Fun + engaging every day

We are passionate about working with young people of different cultures, our goal is to spark their imagination and to inspire them for the future.

ISSFT was born from an enthusiasm for the international school and Baccalaureate system. We are passionate about working with young people of different cultures, to spark their imagination and inspire them for the future.

We are proud to provide first class teaching, world-class facilities and a varied activity programme based in a truly inspirational setting.

Through our unique curriculum, we encourage intellectual curiosity and support our students to develop a healthy sense of independence and self-esteem.

Our Location

Situated in Stirling, the historical heartland of Scotland, ISSFT is centrally located 40 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport.

Edinburgh Airport operates regular flights for most international airlines and offers a direct route for passengers wishing to avoid London. The campus is situated on the stunning, woodland estate of the University of Stirling in Scotland. Regularly referred to as one of the most beautiful and well-equipped campuses in the world, it’s also acknowledged as Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence.

Accommodation

Our students live in some of the most modern and comfortable student accommodation in the world.

All of our students have a bedroom to themselves, which includes their own toilet, shower and place to study. As the course is for three weeks, we find students appreciate their own space and clean bathroom. That being said, they are only in their rooms to sleep, as the Summer School schedule keeps them busy throughout the day.

All of our rooms are en-suite and are cleaned weekly. Bed linen and towels are included.

Whilst on campus our students will also enjoy:

  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Superior Pastoral Care, 24 hours a day
  • Three freshly prepared meals per day
  • Rooms cleaned every week (with fresh linen and towels provided)
  • Laundry Service included mid-session
  • 24-hour campus security (including in halls of residence)
  • Friendly and relaxed communal living
  • Beautiful woodland setting in the historical heartland of Scotland

Our Team

At ISSFT, we take time to recruit staff who are passionate about their field of work.

Our staff are generally well travelled and have a broad, global outlook. We thoroughly enjoy working with teenagers and learning about their different cultures. Our experience lies in our ability to listen as well as to teach.

All teaching staff are highly qualified and committed professionals with the shared goal of giving our students real life skills which they can apply to their academic and personal lives long after the summer school has ended.

Professional qualifications include but are not limited to:

  • CELTA/TEFL qualified English teachers
  • PGA qualified golfers
  • LTA qualified tennis coaches
  • Masters/PhD graduates
  • Industry professionals with a passion for teaching
  • Our experience lies in our ability to listen as well as to teach.

Typical Day

Every day is different, crammed full of learning, fun and adventure and is never dull.

In the morning our students study their chosen academic subject. Academic subjects include English Language, Global Entrepreneurship, Study Skills, Environmental Science and Introduction to Law.

In the afternoon students take part in their chosen Elective which is generally a sporting or creative activity which they want to develop over the summer months. Elective subjects include Golf, Tennis, Theatre, Photography, Creative Coding and Sports Leadership

At the weekend students will be taken on excursions to Scottish landmarks. When back on campus you will also be taking sports and art workshops including horse riding, water sports, film making, dance and martial arts to name a few.

Week Day

08:00 Wake up
08:30 Breakfast
09:00 Morning Classes (3 hours)
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Elective (3 hours)
16:00 Free Time / Organised Activities - Football, Swimming etc.
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Evening Activity - Team Events & Challenges
21:30 Free Time in Halls
22:00 In Rooms
23:00 Lights Out

Weekend

08:30 Wake Up
09:30 Breakfast
10:00 Day Trip
16:00 Organised Activities on Campus - Football, Swimming etc.
18:30 Dinner & Free Time
20:00 Evening Entertainment
22:00 Free Time in Halls
22:30 In Rooms
23:00 Lights Out

Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

Summer courses

The International Summer School for Teens

English Language students work in small groups to build confidence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, writing and colloquial English. F ... [+]

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Beginner English Language students work in small groups to build confidence in all aspects of English Language.

English Language students work in small groups to build confidence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, writing and colloquial English.

About this class

English Language students work in small groups to build confidence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, writing and colloquial English. Full English immersion lies at the heart of ISSFT summer experience.

Working in small groups, classes will cover:

36 hours of dedicated English Language tuition Tuition delivered by qualified CELTA/TEFL English teachers Students will have the daily opportunity to practice speaking in structured conversations Lessons will be project orientated and will require students to present information to the class, using their spoken language skills Students will read from modified texts and will learn various strategies to assist with comprehension. They will also develop analytical skills to interpret literature and images. Students will be writing on a daily basis, practising grammar structures and learning new vocabulary. They will write a variety of personal narratives, descriptions, reports, poems and creative fiction. ... [-]
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The International Summer School for Teens

An introductory class for students interested in computer science, technology and gaming. Students will learn the fundamentals of coding theory, language, and animation. ... [+]

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This is an introductory to intermediate level class for students interested in computer programming, technology and gaming.

