Summer Vacation at Sibford School, Oxfordshire

Exterior of Sibford School building

English lessons: 15 hours per week
Maximum class size: 15 students
Minimum English level: All levels
Ages: 8 – 12 years
Duration: 1 to 4 weeks
Availability: 7th July – 11th August 2020
Arrival day: Tuesday
Departure day: Tuesday
Accommodation: Residential, twin, triple, and larger study bedrooms
Prices: Residential programme – £890 per week


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Sibford School in Oxfordshire is an independent boarding school located only 45 minutes from the city of Oxford and 90 minutes from London. The school is set in more than 50 acres of glorious grounds and is surrounded by beautiful countryside, making it a perfect choice for younger learners.

The Sibford School Summer Vacation programme has been specially designed for younger learners, for whom this may be their first experience abroad. As such, our carefully planned lessons are based on a communicative approach, with student confidence at the core of our syllabus and methodology.

The activity programme makes use of the school’s beautiful 50 acre campus and extensive sports facilities, such as an indoor swimming pool, rugby and football pitches, climbing wall, and sports hall.

There are also two unique additional experiences available at Sibford: the ‘Ambassador Experience’, consisting of mentoring for visiting learners by local English-speaking ‘’Student Ambassadors”; and the opportunity to mix with visiting English day campers on afternoon activities based at the school.

Sample timetable

Sample timetable for Summer Vacation programme at Sibford School

Course content

With a strong emphasis on authentic communication, the summer school programme delivers stimulating, relevant and learner-focused English tuition. 15 hours of tuition are included in this programme, plus the opportunity for 6 additional hours of Spires Plus sessions.

Our carefully planned lessons take a communicative and task-based approach and cover a wide variety of topics.  Often, they relate directly to activities and excursions which students will join during the programme.


At Oxford Spires International we want our students to have FUN while learning English with us! During the summer programme, we want students to:

  • Enjoy learning English
  • Develop their learning skills
  • Improve their confidence in using English
  • Practise their English inside and outside the classroom
  • Use their English skills to meet new people and experience the UK


Our enthusiastic and dedicated staff, combined with our communicative and stimulating teaching methods, ensure that students develop and learn at a pace that suits them in a friendly and welcoming educational environment. All of our teachers are native English speakers or equivalent and hold a CELTA or equivalent teaching qualification.


Oxford Spires students will join classes of no more than 15 so that they are given maximum attention and opportunity to participate and enhance their learning. In-class preparation for excursions also takes place to maximise learning outside of the classroom.

Students are encouraged to speak English at all times, during and outside lessons, as consistency and practice are fundamental to language learning.

Lesson times

Lessons will take place either in the morning or the afternoon. Students will know which group they are in at the start of their first week. Morning lessons are from 9:30 to 13:00 (with a 30 minute break), and afternoon lessons are from 14:00 to 17:30 (with a 30 minute break).

NEW for 2020! Spires Plus allows students to experience English language learning in a real-life context that appeals to their interests and is relevant to them.

Spires Plus sessions are usually hands-on, project based lessons or experiences. There is a lot of group work and collaboration, and sometimes a culminating presentation or production.

The options available on this programme are:

  • Day Camp Integration
  • Dance & Performing Arts

Spires Plus are available to be booked at a supplement of £150 per week. We advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

Day Trips

Two full day excursions are included in our Summer School programmes, and each of the destinations offers a unique cultural and historic experience!

Examples include London, Oxford, Bath, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Transport and entrance fees are included, and students are advised to bring small amounts of pocket money should they wish to purchase souvenirs.

Afternoon activities

The afternoon activity programme aims to take advantage of the beautiful facilities at Sibford School! There is an indoor swimming pool, an indoor climbing wall, a sports hall, a theatre, music studio, football and rugby pitches, tennis courts, and more! There will be organised games and sports every afternoon.

Evening activities

Evening activities are included for residential programmes every evening.

Evening activities take place on campus, and include movie nights, quiz nights, discos, ice skating, capture the flag, organised group games, karaoke, and loads more.

Only residential accommodation is available for this programme.

The residence is located on the school campus & offers twin, triple, and quad study bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities.

There is a common room/games room where we often spend evenings enjoying board games, video games, film nights, and quiz nights.

Meals are taken at school in the canteen.

Rooms are cleaned weekly, and bed linens are changed weekly as well. Students are advised to bring their own towels, as these are not provided.

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Student safety and welfare is a top priority for us. We want to ensure that each student is happy, healthy and safe.

There is a 24-hour emergency mobile number which is given to students and is made available to students’ families in case of emergencies.

Students are supervised at a ratio of 1:15 during lessons and at school, and 1:20 on activities and excursions. Students are accompanied by staff when walking to and from the residence, and are not allowed to leave the school or residence without a member of staff.

All our staff are qualified to deliver specific aspects of our programmes and undergo staff training and orientation days to ensure all health and safety elements are covered.

At our residential accommodation options, adult members of staff also live in the residence.

7th July – 11th August 2020

Summer Vacation at Sibford School is for students aged 8 to 12 years.

We may sometimes accept students who are slightly younger or slightly older than this age range, if they are travelling as part of a school group. They must have an adult chaperone (group leader) and agree to abide by all the terms of the programme.

Please contact us if you would like more information.

Residential programme – £890 per week

  • Full board residential accommodation
  • British boarding school location
  • 15 hours of tuition per week
  • Small classes of 15 students maximum
  • Placement test on arrival
  • All teaching materials
  • End of course certificate
  • Varied daily programme of sports and leisure activities
  • Three full-day excursions per  two-week stay
  • Friendly and supportive staff

What’s not included? 

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Spending money

School facilities

  • Sports hall
  • Music room
  • Theatre
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Football/rugby/hockey pitch
  • Basketball court



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