The ACCORD ISS summer programme offers a well-balanced timetable of English tuition, sport and fun activities combined with outings to recreational and cultural centres. The school has superb facilities including:

  • Sports hall
  • Outdoor heated swimming pool
  • First-class sports fields
  • Drama studio
  • Art room
  • Squash courts
  • Tennis courts
  • First class concert/assembly hall
  • Social rooms

Activities

During the afternoons there is a choice of 5 to 6 activity options, at least two of which are non-sporting. Activities include, for example, football, basketball, swimming, rugby, rounders, cricket, volleyball, pool games, water polo, yoga, dance, cookery, board games, drama, jewellery making, art and craft, origami, music, tennis, dance (and many more!).

Every Friday afternoon, students will either visit the nearby town of Tunbridge Wells or go strawberry picking at a local farm. 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 quizzes, themed nights such as Sherlock Holmes or Alice in Wonderland, talent shows, discos and film nights, and so many more!

Excursions

Excursions, which change weekly, take place  on a Wednesday and Sunday. A full day in London is included, as well as other places of cultural interest. Our staff always accompany students on all visits. Hereunder are typical trips offered by ACCORD ISS:

  • National Portrait Gallery, sightseeing in London; Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square and shopping
  • Canterbury- cathedral, museum, walking tour of the city and shopping
  • Buckingham Palace state rooms tour, watching the Changing of the Guard, picnic in St James`s Park and Leicester Square
  • “Ripley’s Believe it or not” visit, sightseeing in London, Leicester Square and Oxford Street.
  • Science Museum London, visit to Harrods, picnic in Hyde Park and walk in the Kensington area
  • Hever Castle, once home of one of Henry VIII`s wives, Anne Boleyn, castle grounds and water maze
  • Rye and Camber Sands – Visit to the historical town of Rye, museum, viewing tower of town, beach

All excursions, including entrance fees and tickets, are included in the weekly course fee. There are no additional costs.


Optional Activities and Sports

In addition to the inclusive sports and activities programme, it is possible to book additional activities and coaching in certain sports. This is perfect for students wishing to learn a new skill or continue practising their favourite hobby whilst in the UK. Some activities will take place off-site and are led by qualified professionals.

We recommend students only book these options for sports they really enjoy, as they will miss the timetabled activity. All equipment is provided, but some students prefer to bring their own.

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Sailing / Kayaking

For students aged 12 years and above. Two and a half hours on 2 afternoons per week at Bewl Water Country Park. Fully qualified instructor.


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Windsurfing

For students aged 12 years and above. Two and a half hours on 2 afternoons per week at Bewl Water Country Park. Fully qualified instructor.


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Tennis

Coaching is available in small groups for players of all abilities for 2 hours on 3 afternoons per week (6 hours).


Mountain Biking

At Bedgebury National Pinetum on a range of routes, 3 afternoons per week (2 hours).


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Football Academy

On our very own football pitches at Bethany, 3 afternoons per week (2 hours). Football stadium tours (Chelsea, Arsenal, etc) will take place most weeks as an additional to complement this academy and can be booked in advance.


2011 Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB race. Images by Greg Beadle

Dance Academy

Led by our own ACCORD ISS dance instructors, 3 afternoons per week (2 hours). Workshops at the famous Pineapple Dance Studios will take place most weeks as an additional to complement this academy and can be booked in advance.


Our optional activities and sports are popular and there are limited places available. Thus, early booking is recommended if boys and girls are interested in taking part in above sports activities.


Fast Facts!

  • First class facilities
  • 5 to 6 activities to choose from each afternoon
  • Evening entertainment including themed nights, talent shows and discos
  •  3 full day excursions per two week stay
  • 1 half day excursion per week to Tunbridge Wells or a local farm for strawberry picking
  • Optional sports and activities available