Students will learn the fundamentals of coding, theory, language and animation including planning, writing and programming code, using CSS, Python and HTML and others. They will work on projects ranging from Virtual Reality, Robotics, Game Design to App Development, gaining an understanding of STEM and future career opportunities. This class develops problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.

Learn the fundamentals of programming logic, language and animation Learn to code in CSS, Python and HTML Make and program computer hardware Sample Virtual Reality and Robotics, learn about their programming Skills learnt can be applied to other basic programming languages. Work on mini projects including game design and app development Equipment - Students are encouraged to bring their own lap top so they can take their work home with them. Laptops can be provided if required and sufficient notice is given beforehand. ... [-]
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The International Summer School for Teens

This class is aimed at Advanced English students who want to perfect their writing skills for essays and school reports. The course will also delve into poetry and Englis ... [+]

About this class

This class is aimed at Advanced English students who want to perfect their writing skills for essays and school reports. The course will also delve into poetry and English literature. Lessons include sentence structure, vocabulary and grammatical accuracy. Students will learn how to communicate their ideas in written English with confidence and accuracy.

Working in small groups, classes will cover:

Essay and report writing Summarising a text Presentation Skills Note taking Referencing/Library Work Grammatical Accuracy Writing styles

Learning outcomes for all classes are to see our students grow in confidence and develop their overall communication skills.

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The International Summer School for Teens

Students will cover a broad range of topics from biology to ecology to climate change and food security. ... [+]

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Environmental Science and Conservation is a hands-on class full of field study and experimentation.

Learn how our environment is affected by the change, learn what it means for life and discover how to positively affect it. As we enter a period of unprecedented change in human history, the study of conservation and the future of our planet has never been more important. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the main issues affecting biodiversity in the world today. Students will cover a broad range of topics from biology to ecology to climate change and food security. As part of the course, students will develop their laboratory skills and undertake a final project which will be centered around field skills. The course includes a trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park.... [-]

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This class prepares students for future careers by developing a business idea and exploring all aspects of a business. ... [+]

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Our Global Entrepreneurship class is well suited to any budding entrepreneur.

However, it is also a great fit for students interested in debating, global issues, problem-solving and leadership.

Dragon’s Den meets summer school

This course is structured in the style of ‘Dragon’s Den’, where students develop a business idea and learn about advertising, business plans, competitive advantages, customer demographics, entrepreneurial spirit, ethical issues, financing, networking, digital marketing, product development and social responsibility.

You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.

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The International Summer School for Teens

Our exclusive golf camp exposes all of our teenagers to a range of Scotland’s most interesting and famous courses whilst also providing specialist tuition to improve thei ... [+]

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Our Golf Summer School is designed to give all of our students, regardless of their level or ability, the unique experience of playing in Scotland, the “Home of Golf.”

Our exclusive golf camp exposes all our teenagers to a range of Scotland’s most interesting and famous courses, whilst also providing specialist tuition to improve their individual game (and handicap if applicable).

This elective class covers:

36 hours of golf tuition from our PGA qualified Golf Coach who is a renowned specialist in the field of junior golf coaching. For Beginners, we offer a perfect introduction to golf where we will guide you through all aspects of the game in a fun, friendly and inspirational setting. Our PGA coaches will teach you the basics; from set up to swing, chipping and bunker shots, to the importance of etiquette and the rules of the game. For Intermediate to Advanced players, our specialist coaches will evaluate your current level and work with you on an individual basis to improve your current game with the aim of reducing your handicap. Lessons will cover swing improvement, short game, distance control and mental focus. Championship courses for 2019 students will be Gleneagles PGA Ryder Cup Course, and Kingsbarns Links Course in St. Andrews* Students can be entered into the St. Andrews Old Course ballot* Club fitting is also available upon request* For Advanced Players, we offer the opportunity to play some of the world’s finest golf courses. To date, our students have played St... [-]
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This class is aimed at students who want to achieve greater fluency and confidence in their spoken English. Students will develop their presentation skills and also work ... [+]

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This class is aimed at students who want to achieve greater fluency and confidence in their spoken English. Students will develop their presentation skills and also work on test-taking strategies for future English language examinations. Students will also have the option of taking the IELTS exam (16 years plus only) whilst they are at the summer school. For more details please contact our Admissions Team.

