Non-Residential Varsity Day Camps – Information for Parents
Below you’ll find answers to lots of frequently asked questions to offer you peace of mind and make sure you and your child are both prepared for camp. If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch and we’ll be very happy to help.
About the programme
Does my child need English lessons?
The English lessons are suitable for all students from Beginner to Upper Intermediate (B2). If your child is a Proficient user (C1/C2) they will find the lessons useful for practising more complex grammar, vocabulary and developing their fluency. The lessons are suitable for all ages, from 4 – 14.
The lessons are a perfect way to support the immersive environment of camp. Younger or less confident students can be supported outside of the lessons by the teacher, who makes sure they fully understand all instructions and that their needs are being met at all times. Students leave having gained a huge amount of confidence and having had a lot of fun.
Will my child miss activities if they do English lessons?
Lessons take place for two hours each day, meaning your child will miss two activities, however, this still leaves almost 8 hours a day for fun and activities – so they won’t miss out!
With over 40 activities on camp, we keep the timetable varied, and do our best to make sure international students don’t miss favourite activities such as swimming, archery and zorbing. If your child is particularly keen on any of these, you can let the Camp Manager know on site, and they will do their best to make sure it’s not missed (although this is not always possible).
The lessons are fun and interactive, and the content is based around the sports, adventure and arts sessions on camp, so children will benefit from two hours spent learning and enjoy the rest of the programme even more.
What English ability class will they be in?
Children are placed into classes based on their age and language ability. We have a maximum class size of 12, but often they are smaller than this, with a mix of nationalities.
We have a pre-placement test available which your child can complete at time of booking to make sure they are placed in the correct class.
Food & drink
Is lunch included?
Lunch is not included, so you’ll need to send your child with a packed lunch (usually cold sandwiches or pasta and snacks for break time and the afternoon).
You should also must send your child with a water bottle (which will be refilled with fresh water throughout the day).
Children have an active day on camp, so please do make sure to send them with enough to eat and drink to keep them full of energy.
There are many supermarkets and delicatessens within close proximity to most of our camps, so you can buy lunch on the way to camp each day if staying somewhere without kitchen facilities.
Please be aware that children on camp may have nut allergies – therefore please try as best you can to avoid nuts in your child’s packed lunch.
Locations & directions
How do I get to the school from our accommodation?
How far are the schools from local attractions?
All our camps are located near major towns and cities which provide lots of do for parents.
You can check out our Locations for details on what local tourist attractions are close to each camp.
What’s the ratio of international to English children?
Around 85% of children on camp are local British children.
We have a nationality cap of 20%, so usually this allows us to have a maximum of 5 – 6 students from a country on camp at one time.
How many children are on camp each day?
This varies depending on which school your child attends. At our bigger camps, Headington School, Holy Cross in Kingston and Abingdon School in Oxford, we can have between 80-130 children each week. At our smaller schools, for example Chandlings School, we have around 50-80 students each week.
Children are grouped by age, 4-5 years (with a staff to student ratio of 1:8), 6-7 years (with a ratio of 1:14), 8-9 years (with a ratio of 1:16) and 10+ (with a ratio of 1:16).
What happens if I need to cancel?
Cancellations must be made in writing (email or post) in legible English and must be received by Varsity International. For full details please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
If a cancellation is made up to 30 days before the start of the course, a full refund will be given, minus the deposit. After this date, no refund will be due. You can ifnd details of our cancellation policy in our Terms & Conditions.
When should I book?
We recommend booking as soon as possible to reserve your space. Our busier locations do fill up as we move towards the summer, and accommodation and transport arrangements are best made in plenty of time.