The minimum age for students at Eckersley School of English is 17, however for younger students our sister school in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland – Edinburgh School of English – runs a fantastic Young Learner programme, the Young Octorial Programme.
The Young Octorial Programme is a course for students aged 13-17, allowing them to practise their English whilst forming strong bonds with people of their own age group.
The students can arrive for the course every Sunday from the 30th June to the 28th of July, for a stay of between one and five weeks. The programme includes 15 hours of tuition per week, with full supervision for afternoon leisure activities by our Activity Leaders. As well as this, tutors accompany students for lunch in school and on trips.
The programme is academically challenging, and is designed for motivated teenagers who wish to broaden their international horizons and shape their future careers. Students develop their confidence in English in challenging sessions such as presentations, drama and debates.
Lessons are fast-paced and encourage students to engage with authentic materials, whilst challenging homework tasks allow students to develop autonomous learning skills. Classes are taught in groups of no more than eight, which ensures that each student receives attention from the teacher, and is fully engaged with the language, allowing them to make fast progress.
The students enjoy activities every day including sports and recreation, as well as excursions that take them to some of Edinburgh’s most exciting places, including a guided historical tour and a trip to Edinburgh Castle, as well as full-day trips every Saturday to locations around Scotland, such as Glasgow and St Andrews. Edinburgh is a beautiful city to study and live in, and these trips, included in the course price, let students experience the best of what the city, and further, has to offer.
Students can elect to enjoy an authentic experience of Scottish life in homestay accommodation with one of our specially selected host families, with daily breakfast and dinner and a comfortable twin room with bedding, towels, storage space and a quiet study area. Alternatively, the school has its own residential accommodation for young learners located directly opposite Edinburgh’s picturesque Holyrood Park, with daily breakfast and dinner, and a daily bus service to the school site.