Sir Christopher, Cambridge – 16 to 17

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What can you expect from Sir Christopher?

Ages 16 to 17 | Cambridge | Open June 30th – August 11th 2024

Sir Christopher is a summer camp for students aged 16-17.  It combines general English teaching with a full programme of interesting activities and excursions. Sir Christopher has been running for 55 years!

The camp is located in central Cambridge where we use the facilities and residences of  Ridley Hall and Newnham College. Newnham College is one of the 31 colleges of Cambridge University and Ridley Hall is affiliated with Cambridge University.

Sir Christopher has a capacity of up to 100 students at any one time.  There is a wide range of nationalities and the ratio of staff to students here is high.  The average number of students per class is 12 or 13 and the maximum class size is 16.

This is an ideal centre for our 16-17-year-old students looking to enjoy a holiday course with a real taste for Cambridge University life.

What’s included?

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) of English language teaching per week (all levels)
  • Residential accommodation on campus at Ridley Hall and Newnham College
  • All meals (3 per day)
  • Activities
  • 1 full-day excursion per week
  • Transfers to and from London Heathrow or London Stansted on Sundays
  • Welfare supervision with high staff-to-student ratio
  • 24 hour emergency telephone line

2024 Course Dates

June 30 – July 14 (2 weeks)
June 30 – July 21 (3 weeks)
June 30 – July 28 (4 weeks)
July 14 – July 28 (2 weeks)
July 14 – August 04 (3 weeks)
July 14 – August 11 (4 weeks)
July 21 – August 04 (2 weeks)
July 21 – August 11 (3 weeks)
July 28 – August 04 (1 week)
July 28 – August 11 (2 weeks)
August 04 – August 11 (1 week)

 

 

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Where is Sir Christopher based?

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Address

Ridley Hall College
Cambridge
CB3 9HU

and

Newnham College
Cambridge
CB3 9DF

What is the course centre like?

  • City-centre campus
  • Lovely, large picturesque gardens
  • Lecture hall
  • Student common rooms
  • Both traditional and modern dining halls
  • Outdoor playing fields
  • 5-10 minute walk from the school into Cambridge city centre
  • Single residential bedrooms on-campus (some twin rooms available on request)

Newnham College, campus for Sir Christopher residential English summer camp

The City of Cambridge

Cambridge is one of the most famous, and most instantly recognised, city names in the world. It has been a centre of learning for 800 years and is the international symbol of academic excellence.

But it is also fun! With 20,000 university students, virtually the only “business” of Cambridge is education and, despite its age, the whole city is designed for young people.

It is the ideal place for the international English language student.

 

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What’s included?

Discovery Theme: Cambridge University

This is an opportunity to learn more about the university and traditional Cambridge student life. Your English lessons focus on a combination of communication development and themed topics on Cambridge University’s history and culture. Themed lesson topics include famous Cambridge students, sporting traditions, scientific discoveries, the university’s unique history, and a comparison of Cambridge with other elite universities around the world.

University Discovery activities include guided tours of “hidden” Cambridge, mythbusting – true and false myths about Cambridge, Cambridge University treasure hunt and a Cambridge University selfie challenge.

Although our courses are not endorsed by the University of Cambridge, our summer camp uses University of Cambridge colleges and facilities.

English tuition:

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week
  • Mixed-nationality classes
  • Online level test before arrival
  • Course materials
  • Academic report from your teachers at the end of your stay
  • Certificate of studies at the end of your stay

Activities programme:

  • 13 sessions of activities per week
  • Sessions alternate each week between morning or afternoon activities
  • Wide choice of sports, arts & crafts, cultural and language activities – please see our Activities tab for example activities
  • Numerous activity choices per daytime session

Excursions:

  • 1 full-day excursion each week, on a Saturday (see Excursions tab for details)

Accommodation and meals:

  • Residential accommodation at Ridley Hall or Newnham College
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Ridley Hall or Newnham College provided every day
  • Vegetarian and non-pork option always available
  • Please inform us if you have special dietary requirements

Airport transfers:

Welfare:

  • Welfare office and staff
  • Emergency 24-hour telephone number
  • Residential staff living on site providing 24-hour supervision
  • High staff to student ratio
  • First-aid trained staff at every camp

 

 

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Where will you stay?

Residential Accommodation

Students on the Sir Christopher course live in the Ridley Hall or Newnham College residences.

Sir Christopher course residences:

  • Central accommodation in comfortable and secure college buildings
  • Studio staff living on-campus, providing 24-hour supervision
  • Mostly single bedrooms, with some twin bedrooms
  • Bathrooms and showers – usually shared – sometimes private
  • All meals included
  • Free laundry facilities – you must do your own washing, but at no extra cost
  • A change of bed linen once per week

Sir Christopher residential bedrooms are at Ridley Hall College or next door at Newnham College. Rooms are mostly single bedrooms, with some twin bedrooms. Bathrooms and showers are shared, with some en-suites available at Ridley Hall on request.

Meals:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided at both residences. There is a wide choice of hot and cold food and a vegetarian option for every meal. Please inform us if you have special dietary requirements. At weekends packed lunches are provided.

Laundry:

Laundry facilities are available on site. Students are required to do their own clothes laundry. One wash per week may be done free of charge. Bed linen is provided at the residence and will be changed and washed once each week.

Keys:

Students will be given keys to their room and to the entrance to the residences. A small deposit of £20 will be taken when the keys are issued, in case the keys are lost.

Two international students chat in single bedroom at Sir Christopher residential English summer camp

 

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How do we keep you safe?

