We give the students the brightest, busiest and best holiday of their lives. After a morning in the classroom, followed by lunch, students enjoy the contrast of a physically active afternoon.
A wide variety of sport is on offer and children can enjoy, amongst other sports, football, tennis, horse riding, basketball, volleyball, hockey, squash, laser war games, boating on the river, ice skating, dry skiing, go-karting, table tennis, swimming, ten pin bowling and so much more you would not believe it! Our teaching staff have been chosen not only for their academic ability but also for their versatility, and between them they supervise and take part in every sport and activity.
There is also an Assistant Director of Activities who is responsible for the Sports/ Activities programme and for arranging regular competitions. For those who favour less energetic pastimes, other activities are always available.
Hurtwood House is surrounded by a very large and beautiful campus. The essentials are available on site to ensure that the course is successful and popular. In addition, as part of their experience of England, we arrange a number of outings for the students, all of which are carefully planned and supervised.
There are regular shopping trips to Guildford. Famous houses and museums are visited, and the highlight of every week is the excursion to London. What other Summer School offers a weekly, all expenses paid, trip to the capital? Students are driven to London by staff in our own well-maintained fleet of mini buses. Depending on their interests students may shop or choose from a list of alternatives which includes Madame Tussaud's, The Natural History Museum, Covent Garden, The Royal Academy and many others. An early dinner is followed by a recently released film or a theatre in the heart of the West End.
It doesn't matter whether it is a trip to the local shops or to London, parents can rest assured that their children will be safe as they are always under the supervision and care of responsible staff.
Once again a range of activities is available. For the more active, sports continue. These often take the form of competitions in the evening. Who will be this week's table tennis champion, or Brain of Hurtwood? Who would like to go ice skating or Stock Car racing? Who would like to act, dance or sing in our very own Theatre?
Students love the thrill of performing in front of their peers whether it be in a Saturday night cabaret or play. Even those who would rather avoid the limelight are keen to help with the lighting, costumes, scenery and so on. Once again, there is a lively involvement, both in coaching behind the scenes and performing on stage. You should have seen their dance routine last year! The Theatre is superbly equipped to professional standards with seating for two hundred. This gives added atmosphere to performances which are highly polished and immensely popular. It is a feature of the Hurtwood House Summer Course that staff and students join in all that is happening.
Whether it is a lesson or a football match, a visit to Madame Tussaud's or entertainment in the Theatre, you will find staff and students working, playing and relaxing together. We believe it is this wholehearted commitment to, and involvement in, the Summer Course on the part of everyone concerned that makes it such an effective and enjoyable way to learn.
“This truly is the best Summer School. The variety and choice of activities is incredible. I have stayed 5 weeks this year and haven’t been bored once!”Ilya Loukhanov, Ukraine
Listed here are just a selection of the diverse array of activities for you to choose from.