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Concord College was founded in 1949 and provides high quality courses mainly for students
from overseas. Our campus at Acton Burnell is located in one of the most beautiful areas of
England. The rural location makes this a very quiet, safe and secure location for students to
study. Our staff live on campus and provide a caring, well supervised environment for young
people to live and study.

From September to June students study for GCSE, ‘A’ Level and ‘AS’ Level examinations in
preparation for university entrance. In July and August Concord provides junior EFL summer
courses, and specialist science courses up to GCSE level.

Concord has two Summer Schools each year:

26 days in July
22 days in August

and students may enrol on one or both courses if they wish.

A Concord Summer School has three main aims for its students:

1.      To improve skills in English, including reading, speaking, listening and writing.

2.      To meet and make friends with young people from many different countries and cultures
        of the world.

3.      To see something of Britain and the British way of life.

20 hours of tuition are provided each week. Lessons are from 09:15 – 15:00 on Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday lessons finish at 12:40 and there is a half-day
excursion to a local town for sightseeing and shopping. After lessons we have a full sports and
recreation programme on campus, with interclass and individual competitions in a variety of
sports. Off-campus activities are also organised, such as cinema and theatre visits, horse-
riding, climbing, canoeing, abseiling, pot-holing, hill walking, ten pin bowling, ice-skating and
Megazone (Laser Quest). All these activities are supervised by our qualified staff. On Saturday
there is a full day excursion, including a day in Warwick (or London for older students) and a trip
to a theme park. Sunday is a free day but with sport and recreation organised both on and off

The maximum English class size is 12 students and there is a wide range of levels from
Beginners to Advanced. Students are tested on arrival and placed into a class of suitable age
and English ability. Our age range is 8-18 years for the English courses and 13-17 years for the
Science courses. The English Course teaching day is split into three main parts:

1.      The day begins with textbook based lessons aimed at improving grammar and structure
        of English.

2.      The second part of the day is based on the four skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking and

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3.      After lunch, students select two options in which to study English. At present these
        include Drama, Health and Fitness, Photography, Cookery, History of Pop Music, History
        of Football, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Advertising, British Culture,
        Fashion, ‘Sport, Sport, Sport’, Camping and Navigation, History of Art, Embroidery and
        Jewellery Making, Dance. These options can change from year to year depending on
        the expertise of our teachers.

Concord is fully residential and most students are accommodated in single study bedrooms, but
there are a small number of double rooms available for younger students. Boys and girls live in
separate houses. All our teachers live on campus, in the same houses as students, and each
teacher has a pastoral responsibility for a small number of students accommodated nearby.

Our prices include accommodation, meals, tuition, airport transfers on the first and last days of
the course from and to London Heathrow, the on-campus sports and recreation programme,
use of textbooks, laundry, a course photograph and full and half-day excursions. Students will
be required to pay for extra activities such as horse-riding and entrance fee for cinema, ten pin
bowling etc. - in other words, optional activities not taught by our staff.

Students may also wish to enrol on our ‘SKILLS EXTRA’ programme. This gives students the
opportunity to take part fully in a summer course, and also to improve their skills in a particular
activity through expert tuition. We offer this extra programme in GOLF, TENNIS and HORSE-
week period, (total 9 x 1 ½ hour sessions).

Our beautiful campus is exceptionally well equipped, with a large sports hall, with separate
aerobics room, climbing wall and squash courts, heated indoor swimming pool, all weather
tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, rugby and football pitches and a running track. We also
have a video lounge, an evening coffee and snack bar with internet café, and our own disco.
We have large art rooms, a computer room, library, language laboratory and computer games
room. Science is taught in our modern, purpose built laboratories. A new Performing Arts
Centre with a theatre and auditorium to seat over 300 people and music practice rooms was
recently completed together with a new student bedroom block and a student kitchen. Future
projects include refurbishment of the West End (our disco and Internet Care area), changes in
the dining room, completion of a new entrance and road into the College and development of an
extension to the Science block to provide 4 additional laboratories.

We pride ourselves on the care we take of our students and the safety of our courses, with
close supervision by staff, and night watchmen on duty throughout the night. Concord is a no-
smoking college and students are not allowed alcohol, whatever their age.

To find out more visit our web site at - or contact us for a brochure:

               Telephone: +44 (0)1694 731633
               Fax:       +44 (0)1694 731219

A separate brochure for GCSE and A-level courses is available on request.

