Summer Language School

Welcome to Stonyhurst Language School.

Click here to apply for a place on the 2014 Stonyhurst Summer Language School

SLS Front ExteriorStonyhurst College is a co-educational day and boarding school set in 2,500 acres of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. Founded in 1593, the College has been welcoming and educating students from around the world for over 400 years. Under the expert guidance of Stonyhurst’s committed staff, the language school students will experience the very best in British education in one of the most stunning and historic settings in England

The College itself enjoys an excellent reputation for its high academic results, exceptional pastoral care, unrivalled facilities, extensive range of extra-curricular activities and Jesuit values. As Course Director, I believe that the traditions and standards that we practise will be of vital importance to parents and their children when choosing a language school.

Our experience of dealing with boarders, often away from home for the first time, is invaluable in such circumstances. As a former Headmaster and a parent myself, I fully understand these concerns. I give you my assurance that there will always be someone there for your children to talk to and help them. Our first class pastoral and supervision arrangements ensure their safety and provide round-the-clock care and support. It is important to us that every student who comes to our language school enjoys a happy and productive fortnight.

The English course is designed to help students with a target age range of 11-16 improve their language skills in a way that is not only interesting and enjoyable but also extremely beneficial. With a comprehensive 23 hours of quality English teaching per week delivered by fully-qualified staff, and small class sizes, students are sure to make excellent progress during the course. Our well-supervised leisure programme of sporting activities, excursions and fun evening entertainment enables students of different nationalities to mix together and make new, long-lasting friendships.

In 2013 we successfully held our second Language School. The feedback from parents and students has been both complimentary in terms of what we provided and helpful as regards ways of raising our standards even higher. 90% of the students said that their overall stay was very good or excellent and 96% felt that their English had improved. We now look forward to a successful 2014.

For parents thinking of a boarding education in the UK for their son or daughter, the Stonyhurst Language School provides a taste of what could be in the future if they were to attend the College as a pupil.

If you have any questions, please do contact us. I look forward to welcoming you to Stonyhurst in 2014.


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Alan Roberts

Course Director

Stonyhurst Language School



Pupils attending confirm that the Stonyhurst Summer Language School was a great success. All the pupils who stayed with us, whether for two weeks or for four weeks, completed a questionnaire; which resulted in the following key positive endorsement:

·         Do you think your English has improved? 96% (Yes)

·         Would you like to come back? 85% (Yes)

·         Would you recommend Stonyhurst Language School to your friends? 94% (Yes)

We believe these results reflect the care and attention, and high level of staffing to pupils, that are in operation throughout the Language course. They confirm the decision to run this course under our direct management. The pupils all had a really enjoyable time – and we have already made improvements – introducing English at Advanced Level and different and exciting outings  for summer 2014 which we believe will give an even better experience for the students.