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How learning in the Summer can help your kid get ahead, make friends and have fun

How learning in the Summer can help your kid get ahead, make friends and have fun Are you a busy London parent, wondering how to occupy your teen during the summer? Do you wish there was a painless way to help them get a head start for GSCEs or A’Levels that are looming?  Do you love the holidays but secretly think they go on too long/there are more productive ways for kids to spend their time than on the iPad or their phones?

If so, summer camp specialists Academic Summer could be the answer you are looking for. Based at DLD College near the London Eye in Westminster (also in Cambridge and Sidcot, near Bristol and in British Columbia, Canada), we offer a carefully tailored blend of learning and fun for UK and overseas students aged 12-18.  UK students can opt to stay in comfortable accommodation overnight (single bedrooms with their own ensuite!) or commute from home. On any given day your child could be brushing up on Maths, Chemistry and Physics in the morning  – all our sites have fully equipped labs – then visiting the Harry Potter studios, learning to punt in Cambridge or climbing up the 02.  All in the company of like-minded students from overseas. In the evenings, residential students are free to take part in talent shows, discos, or opt for a quick drumming and percussion lesson.

For parents wanting to help their kids prepare for the Eleven Plus or Common Entrance exams, or simply wanting to provide a bit of extra support, our Academic Junior course also offer day time study for juniors with a similar emphasis of balancing learning and fun.

There are over 25 subjects on offer including all the core GSCE/A ‘level/IB curriculum subjects as well as additional value-added topics such as essay writing and presentation skills – for a full list of subjects click here.  Specialist programmes preparing students for Oxbridge and entry to medical school are on offer, while individual requirements, such as a specific focus on literacy or maths, can also be catered for.

Class sizes are limited to 15 and teaching - by fully qualified teachers - range from lectures and assemblies, to one-on-one tutor time, with laboratories available for scientists and workshops for design and technology projects.

The key to Academic Summer’s popularity with parents and students? According to course director Helen Lami, it’s that there is as much focus on fun as on learning. “We understand that doing lessons in the summer is a big ask, so we go all out to make lessons immersive and engaging in beautiful, comfortable surroundings. Once lessons are done, we set of one of  a truly fun days out which could include a trip to Lords Cricket Ground or shopping in the Lanes in Brighton.”