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Dukes International – Ages 11 -15

Dukes International Summer School offers a magnificent location for students aged 11-15 to have a fantastic summer school experience. Dukes International is located at the prestigious Canford School, which is just 20 minutes from the coastal town of Bournemouth, one of the most popular UK destinations for English language learning outside of London.

Dukes International Summer School offers students from all around the world a genuinely international experience, where they will be able to improve their English, study interesting and stimulating academic subjects, take part in an extensive activity programme, go on exciting excursions and form lifelong friendships.

2 weeks course

From 9 July to 30 July 2018


Package includes:

  • 15 hours per week lessons in multinational classes
  • Dukes International Summer School T-Shirt
  • Full board residential accommodation in single or shared rooms
  • Course material
  • Afternoon activity and full evening activity Programme
  • 2 full day trips each week with all transport and entrances included (Except for departure week when there is one full day trip)
  • Progress Report and End-of-Course Certificate
  • Laundry Service
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Courses also available at this school (with an additional fee):
  • Summer Study
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Business
  • English Through Acting
  • English Through Football 
If you are booking a residential course after 15th April, 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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Trips include


  • Bournemouth & the Beach
  • Oxford
  • Bath
  • Thorpe Park

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More Information


Dukes International Summer School takes place at Canford School, which was originally founded in 1923 when Canford Manor was purchased from Lord Wimborne. Situated in 300 acres of picturesque grounds, on the banks of the River Stour, Canford School is just a short distance from the seaside town of Bournemouth. Canford Manor traces its history back to the Saxon period and rose to prominence during the early medieval times, when it was part of the estate of the Earl of Salisbury, the Duchy of Lancaster and the Crown..



The accommodation at Canford is spacious, comfortable and of the highest quality. There are a number of boarding houses with separate houses for boys and girls. Accommodation is mostly made up of single rooms, however there are a small number of multi-bedded rooms available for between 3-6 students.

Canford School also offers exceptional facilities. The state-of-the-art sports centre and boarding facilities are of the highest quality, and are all set amongst expansive and picturesque grounds and playing fields.

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • 290 seat theatre
  • Modern, well equipped classrooms
  • Tennis courts & volleyball courts
  • Football pitches, basketball courts
  • Double-sized sports hall
  • School-wide WiFi
  • Dance studio
  • Historic dining hall
  • School shop

Dining Facilities

Students will have all their meals in the stunning Great Hall, located in the heart of the oldest part of Canford School. Meal times provide students with an excellent selection, including a full English breakfast on three days a week and a continental breakfast available every day. For lunch and dinner there is always a choice of two hot meals, including a vegetarian option. Students also have a delicious salad bar available to them as well as fresh bread, fruit and desserts. In addition, drinks and biscuits are prepared each night before bed. Students will be provided with a packed lunch when on excursion.



Dukes International offers a variety of English and Enrichment courses, taught by professionally qualified teachers. All classes are multinational with a maximum of 15 students per class and focus on developing keys skills needed in the 21st century, alongside English language and subject learning. Students receive 15 hours of tuition per week and have 6 study options to choose from. Before their arrival, all Dukes students will be asked to complete a two-part online English assessment, to assess their level of English and ensure they are placed into suitable classes

General English

Our dynamic and varied General English course focuses on building communication, teamwork and creativity skills, to develop both students’ understanding of English and their confidence in using it every day. The syllabus combines carefully selected coursebooks with bespoke Time to Shine materials, which have been developed especially for Summer Boarding Courses by our creative and experienced academic team. Lessons are taught in a student-centred and multinational environment, so that students can work together to develop their English language skills further.

General English focuses on building both language knowledge and language skills. During the course, students will develop their understanding of vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading and writing. By engaging in interesting and stimulating tasks, projects and activities, students are challenged to activate their language knowledge and further develop their communication skills.

For General English’s Time to Shine, students will take part in a series of creative and challenging projects each week, to utilise language learning and develop a range of 21st century skills. Each project enables students to give presentations based on their own research, and participate in fun and collaborative class competitions.

Other courses at additional costs are:

Summer Study (additional cost: £145 per week)

Our Summer Study course is a fantastic alternative for students of an upper-intermediate to advanced level of English. Students will benefit from a content-based learning approach, enabling them to develop English language skills through the study of other subjects. Our Summer Study syllabus has been designed especially for Summer Boarding Courses by our experienced and innovative course writers. Due to the multinational and communicative environment provided, students will also be able to build on their fluency and confidence in using English.

Introduction to International Relations (additional cost: £145 per week)

Introduction to International Relations is a progressive and highly communicative course, which introduces students to major concepts of world politics. Designed specifically for 11 to 15-year-old students by our experienced course writers, this course challenges students to consider key global issues from a variety of perspectives, through interactive tasks, debates and role-plays. Students also benefit from a multinational environment, enabling them to build on their fluency and confidence in using English.

