At Marlborough College Summer School, our expert team of pastoral staff and tutors make entertaining young people look like child's play. Whether you are looking for an answer to that perpetual question of how to please all the family on holiday or childcare options when term ends, we can help.
A multi-generational holiday is a fantastic opportunity for grandparents, parents, siblings and cousins to enjoy time together and create memories that last long after bags have been unpacked back home. However, balancing the needs of a wide range of ages and interests can present a number of challenges, and this is where we believe Summer School offers the ideal, stress-free solution! Parents and grandparents can choose their own courses and entertainment with peace of mind that the youngsters are happy and well cared for, but never far away.
In addition to staying at the College with their families, young people aged from three to 18 years are welcome to attend as day students. For the four weeks of Summer School, courses run from Monday to Friday and last for either five full or five half days. We therefore offer an ideal childcare option over the long summer holiday, especially as eligible working parents can use Childcare Vouchers to help pay for courses. Non-resident young people from age 6 and upwards that wish to stay on for the evening activities between 4.30pm and 6.30pm can do so from just £5 extra per evening.
We divide courses for young people into four age bands with the structure and content designed to provide an exciting adventure in a safe environment. Junior Troopers (3-6 years) and Children's Activities (6-9 years) adopt the multi-activity approach with a packed programme of arts and crafts, music, sports and outdoor games. Like the adults, older children and teenagers can choose a morning and afternoon course, which they continue all week. In addition to well-loved courses such as Outdoor Adventures, Introduction to Water Polo, Fly Fishing, Tennis and Horse Riding, here are just some of the diverse new activities available this year.
- West End Dance with Charlotte Price - Your mini-musical fan will adore learning to dance some of the biggest show numbers in London's West End including The Lion King, Hairspray and Matilda. The group will look at each song and how it is produced for the stage, before perfecting a routine with those influences.
- An Introduction with Taiko Drumming with Heather Murray - Fun is at the heart of this course, literally! Young Adventurers will learn the basics of Taiko Drumming technique, enjoy the physicality of playing, and learn a piece called 'Tanoshii', which translates from the Japanese as 'fun'.
- Dinosaur Fun Week with Xenia Warren - Dino-devotees will love this roarsome new course all about earth's prehistoric reptiles. Learn many interesting facts while you design-a-saur, dress up, face paint, take part in a fun photo shoot and enjoy lots of fun games and quizzes.
- Badminton with Geoff Mascall and Terry Robinson - A great new sports course for Young Adventurers. The coaches will help budding young badminton players improve their knowledge of the game and master new skills in a relaxed and friendly manner.
- Carnival of the Animals with Juliet Fooks - Sure to be a hit with art and animal addicts alike, this creative course helps young people explore the therapeutic emotions of music and art. Sessions will provide an opportunity to mix mediums, experiment with different skills and techniques and convey their impressions of the animal kingdom.
View the full range of courses available to young people this summer here.