I need to say THANK YOU to all the staff. I love all of them. They helped me and talked to me a lot
We pride ourselves on our staff. What sets us apart from other summer schools is the quality of our teachers and activity leaders. We hire people who work in Britain's top boarding schools year round. Each campus is run by a Manager whose term time job is school housemaster. The Course Directors are also residential on site overseeing the programme.
Our school sites are run by highly experienced teachers. They are on hand to marshal the day's programme and get to know each individual student so they can guide their journey during their time with us.
During the school term, Nick is Head of History of Art and Director of Culture and Internationalism at the prestigious Cheltenham College. He is an experienced teacher, lecturer and course leader regularly offering lectures at Soho House. During The Summer Academy he leads our students in a diverse programme of activities ranging from sports to lectures on portraiture and ornithology.
During term time Tom is a Geography Teacher and Boarding Housemaster at Cheam School. He is also responsible for organising much of the school's sports. At The Summer Academy he leads the activities and residential side making sure the children take part in a huge range of games and sports and ensuring they enjoy the full boarding experience.
We employ only the very best teachers to lead our academic programmes. They consistently receive excellent feedback from both our students and our inspection reports.
The academic programme is taught by experienced senior English teachers working at top UK boarding schools. They recreate a typical classroom environment, but with smaller class sizes and dynamic projects involving lots of interaction and discussion.
The English Language programme is led by fully trained language tutors. They structure the lessons carefully so that every student sees the maximum improvement in their English level.
Drama and public speaking is an important element of the course for all students. A highly respected actor, teacher and LAMDA drama examiner, leads our speaking programmes. He captures students’ imaginations with his lively lessons and we are always hearing from students about the new confidence he has given them.
Our afternoon activities are led by experts in their fields. Fully qualified sports teachers and housemasters heads up our outdoor sports and activities. We have a talented artist leading the creative workshops. Other experts come in to run specialist workshops and our forest school programme.
On our daytrips we use the best local guides to give inside knowledge to our students. The Summer Academy works with the guides to put together unique programmes, full of surprises, that won’t be found anywhere else.
An important part of our team is our activity leaders. We choose lively students who were themselves educated at renowned UK boarding schools. They act in a big brother/sister role, marshalling activities and mentoring the students alongside an experienced leadership staff.
In the boarding houses and dormitories, students are looking after by our housemistresses. They will store and administer medication and look after valuable belongings. They also get children up in the mornings, and put to bed in the evenings. There is always a housemistress on site for parents to speak to.
Susan and Bella
Susan and Bella
Susan and Bella are our housemistresses at Sunningdale. They both work as matrons so know the school routine very well. Susan is the Head Matron at Sunningdale. She has worked in boarding schools for 17 years with students aged 7-18 years. Prior to this she worked in camps in the USA. Bella has spent the past 15 years working with children in different school settings around the south of England. Together they make a strong team to ensure every child's welfare.
"Sunningdale is a lovely school set in beautiful grounds and with a great family atmosphere. This reflects into The Summer Academy and I hope your child will feel at home here." Susan
Thank you for supporting us and taking care of us so well, and for making us laugh!
I think the best thing about The Summer Academy is the outstanding staff.