, including the cinema, bowling, and adventure golf.

Sumer Language Afternoon Activities

Evening Activities

Every evening students can enjoy a variety of different activities. Some are for the whole College (disco, film night, talent show, sports tournaments) and some are for smaller groups (quiz night, dance classes, cooking classes, ghost walk). At least once per week, activities are organised within the boarding houses or between two boarding houses to give students an opportunity to get to know their house-mates or neighbours and to practise their English while socialising and having fun.

Sumer Language Evening Activities


Students will visit Bath and Stonehenge on their half-day excursions (1345 – 1930) and London and Oxford for a full-day (0930 – 2200). All students will have a “Discover Bristol” day which includes an open-top bus sightseeing tour.

*Additional destinations are offered to students staying for 3 or 4 weeks. Optional visits and excursions can be arranged for groups and these can be booked in advance or on arrival at the College.

Sumer Language Excursions

Course Dates & Prices

Summer 2017 Courses – 2, 3 or 4 week courses for individuals aged 13 – 17 years

2-week courses 3-week courses 4-week courses
4 July – 18 July 4 July – 25 July 4 July – 1 August
18 July – 1 August 18 July – 8 August 18 July – 15 August
25 July – 8 August 25 July – 15 August
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Course Types & Fees (courses can be combined e.g. 1 wk VAC + 2 wks AEC):
TNS-Individual Tennis Coaching for 13-17 yrs (1 or 2 weeks) = £1300 per week
GLF-Individual Golf Coaching for 13-17 yrs (1 or 2 weeks) = £1600 per week

We look forward to helping you find the right course for yourself, your children, and your students.

What is included in your course fees?

The 2-week course fees include:

  • Student travel and medical insurance
  • Return airport transfer from LHR and BRS
  • Residential accommodation (Teens in 1-4 bedded rooms)
  • 3 meals per day with an evening snack
  • English language tuition (Kids = 24 hours; Teens = 30 hours)
  • Evening activity programme for all students
  • 2 full-day excursions: London, Oxford (*Portsmouth)
  • 2 half-day excursions: Bath, Stonehenge (*Gloucester)
  • 24-hour supervision and welfare

Language Courses at Clifton College

The College is set in extensive, safe, attractive grounds with excellent residential, educational and sporting facilities.