 Introduction to Business  (additional cost: £145 per week)

Introduction to Business provides students with a comprehensive insight into the key concepts of international business. The course has been developed specifically for Dukes International and classes are multinational, providing plenty of opportunity for students to develop their English language skills. Students are provided with an interactive and collaborative environment to learn in, as we believe they learn most effectively when actively applying their subject knowledge through communicative project work.

English Through Acting (additional cost: £145 per week)

The perfect course for any student with a passion for theatre, English Through Acting enables students to develop their understanding of English language, acting and spoken performance. Following a series of engaging and varied lessons, our students are provided with an exciting opportunity to collaborate on theatrical performances and receive a recognised Trinity acting certificate at the end of their stay.

 English Through Football (additional cost: £145 per week)

This is the ideal course for any students with a love for football, who want to develop their game skills while improving their English language ability. Students benefit from a multinational classroom environment and, in addition to 15 hours tuition per week, our English Through Football students will receive 10 hours of practical football training each week and have the exciting opportunity to visit a Premier League football ground, as part of their London Excursion.



Students at Dukes International Summer School enjoy a varied and fun multi-activity programme with a range of fun activities in the afternoon and evenings.  The social programme allows students to spend time with their new friends and try lots of new and exciting activities.  Students can also choose English Plus+ options, to replace the multi-activity programme, on two afternoons per week for an additional cost.

Afternoon activities:

Activities take place in both the afternoons and evenings at Dukes International Summer School. In the afternoons, students will take part in either the multi–activity programme where they can choose from a variety of activities such as sports or crafts, or alternatively they can choose one of six English Plus+ options for an additional cost. All multi-activity groups are mixed by nationality, allowing students to further develop their confidence in their English skills. There is also a full evening programme of entertainment, allowing students to socialise with their friends in a relaxed and fun environment.

The multi-activity programme takes place on campus four days per week. There are different activity options every afternoon, and students will have up to six different activities each day to choose from, which can include:

  • Swimming
  • English sports
  • Football
  • Cookery
  • Yoga
  • Music workshops
  • Water polo
  • Photo challenges

Evening Activities

The varied Evening Programme is a very important part of the summer school experience at Dukes International, providing fantastic opportunities for students to have fun and socialise together, as well as practising their English language skills.

In the evenings, the Dukes International Summer School team provide an array of entertaining activities for the whole school to come together to spend time having fun and unwinding from the day. The whole-school events are specifically tailored for 11-15 year olds and help create a memorable experience at Dukes International.

Evening activities at Dukes International Summer School may include:

  • Silly Olympics
  • Fashion Shows
  • Games Nights
  • Movie Nights
  • Make a Music Video
  • Capture the Flag
  • Discos
  • Talent Nights
  • Sports Tournaments
  • Team Challenge
  • Wild West Night



Each week our students enjoy two full days visiting some of the UK’s famous tourist attractions. The Excursion Programme at Dukes International Summer School combines a mixture of cultural and historic visits, with fun-filled days out and a little time for souvenir shopping.

The Dukes International Excursion Programme includes:

Bournemouth & the Beach

Students will spend the day exploring the coastal town of Bournemouth. With seven miles of golden sand and sparkling sea, plus a vast variety of shops, cafés and gardens, there is something for everyone.


A trip to the picturesque university city of Oxford, also known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. Includes a walking tour, a punting boat trip on the River Thames and enough time for some shopping.


Students will get to enjoy the historic city of Bath, visiting the famous Roman Baths and learning about their 2000 year history. The day continues in the wonderful city of Bath with its stunning architecture and students can soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful city with time for some shopping.

Thorpe Park

Enjoy an exhilarating day out at one of the nation’s most popular theme parks, with over thirty extreme rides and attractions, and one of the world’s most exciting roller coasters!



the school offers an Airport Transfer Service to and from SBC Oxford Summer School on the published arrival and departure dates. Students arriving to and departing from Heathrow airport can use our Airport Coach Transfer Service which operates between 09.00 and 16.00. On arrival at Heathrow airport, all students are met by a member of SBC staff who will be wearing a bright yellow SBC t-shirt. Similarly when departing from Heathrow airport our staff will accompany all students and assist with the check-in procedure at the airport.

If your child will be flying to the UK without a parent or guardian we recommend you request Unaccompanied Minor assistance direct from the airline. For more details on airport transfers please visit our website. For students arriving on flights before 09.00 and after 16.00 Summer Boarding Courses can arrange a Taxi Transfer. Please contact us for a quotation and further information. The deadline for booking a transfer is the 19th June, unfortunately a transfer may not be guaranteed after this date.

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