English Enrichment for 13-17 year olds

Earlscliffe is a private sixth form college during the academic year and offers an intimate, highly-personalised environment. Earlscliffe was built in 1870 and underwent complete renovation and refurbishment in 2012-16.

It is located in the desirable West End of Folkestone, within walking distance of the elegant Leas promenade, the high-speed train link to London St Pancras and the town centre’s shops.

Our learning

22 hours per week
Minimum English level: B1+

This English enrichment course is motivational, stimulating and unique. It is intended for intermediate level English learners and above. The maximum class size is twelve. 

Students are tested on arrival and are given an approximate CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level on exit, ranging from B1 (threshold) to C2 (mastery), based upon their classwork throughout the course. 


Weekly UNESCO debate:
pollution; climate change; education; clean water; women's rights.

Weekly topical debate:
hunting; animal testing; euthanasia; capital punishment.

'In the News' forum:
discuss the media stories of the day.

Advanced reading comprehension:
discussion of a topical article from 'The Times', 'The Economist' and other popular news publications.

Extended Writing:
instruction on academic essay writing, both creative and reflective.

Critical thinking:
if you wish to achieve higher academic grades, being able to take an informed and analytical approach to your studies is very important. Simply memorising and explaining concepts and ideas does not show real understanding and application. You need to be able to demonstrate knowledge of your subject and give your opinion(s) supported by evidence that you have judged to be appropriate.

Project time: make a film, a news clip or a radio show as a group and present it to the whole school.

Trips: students learn about the various cultural destinations they will visit, and write a trip review of a town or site visited.

Extra intensive English

Students at Earlscliffe may take advantage of our extra learning options – 4 hours per week or one to one – see Booking Form.

Our activities

Students play volleyball, basketball, badminton, billiards and table tennis on-site. Our supervised afternoon and evening activities include karaoke nights; football, softball, a ‘Summer of Talent’ show, swimming, themed disco nights, tennis, mini-golf, dry slope tobogganing, ‘jeux sans frontières’ and quiz nights to name but a few…

These sports and activities are offered from mid-afternoon, after the day’s lessons have finished.

We are fortunate to be close to both Folkestone’s town centre and its shops, the artistic Creative Quarter, the beach and seafront, all of which offer our students moments of discovery and relaxation.

The day trips

An Earlscliffe highlight is our weekly trip to London (Capital Wednesday™) when over the course of the summer we visit the following famous London landmarks: the Tate Modern; Chelsea Football Club; the London Eye; St Paul’s Cathedral; the British Museum and Buckingham Palace. On Capital Wednesdays™ we use the high speed train link from nearby Folkestone central station which has a journey time of 55 minutes. Our Mini-MBA students also visit the Bank of England Museum and The Shard, Europe’s tallest building.

On Sundays we may visit the world-famous cathedral city of Canterbury including a river boat tour; Leeds Castle and Bluewater shopping centre; Hever Castle and Royal Tunbridge Wells; Thorpe Park theme park and the nearby Dover Castle. Our day trips are supervised. On some visits there will be free time given i.e. Folkestone, Ashford, Covent Garden.

The rooms and meals

Most rooms are spacious twin or triple rooms with en-suite WC and shower. All rooms are Wi-Fi connected. The high standard of accommodation is attractive to today’s students, and all the more so given the beautiful Victorian façade of the buildings in which it sits.

Meals are taken in the college dining room and prepared by our own chef and team. Meals are varied and often international, such as Chinese, Mexican or Indian, but not forgetting the occasional British fish and chips!

Formal dinners, every two weeks, give our students a chance to dress up and enjoy a three course meal by candlelight.

Any student’s special dietary needs can be catered for, i.e. vegetarian, non-dairy etc. Please notify us at the time of booking. Students are given packed meals on day trips.


Horse Riding
Take riding lessons in a friendly, welcoming environment at the stables located on the fields and cliffs overlooking the English channel. All abilities welcome. Please bring shoes with a heel.

Perfect your swing with golf teaching professionals in small groups at the nearby club which offers a covered driving range, a 9 hole academy course and a full 18 hole course.

A day of fun in the forest dodging your opponents and trying to plant the flag for your team (all safety equipment is provided and must be worn at all times).

Musical Trip - Disney's 'The Lion King' in London's West End
Most children will have seen the movie and be familiar with Elton John's music which makes the experience all the more fulfilling and easy to understand.

Warner Bros Harry Potter Tour
For Harry Potter fans why not enjoy a day out at this popular attraction to the north of London at Warner Bros Studios. You will be able to see many of the sets, props and costumes from the most successful film series of all the time: the Great Hall; Dumbledore's office; the shops in Diagon Alley; see Harry's Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid's motorcycle; the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid's hut and Professor Umbridge's office at the Ministry of Magic. Have a refreshing Butterbeer in the studio café to finish your magical afternoon!

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