Spires Study Tours

At a glance...

Ages: 8-17 years

Courses: Mini-stays, integration & cultural

Groups: 10 students or more

Dates: September to June

Accommodation: Homestay and residential

Location: Across the U.K.

Stay for 5, 6, 7 nights or longer! Our study tours programmes for visiting school or private groups are an ideal option from September to June for teachers and group leaders to experience with their students.

Our study tours programmes are located in Oxford, Cambridge, Cheltenham, London as well as other destinations across the U.K. 

English language learning, U.K. primary or high school integration programmes or a special interest site-seeing visits - speak to us and find out how we can help organise your perfect group stay in the U.K.

Cheltenham Ladies' College in summer


Location: Oxford, Cambridge, Cheltenham, London and more...

Typical courses include:

  • Airport transfers and student insurance can be arranged
  • All food
  • Accommodation (homestay or residential options suitable for all budgets)
  • Organised activities
  • A range of trips to choose from - build your own excursion programme!
  • Language or academic learning of your choice
  • Applied learning on social activities and trips
  • An entrance English level check
  • All learning materials
  • End of course feedback report and certificate
  • Wi-FI
  • Airport transfers and student insurance can also be arranged for an additional fee

All year round: September to June


Both homestay and residential accommodation options are available in single, twin, and larger rooms.

Sample timetable: 

Sample language vacation timetable at Cheltenham Ladies' College

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Spires + Options for visiting groups give students the opportunity to benefit from six hours per week of additional learning opportunities across a range of academic, sporting and creative areas, including:

Exam Skills -Taking students through the stages of planning and preparing for an exam, including:

  • Exam Preparation
  • Revision Strategies
  • Exam Practice

Entrepreneurship - Developing students' entrepreneurial desire and leadership flair, including:

  • Decision Making
  • Cultivating Leadership Skills for the Future
  • Acts of Confidence

STEAM - Laying the STEAM foundations of inquiry, critical thinking, and process-based learning, including:

  • Start asking non-Googleable questions
  • Visual Thinking
  • Reciprocal Teaching

Maths - Mathematics is such an important life skill, we aim to equip students with the skills necessary for life outside the classroom, as well as covering areas important to exam success, including:

  • Number and place value
  • Fractions, Measurement, Statistics, Ratios & Algebra
  • Properties of Shape, Position and Direction

Chemistry – A tailored programme covering all topics within the Chemistry sphere. Enjoy Learning the secrets behind:

  • The Substance
  • Matter
  • Properties & Reactions

Physics - Structured tuition available for a range of topics, including:

  • Energy, Heat & Thermodynamics
  • Electricity, Magnetism & Waves
  • Light

English Literature – Finding it hard to structure essays, answering questions, and  would like support on analysing prose or poetry? Specific support in some of the following areas include:

  • Working through a difficult question or essay
  • How to structure, approach and write essays under the pressure
  • Revision techniques

History – Aiming to bring History out of the past and to life using enthusiasm and expert knowledge, enabling students' enjoyment for History, including:

  • Tailored tuition organised, covering knowledge of all exam boards
  • Organised visits to museums and sites of historical interest
  • Revision techniques

Geography – Students will receive a personalised education plan, assessment and continued review on this tailored Geography option, ensuring progress is achieved.

  • Students will be matched according to their age and level and learning style
  • Tailored tuition organised, covering knowledge of all exam boards
  • Learn valuable revision techniques

Crime Scene Science  – Become a forensic scientist, carrying out a series of chemical tests and using clues found to solve the crime!  Our Crime Scence Science option helps develop valuable skills, including:

  • Teamwork & Communication
  • Working scientifically & making comparisons
  • Drawing conclusions & solving the crime!

Bot Mazes  –  Code a BBC micro:bit to control a robot buggy and explore the importance of testing and improving their designs, including:

  • An introduction to the text-based coding language 'Python'
  • Develop valuable engineering skills & communication skills
  • Teamwork & resilience

Bit Codebreakers – Learn how to use a BBC micro:bit to send messages, considering the importance of privacy while trying to work out who the secret agent partner is, including:

  • Learning some basic encryption techniques
  • Discover a fun introduction to the text-based coding language Python, 
  • Learn MakeCode editor (similar to the popular coding language, Scratch

Active Camps – An opportunity to mix and integrate with local British children on a range of multi- activity sessions, all delivered in English by our experienced and qualified team.  Activities include:

  • Multi activity sports
  • Team games & group activity
  • Arts & Crafts

Active Adventure - Enjoy fun, creative, and varied outdoor and adventure activities with local British children including:

  • Kayaking, archery & shelter building
  • Raft building, fire lighting & survival skills
  • Orienteering, wood carving & slack-lining

Spires + options are available for a supplement of £150 per week. Please contact us for more information.

Oxford Spires Plus

Take advantage of an additional 6 hours of specialist instruction and tuition in a range of Spires+ subjects, sports and activities.

St Edward's School campus

Birdseye view of a school campus

St Edward's School campus

School campus

St Edward's School campus

School campus

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