Sir Christopher, Cambridge University – 16 to 19

What can you expect from Sir Christopher?

Ages 16 to 19 | Cambridge | Open July 3rd – August 14th 2022

 

Studio Cambridge’s Sir Christopher camp is based at Ridley Hall and Newnham College. Newnham College is one of the 31 colleges of Cambridge University. Ridley Hall has been a Studio summer course centre since 1967 and is affiliated with Cambridge University.

Accommodation is available at Ridley Hall College and Newnham College.  During our busiest times, classes may be in the morning or the afternoon at either college.

This is an ideal centre for our 16-19-year-old students looking to enjoy a holiday course or serious academic course with a real taste for Cambridge University life.

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 13 and the maximum class size is 16.

Start dates in 2022

3rd July
10th July – no more start dates available
17th July – fully booked
24th July
31st July
7th August

 

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Where is Sir Christopher based?

Map

Address

Ridley Hall College
Cambridge
CB3 9HU

and

Newnham College
Cambridge
CB3 9DF

What is the course centre like?

  • City-centre campus in a traditional University college
  • Lovely, large picturesque gardens
  • 11 classrooms
  • 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?

Cambridge University Discovery Theme:

Living and studying in a Cambridge University college gives you a feel for life as a Cambridge student, but we like to show you more. The university’s life, traditions and history feature as the main theme on this camp in 2020. Activities relating to this form part of the camp’s English lessons, and its activity options. Lesson topics include a focus on famous Cambridge alumni; its scientific discoveries and its sporting traditions. The social activity programme choices include: “hidden” Cambridge; presentations from Cambridge students; university-based science lectures and college guided tours.

English tuition:

  • A choice of: 20 lessons (15 hours) per week (Classic Programme)
    28 lessons (21 hours) per week (Intensive Programme)
  • Intensive afternoon lessons to include Academic Skills or English language skills depending on your English level
  • Mixed-nationality classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Entry test on the first Monday of the course
  • Course materials
  • Academic report from your teachers at the end of your stay
  • Certificate of studies at the end of your stay

Activities programme:

  • Sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Sessions alternate each week between morning or afternoon activities
  • Welcome orientation of the course centre and town on the first Monday of your course
  • Wide choice of sports, arts & crafts, cultural and language activities – please see our Social Activities information for example activities
  • Numerous activity choices per daytime session
  • Free time on Thursdays, before or after English classes
  • 7 sessions of evening activities per week
  • Activities office & staff

Excursions:

  • 1 full-day excursion each week, on a Saturday.

Accommodation and meals:

  • Residential accommodation
  • 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

 

International students in English language lessons at Sir Christopher residential English summer camp

 

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What are your course choices?

Classic

Our Classic programme offers 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of English lessons, typically in the mornings, with additional sports and social activities during the afternoons.

A total of 13 sessions or activities per week on the Classic programme.

Studio’s Sir Christopher Classic course can be started on any Sunday while the camp is open and for any number of weeks.

Intensive

Our Intensive programme offers 28 lessons (21 hours) per week of English language instruction each week and will also include 9 sessions of activities per week.

Studio’s Sir Christopher Intensive course can be started on any Sunday while the camp is open and for any number of weeks.

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Where will you stay?

Residential Accommodation

Students on the Sir Christopher course live in the Cambridge University’s Ridley Hall or Newnham College residences.

Sir Christopher course residences:

  • Central accommodation in comfortable and secure university 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. We have approximately 220 residential beds in total for this course. 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
  • Will start preparing for bed time at 22:30

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).

 

Residential Activity Organisers at Sir Christopher residential English summer camp wave on steps of Ridley Hall College

 

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What will you do?

Classes are held from Monday to Friday, with an excursion once a week on Saturdays. A typical day at Sir Christopher might look as follows:

Sir Christopher – Classic English

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

 

Sir Christopher- Intensive English

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 lessons:

13:30-15:00

Academic skills lessons 5 & 6: Note taking from lectures

Evening activities:

19:30-21:00

Hidden Cambridge selfie challenge

For full example timetables, please see the files below:

2022 Sir Christopher Classic Timetable

2022 Sir Christopher Intensive Timetable

 

 

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What happens outside of lessons?

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

Cambridge University Discovery

  • Science lecture by University lecturers in a traditional Cambridge lecture theatre
  • 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!

Student prepares to take a shot at snooker table in Sir Christopher residential English summer camp common room

 

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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.

Brighton

09 July 2022

Students will go on a walking tour of Brighton, seeing the pier, the famous Brighton Pavilion and the unique Brighton shopping Lanes. They will also be given the opportunity to complete the Brighton challenge.  They will also have free time to shop and enjoy the rides and arcade games on the pier.

London

16 July 2022

Walk past some famous sights of the city with time to take photographs. The tour will include Buckingham Palace, Big Ben & Horse Guards Parade, as well as a visit to Covent Garden and the British Museum.

Oxford

23 July 2022

Walking tour of the City and University. Entrance to the famous Christ Church College and Cathedral, with the change to see the college dining hall where Harry Potter was filmed.

London

30 July 2022

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 Buckingham Palace, Big Ben & Horse Guards Parade, as well as a visit to Covent Garden and the British Museum.

Students who have already visited London on this course will visit the Science Museum and have time for shopping on Oxford Street.

Warwick Castle

06 August 2022

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

London

13 August 2022

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 Buckingham Palace, Big Ben & Horse Guards Parade, as well as a visit to Covent Garden and the British Museum.

Students who have already visited the above locations will visit Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Leicester Square and the National Gallery.

 

 

 

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Prices

2022 Camp Prices

1 weeks £1595.00
2 weeks £2550.00
3 weeks £3450.00
4 weeks £4350.00
5 weeks £5250.00
6 weeks £6150.00

Prices include

  • 15 hours/20 lessons (Classic) or 21 hours/28 lessons (Intensive) 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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