The Young Learner


Our intensive programmes maximise every opportunity for improving your English.

Through active classes, team-work and a range of engaging topics, you'll develop accuracy, fluency and confidence, helping you to communicate naturally.

Our multinational classes encourage you to speak English all the time and you will be able to improve your colloquial English with our English student hosts!

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Our intensive programmes maximise every opportunity for improving your English.

Our multinational classes encourage you to speak English all the time

Through active classes, team-work and a range of engaging topics...

you'll develop accuracy, fluency and confidence, helping you to communicate naturally.

Topic-based classes help you develop core skills - with emphasis on spoken English

Spending time with our English Student Hosts will help you to...

improve your pronunciation & intonation


English & Multi-Activity

Radley, Marymount, Shrewsbury, ACS Cobham

See below for levels offered at each centre.

  • Our structured syllabus is based on the Trinity GESE/CEFR
  • English Skills: topic-based classes. Develop core skills e.g. grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking at your level. Build your confidence in spoken English!
  • English Workshops: choose a different workshop each week e.g. British Traditions, Digital Photography, NASA Explorers, Stop Motion Animation, YouTubers, 3D Map Making
  • Present your achievements at the end of each week. Gain confidence in presentation skills!
  • Radley students follow the Global Minds programme

Global Young Leaders

ACS Cobham

A challenging and innovative programme for aspiring young leaders who already have an intermediate level of English.

  • Improve core English skills and technical accuracy
  • Enhance fluency through stimulating, collaborative learning
  • Develop essential 21st century life skills
  • This blended programme of English, STEM, Young Entrepreneur and Presentation Skills / Model UN encourages leadership and problem-solving
  • Our experienced, qualified teachers are passionate in helping you develop and succeed!



A challenging programme for those with an upper intermediate level of English or above to prepare for future university and career choices.

  • Study a different Major and Minor each week
  • Evaluate and research contemporary global issues to develop your academic study skills
  • Develop effective presentation skills, speaking English with fluency and confidence
  • Opportunity to prepare for and/or take the IELTS exam* (23 July 2022 - TBC)
  • Our experienced, specialist tutors bring complex subjects to life.

* at extra cost - approx. £170-190

New for 2022!

The Economist Educational Foundation

Be a part of the global discussion.

What green skills will you need in the future? Is Bitcoin the future of money? What does a robot revolution look like?

Using materials produced by The Economist Educational Foundation, and adapted for our courses. Build your news literacy skills!

  • Learn how to critically assess information sources
  • Discuss current affairs and solve global problems
  • Communicate complex ideas effectively
  • Expand your academic horizons, open your mind
Green Skills

What green skills will you need in the future?

Do you want to work in finance, education or the Arts?

Explore what it means to develop green skills while improving your use of persuasive speech. Through selected case studies, research how businesses can become greener.

Green Skills

Is Bitcoin the future of money?

What does it mean to own Bitcoin or other crypto currencies?

Through news-based research, explore the pros and cons of crypto-currencies and learn how to present your findings clearly. Create a 'Crash Course in Crypto' infographic, present your findings to your peers.

Robot Revolution

What does a robot revolution look like?

Prepare for your future - learn which roles will be affected by automation.

Apply complex thinking strategies to the question of robotic ethics, collaborate on a set of guidelines for world leaders.


Whichever course you choose next summer, you'll be developing key 21st century life skills; preparing for academic and personal success



Presentation skills

Critical thinking



CEFR English levels and exam equivalents

EXAMS (Optional and at extra cost)

Intensive IELTS preparation

(Winchester only)

  • Select our interactive IELTS Major/Minor (Weeks 1 and 2)
  • Exam is optional (23 July 2022 - TBC). Approx. £170-190
  • Develop effective exam technique, enhance your essay writing skills and express yourself in an academic context
  • Our experienced IELTS tutors guide and support you, giving detailed feedback to ensure you focus on key areas.

Cambridge PET/FCE Preparation

PET for Schools (Radley Juniors) B1

FCE for schools (Radley Teens) B2

Optional, at extra cost: £130/2 weeks

  • Dedicated Cambridge PET/FCE exam preparation in place of English Skills or Global Minds
  • Explore a range of different skills each week
  • In-depth focus on speaking & listening, reading & writing papers
  • Improve your accuracy and develop your communication skills to boost your scores when you take the exam at home.

Trinity Graded Exam in Spoken English (GESE)

Marymount, Radley, ACS Cobham EMA, Shrewsbury

Optional, at extra cost: £110

  • Improve your confidence to gain an internationally-recognised certificate
  • This oral exam has 12 levels
  • Your Director of Studies will decide which level you take
  • Preparation classes are given for one week before the exam, in place of either English Skills or English Workshop classes
  • In 2019, our students achieved impressive results! 100% pass rate (48% merit, 44% distinction).
More information about Trinity


Before your classes start, you will be given a written and oral test and placed into an English Skills class appropriate for your age and level.

