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Summer Summer Course

Benenden School


Founded in 1923, Benenden School has been one of the leading boarding schools in Britain for more than 95 years. The school occupies an impressive Victorian mansion situated in 240 acres of beautiful parkland, known as Hemsted Park, in the heart of Kent – the Garden of England.
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Key Facts


9 – 17 years


15 contact hours per week




Boarding school


330 max beds per week


6 hours free teacher training


  • Exclusive and prestigious boarding school with Royal alumni
  • Stunning and private setting with extensive outdoor and indoor sports facilities
  • Beautiful school in the wonderful Kent countryside
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About the programme

  • English levels: Elementary – Proficiency (the programme can be adjusted to lower English levels)
  • Young learners’ syllabus available for students aged 9-11*
  • Maximum class size: 18
  • 3 full-days to Brighton, Canterbury and London
  • 1 half-day to Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • On-site activities include sports, discos and karaoke
  • Free Science and Drama workshops will be offered as part of afternoon and evening on-site activities
  • Full Group Leader Programme included. Download here.

*subject to demand and minimum student numbers required



Sign up in advance required. Spaces limited.

  • For a supplement, music lessons are available with professional Kent Music teachers. Wide ranges of instruments are available.
  • Horse riding lessons are also available at this campus during onsite activities


Oxford International Junior Programmes understands that occasionally slightly young/older siblings or friends may wish to come in a group. Oxford International Junior Programmes reserves the right to accept students who are slightly younger or older than the advertised minimum/maximum age. These exceptional requests must be approved by our admissions team in advance. Appropriate welfare and safety provisions will apply.

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Turn 1

04 July – 18 July


Turn 2

18 July – 01 August

Benenden School


Sports: Extensive outdoor and indoor sports facilities including tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, playing fields and newly built multi-functional sports pitch

Other: State-of-the-art teaching facilities, stunning 300-seat theatre complex set within a unique mix of contemporary and traditional buildings

Accommodation: A mixture of single and multi-bedded rooms, with shared bathroom facilities


Rail: Direct trains from Staplehurst to London Charing Cross which take approximately 1 hour
Bus: Bus 297 goes between Tenterden and Tunbridge Wells via Benenden

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Benenden School

Greenwood Cottage, Cranbrook Rd, Benenden, Cranbrook TN17 4AA, UK

Staplehurst Train Station

Staplehurst, Staplehurst, Tonbridge TN12 0QR, UK

Central London

Charing Cross Underground Station, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DR, UK


Old Sessions House, N Holmes Rd, Canterbury CT1 1NX, UK


31 Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB, UK

London Heathrow Airport

Condor Way, Longford, Hounslow TW6, UK

London Gatwick

North Terminal, Departures Rd, Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NP, UK

Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport, Bassingbourn Rd, Stansted CM24 1QW, UK

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Sample Programme

Day 1ArrivalsArrivalsCampus tour and ice-breaker activities
Day 2Placement Test and Lesson 1Half day excursion to Royal Tunbridge WellsWelcome Disco
Day 3Lesson 2On-site ActivitiesOn-site Activities
Day 4Lesson 3Half day excursion to Battle AbbeyKaraoke/Lip Sync Battle
Day 5Lesson 4On-site ActivitiesOn-site Activities
Day 6On-site ActivitiesLesson 5International Evening
Day 7Full day excursion to CanterburyEntrance to Canterbury CathedralOn-site Activities
Day 8On-site ActivitiesLesson 6Disco
Day 9Full day excursion to London by train with Politics and Royalty walking tourEntrance to British Museum and shopping in Covent Garden/PiccadillyEvening in London with late return to campus
Day 10Lesson 7Lesson 8On-site Activities
Day 11iPad Treasure HuntLesson 9On-site Activities
Day 12On-site ActivitiesLesson 10Talent Show
Day 13Full day excursion to BrightonEntrance to Sea Life CentreOn-site Activities
Day 14Optional ExcursionOptional ExcursionOn-site Activities
Day 15DeparturesDeparturesDepartures

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