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Bath Summer Centre

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Our Bath Residential Summer Centre is based at Downside School.

This classic 'Harry Potter'-style English boarding school is one of the oldest and most prestigious private schools in the country.

Downside occupies a beautiful 500-acre estate at the foot of the Mendip Hills and offers excellent facilities.

The centre is ideally situated just 30 minutes south of the city of Bath, in Somerset, and three hours from London.

Marker Downside School
Stratton-on-the-Fosse
Radstock
BA3 4RJ

Nearest airports
London Heathrow (LHR), 103 miles/ 165 km
Bristol Airport (BRS), 17 miles/ 27 km

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On campus

Facilities

  • 100 acres of sports fields for football, rugby, cricket and other games
  • Volleyball, basketball and tennis courts
  • Large sports hall
  • Indoor 25-metre swimming pool
  • 600-seat theatre
  • Art room
  • Large, historic dining room and student cafe
  • Campus-wide WiFi

Accommodation

Mix of traditional accommodation embedded in the stunning main quad in addition to separate and self-contained boarding houses.

  • A mix of single and twin with some triple rooms and a small number of rooms for 4 – 8 students
  • Modern communal bathrooms
  • Boys and girls are housed in different accommodation areas/ boarding houses
  • 1 – 8 beds per room
  • Student:bathroom ratio 6:1

Meal plan

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided every day.

Lunch and dinner are usually hot; on excursion days students are given a packed lunch.

Special dietary requirements

Vegetarian always available. Others available on request.

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Courses available at Bath

Summer Course

15 hours of English lessons per week plus full programme of sports, activities and excursions.

  • Start dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 July; 4*, 11* August 2021 (*1-week bookings available)
  • Duration: 2 – 4 weeks
  • Minimum entry level: Beginner
  • Age range: 8 – 12 and 13 – 17 (separate classes and some separate activities for the two age groups)
More about Summer Course

Summer Course Plus Tennis

Everything the Summer Course offers plus 6 hours per week of professional tennis coaching (on-site).

  • Start dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 July; 4*, 11* August 2020 (*1-week bookings available)
  • Duration: 2 – 4 weeks
  • Minimum entry level: Beginner

Summer Course Plus Horse Riding

Everything the Summer Course offers plus 6 hours per week of horse riding tuition at local approved riding stables.

  • Start dates: 7, 14, 21, 28 July; 4*, 11* August 2021 (*1-week bookings available)
  • Duration: 2 – 4 weeks
  • Minimum entry level: Beginner

Summer Course Plus Harry Potter

Everything the Summer Course offers plus 6 hours per week of Harry Potter themed activities.

  • Start date: 4 August 2021
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Minimum entry level: Beginner

Typical activities

Core activities for Summer Course students include:

Cookery

Students learn how to cook traditional British and international food, and make a range of dishes from start to finish. Students also learn about food hygiene.

Plus

  • Arts and crafts
  • Badminton
  • Barbecue
  • Basketball
  • Capture the Flag
  • Casino night
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Disco night
  • Football
  • Frisbee games
  • Karaoke
  • Kings' Got Talent
  • Latin dances
  • Movie night
  • Murder Mystery
  • Pool parties
  • Quiz challengers
  • Swimming games
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Zumba

Typical excursions

Full-day excursions

  • Bournemouth
    The perfect place to spend a day of sunshine and shopping by the beach; make sure to not miss its Pier!
  • Cardiff
    Explore the capital of Wales, self-proclaimed record holder for the title of city with most castles in the world.
  • Crealy Adventure Park
    For a day packed with fun, there is something for everyone to choose from at Crealy Adventure Park
  • London (2-day excursion also available, subject to minimum numbers)
    Our staff will guide you through the most iconic sights of the Westminster area (inc. Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, the Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and more!) or visit historical museums of worldwide fame in the South Kensington area (Natural History Museum, Science Museum, etc..)
  • Longleat House and Safari Park
    Enjoy a drive-through safari experience with more than 100 different species to observe!
  • Oxford
    Discover the home of one of the most prestigious universities in the world with its many colleges; full of history, fun facts and with many of its buildings used in the Harry Potter franchise (Christchurch, Bodleian Library, etc...)
  • Portsmouth
    A beautiful seaside destination where you will board the world's most famous battleship, the HMS Victory.

Half-day excursions

  • Bath
    Spend half day wandering through the streets of stunning Bath exploring its shops, visiting the Roman Baths or cruising the river Avon.
  • Bristol
    Enjoy shopping on the High Street, experience the science and art museum "We the Curious" or have fun in the Bristol Zoo.
  • Cheddar Gorge Caves
    The most complete human skeleton in Britain was discovered here, estimated to be over 9000 years old!
  • Salisbury
    Explore the beautiful Cathedral City of Salisbury which preserves one original copy of the Magna Carta to this day.
  • Wookey Hole Caves
    A complex of limestone caverns which leads you straight to the earth's core... Make sure to not lose sight of your friends!

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The Kings Admissions Team