Our summer English courses concentrate on improving a student’s level of fluency and to raising their confidence in speaking English. We do this by focussing on speaking and listening activities to bring out what they already know and develop their skills. Students are actively encouraged to practice their English with students from other nationalities, both in class and outside.

On arrival at most centres students receive a written test and an oral interview with a teacher so that we can accurately assess the student’s level and place them in an appropriate class. We keep class sizes small; average 13 students per class but 15 maximum. This allows us to pay more attention to each individual student.

Our teachers are professional and enthusiastic, helping the students to learn as much useful English as possible. They make lessons interesting and fun, using a wide range of language activities designed to improve their ability to communicate fluently.

Our English courses include 15 hours of English tuition per week including fluency practice, project work and excursion preparation lessons to get the most from their trips. St Lawrence College operates a zig-zag programme which means classes can be in the morning or afternoon. We reserve the right to operate zig-zag programmes at other schools. At the end of the course, the student receives an individual progress report written by their teacher and an end-of-course achievement certificate.


Available at Dean Close School, Prior Park College and Queen Ethelburga’s College. From elementary upwards.

Students choosing our Intensive English can accelerate their learning with four more hours of lessons in the afternoons. Students get more time to learn English in smaller, more focussed groups, before practising their English with the other students on activities and excursions.

The days and times that the extra English sessions take place on will vary between the different centres. A teaching schedule will be discussed with students choosing our Intensive English programme once they are onsite at their summer school. The maximum class size for our Intensive English programme is 15. Students are not required to buy any text books or other teaching materials – the teacher will provide this for each lesson.


Available at selected summer schools.

The GESE (Graded Examinations in Spoken English) exam is an internationally recognised qualification. Our 2 week Trinity Coaching courses at Dean Close, Prior Park and Queen Ethelburga’s College with four hours of extra lessons specifically guides students in the preparation of their topic discussion and the fundamentals of the exam.

Courses will only run with a minimum of 4 students. Our Trinity GESE supplement is available at the summer centres listed below:

  • Dean Close School
  • Prior Park College
  • Queen Ethelburga’s College
  • Other centres may be available on request with group bookings