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The Academic Discovery and Academic Discovery Plus Programmes are Oxford Royale Academy’s most popular junior courses, offering younger students the chance to investigate a key question through a combination of fascinating classes and exciting practical workshops. Students will explore links between science and the arts, as well as improve key life skills, including teamwork and public speaking.
The investigation of a key question throughout the course ensures the programme is structured and that students can enhance their researching and planning skills. Practical sessions will maximise engagement levels and encourage students to formulate their own opinions, an important and transferable skill.
Our Academic Discovery Plus Programme offers students aged 8-11 the opportunity to live and study in St Mary’s Ascot, a top UK boarding school.
Rather than focusing on learning facts, the goal is to enable pupils to achieve higher-order outcomes by interrogating information and applying skills in multiple contexts. Lessons will involve pitched debates and all students will conclude their course with an assessed presentation.
For each week-long session, students study a key question through a variety of Arts and Science classes, along with a series of more practical afternoon workshops to consolidate knowledge.
Each student will have the option to enrol in either the Arts or Sciences stream of the course and this choice will decide which key question they will investigate for the week.
By the end of the course, students will have:
Each week of study will be themed around a key question, framing the lessons and activities in a wider context. These themes will be:
In each case, students will explore the topic through scientific and arts-based lenses, leading to a wider investigation of the subject.
Students will not be able to study the same key question twice. Therefore, for bookings of more than 3 weeks in length, it is recommended that students combine the course with the Junior English Programme.
The grid below shows which key question students will investigate in each week.
|Course Length||Key Question|
|Week 1||185 days in space: a poet’s dream or a zero-gravity nightmare?|
|Week 2||Rise of the robots: a threat or a service to humankind?|
|Week 3||Extreme Earth: can we do more to protect people from natural disasters?|
|Week 4||185 days in space: a poet’s dream or a zero-gravity nightmare?|
|Week 5||Rise of the robots: a threat or a service to humankind?|
Take this course if you are hoping to develop a love of learning and academic exploration.
Students on our Junior summer school courses at St Mary's School, Ascot, will enjoy the facilities of one of the top boarding schools in the UK, with its extensive grounds and well-equipped learning spaces.
During lessons, students will be taught by experienced tutors, while outside of class they will enjoy a varied extracurricular programme in a safe environment, led by our student counsellors.
The international environment, combined with top-quality tutoring in a world-class venue, make Oxford Royale's Junior Summer School the best junior summer school in the UK.
Students will be accommodated in comfortable twin or dormitory rooms, separated by gender - please contact our registrations team if you would like more information. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for school pupils who study at St Mary's School, Ascot, so students are able to get a flavour for what being a pupil at this prestigious UK boarding school is like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender.
The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who are there to help pupils with their daily needs and to run activities for them outside of class. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss their course. Residential staff live in the school throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
Students on this course:
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With an ORA junior summer course you also get:
(If your course takes place in more than one campus in the same city and you would like to know more about which location you will be allocated, please call our registrations team)
What our students have to say
Oxford Royale was the best summer camp I have ever attended. Not only did I learn a lot through the course, but I also met people from all over the world. In addition, I really got to know my fellow students and the counselors through the time we spent together on the excursions and evening activities. Overall, this was an awesome experience and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone.
I had an amazing time at ORA. Every student was incredibly friendly and smart, and I had a wonderful time getting to know each and every person. My time at ORA flew by and by the time it was time to leave I couldn’t believe I was leaving my new friends. I highly recommend the programme as an opportunity to make friends and learn about other cultures.
I have had an incredibly fun, cultivating experience at Oxford Royale Summer Schools. I have gained so much knowledge that will help me with studies and in life. I have also met the most incredibly intelligent people. The memories I have made here will stay with me for life as I am so happy to have stayed in Oxford.
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, UK company number 6045196. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.