Summer English Course for 11- 17 Year Olds at Old Buckenham Hall

Our course at Old Buckenham Hall is a language immersion experience with 100 hours of English each week, ultimate all Inclusive core programme, outstanding welfare and British students for natural language exchange.

Old Buckenham Hall School (commonly known as OBH) is a boarding school during the year but has opened its doors to welcome CLAC for 2023. Set in 80 acres of beautiful parkland in the village of Brettenham, just over an hour from Cambridge, it is perfect new home for CLAC.

The homely atmosphere of its beautiful historic building with its excellent accommodation and impressive sports and recreation facilities, including a 9 hole golf course, will offer CLAC students the summer experience of a lifetime that they expect from our courses.

Small classes (maximum 14 students), attentive supervision from a high ratio of staff to students (minimum 1:4), and personalised care from our onsite Housemother give our students the highest levels of care and parents the peace of mind knowing their children are safe and well looked after.

The CLAC experience focuses on friendship and with over 20 nationalities students are able to make friends from all around the world. They are encouraged to socialise through an interactive activity programme organised specifically to enhance their language practice whilst allowing them to make their own choices on what to enjoy from the activities, sports, trips and social experiences available.

Over 70% of students return the following year, proof of how much they enjoy the special experience at Cambridge Language and Activity Courses.

Facilities & Events:

  • 9 hole Golf Course
  • Heated outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Tennis courts, netball and badminton
  • Playing fields for football, rounders, and team games
  • Large Sports Hall
  • Drama Hall with stage
  • Art and Craft Room
  • Themed events and international evenings
  • Drama and music workshops
  • Aerobic and dance classes
  • BBQs, discos, quizzes and competitions
  • Woodland walks and treasure trails
A typical day at Old Buckenham Hall

CLAC days start with a meeting, which everyone attends to learn about the day’s programme ahead and news of upcoming events. The meeting is followed by timetabled English classes until lunchtime, with a short break mid-morning for a drink, snack and catching up with friends.  After lunch, the timetabled programme continues until 3pm with specialist workshops such as filmmaking, photography, yoga, drama, cookery and more.

After workshops, the social programme starts when students can choose from a variety of activities including arts, sports, games and local trips. These are displayed on the Social Programme noticeboard and students sign up for their chosen activities.

Evenings are for big events, famous CLAC games such as the Scary Walk, Cluedo, parties, campfires and other activities that involve the whole course. Everyone is included.

2023 Dates and Prices

Course Period Weeks Fees Availability
Sunday, 16th July 2023  – Sunday, 30th July 2023 [ 2 Weeks ] £3,180 Available

Accommodation is full board with breakfast, lunch, dinner, break-time refreshments and evening hot chocolate. The food on CLAC courses is cooked on-site and is homely and plentiful. There are two hot choices at both lunch and dinner, a vegetarian option and a salad bar with bread and fresh fruit.

We are also able to cater to individual dietary requirements such as allergies and intolerances if notified in advance.

Bedrooms and bathrooms are separate for boys and girls. Students are placed with similar age groups and mixed nationalities in bedrooms from 2 to 6 students, in order to encourage new friendships and maximise English speaking.

All rooms are comfortable and clean with plenty of storage and hanging space for each student. Bathroom and showering facilities are well situated for easy access throughout the accommodation areas.

There are always enough facilities for everyone. Included in the fees is a personal laundry service and also bed linen, which is changed once a week.

The Activity Programme provides an opportunity for students to relax, meet up with their friends and practise their English through fun activities. Every afternoon after classes there are sports, excursions and events that make the most of what CLAC and the surrounding area have to offer.  The programme is designed to appeal to different personalities and to not only interest, but also include everyone.

Each evening the Social Team arranges group challenges and tournaments, as well as CLAC quiz nights, discos and parties to entertain and involve all of the Great Ballard students. There is always something happening for all of our students to be take part in. We also understand that some free time is desired and this is included in the programme.

Situated in the heart of rural Suffolk, close to the Essex border, Old Buckenham Hall is just 20 minutes away from Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Stowmarket; and 35 minutes from Colchester.

Old Buckenham Hall,
Brettenham Park,

Stowmarket and Colchester train stations are both direct lines to London Liverpool street.

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