The Young Learner



English + Multi-Activity

Juniors 11-14 years

Teens 14-17 years

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Juniors 11-14 years, Teens 14-17 years

The Radley campus is outstanding in every respect and close to Oxford.


Radley Levels

Elementary to proficiency
(CEFR A2 - C2)


6 July - 10 August 2022 (2, 3 or 4 weeks)

22.5 hours

Covid Safe


Radley College, one of Britain's leading independent schools, was founded in 1847. It is situated in Radley village, 8km south of Oxford, 3km north of Abingdon and just over an hour by road or rail from London. The nearest airport is London Heathrow.

The campus, set in 325 hectares of parkland, is welcoming and completely self-contained. The facilities for study and recreation are outstanding.

Sporting facilities include football, rugby and cricket pitches, athletics track, tennis courts (hard and astroturf), a Real Tennis court, squash and fives courts, indoor 25m 6-lane swimming/diving pool and sports hall. There is also an impressive drama theatre and large IT suites. All meals are taken in the historic, oak-panelled dining hall.

Radley College Mansion
Radley campus
Radley aerial view
Radley lake


  • Radley is our largest centre and offers an exciting range of choice

  • Every summer we welcome an impressive mix of nationalities

  • Outstanding campus - the facilities for study and recreation are superb

"We're looking forward to welcoming you in 2022 for another action-packed Radley experience!"

Gary, Centre Manager

Antonia, Germany

When I arrived very nice English Student Hosts came to us and asked us how the flight was. Then we had dinner, the food was very good. On the following day we went to Thorpe Park. It was really funny. The next few days we had English lessons, Workshops and activities, but on Sunday we went to Warwick Castle. And on Tuesday evening was the disco. The thing I liked the most here in Radley is the food and that you get to know new people.

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Hortense, France

Discovery Summer is for me one of the most wonderful centers in the world. Last week we went to Thorpe Park and it was amazing. Then we went to an old castle. Yesterday we met lions, giraffes, pigs and a lot of other animals. I really like it. I really want to go to Discovery Summer next year.

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Chloe, Hong Kong

Discovery Summer is a great progamme for young people to make friends from all over the world, it offers oppurtunities for us to step out of our comfort zone and improve our social skills, there are a lot of activites that I will not be able to experience at home and the staff are very friendly and patient.

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Eren, Turkey

It's been a great experience for me being a part of Discovery Summer family. Every staff member were very nice to us. I won't forget anyone here. I hope I will seem them next year. Thank you for this opportunity.

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Lots of opportunities to
experience British culture and speak English with our English Student Hosts! Free airport transfers from Heathrow and Gatwick


22.5 hours' tuition per week including English Skills, Global Minds sessions and mentoring

Maximum class size: 12 international students

Teens and Juniors are taught separately

English Skills

On arrival, you'll be given a written and oral test and placed into an English Skills class appropriate for your age and level

Improve core skills, technical accuracy and spoken enhance fluency through stimulating and collaborative sessions

Juniors e.g. Explore the world's most unusual houses, design your own!

Teens e.g. Research and compare which countries are officially the happiest in the world and why! Write your own happiness manifesto

NEW for 2022: Cambridge FCE/PET preparation


Global Minds

Each week you'll study English and all Global Minds topics

You'll explore new topics and build confidence in important life skills (e.g. critical thinking, problem solving). Learn through researching, discussing, collaborating and creating.

Session include British Culture, Digital Media, Drama/Music, Green Thinking, Global Futures and Science & Tech.


Science & Tech: NASA Explorers

  • Research life in Space, record an astronaut's video diary
  • Learn about the solar system, build a scaled model
  • Explore new language linked to space and astrophysics


Green Thinking: Eco Impact Photography

  • Analyse our impact on the environment, explore effective ways to photograph it
  • Use editing software and create impressive technical effects
  • Learn specialist vocabulary linked to photography and the environment


You will be assigned a staff 'mentor' who will help you identify and meet your personal goals.

Track your achievements, fulfill your potential

Trinity Exam

The Trinity Exam is offered on 19, 26 July and 2, 9 August 2022. It is an optional extra, but recommended, £110

English Skills
English Skills
Student Host in class
Student Host in class
English Workshop
Global Minds
Class in IT suite
Class in IT suite

Presentation skills
Presentation skills
Student Host in class
Student Host in class


Choose PET or FCE preparation classes in place of English Skills for 2 weeks.

Optional, at extra cost: £130/2 weeks, no exam.

Available dates: 6th - 20th July 2022 or 20th July - 3rd August 2022

Radley Juniors, 11-14 years PET for Schools (Preliminary English Test) B1 Intermediate

Master the basics of English and develop practical language skills for everyday use

Radley Teens, 14-17 years FCE for Schools (First Certificate English) B2 Upper Intermediate

Develop language skills to communicate effectively, express opinions and present arguments confidently

Why choose these options?

