Courses for 10-12 year olds

Course Overview

  • Study with us for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks
  • Stay in a top British boarding school
  • High pastoral staff to student ratio
  • Experienced and well-trained pastoral team
  • Maximum 15 students per class with expert teachers
  • Study a range of exciting subjects
  • All meals included
  • Workshops and leisure activities included

“Oxford Summer Courses is one of the best courses I’ve been on to meet new people, I made friends during my time that I will never forget. I truly loved it and will come back for longer next time!”

TANISHKA SURI 2016 Student from United Arab Emirates


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Our courses for 10-12 year olds combine the very best of British education, culture, and sport. You’ll experience one of the UK’s top boarding schools; choose from a range of subjects taught by expert teachers; and have the chance to make friends from across the globe. We use our seven years of summer school expertise to pack your time with us full of fun, engaging, and exciting activities: your summer with us will be one to remember.

Your mornings will be spent in a small class group (no more than 15 students) learning about an exciting topic with an expert teacher. Whether you are learning about rocket fuel or robotics, running your own business or writing music journalism, you’ll be able to discover a whole new world (or two) which goes beyond what you learn at school.

Your afternoons will be filled with skills-based workshops, making use of the outstanding facilities on our school campus. You can choose the activity which interests you the most, whether it’s performing in a play, orienteering in the British countryside, or trying your hand at croquet.

Your evenings offer the chance to relax after an action-packed day, with leisure activities including arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, cinema trips and quiz nights. Our friendly, well-trained pastoral staff will ensure you are safe and happy, whilst guiding you around the best of what the UK has to offer.

“Oxford Summer Course has been the best experience of my life! Over the two weeks I have learnt so much. There was a great balance between lessons and activities, so we were never bored.”

NICOLA CHAN Student from Hong Kong


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At Oxford Summer Courses, we prioritise our students’ care and wellbeing. We can guarantee 24-hour supervision and a ratio of one staff member to every five students for our 10-12 year old students, so your summer school experience will be as safe as it is fun. All of our pastoral staff are teachers or education professionals. Alongside an outstanding level of pastoral care, we guarantee world-class teaching and an authentic British educational experience. Oxford Summer Courses has been running summer school programmes since 2010, and has always sought to provide the highest possible standard of educational and cultural experience. We also understand how to provide a stress-free and enriching experience for students and their parents. The pastoral provision for our courses for 10-12 year olds includes:
  • • Experienced house parents and highly trained pastoral teams (including First Aid), who live on site for the duration of the course
  • • 24 hour supervision
  • • An experienced on-site nurse
  • • A detailed timetable, with staff available at all times to ensure students are happy in their learning environment
  • • End-of-course progress reports issued to parents


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We are fortunate enough to offer our summer courses for 10-12 year-olds at Wycombe Abbey. The school was founded in 1896 and is a world leader in girls’ boarding education. It is consistently ranked as one of the top performing schools in the UK. Set in magnificent rural grounds spanning more than 160 acres, Wycombe Abbey offers a wide array of modern facilities including:
  • • 25 metre indoor heated swimming pool
  • • Sports hall and dance studio
  • • Performing arts centre with a theatre and recital hall
  • • Technology-focused modern foreign languages centre
Accommodation at Wycombe Abbey consists of secure, comfortable dormitories used by students during term time. You can also make yourself at home in the cosy boarding house common room, enjoy the school’s beautiful grounds in the summer weather, or take a trip to the well-resourced library if you’d like to do some extra reading.


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Highly interactive classes

You will have the opportunity to learn from expert teachers, and participate in fun, highly interactive classes with other students from around the world. As our classes are small you’ll get lots of attention from your teacher, and have the chance to focus on the topics which interest you the most. This means you will receive a higher quality of individualised teaching during your course than you would anywhere else.

Experienced, passionate teaching staff

We are dedicated to selecting highly experienced, passionate teaching staff. Not only are many of our teachers experts in their fields, they are also chosen because they are great at explaining their subjects and making them interesting at any level. We don’t just want our students to learn a lot: we want them to be inspired by what they are learning. You will receive 15 hours of classroom contact time with your tutor per week. Our classroom teaching is interspersed with interactive learning activities and group projects to improve your subject knowledge. Our courses offer all sorts of possibilities: you could be creating a gaming app, drawing up a plan for your own business idea, or writing and performing in a play. We emphasise the importance of teamwork as well as fun to make sure you get the most out of your experience with us.


