Sustainable Futures for 14-17 year olds

Your planet, your future

22 hours per week
Minimum English level: B1+
Maximum class size: 12

This highly relevant course offers an exciting and thought-provoking mix of theoretical and practical activities designed to encourage responsibility, commitment and purpose in its participants through self-reflection.

Case studies will consist of both global and local initiatives and their interaction with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.



·      Sustainable development

·      Climate change

·      Our oceans

·      Sustainable cities

·      The economics of sustainability

·      Global leadership

Delivered through classes, workshops, discussions and debates.



·      Life on the coast: rising sea levels; erosion; locally-sourced food; leisure activities and tourism

·      Activities including kayaking; paddle-boarding; cooking; sustainable farming visit; coastal expedition; cycle tours

Our activities

In addition to the academic enrichment events on all courses, Earlscliffe offers a balance of sports, cultural events, arts and crafts, fun games, walks and competitions, so there is something for everyone on the programme. Our staff organise and supervise all these activities after the day’s lessons have finished.

Students play volleyball, basketball, badminton, billiards and table tennis on-site. Our supervised afternoon and evening activities include karaoke nights; football; softball; ‘Earlscliffe’s Got Talent’; swimming; themed disco nights; tennis; rounders; ‘Jeux sans Frontières’ and quiz nights, to name just a few. 

Regular daytime and evening beach trips are a popular part of the week’s activities.

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

We use the excellent facilities provided at the Three Hills and Folkestone sports centres, not to mention the new multi-storey skate park!

Cultural visits

Earlscliffe offers day trips on Wednesdays and Sundays, half-day visits to Ashford Designer Outlet or Folkestone on Saturday afternoons, and evening bowling, laser tag or cinema trips. Earlscliffe is well-located, within comfortable travelling distance of London and the many cultural destinations in Kent and Sussex. All trips are supervised and students are given a pre-trip briefing.

An Earlscliffe highlight is our weekly trip to London (Capital Wednesday™) when over the course of the summer we visit many of the following famous London landmarks: the Tate Modern; the London Dungeon; the London Eye; the Natural History Museum; St Paul’s Cathedral; the Tower of London; the V&A; the British Museum and Buckingham Palace.

On Capital Wednesdays™ we use the direct high-speed train from nearby Folkestone Central station which has a journey time of 55 minutes. Our Mini-MBA™ students also visit the Bank of England Museum. Uni-Prep students will also visit universities in London and Oxford.

On Sundays we may visit: the world-famous cathedral city of Canterbury and take a river boat tour; Leeds Castle and Bluewater shopping centre; Thorpe Park theme park, Margate and Dreamland; ice-skating and Hastings, including Adventure Golf.

One of our day trips is to an outdoor activities centre for mountain biking, den-building and other team-bonding exercises. Students will be given some free time in small groups on trips.

Rooms and meals

Earlscliffe does not use host families. All students live in our own, supervised residences which are located within a few minutes’ walk of both the main building and the school house classrooms. All our buildings were originally built between 1870 and 1910, with four being late Victorian in style and the other four Edwardian. All have recently been refurbished.

Girls and boys live in separate, supervised accommodation. Most rooms are spacious twin or triple rooms and all have en-suite WC and shower. A very small number of single rooms are available. All rooms have Wi-Fi.

The accommodation is attractive: modern, light rooms within historic façades. Earlscliffe is an ‘in-town’ campus of buildings meaning that students can easily walk between classes, meals, accommodation and activities.

Extra optional activities

NEW! Skateboarding
F51: The world's first multi-storey skatepark, based only 10 minutes’ walk from Earlscliffe, will allow beginners through to competition level skateboarders the opportunity to hone their skills.

NEW! Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Join us for this 8-hour Stand Up Paddle Boarding Sports Trust Award. Learn the basic skills needed to be competent at balancing, paddling, turning and stopping as well as touring the Folkestone Harbour area and the bay of Sunny Sands. A certificate will be handed out upon completion of the course.

Have 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 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!

English language extra tuition
Extra English language tuition is available in small groups or one-to-one

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