About the Program
ACCORD ISS Barnard Castle Summer School is located in the traditional market town of Barnard Castle in the beautiful region of County Durham in the North East of England.
Virtual tour of Barnard Castle school: Virtual Tour
Barnard Castle town sits near the river Tees and is named after the 12th century castle around which it grew. The town is very popular with tourists as it provides a great base to explore the stunning surrounding countryside and partake in walks and bike rides along Teesdale Way, The Durham Dales and even The North Pennines. Furthermore, the famous Lake District is only 1 hour away from the school.
The larger town of Darlington is approximately 25 minutes away by car. Darlington is also a market town which is famous for its involvement in the world’s first passenger rail journey. This is celebrated at The Darlington Railway Centre and Museum.
Sports and Activities at Barnard Castle
- Fantastic facilities for sports and dance
Barnard Castle summer programme in England offers first class sports and activity facilities for all the needs of the excellent social programme. The fantastic facilities include a brand new fitness suite with a dance studio plus extensive playing fields for football, rugby and cricket.
- Excellent on-site facilities include:
- Tennis courts
- Gymnasium Indoor heated swimming pool
- Floodlit all- weather sports pitch
- ICT suites
- Drama studio and music rooms
- Squash courts
During the afternoons there are a choice of 4- 6 activity options. Activities may include; rugby, basketball, badminton, swimming, drama, music, cricket, rounders, arts & crafts, dance, volley ball, water polo and so many more!
Every Friday afternoon the children will visit Barnard Castle town centre. This historical, market town features a 12th century castle, the famous Bowes Museum and the ‘secret garden of the north’ Eggleston Hall Gardens.
Every Friday evening there is a barbecue followed by a formal presentation of prizes and leavers’ certificates followed by a disco.
Evening entertainment can include sports tournaments, quizzes, capture the flag, themed nights such as Harry Potter Night, talent shows, discos and film nights, and so many more!
Fluency in English is becoming an increasingly essential asset in today’s world. Much emphasis is placed upon communication in the summer English courses at ACCORD ISS Barnard Castle , thus building confidence in the language.
The standard programme includes 15 hours of English lessons a week with a maximum of 15 students per class.
Students will take a written and oral English test upon arrival so teachers can place them in the correct class for their level. We try to mix classes so there are students of a similar age and different nationalities.
Summer English courses at ACCORD ISS Barnard Castle are taught by qualified and experienced teachers who make them fun and encourage students to speak as much English as possible with focus on everyday English.
During their final lessons all students receive advice from their teachers on how they can continue to improve their English when they return home. They also receive a certificate of attendance and a report from their teacher.
When your child goes home, we hope they will feel enriched by their experience with us and will look forward to returning to meet friends made at ACCORD ISS the following year, as so many do.
- Intensive English Programme
If you would like your child to attend a more intensive programme, consolidate his or her new skills, we offer five extra hours of English tuition during which classes focus on Grammar & Vocabulary, Communication & Pronunciation, Reading & Writing. This is taught in small groups of 6 students maximum.
- Individual Tuition
It is possible for students to have one-to-one English lessons on top of their timetabled lessons.
Please contact us if you are interested in extra lessons for your son or daughter.
Excursions, which change weekly, take place on a Wednesday and Sunday. The students of the Barnard Castle summer programme in England will get the opportunity to visit fantastic northern towns, cities and attractions including Durham (where Harry Potter scenes were filmed), York (the medieval city once home to the Vikings) and the beautiful Lake District, which inspired many artists and authors due to its natural beauty.
Hereunder are typical trips offered by ACCORD ISS at Barnard Castle:
- Full day in the city of Durham- walking tour of the city and its landmarks, visit to the cathedral and the city’s museum.
- York- Entry to the Jorvik Viking Centre and walking tour around historic city centre, shopping in The Shambles.
- Leeds – Entry to the world renowned Henry Moore Institute, visit to the Victorian Arcades and shopping in Trinity Leeds
- Manchester- Entry to the Football Museum, Manchester Cathedral and shopping on Market street
At ACCORD ISS Barnard Castle summer residential camp students stay in rooms of two to five beds per room with shared toilets and showers. There are plenty of showers and toilets available which are all cleaned and maintained regularly.
We make every effort to ensure that rooms are shared with children of a different nationality and of a similar age so that they continue speaking English outside of the classroom and make new friends. Parents may request for their child to share with a particular friend(s) and this will be considered but cannot always be guaranteed.
There is a social room in each boarding house where children can watch TV/DVDs, listen to music, play board games etc. Children usually relax in the social room with a hot chocolate drink before bedtime. Our professional and experienced staff stay in the boarding houses to ensure safety and 24-hour supervision.
Students eat their well balanced meals in the impressive dining hall on site. The catering team serve a variety of healthy and balanced meals to cater for all tastes. Hot and cold food is served as well as fruit, salad and desserts. There is always a vegetarian option and special dietary requirements will be catered for.
Snacks and drinks are also available at break times and during the evenings.
Students’ personal laundry is done at least once a week and included in the course fee.
First-Aid staff are on site at all times and any medical problems can be dealt with at the local Doctor’s surgery in Barnard Castle.
There is also a hospital in Barnard Castle town for more serious cases and our staff always accompany students to the Doctor’s surgery or hospital.