We are very conscious of our responsibility to our young students.  Our camps offer:

  • Pleasant and safe surroundings
  • High quality host schools and colleges
  • Rules and supervision appropriate to the camp’s age group
  • First aid trained staff at all camps
  • A high staff-to-student ratio
  • At least one Studio Cambridge Welfare Officer at every camp
  • Live-in Studio Cambridge staff at each centre
  • 24-hour emergency telephone number

We have high levels of staff-to-student supervision at all of our camps. To ensure proper supervision is maintained, students must attend all lessons, compulsory activities, meals and excursions, unless they are unwell. However, there are times at Sir Christopher when students are allowed unsupervised free time.

This camp is designed for mature teenagers- half way between a course for adults and a children’s camp.

Sir Christopher students:

  • Will have some periods of time each day in Cambridge where they are unsupervised
  • Are allowed some unsupervised free time whilst on excursions
  • Have evening activities that are not compulsory
  • Must be on- campus by 21:30
  • Have a bedtime of 23:00

Studio staff live in the residence, providing 24-hour care. The staff-to-student ratio is high and staff are never far away if you have any questions or need help.

Evenings

Evening activities are not compulsory on the Sir Christopher camp so students may choose to have free time in the evening after dinner, but all students must be on campus by 21:30 at the latest.

These rules are important for us and returning late is considered serious misconduct.

All our residences are situated in quiet residential areas, so students and staff are asked to respect the privacy of our neighbours and avoid excessive noise in the evenings.

Studio staff also live on site, providing 24-hour care. The staff-to-student ratio is high and they are never far away if you have any questions or need help.

There is a strict no-alcohol rule:

  • No consumption or possession of alcohol (irrespective of age).

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What will you do?

Zig-zag timetable

During the busiest weeks of the summer camp some students  will have activities in the morning and classes in the afternoon, while others will have morning classes and afternoon activities. This will change from week to week in a “zig-zag” format, so that students having morning classes one week, will have afternoon classes in the next week.

Classes are held from Monday to Friday, with an excursion once a week on Saturdays.

You can download the example timetables below:

2024 Sir Christopher Example Timetable

A typical day at Sir Christopher might look as follows:

Sir Christopher

Morning lessons:

09:00-10:30

English topic and life skills lessons 1 & 2: “A true friend” – past tenses and speaking practice

11:00-12:30

Cambridge University discovery lessons 3 & 4: Cambridge University traditions

Afternoon activities:

13:30-15:00

Walking tour of Cambridge

Evening activities:

19:30-21:00

Hidden Cambridge selfie challenge

 

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What happens outside of lessons?

The following are some of the activities on offer at Sir Christopher:

Cambridge University Discovery

  • Punting on the River Cam
  • “Student life” presentation by students
  • “Hidden Cambridge” selfie challenge
  • Debating club
  • Myth-busting quiz
  • Create your own university society
  • University treasure hunt
  • Cambridge University college tour
  • Cambridge museum visits
  • Botanic gardens

Sports and creative activities

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Football
  • Running club
  • Film nights
  • Bingo
  • Board games
  • Cake decorating
  • Charcoal sketching
  • Bag design
  • Decoupage
  • …and lots more!

 

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Which parts of England will you get to see?

Sir Christopher includes one full-day excursion per week, on a Saturday.

London

06 July 2024

Walking tour of some famous sights of the city with time to take photographs. The tour will include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, Big Ben & Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and St James’ Park. In the afternoon students will have time for shopping on Oxford Street.

Windsor

13 July 2024

Entrance into Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years. It is an official residence of His Majesty the King. Souvenir shopping time is included at the end of the day.

London

20 July 2024

Students who have not already visited London on this course will walk past some famous sights of the city with time to take photographs. The tour will include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, Big Ben & Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and St James’ Park. In the afternoon students will have time for shopping on Oxford Street. Students who have already visited London once on this course will visit the British Museum and Covent Garden.

Peterborough & Ely

27 July 2024

Students will visit Peterborough Cathedral, one of the finest Norman Cathedrals in Europe. After time for lunch and shopping in Queensgate Shopping Centre, students will go on to Ely where they will have a walking tour around the ancient city of Ely.

London

03 August 2024

Students who have not already visited London on this course will walk past some famous sights of the city with time to take photographs.  The tour will include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye, Big Ben & Horse Guards Parade, Trafalgar Square and St James’ Park. In the afternoon students will have time for
shopping on Oxford Street.

Students who have already visited London once on this course will visit the Science Museum, Hyde Park and have the chance to shop in South Kensington (including Harrods).

Group of students pose for picture in front of Trafalgar Square, London, on an excursion at Sir Richard residential English summer camp

Warwick Castle

10 August 2024

An impressive mediaeval castle where students can experience 1,000 years of history. Attractions within the castle include jousting and falconry as well as the castle’s impressive interiors, gardens and the opportunity to climb the battlements.

 

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Prices

2024 Camp Prices

1 week £1800.00
2 weeks £2880.00
3 weeks £3960.00
4 weeks £5040.00

2024 Course Dates

June 30 – July 14 (2 weeks)
June 30 – July 21 (3 weeks)
June 30 – July 28 (4 weeks)
July 14 – July 28 (2 weeks)
July 14 – August 04 (3 weeks)
July 14 – August 11 (4 weeks)
July 21 – August 04 (2 weeks)
July 21 – August 11 (3 weeks)
July 28 – August 04 (1 week)
July 28 – August 11 (2 weeks)
August 04 – August 11 (1 week)

Prices include

  • 15 hours/20 lessons of English language tuition per week
  • Residential accommodation
  • All meals (3 per day)
  • Transfers from and to Heathrow or Stansted airports on Sundays
  • A full programme of activities and local visits
  • One full-day excursion per week
  • Welfare – a high staff-to-student supervision ratio
  • Registration
  • 24 hour emergency telephone number
  • End of course report and certificate

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