Working in small groups, classes will cover:

Reading and comprehension Summary and synthesis of text Writing clearly and coherently Presenting information and ideas Communicating as a native speaker IELTS test taking

Learning outcomes for all classes are to see our students grow in confidence and develop their overall communication skills.... [-]

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This is an excellent course to give students exposure to the legal process and economic theory, and how they affect society. ... [+]

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For students who are starting to think about university and future career paths.

Students will learn about the different types of law and the various legal issues that impact our day-to-day lives. They will learn how to debate with confidence in a fun and inspiring setting.

Learn how to speak with confidence

The class will cover:

Mock trial to develop debating skills Study human rights and surveillance law Learn how to present with confidence The basics of legal theory and their real-world application Topics such as the different types of law, government intervention, international trade and politics School wide Model United Nations (MUN) session Learning Outcomes ... [-]
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You will explore new avenues and techniques as you develop your interest and knowledge of photography. ... [+]

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Our photography elective is an excellent introduction to the exciting world of photography.

Our photography elective is an excellent introduction to the exciting world of photography and is ideal for anyone looking to improve their photography skills. During this practical and fun elective, you will receive 36 hours of teaching. Learn how to use your camera, and take amazing photographs. You will explore new avenues and techniques as you develop your interest and knowledge of photography. The practical assignments that you will complete along the way will form the basis of your mini portfolio should you choose to take your interest further.

How to bring together the elements of manual mode to create an evocative image: shutter speed, aperture, and image composition How to choose the right gear, and develop an efficient workflow How to recognize and take advantage of beautiful natural light Work on mini projects and developing a mini portfolio ... [-]
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Build confidence and resilience and develop the skills required to be a great leader as well as a team player. ... [+]

Developing Leadership Skills

Our Sports Leadership Elective will give you confidence and resilience through team building, team sports and developing skills for individual excellence.

This class is designed to develop self-confidence and positive leadership through sport and active outdoor pursuits. With access to numerous indoor and outdoor sports facilities as well as the breath-taking countryside, this class provides a wide variety of sporting opportunities for all levels and abilities. Students will work to develop their sport leadership skills through teamwork, goal setting and effective communication. This class is well suited to students who love sports or those who are just keen to try something new. It is also highly beneficial for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants.... [-]

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This class is designed to instill students with the skills and confidence required for academic success after the summer. ... [+]

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Our Study Skills class is specifically for students who will be starting the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma/GSCE exams after the summer.

Lessons will cover topics such as time management, planning a workload, essay writing, presenting with confidence, taking notes and exam preparation.

With specific reference to the IB, students will discuss requirements for the IB extended essay, CAS and theory of knowledge. This class is designed to instil students with the skills and confidence required for academic success. It’s also highly recommended for students who want to work on their English Language skills in a more academic context.

Learn to be mindful. To take time to put things into perspective so that you can get the most out of your high school experience and enjoy the learning process without feeling overwhelmed.... [-]

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Our tennis class develops fitness, strategy & teaches the finer elements of the sport. We have access to six indoor and two outdoor clay courts which collectively co ... [+]

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Our tennis class develops fitness and strategy while teaching the finer elements of the sport.

We have access to six indoor and two outdoor clay courts, which comprise the Scottish Tennis Centre. These are the same courts where world champion, Andy Murray (currently ranked number 1 in the world) first learned to play.

Coaches are LTA qualified and focus on speed, coordination, strategy and overall technique. This class is open to students of all levels and, like everything we do at ISSFT, has an emphasis on learning through teamwork and fun.

36 hours of tennis tuition Play in outside clay courts, and inside courts Great for fitness and flexibility Improve your game through Padel and other racket sports Working in small groups to develop technical ability, mental focus and coordination Specific lessons include: Groundstroke, net play, footwork, serving (flat, slice, topspin), returning serves (forehand, single-handed backhand, double-handed backhand), strategy, tennis specific fitness, balance, speed strength, backhand, approach shot and overhead shot. Great way to make new friends ... [-]
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Our theatre class gives students a thorough understanding of the creative process. ... [+]

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Our Theatre class offers students the opportunity to take part in all aspects of the creative process.

Students work as a group to learn and develop the skills required to create, design, produce and star in a professional Theatre production. Our theatre class is a challenging, intense and highly rewarding elective.

Exercises that explore the techniques of acting Develop skills related to voice projection Explore the importance of movement in storytelling Understand the creative process in writing and producing a piece of work Reflecting both during and after the creative process Improvisation workshop Perform at Macrobert Arts Centre, a leading multi-arts venue located on the main campus of the University of Stirling. Film making workshop Produce a theatre production for the end of school recital ... [-]
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