Wycombe Abbey Summer Programme

Wycombe Abbey Summer Programme

Welcome to Wycombe Abbey Summer Programme

Wycombe Abbey offers educational summer courses for international students, giving them the chance to experience life at one of the UK’s most prestigious and high-achieving boarding schools where our Summer Programme embodies the values that are the foundation of a Wycombe Abbey education.

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Wycombe Abbey is a very prestigious UK boarding school situated in High Wycombe situated just 23 mins away from London by train. Our summer programme offers a rich blend of academics and extracurricular activities for high-achieving students. The age range is 12-17 and is open to both native and non-native English speakers whose min level must be B1. It is aimed at high achievers and aspirational students looking for something academically challenging and a taste of a boarding school experience.

This course allows students to engage in four hours of lessons exploring British Culture, English for Academic Purposes and Exams, Projects and Creations, and 21st Century Skills.

In addition to classes, students select one elective for the duration of the course. Through these electives our students’ journey enables them to become global ethical leaders (Leadership and Sustainability), learn the principles of design (Digital and Beyond), create and produce a dramatic performance (Performing Arts), or understand how to maintain an active lifestyle (Sports, Health and Wellbeing).

We have 2 sets of fixed dates in summer 2024 as follows:

Wed 3rd –  Wed 17th July

Wed 17th – Wed 31st July

Duration: 2 weeks


Students will stay on the school campus within dedicated boarding houses, Pitt and Rubens. Bedrooms either sleep two or four and all have en-suites. There are also communal areas for students to relax and socialise together. We allocate rooms according to students’ age, gender and group where possible. We take into consideration any specific requests, such as friends who want to be close to each other. Room allocation is normally done on arrival. The students will not be able to use the kitchen but there are common rooms accessible to the students throughout their stay.

Shared Bedrooms

Max 4 campers per room

Ensuite Bathrooms

Room with ensuite bathroom


Dining Room
Arts room
Science room
Music room
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Soccer Court
Basketball Court
Volleyball Court
Hockey Field
Running track
Dance studio


Taking advantage of Wycombe Abbey’s unique location and excellent transport links, students will have at least three full days of excursions that will take them to see the sights of the UK’s favourite destinations including London and Oxford, providing cultural enrichment and an extension of the thematic learning so they can experience and appreciate it beyond the classroom and school site. The excursions will be both educational as well as entertaining. Students will also have full use of the School’s sports facilities, including a 25m swimming pool, large sports centre, dance studio, climbing wall and golf simulator. Each day, there will be time available for sports and activities.

Explore the best of London's attractions and experiences. Begin your journey with the Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour, which gives you the flexibility to discover iconic landmarks at your own pace. Next, elevate your perspective on the London Eye, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Then adventure into the British Museum to delve into a world of cultural treasures and historical artefacts or the Science Museum with its interactive and educational exhibits covering everything from early technology to space travel. Experience the epitome of entertainment and culture with a visit to London's West End. Renowned for its world-class theatres, this vibrant district offers a spectacular array of theatrical productions, musicals, and performances. Alternatively, you can step back in time to the world of Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre in London. Attend a live performance in the open-air amphitheatre, where the audience is transported back to the theatrical spirit of Shakespeare's era. With an immersive and authentic atmosphere, it is the perfect way to watch the works of one of the greatest playwrights in history.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Oxford with the Christ Church College and University of Oxford Harry Potter Tour. Explore the historic and picturesque Christ Church College, where iconic scenes from the Harry Potter films were brought to life. Wander through the captivating halls and courtyards that served as inspiration for Hogwarts. The University of Oxford Harry Potter Tour offers a magical journey through the mesmerising settings that fuelled J.K. Rowling's imagination.

Embark on a regal adventure with a visit to Windsor Castle. Nestled on a picturesque hill, this historic fortress invites you to explore centuries of royal history. Wander through opulent State Apartments, with priceless art and exquisite furnishings. Marvel at St. George's Chapel, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the final resting place of many monarchs.

Go on an intellectual and scenic journey with a visit to Cambridge and its renowned university. Roam through the cobblestone streets adorned with historic architecture, and marvel at the world-famous colleges along the River Cam. Explore the hallowed halls of the University of Cambridge, where the likes of Newton and Darwin once studied. Admire the iconic King's College Chapel and the Bridge of Sighs immersing yourself in the vibrant academic atmosphere.

