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Barnard Castle School – Durham – Ages 8-17

Barnard Castle Summer language school is located in the North of Englandin a traditional market town in the region of County Durham. It’s very close to The Famous Lake District, the medieval city of York and the beautiful city of Durhamwhich has been a setting in the Harry Potter films

2 weeks course

From 07 July to 03 August 2019

Package includes:

  • 15 hours per week  of English lessons in multinational classes
  • Residential Accommodation in shared rooms
  • Full Board
  • Afternoon Sports and Activity Programme
  • Evening Entertainment  Programme
  • 2 full day excursions (over a two weeks’stay)
  • 1 half day excursion per week (over a two weeks’stay)
  • All study materials
  • Laundry service
  • Use of computers and internet access facilities
  • 24 hour staff supervision
  • Insurance


If you are booking a residential course after 31st March, please contact us  to check availability of places before booking online

If you need a VISA, please contact us  before booking online.


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Excursions include:


  • Durham
  • Manchester
  • York
  • Leeds

From: £1,590

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Barnard Castle summer school is located in the traditional market town of Barnard Castle in the beautiful region of County Durham, in the North East of England.

Barnard Castle town sits near the river Tees and is named after the 12th century castle around which it grew. The town is very popular with tourists as it provides a great base to explore the stunning surrounding countryside and partake in walks and bike rides along Teesdale Way, The Durham Dales and even the North Pennines. Furthermore, the famous Lake District is only 1 hour away from the school.

The larger town of Darlington is approximately 25 minutes away by car. Darlington is also a market town which is famous for its involvement in the world’s first passenger rail journey. This is celebrated at The Darlington Railway Centre and Museum.

Darlington is also home to Raby Castle, one of England’s ‘finest Medieval castles’. The castle’s history dates back almost 1000 years and visitors can view the spectacular rooms of the castle, take a walk in the walled gardens and explore the 200-acre deer park which is home to a variety of wildlife.

The city of Durham is a historical city approximately 45 minutes north of Barnard Castle summer school. The city is home to one of Britain’s oldest universities- Durham University which was established in 1832. At the university you can visit their Botanic Garden with woodland and tropical plants and the Oriental Museum.

Durham Castle built in the 13th century has since become home and part of the university before becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. Durham Cathedral is also part of the Durham World Heritage Site. Built in 1093 to house the shrine of St Cuthbert, the cathedral is renowned for its grand Romanesque architecture, it is no surprise that it featured in two Harry Potter films!


At Barnard Castle summer residential camp students stay in rooms of two to five beds per room with shared toilets and showers. There are plenty of showers and toilets available which are all cleaned and maintained regularly.

We make every effort to ensure that rooms are shared with children of a different nationality and of a similar age so that they continue speaking English outside of the classroom and make new friends. Parents may request for their child to share with a particular friend(s) and this will be considered but cannot always be guaranteed.

There is a social room in each boarding house where children can watch TV/DVDs, listen to music, play board games etc. Children usually relax in the social room with a hot chocolate drink before bedtime. Our professional and experienced staff stay in the boarding houses to ensure safety and 24-hour supervision.



Students eat their well balanced meals in the impressive dining hall on site. The catering team serve a variety of healthy and balanced meals to cater for all tastes. Hot and cold food is served as well as fruit, salad and desserts. There is always a vegetarian option and special dietary requirements will be catered for.



  • 8 to 12
  • 13 to 17



Barnard Castle summer programme in England offers first class sports and activity facilities for all the needs of the excellent social programme. The fantastic facilities include a brand new fitness suite with a dance studio plus extensive playing fields for football, rugby and cricket.

Excellent on-site facilities include:

  • Tennis courts
  • Gymnasium
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Floodlit all- weather sports pitch
  • ICT suites
  • Drama studio and music rooms
  • Squash courts

During the afternoons there are a choice of 4- 6 activity options. Activities may include; rugby, basketball, badminton, swimming, drama, music, cricket, rounders, arts & crafts, dance, volley ball, water polo and so many more!

Every Friday afternoon the children will visit Barnard Castle town centre. This historical, market town features a 12th century castle, the famous Bowes Museum and the ‘secret garden of the north’ Eggleston Hall Gardens.

Every Friday evening there is a barbecue followed by a formal presentation of prizes and leavers’ certificates followed by a disco.

Evening entertainment can include sports tournaments, quizzes, capture the flag, themed nights such as Harry Potter Night, talent shows, discos and film nights, and so many more!




Fluency in English is becoming an increasingly essential asset in today’s world. Much emphasis is placed upon communication in these summer English courses, thus building confidence in the language.

The standard programme includes 15 hours of English lessons a week with a maximum of 15 students per class.

Students will take a written and oral English test upon arrival so teachers can place them in the correct class for their level. We try to mix classes so there are students of a similar age and different nationalities.

Summer English courses are taught by qualified and experienced teachers who make them fun and encourage students to speak as much English as possible with focus on everyday English.

During their final lessons all students receive advice from their teachers on how they can continue to improve their English when they return home. They also receive a certificate of attendance and a report from their teacher.



Excursions, which change weekly, take place on a Wednesday and Sunday. The students of the Barnard Castle summer programme in England will get the opportunity to visit fantastic northern towns, cities and attractions including Durham (where Harry Potter scenes were filmed), York (the medieval city once home to the Vikings) and the beautiful Lake District, which inspired many artists and authors due to its natural beauty. Hereunder are typical trips offered at Barnard Castle:

  • Full day in the city of Durham- walking tour of the city and its landmarks, visit to the cathedral and the city’s museum.
  • York- Entry to the Jorvik Viking Centre and walking tour around historic city centre, shopping in The Shambles.
  • Leeds – Entry to the world renowned Henry Moore Institute, visit to the Victorian Arcades and shopping in Trinity Leeds
  • Manchester- Entry to the Football Museum, Manchester Cathedral and shopping on Market street
Please note that for transfers outside the times of 9.00am to 7.00pm there will be a supplement. Children under the age of 16 who travel alone will have to take the Unaccompanied Minor Service.
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