John Leighton
Director of Summer Courses

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Thank you for your enquiry about Summer Courses at Concord. We are often asked many
specific questions by prospective students and their parents. Below are the answers to the
more common ones.

1.      What type of course do you offer? English as a Foreign Language and Intensive Science

2.      What is the course fee for Summer 2005?

        Course A        3 July – 28 July              English        26 days        £1,950
        Course B        3 July – 28 July              Science        26 days        £2,185
        Course C       31 July – 21 August            English        22 days        £1,645
        Course D       31 July – 21 August            Science        22 days        £1,850

3.      What does this include? Tuition, accommodation, all meals, Heathrow airport transfers
        on first and last days of course, course photograph, all sports and recreation activities on
        campus (and some off campus), laundry and excursions.

4.      How can the fees be paid? By bank transfer or cheque in pounds sterling. Payment by
        Visa card can also be accepted, subject to a 1.5% administration charge.

5.      Where is the school located? In Central England (the Heart of England) near to the
        border with Wales. This is one of the most beautiful areas in the UK. The local town is
        Shrewsbury which is about 45 minutes from Birmingham and about 3 hours from
        London. You can look at our location on a map of Britain or on our website at

6.      What is your age range? We run junior courses for students from 8 to 18 years.

7.      How many levels do you have? All levels from beginners to advanced.

8.      How many students in a class? 12 maximum. Some classes are smaller.

9.      How are students placed in a class? A test is given at the start of the course and
        students are placed according to their age and English ability. We try to have mixed
        nationality classes where possible and a reasonable mix of boys and girls.

10.     Do you accept groups? Yes, small groups are welcome although many of our bookings
        are on an individual basis.

11.     What type of accommodation do you offer? Most of our students are in single study-
        bedrooms. We do have a few double rooms for our younger students. Girls and boys
        are strictly segregated in different houses with teachers living in with the students.

12.     What kinds of pastoral care do you have? Each teacher is responsible for a small group
        of students living near them for any general welfare problems. Each class has its own
        class teacher who will monitor academic progress and liaise with the Directors of
        Studies. Behavioural problems are dealt with by the Course Director.

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13.     Do you arrange any other activities apart from studying? Yes. We have a very well
        equipped campus with sports hall, swimming pool, two soccer pitches, rugby pitch,
        basketball, volleyball and tennis courts (outdoor), 9 hole golf course, aerobics and
        weight training rooms, running track, photography dark room, art room, computer room,
        Internet café, disco and small cinema to show video films. We employ specialist Physical
        Education, Outdoor Education and Art teachers to organise our recreation programme.
        A new Performing Arts Centre was completed in November 2000 with a large auditorium
        and music practice rooms. Construction of Squash courts and an extension to the dining
        room were completed in February 2003.

14.     Are all your teachers native speakers? Yes – and all our EFL teachers have a minimum
        of RSA Certificate in Teaching EFL.

15.     What teaching methods do you use? This varies according to level but we aim to get
        students using their English as much as possible with lessons in the four skills of
        reading, writing, listening and speaking. Grammar is also taught in textbook based
        lessons. Use of English outside the classrooms is encouraged at all times and in the
        afternoons we have an option programme with a wide variety of subjects.

16.     What examinations do you offer? None on short Summer Courses such as these.

17.     Will a student get a Certificate at the end of the course? Each student has a report sent
        home which gives information on English progress and involvement in the recreational

18.     How can a student enrol? Complete our application form enclosed in brochure or
        printed from our website and return it to us with a deposit of £250. This is deducted from
        the course fee if the student is accepted. Balance of fees is due three weeks before the
        course starts. If we are unable to accept the student or a visa cannot be obtained, we
        will refund the deposit.

19.     Can we assist in getting visas for students? Our letter of acceptance details start and
        finish dates, course fee, type of course and accommodation arrangements which enable
        the British Embassy to process a visa application smoothly.

20.     Does the College have a medical insurance scheme? NO - There are no charges for
        students to be attended by the College nurse or by our local doctor. As far as hospital
        treatment is concerned, there is no charge for National Health Service hospitals. These
        are excellent for emergency cases but there are long waiting lists for non-emergency
        treatment. Private medical insurance should be arranged by parents in the country of
        residence to cover such things as an air ambulance etc. It is not possible for the College
        to do this for a short course.

21.     Does the College arrange insurance of personal belongings? NO - The College does
        not insure against the loss of students’ personal belongings. If parents feel this is
        necessary, they should make their own arrangements.

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