The Junior English Programme is designed to provide students aged 8-12 with a summer course to improve their spoken and written English language skills. The course is aimed at students who want to improve their English and even study in the UK in the future!

For older students, ORA offers the Oxford Summer English courses for ages 13-15 and 16-18.

Academic Content

The Junior English Programme consists of over 20 taught hours per week (15 class hours and 5.25 taught workshop hours). This programme encourages students to learn English and develop their ability to communicate with people from different cultures and countries. ORA promotes a coherent and multi-cultural approach to English language learning, actively expanding students’ abilities and encouraging them to share ideas.

The main areas covered are as follows:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Colloquial and Cultural English

How ORA will improve students’ English in and out of school:

  • ORA’s own English programme, developed by EFL experts;
  • Student learning is maximised in small class sizes;
  • ORA’s EFL teachers use dynamic, interactive and fun student-centred teaching methods;
  • ORA’s EFL courses are integrated with cultural activities and excursions outside of the classroom to provide context and practical application opportunities.

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Learning Objectives

This course aims to:

  • help students quickly improve their English skills for general contexts;
  • build students’ confidence in their use of spoken English;
  • develop students’ knowledge of English grammar, syntax and vocabulary;
  • improve students’ English reading and writing skills;
  • encourage independent learning;
  • provide an insight into various aspects of British culture.

Transferable Life Skills

Attendees on the Junior English Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in an inspiring setting, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include:
  • developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment;
  • confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
  • responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
  • communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.

Our Students

Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our summer courses. In 2017, attendees came from 135 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures and Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. In 2014, these took place in the Examination Schools of the University of Oxford, allowing ORA students to experience a lecture in the same environment as a University undergraduate. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the Junior English Programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to a destination such as Tower of London, Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle and many more.

Extra-Curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of being in the UK.

Some past afternoon activities enjoyed by our students include the following:

  • Summer sports: have you ever played the traditional English game of croquet? There will be the chance to do so on the lawns of your accommodation! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
  • Dance and music workshops: have you ever wanted to try Indian dance? How about Salsa dancing? Or drumming? Experts in these art forms will be dropping in to our campuses to run workshops, allowing our students to unleash their creative sides.

The events and entertainment on offer don’t stop when the sun starts to go down at our campuses! The following will be available to every student on our Junior English Programme:

  • Film nights on campus: catch a movie with your new friends.
  • Themed parties: Enjoy dinner and dancing with your new friends from around the world. Every party has a theme: Space, Jungle and the Olympics are examples of past themes.
  • Graduation: a formal graduation ceremony will be held on the last night of your course. This is followed by your Graduation dinner and party — a glamorous conclusion to your stay in the UK!

What’s Included?

Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA course:

  • Study

    • Over 20 taught hours per week
    • Study files and materials
    • Personalised academic reports
    • Course certificate after graduation
  • Explore

    • Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
    • Cultural coach excursions
    • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • Live

    • Accommodation in St Mary’s Ascot, a top UK boarding school.
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
    • Daily updates on the ORA blog (great for parents!)
    • Private Medical / Travel insurance
  • Extras

    • ORA T-shirt
    • ID badge and lanyard
    • Welcome and arrival packs
    • Year group photo
    • Course memento photos
    • ORA notebook

Life at St Mary’s

Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. Our courses for students aged 8-12 are residential in St Mary’s School, Ascot. St Mary’s is a secure school site situated in 55 acres of beautiful grounds and equipped with excellent facilities, named the 2015 Public School of the Year by Tatler Magazine. Students can make full use of the school’s excellent teaching and leisure facilities, while parents can rest assured that they are receiving the highest standards of care and supervision.

Student Welfare

The safety and security of our students is ORA’s top priority. All of the venues at which our courses run are safe, secure environments, which are perfect for our students. Each accommodation site is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of Porters. In addition, Oxford Royale Academy’s comprehensively trained team of campus staff are always on hand. If you join us this summer, you will see the following members of staff on your campus:

Each ORA campus has a Programme Director (PD), who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the summer school at their campus. PDs are residential in the campus for the duration of the programme, so they are always close by should they be needed. Programme Directors typically have years of experience in education and the management of schools, colleges and student welfare.
The Junior Deans (JDs) assist the Programme Director with the management of the summer school at their campus. They will also be responsible for leading excursions and activities. JDs are typically returning for their third summer with Oxford Royale, or have extensive experience in summer schools or camps elsewhere. JDs will be residential in their campus.
Each ORA campus has a team of Counsellors who will be a student’s first point of contact in most cases. All Counsellors are friendly and approachable, and are thoroughly trained by Oxford Royale in the management of events for young people. Many of our Counsellors are current or former members of the University of Oxford and other top universities in the UK; they are always happy to discuss careers or admissions with our students.
ORA has a team of private nurses, who host drop-in sessions at all of our campuses on a rota basis. If a student feels unwell, they can either see one of the Nurses, or go straight to our recommended private GP Surgery (Doctor). ORA courses include Private Medical cover should the need arise.

All lessons on the Junior English Programme will take place in the buildings and grounds of St Mary’s Ascot, a top UK boarding school.

Practical Information

  • Flights

    Most students who come to ORA will have to book a flight to the UK. ORA courses do not include flights. Information on the best time to arrive will be on your course confirmation email and in your Welcome Pack.

  • Arrival / Departure Transfers

    ORA offers coach transfers between all of our campuses and London Heathrow airport, for a small extra charge. For more information, please click here.

  • Welcome Reception and Graduation

    Parents / family are welcome to attend these events at the start and end of their student’s course. For more information, please contact our Registrations Department on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk.

  • Medical and Dietary Information

    All students who enrol are required to complete our Medical and Dietary Information form. A link will be emailed to all students once their enrolment is confirmed.

Eligibility and Pre-requisites

Students on the Junior English Programme:

  • Must conform to our Age Policy.
  • Must be intermediate-level (B1) English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

Dates, Fees and Locations

Course LengthCourse DatesLocation
Week 18 Jul – 14 JulSt Mary’s Ascot
Week 215 Jul – 21 JulSt Mary’s Ascot
Week 322 Jul – 28 JulSt Mary’s Ascot
Week 429 Jul – 4 AugSt Mary’s Ascot
Week 55 Aug – 11 AugSt Mary’s Ascot

Students can attend the Junior English Programme for between 1 and 5 weeks, with fees structured as follows:

1 Week£1,995£495
2 Weeks£3,695£795
3 Weeks£5,495£1,195
4 Weeks£7,295£1,595
5 Weeks£8,995£1,995

How to Apply

If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the Junior English Programme for 2018 is online. You will need full details of the student and, if different, the customer responsible for paying the fees, as well as a valid credit or debit card to submit the deposit payment of at least GBP 495.00 (we regret that we are not able to accept American Express as a form of payment).
To get started, please click the link below – you will be asked to choose the date that you would like to study the course.

If you prefer, you can complete our paper application form, which is available for download by clicking here. You can then return this to our offices by one of the following methods:

For enrolments via the paper application form, we are able to accept the deposit payment by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Please see the form for full details.

Further Information and Documents

If you would like to consult with one of our Registrations Team members before making a booking, we would be delighted to hear from you.
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