You can request our pre-course 'level check' if you would like to find out what level of English you have. This will help you choose the best Discovery Summer option for you. You can look at our level comparison guide for details of levels offered at our centres.


Our level guide on each centre page will help you choose the most appropriate centre and programme.

A1 = Beginner 2
A2 = Elementary 3, 4
B1 = Intermediate 5, 6
B2 = Upper Intermediate 7, 8, 9
C1 = Advanced 10, 11
C2 = Proficiency 12


You can share everything you have learnt with your family and friends!

At the end of your Discovery Summer experience you will take home:

  • Your academic folder and diary
  • Examples of your work
  • Your academic report
  • Discovery Summer certificate and course photo.
Lots of opportunities to
experience British culture and speak English with our English Student Hosts!


British Culture

There are so many opportunities to explore British culture in and outside the classroom.

You might be researching British kings and queens in your English skills class, designing and building a London landmark in your English workshops and visiting an iconic location on your excursion.

Find out more about exploring British Culture with Discovery Summer


Student Hosts

Spending time with our English Student Hosts will help you to:

  • Confidently use colloquial language, expressions, idioms and vocabulary
  • Become familiar with different accents, dialects and regional varieties of English and improve your listening skills
  • Improve your pronunciation & intonation
  • Understand more about British history & culture


Our most popular programme, offered at four residential centres, combines intensive English classes with a wide range of activities. The teaching programme is split between:

English Skills

English Workshops


  • Topic-based classes (e.g. British culture, future societies, film & music) help develop core skills (e.g. in using grammar, reading, writing, listening, and building confidence - with emphasis on spoken English)
  • Lessons are designed to challenge, inspire and help you communicate effectively
  • Our syllabus is based on Trinity GESE/CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and our creative, experienced teachers bring it to life!
  • Our maximum class size is 12* international students.

*In exceptional cases, in order to place students at their correct level, maximum class size may be exceeded.


In these fun, task-based sessions you will explore new topic areas and build confidence in important life skills for the 21st Century, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork and decision-making.

Workshop topics vary week to week. Choose a workshop that most interests you e.g. British culture, debate, survival skills, portrait painting and more!

Radley students follow the Global Minds programme


You will present your findings at the end of each week in front of the whole school. This is an invaluable opportunity to develop your confidence, improve your public speaking and perfect your presentation skills.

Radley Presentation
Marymount Presentation
Cobham Presentation
Marymount Presentation

Examples of typical English Workshops:

Use your English skills for research, discussion, collaboration and creative activities.


Research British etiquette and work as a team to create a typical British afternoon tea:

  • Collaborate with your classmates and improve your presentation skills
  • Discuss traditions around the world and share your ideas
  • Use a range of questions to gather information.
British Culture


Look at different survival techniques and research amazing survival stories before putting your new skills to the test:

  • Improve your collaboration skills
  • Develop your engineering abilities to build a shelter
  • Learn how to be resourceful in the wild.

Survival Skills


Learn about different styles of portraiture:

  • Use relevant vocabulary to discuss artistic styles
  • Research a famous artist and their portraits
  • Create your own portrait and share your ideas.



Research current affairs and work with your classmates to create a persuasive argument:

  • Learn to present a point of view
  • Use persuasive language to convince others
  • Improve your communication skills.



Work with your friends and develop your creativity to design a game:

  • Use and develop your problem-solving skills
  • Expand your technical vocabulary
  • Discuss and research different types of games around the world.
Game Design


Write a story, design your set and characters, and bring it all to life with a camera:

  • Use practical English as you work in a team
  • Learn how to use new applications and programmes
  • Discuss what makes a great animation.
Stop Motion Animation


We offer a number of options for ambitious high-level students. Whichever programme you choose this summer, you will:

  • Expand your academic horizons - open your mind as you explore new ideas e.g. investigating global, political and environmental themes
  • Communicate complex ideas effectively - both in speech and in writing
  • Apply language naturally and in a way appropriate to the style and register
  • Use an extensive range of vocabulary with confidence, fluency and precision
  • Develop key life skills: decision making, negotiation and problem-solving


Noemie, France

I'm so grateful to have exprienced the UK for the first time with Discovery Summer. Discovery Summer is a great way to discover new subjects and new people from all over the world. Also, it's a great way to learn English as you spend most of your time speaking it. See you next year Discovery Summer!

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