Academic Courses

All of our students receive four hours of language lessons every day. The immersive programme consists of several thematic English language studies. We apply content and language-integrated learning methodology to the teaching, allowing students to learn and develop their language proficiency while studying a range of topics and applying their skills to something interesting and relevant. The teachers will also adopt a problem-based learning model to facilitate the students in applying their language proficiency and knowledge and skills to meaningful real-life tasks and challenges. Language learning is supported by the electives, which create a holistic learning approach that supports the overall progression of each student.

During these lessons, students will learn about contemporary themes in British culture and politics. They will delve into British history, geography and literature and will enhance their critical and presentation skills. This part of the lesson will be brought to life during the London full day trip.

These lessons aim at empowering students’ linguistic awareness and capabilities to better understand and produce different texts (e.g. reports, essays, scientific articles). By working on all language skills, accuracy, vocabulary and pronunciation, students will increase their chances of being successful when taking an English examination (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, TOEFL, IELTS, GESE). This part of the lesson ties in with the visits to Oxford and Cambridge’s renowned universities.

During these lessons, students are encouraged to complete a project. Language emerges naturally as the result of the student’s communicative needs. All projects are focused on global topics and students will have the chance to work creatively and collaboratively towards a shared end.

These lessons specifically are tailored to provide participants with the 21st century skills they need in order to become the global leaders of tomorrow. During the first week (A Future For All) students engage with themes like sustainability and global issues. In the second week (There’s No Business Like Showbusiness) students learn effective and engaging communication strategies through performing theory and techniques (voice projection, presentation skills, audience engagement). The latter theme is further explored during the students’ visit to the West End/or Shakespeare’s Globe.

All of our students receive eight hours of electives weekly. Students have the opportunity to choose from four electives. Each one is designed to stretch and challenge our students so they learn, develop and grow in confidence. We want our students to have an unforgettable experience and to return home from our Summer Programme better prepared for their future.

Embark on a transformative journey, delving into essential leadership skills while exploring the principles of sustainability. Students will learn the most important skills needed to succeed in the modern world of business and work. The Leadership and Sustainability elective grants students the perfect opportunity to explore a wide range of interesting topics and is perfect for those who dream of making a difference in the world. Drawing from real-life examples of inspirational leaders throughout history, students will understand what made them great leaders and how they managed to leave their footprint on society. Students will transform this understanding into practical skills through research, debates, interactive discussions, presentations, and interviews. The module also allows students to delve into the critical aspects of sustainability, covering environmental, social, and economic dimensions by examining success stories in creating viable and sustainable alternatives in different industries. Students will develop critical skills in creative thinking, problem solving, research and analysis, presenting important information, and managing a team, enabling them to enhance their spoken English while honing leadership abilities and preparing them for future roles as responsible and influential leaders.

Through a dynamic exploration of digital tools, technological trends, presentation design and visual media, this elective allows students to immerse themselves in the cutting-edge world of technology. This module will focus on design methodology, developing, designing and costing a presentation, and the fundamentals of photography and visual editing. This elective is perfect for students who are interested in digital technology, visual design or computer science and will enable students to develop essential skills that can be used in the future. From the basics of UX and UI design to creating a powerful presentation to launch a new product, students will explore emerging technologies, gain insights into how they shape our world and foster a deep understanding of digital advancements that drive innovation. With a focus on practical application, students will apply their newfound digital skills in real-life scenarios. Through project-based learning, presentations and collaborative activities, this elective promises a holistic and immersive experience, preparing students for a tech-driven future.

Embark on a captivating journey through the realms of creativity and expression. This elective offers a unique fusion of language development and artistic exploration through acting, dance, singing, musical performances, choreography, and staging. Perfect for anyone interested in drama, dance, singing or expressing themselves creatively, this course will build students’ confidence as well as their ability to express themselves in English. Creativity comes in many forms and encouraging students to showcase their passion and express themselves in different ways, is something that we strongly believe in promoting. With our state-of-the-art theatre, we have the perfect modern facilities to allow students to go through the creative process before bringing their production to life. Students will explore a wide range of creative mediums including writing, staging, acting, improvisation, voice projection and control, movement on stage, staging, as well as writing and producing a show.

This transformative course integrates language development with the essential principles of physical health, mental wellbeing, and the importance of adopting an active lifestyle. Students will dive into foundational aspects of fitness, exploring various exercises and sports, vocabulary related to health and fitness, and understanding the science behind nutrition. This elective also extends its focus beyond physical health to encompass mental wellbeing. Students will delve into mindfulness techniques, stress management, and the correlation between physical activity and mental health. Engaging in discussions and presenting information, students will learn a wealth of skills that go beyond everyday English. Outside of the classroom, students will benefit from the modern facilities available at Wycombe Abbey as they engage in different sports and activities, from swimming and volleyball to football and hockey, students will work together as a team and immerse themselves in an active lifestyle. The sports, health and wellbeing elective ensures that students will not only improve their language skills but also cultivate a foundation for a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.

