Boarding School Experience (Ages 10-13)


Program Description

Bucksmore’s Boarding School Experience introduces students aged 10 to 13 to life at a residential independent school. At King Edward’s School in Surrey, students will prepare for the academic rigour of boarding schools and gain experience of living with other students.

Boarding School Experience is an ideal programme for students interested in attending a UK boarding school.

Included in Bucksmore Boarding School Experience

  • Full-board accommodation in a traditional English boarding school.
  • Insurance.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Personalised report card & certificate.
  • Entrances to attractions on excursions.
  • Full activity programme.

Course details

Boarding School Experience includes:

  • 20 hours of English tuition each week.
  • 2 full-day excursions including visits to leading boarding schools.
  • Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games.
  • Personalised report card & certificate upon graduation.
  • Mock entrance exam.
  • Maximum class size of 11 students.

Activities and Excursions

The Boarding School Experience timetable is planned and organised by a dedicated Activity Manager, who is responsible for choosing and coordinating weekly activities and excursions. One of the key responsibilities of an Activity Manager is to respond to student requests and ensure that all students have a fantastic time during their stay.


Each week, there are two full-day excursions and one half-day trip to a variety of destinations. Students are accompanied by staff on all excursions and can be given free-time if appropriate. Popular visits include:


Excursions to London can take many forms, such as walking tours of famous locations such as central London (Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and 10 Downing Street) and Greenwich (Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum & the Cutty Sark). Numerous areas are also visited, such as museums, landmarks, attractions and shopping districts.


Founded in the year 1542, Oxford’s historic rivalry with Cambridge dates back more than 800 years. On a tour of the city, students will see landmarks such as Carfax Tower, Bodleian Library, Christ Church Cathedral, and the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ and many Oxford University Colleges.


This seaside town is based on the South coast of England. Known for its Brighton Pier, students get the opportunity to visit the Sea Life Centre or go on the Brighton Wheel where they have sky views of England’s coastline.

On-Site Activities

Students will also visit other top UK boarding schools to help then gain further familiarity with the boarding school setting.



The social programme is an important part of any summer school experience and is a great way for students to socialise and practise their English with each other. In addition to traditional activities such as sports tournaments, talent shows and discos, other examples of Bucksmore activities include:

You Bet!

A team game in which teams of students bet on a series of challenges performed by other students or staff. Teams receive points for the correctly chosen winner of each task, and the team with the most overall points wins a prize!

Beat The Clock

At various locations around the school are different challenges that students must complete as quickly as possible.

Quiz Night

Students are split into teams and are given a challenging and exhilarating quiz. The winners of the quiz are awarded a fantastic prize organised by the Activity Manager.

Dates & Fees

The price per week at Boarding School Experience for ages 10-13 at Tonbridge is £1,400.

Length of stay Dates Location
2 to 4-week courses available 7 July – 4 August King Edward's School

Included in Course Fees

Prices are fully inclusive, meaning that the only money students need to bring is for souvenirs!


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Packed meals on excursion days.
  • Wi-Fi available throughout the College.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Transfers to and from Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
  • Laundry once a week.
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

The story of Bucksmore Education begins in 1979 when British Educationalist Michael Reise founded a secondary school at Buckswood Grange. ‘Buckswood Summer Programmes’ was also established as a summer ... Read More

The story of Bucksmore Education begins in 1979 when British Educationalist Michael Reise founded a secondary school at Buckswood Grange. ‘Buckswood Summer Programmes’ was also established as a summer school for international students wanting to learn English. Read less
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