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Hilderstone College - Teenage School Groups

Teenage Group English Courses


Tailor-made courses for teenage school groups.

We are delighted to be adding teenage groups to our portfolio of highly professional, creative English courses. We very much look forward to welcoming your school group of teenage students to Hilderstone and showing them just how much fun learning a language can be.

Our teenage courses are designed to the same high standards as our adult courses, but with the syllabus tailored to the needs and interests of younger learners and of your group. The focus is on speaking, listening and vocabulary development, using lively, stimulating materials which are specifically designed for teenage learners. At all times, the emphasis is on the students' active use of English and developing their conversational skills.

For our courses, we accept groups of 14-16 year olds all year round (13 if in the same year group). However, in quieter parts of the year we also accept groups of 13-16 year olds (12 if in the same year group). Contact the College for advice.

Our experienced, well-qualified teachers are carefully chosen for their suitability to teach this age group and their enthusiasm for working with younger learners. Teaching materials provide plenty of variety and include coursebooks, worksheets, video and audio resources.

The students from your group will be placed together in classes which are limited to a maximum size of 15. Hilderstone can manage school groups of up to 44 students, which ensures personal attention, good interaction between students and added security.

Please note that our standard syllabus can be adapted to your group's specific interests, and we will be happy to discuss any special requirements with you.

Our teenage school groups are taught in House 10 - a specially designated building, close to the main school and town centre. House 10 has four spacious classrooms, each equipped with a computer to support modern teaching methods.

House 10 also has two common rooms, where students can relax between classes and have their lunch. These rooms may also be used for afternoon activities. The facilities include a pool table, board games, table football, wii, a TV and a small student library. There is also a large garden, which is a pleasant space to use in warm weather.

House 10 has been brightly decorated and designed to provide a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for teenage learners. The house is also used for certain social activities such as film nights, karaoke and games. The disco takes place at the main Hilderstone site.

The maximum number of students on Hilderstone courses for teenage school groups has been limited to 44. This is to ensure that students have adequate personal attention and a high level of security.

Teenage school group courses include, as standard:

  • tuition (15 or 21 hours per week) and all learning materials (closed-group classes, maximum 15 per class)
  • a programme of social activities and accompanied excursions (see programme)
  • welcome file and information pack
  • shared homestay accommodation (two sometimes three per homestay, single or twin bedded rooms depending on availability) on a full-board basis (packed lunch provided)
  • return transfers to and from a London airport
  • complimentary homestay and course (if a suitable course is available) for one group leader per every 10-15 students
  • end-of-course College certificate
  • College registration fee

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We want all our students to feel at home when they are studying in the UK, but perhaps for our younger learners, who may not have travelled without their families before, it is particularly important.

All our homestay hosts are safety-checked according to UK government guidelines, and are well aware of the needs of teenagers. In many cases, they will have had personal experience with teenagers of their own! This is a wonderful opportunity to practise English with native speakers in a natural environment and to experience the British way of life.

All our homestay accommodation is within walking distance of the College, and students will stay in comfortable shared accommodation with at least one other from their group. There will always be an adult present when the students arrive home after school or activities. Bathrooms will usually be shared with other members of the homestay.

Safeguarding and Welfare

Your teenagers' safety and well-being is of paramount importance, and we take our responsibilities as a service provider very seriously. Safeguarding procedures and regulations include:

  • Full adult supervision by DBS-checked staff at all times while on school property, from 08:30 am until 17:00 minimum
  • Full adult supervision by DBS-checked staff on all social activities
  • DBS requirements for all adult homestay providers
  • Strict curfews after daytime programme and evening activities: 17:30 latest return to homestay in the afternoon, and 22:00 in the evenings
  • Full safety and homestay induction on day of arrival
  • 24-hour school emergency number provided to students. Please note that students must keep their mobile phones switched on and be contactable at all times
  • Compulsory attendance on all social activities, unless permission is given by the College or the group leader(s) in cases of illness.

Our activity programme is an important part of the students' time here, and we take great care to ensure that there is an excellent variety of afternoon and evening activities to cater for all tastes. A typical programme includes a varied mix of sports, music, cinema, local culture and sightseeing.

As standard, we include an afternoon trip to a local town/city of interest (the most popular being the vibrant city of Canterbury) and a full Saturday day trip to London.

All activities are accompanied by at least one member of staff from Hilderstone College (depending on the size of the group). Evening activities take place after the students have had dinner with their homestay hosts.

It is our aim to finish all activities no later than 21:30, and families will be notified in advance if there are any exceptions to this.

Transport is included for activities outside easy walking distance from Broadstairs.

We have many activities available. A typical programme will contain a selection of the following:

  • Afternoon sports: football, tennis, bowling, indoor climbing, etc.
  • Evening activities: karaoke, film, games, paintballing, skating, disco, etc.
  • Half-day and full-day excursions: Canterbury, Dover Castle, London, Cambridge, etc.

15-hour tuition programme

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Morning classes: language development Full day excursion to London
  Packed lunch provided by the homestay host
Afternoon Town quiz/walk Shopping at Westwood Cross Bowling Sports Trip to Canterbury
  Dinner with homestay host
Evening Karaoke Film and games Paintballing or skating and wall climbing Cinema Disco

21-hour programme

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Morning Morning classes: language development Full day excursion to London
  Packed lunch provided by the homestay host
Afternoon Town quiz/walk Afternoon classes: language practice Trip to Canterbury
  Dinner with homestay host
Evening Karaoke Film and games Paintballing or skating and wall climbing Cinema Disco

For further information and to receive a group course quotation, please contact us.

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