We offer a programme of exciting skills-based workshops, which are held in the afternoons after morning lessons. These offer the opportunity to focus on hands-on skills, build confidence and have fun. Our afternoon workshop programme rotates on a weekly basis, and includes:

  • Wildlife & Conservation
  • Theatre History
  • Debating
  • Music
  • Animation

“My time here at Oxford Summer Courses has been one unlike any other. Tutors and students alike engaged in intensive yet fun lessons and activities, forming a unique and individualized classroom environment. Alongside the classroom, getting to meet some of the brightest minds from around the world gave me the chance to make friends and form bonds”

ANDERSON GU Student from the United States



We like to ensure that you have time away from the classroom during your course, to relax and socialise with your new friends. Our courses are small groups with plenty of staff on hand, so you can be kept busy and safe during our packed timetable of fun activities. You will participate in activities on-site, using the excellent facilities at Wycombe Abbey, and off-site, experiencing the sights and history of the UK.


We take day trips away from Wycombe Abbey twice a week to locations in London and Oxfordshire. These include visits to Blenheim Palace, the Queen’s residence at Windsor Castle, and the British Museum in London. Many of the experienced staff leading these excursions are current students and alumni of the University of Oxford, so you are guaranteed an enriched experience. Day trips and activities may include:
  • • Harry Potter World
  • • Sights of London, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and Buckingham Palace
  • • Legoland
  • • Tour of the “dreaming spires” of Oxford University
  • • Cinema trips
  • • In-house activities including yoga and arts and crafts


Our courses for 10-12 year olds focus on broad subject areas, which aim to provide dynamic and interactive immersion through small group seminars in a variety of interesting subjects. Have a look at our current options below:

Enterprise Explorers

Have you ever had an idea for a new business? Perhaps you’ve dreamt up an app everyone needs, or think you’ve spotted the next fast food craze? This course is designed not only to help budding entrepreneurs develop their ideas, but give a real-world understanding of how to launch them into the world of business. Learn how to conduct market research (and have a go with your peers…), try your hand at an advertising campaign, and understand how a new product can go global. Be inspired by the stories of some of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs, and improve your teambuilding skills as you work with your peers on business plans. How far will your idea go?

Tech Explorers

Do you have what it takes to be three types of tech whizz? Our Tech Explorers course brings together skills from the worlds of technology, engineering, and computer science in a dynamic, robotics-focused course. Design and construct your own robot, programme its movements, and explore the relationship between machinery and the environment. You will discover the exciting ways technology is improving our world, and what life is like for a code breaker or jet plane designer. What problem will your robot solve?

Science Explorers

How much science do we rely on every day? Explore the worlds of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in this tour of exciting scientific discoveries. Launch your own rocket and learn what life might be like on Mars; examine the history of medicine and the accidental findings that help keep the world healthy; and experiment with colours and chemistry as you create your own bath bombs. Your tutor will guide you through the exciting history of some of the most important scientific discoveries, and show how scientists of the future might carry out their experiments. What kind of scientist will you be?

Story Explorers

How many stories do you have to tell? Jump into the worlds of journalism and creative writing and develop your skills as a writer of fiction and non-fiction. From reviewing a new music release to composing a haiku; breaking a sports story to penning your own page-turning thriller, you will have the opportunity to explore a whole range of writing styles. You will also dive into the most modern forms of storytelling, uncovering how a photojournalist can tell a story with no words at all, and how a vlog can attract thousands of viewers. What kind of storyteller will you be?

English Explorers

Would you like to improve your English? Our English Explorers course offers an interactive, immersive and confidence-building experience to students with less advanced English skills and fluency. Specialist English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers will help you to expand your vocabulary and understanding, and apply your new skills to a variety of real-life situations.

Example Timetable

Prices and Dates

  • • One week: £1,495 – Starting July 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 1st, 8th and 15th
  • • Three weeks: £3,395 – Starting July 1st and 8th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 1st
Included in the price is:
  • • All teaching, activities and interactive workshops
  • • Accommodation
  • • All meals
  • • All offsite excursions
The price does not include flights or medical insurance. Taxi transfers to and from the airport can be arranged at an additional cost. We will have staff at Heathrow on arrivals day to help greet you from your flight to the taxi if required.