Language Lessons


28h lessons /w

28h of lessons per week will be taught


How to get to there

Address: Wycombe Abbey, Wycombe Abbey Frances Dove Way, High Wycombe HP11 1PE, United Kingdom
Closest Airport: London Heathrow

Things to know

Cancellation Policy

1. You have a right to cancel your booking within 14 days from the date of the Confirmation (the “Cancellation Period”) without giving any reason and We will provide You with a full refund (inclusive of any Deposit). 2. All cancellations must be made in writing and take effect from the date we receive such notice. Where a cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to the Arrival Date, there will be a refund of all Course Fees paid, minus the Deposit. 3. Due to the requirement to arrange staffing, transport, airport transfers, accommodation and other aspects of the Course in advance of the Arrival Date, where a cancellation is made less than 30 days prior to the Arrival Date, there will be no refund, except in the case of valid visa refusal or at our sole discretion. Where a booking is amended less than 30 days prior to or after the Arrival Date, there will be no refund for any missed elements of the Course and there may be a further charge for the additional items. 4. Should You cancel within the Cancellation Period after the Arrival Date, we are under no obligation to offer a refund. 5. Notwithstanding the above, we may cancel a Course no later than 10 Business Days before the Course Start Date if there is low demand for the Course in which case You will receive a refund of any Fees that You have paid. 6. We may cancel Your booking if an event outside our control prevents Us providing Your selected Course, in which case we will refund any fees paid.

Covid Measures

Control of infection among students at UKLC centres depends upon: • Prevention • Early recognition of each case • Prompt action and follow up Infections may be: • Acquired in home country and carried in OR • Acquired and spread within the centre. • What is an outbreak? An outbreak is defined as two or more linked cases with similar symptoms over and above that which would normally be expected. If there is an outbreak the Centre Manager must contact the Leadership team who will decide if the local health protection team needs to be contacted. Procedure • Washing hands properly is one of the most important things individuals can do to help prevent and control the spread of many illnesses. Good hand hygiene will reduce the risk of illnesses like Covid 19, flu, stomach upsets and other infections being passed from person to person. Good hygiene is to be promoted in all centres and students must be reminded to wash their hands before meals and after activities and excursions. • Dealing with any cuts/abrasions or body fluid spills. Standard precautions are a set of infection control practices used to prevent transmission of diseases (such as Hepatitis C and HIV) that can be acquired by contact with blood, body fluids, non-intact skin (including rashes), and mucous membranes. • Standard precautions should be used for everyone to reduce the risk of unknown (and known) disease transmission and include: • Wearing gloves when in contact with any accident or injury (washing grazes, dressing wounds, cleaning up blood after an incident) and wearing a disposable plastic apron if possible. • Carefully cleaning the wound under running water if possible or using a disposable container with water and wipes. Dab carefully dry. • Covering all exposed cuts and grazes with waterproof plasters. • If someone suffers a bite, scratch or puncture injury that may have introduced someone else’s blood or experiences a splash of blood to the eye, area of broken skin or mouth, rinse well with water and seek medical advice. • Illnesses to look out for that will require action are: Covid, Chicken pox, Measles, Conjunctivitis, Head lice, Gastroenteritis. If symptoms start whilst a student is at Wycombe Abbey we will: • Isolate them away from other students immediately and until they are well or no longer contagious (this would potentially be in a medical room or a designated separate accommodation). • Ensure that a dedicated toilet is nearby and should only be used by symptomatic students / staff. • All lever/light switches, handles and other ‘high contact’ items must be cleaned regularly with detergent and water and then disinfected with a hypochlorite solution. Bathrooms should also be thoroughly cleaned as above. • Wash any soiled laundry or clothes separately on a wash that is stated by the wash label. • Ensure appropriate personal protective equipment such as gloves and aprons are worn when any personal care is given, or cleaning is undertaken. • Ensure good hand hygiene is undertaken. • Consider access to handwashing facilities near the dining room as hands should be cleaned before a meal and consider handing out antibacterial gel to the students. • Contact the Senior Leadership team who may in turn contact the local health protection team for further advice and guidance

Health & Safety

Many of our staff have First Aid qualifications. If students have minor problems, our staff will look after them. If we have any concerns, we will take them to a medical centre near the school or the hospital. We strongly advise that all students have their own comprehensive private insurance, including medical cover.

Staff & Student Ratio

1 : 15

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