  • You have an Intermediate level of English (PET) or Upper Intermediate level of English (FCE) If you are unsure of your level, please check here
  • You are returning to Discovery Summer Radley and you would like to try something new and challenging
  • You are already studying towards PET/FCE and you want to boost your scores
  • You are planning to take the exam at home in the future

Exam Preparation Course Week one Reading and Writing Week two Listening & Speaking
PET (B1) Planning and writing emails Listening for main ideas
Reading for specific information Planning your ideas
Writing articles Understanding attitude, feeling and mood
FCE (B2) Planning/structuring an essay Predicting answers listen for detail
Understanding how to write reports and reviews Organising ideas for the long turn
Scanning & skimming Reading instructions carefully

What you will gain:

  • This is a skills-based course. Build confidence in key exam skills
  • Explore past papers, develop exam strategies and improve your technical accuracy
  • Take weekly mock tests under exam conditions
  • Take home detailed feedback, identify areas to focus on
  • Study alongside English Teenagers, our English Student Hosts, improve your pronunciation

Please note: If you enrol for the 2-week Cambridge exam preparation programme but, on arrival, we think you do not have a suitable level to follow this programme, our Director of Studies may direct you to alternative classes.

FCE Prep


Our Student Council offers leadership opportunities through collaboration and decision-making.

Student Council


Many students return to Radley year after year. For this reason, we've developed a special 16+ programme (optional) which offers additional exciting evening activities e.g. trips to Oxford (cinema, 10-pin bowling, mini-golf), karaoke etc. All included in the course fees.


  • Teens and Juniors are accommodated separately
  • Staff/student ratio 1:4 (often 1:3) - dedicated staff offer high supervision levels both in residences and on excursions
  • Radley has both modern and traditional boarding houses: single study bedrooms with washbasins and some cubicles in partitioned dormitories, also with washbasins
  • Common rooms with e.g. TV,DVD, pool, table tennis
  • Close supervision by our resident staff
  • Full board
  • WiFi available (at specific times).
Junior's Academic building
Food display / dinning hall
Clock Tower Court
Sewell Centre


  • Full and varied afternoon and evening programme e.g Harry Potter Mystery, Mini-Olympics, Radley Challenge
  • Some joint Junior and Teen activities so that brothers/sisters and friends can meet
  • 2 excursions per week e.g. London (Thames river cruise, museums, West End musical), Birmingham (Sea Life, Science Centre), Oxford (professionally guided tour, punting, museums), Thorpe Park, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle and Adventure Days (canoeing, rock climbing etc)
  • Special Options - Tennis, Fencing and Performing Arts (at extra cost).

Warwick Castle excursion
Outdoor activity
British games - Croquet
Buckingham Palace
Tennis coaching
Athletics track
Buckingham Palace
Performing Arts


Radley Course Director

Centre Video


Aerial View


Dates & Fees 2020
Course No. Arrival Date Departure Date Weeks Fees
15T/15J Weds 6 July Weds 20 July 2 £3300
16T/16J Weds 6 July Weds 27 July 3 £4950
17T/17J Weds 6 July Weds 3 Aug 4 £6600
18T/18J Weds 13 July Weds 27 July 2 £3300
19T/19J Weds 13 July Weds 3 Aug 3 £4950
20T/20J Weds 13 July Weds 10 Aug 4 £6600
21T/21J Weds 20 July Weds 3 Aug 2 £3300
22T/22J Weds 20 July Weds 10 Aug 3 £4950
23T/23J Weds 27 July Weds 10 Aug 2 £3300

Room size: 1* | Hours' tuition/week: 22.5 | Max. class size: 12

*Some shared 'cubicles' (partitioned dormitories with individual wash basins) are available.

Special Options

Tennis coaching £100/week
Fencing coaching £100/week
Performing Arts £275/2 weeks

Academic Extras

Trinity exam £110
Cambridge PET/FCE prep course (no exam) £130

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Included in the fees

  • All tuition and teaching materials
  • Student folder, academic report, DS certificate and course photo
  • DS reusable water bottle
  • Participation of resident English Student Hosts
  • Full board residential accommodation
  • Transport and entry fees on all excursions and study visits
  • Varied daily programme to cater for all interests and abilities
  • Close supervision by our resident staff
  • Personal laundry for machine washable clothes
  • Medical and Travel Insurance (see Terms & Conditions)
  • Airport transfers on published arrival/depart ure days for flights scheduled to arrive/depart between 09.00-15.00 from/to: Heathrow

NOT included in the fees

  • Special Options - Fencing or Tennis
  • Optional exam fees (Trinity: £110)
  • Optional FCE and PET exam preparation course fees
  • Transfers for those arriving/departing outside our free scheduled times on arrival/departure dates at the airports specified above
  • Courier fee (e.g. for visa invitation letter), if required, £50.


Any questions?

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