Discovery Summer is an independent, family-owned company, founded in 2002. The owner, Jane Merrick, and her team have extensive experience in running summer schools. The Head Office team of seven, together with external consultants with specialist knowledge in education, dedicate their time throughout the year to developing exciting, innovative and challenging programmes for children, teenagers and families.
In 2019 we welcomed students from over 50 countries. Most students come by recommendation, either from family or friends, or from our network of international representatives. Many students return year after year, some for as many as 10 successive summers!
Over 60% of our staff last summer had worked with us in previous years. This makes for continuity and fosters an environment where new staff quickly learn 'best practice' methods from their more experienced colleagues. On our residential courses, we offer an exceptional level of pastoral care with at least one staff member for every four students.
Discovery Summer runs short, intensive summer courses in five well-known independent boarding schools and in two well-appointed teaching centres in Kensington, London. The student experience is hugely enhanced by living and studying in these first-rate campuses with many outstanding facilities.
Discovery Summer first introduced resident 'English Student Hosts' into our programmes in 2002. The involvement of these English children (the same age as the international students) encourages English to be the natural language of communication. Our international students learn 'colloquial' English from native speakers - as well as making lasting friendships.
Our short courses combine learning with a great 'British' experience. By learning new skills, trying new activities and enjoying new experiences - in English - our students discover talents they never thought they had! They get to know our culture, our country, make British friends and share this experience with new friends from many cultures around the world. But, most of all, they have lots of fun, gain enormous confidence and leave wanting to relive the whole experience again the following summer.