Winter Young Learner Course

Winter Only

Winter Young Learner Course 13-17 Year Olds


Monday set dates only

Level: Elementary to Advanced

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Course Description

Our popular International Winter Young Learner course is perfect for teens aged between 13 and 17 years old. 12 year olds are able to join our course if their parents will allow them to walk to and from school on their own. It is designed to be interactive and enjoyable – to ensure you become confident in speaking English.

We provide a safe, well-structured and lively environment where there is plenty of laughter and fun and can guarantee that teenagers really will have wonderful time!



The welfare of our students is extremely important to us and we will do all we can to keep our students safe and cared for whilst they are studying at Loxdale. All our students have the phone numbers for the School Emergency phone, the Accommodation & Welfare Officer and the Principal so they can always contact us at any time. Our office doors are always open so students can also come and see us at any time. Also the Social Manager meets the independent students (students who don’t come with a group) twice a week to make sure that they have everything they need and are happy.

There is a balance to make sure that teenagers are cared for whilst still giving them some free time to practice their English skills, make friends with our other international teenagers and to learn about independence. At Loxdale, we think carefully about the safest time to allow our teenagers some spare time without the school and let their parents decide whether to give permission for this. We feel that the safest time is after the students have had their afternoon activities and before dinner time. All students must be home for dinner by 6pm so there is a natural curfew.

During their free time, teenagers can decide which of the following 3 activities they prefer to do:

  • stay at Loxdale and keep using the school facilities (sport hall, garden, computer room, social rooms or classrooms)
  • go home to their homestay hosts
  • if they have permission from their parents (Safeguarding Form) and if they stay in groups of 3 people or more, they can go offsite to different areas of Portslade, Hove or Brighton. They can then go shopping or sightseeing or just be with their friends in a cafe. For their own safety, they are not allowed to go to the beach or to be anywhere by themselves during this period.

There are many differences between the UK and other countries. One of these is that most shops close in the UK around 5.30pm and there are not many safe places for teenagers to be unless it is through one of the school’s organised activities.

After their dinner, students come back to school for one of our fun evening activity three times a week. After this evening activity, their parents can book the evening transfer (at extra cost) to take them safely home.

We are here to help and support your child throughout their stay at Loxdale English Centre and want them to have a fantastic fun experience in the UK. Please see our: Loxdale Pre-Teen Safeguarding Form

English Lessons

We offer high quality English language courses for every level of English learning – from beginner English to Advanced English. Our class sizes ensure that you’ll get individual attention and expert tuition when you study English with us.

On your first day you will have a placement test and interview so that we put you into the correct level class.  We continually monitor your progress and each Monday you have a little revision session.

Your lessons you will focus upon improving your English in all the key skill areas of speaking, reading, writing, listening and of course grammar.  In order to support our Young Learner students, we have developed a course design which revolves around our 4 Cs; Communication, Culture, Confidence and Critical Thinking.  Our teachers incorporate different activities and exercises into your lessons to help develop these areas of knowledge and skills. 

During your lessons you will also have the opportunity to learn a little more about the UK. Each week students have lessons which explore British Culture looking at topics such as British festivals, education, food and local history. You will also learn about the places you will be visiting during your weekend trips.

Our wonderful teachers make sure that you work hard in class, learn a lot during your time at Loxdale and have fun! 

Social Activities

At Loxdale we do more than just English. After your lessons, you will join our programme of fun and varied afternoon and evening activities. All the activities and trips are supervised by our staff.

When you don’t have lessons you can choose from different activities such as singing lessons, cake decorating, cookery, art, films, board games and sports including football, volleyball, badminton and table tennis. There are also visits to the Royal Pavilion, Sealife Centre, the Marina, the beach and local museums for you to enjoy.

And there’s loads to do in the evenings including quizzes, sports, team games, films, social evenings, bowling, cinema, karaoke, talent shows, barbecues and many more.

At the weekend you can join one of our trips to places such as London, Bath, Portsmouth, Oxford, Cambridge and Windsor. At Loxdale there really is something for everyone and we want to you experience as much of England and British culture as possible during your stay.

Example Course Programme 

Recommended Accommodation for this course:  HOMESTAY 


Book and pay before 31 March 2021 to get a 5% discount on your tuition fees!

1 weeks2 weeks3 weeks4 weeks
Tuition & Activities£305£598£897£1,196
Full Board Homestay£145£290£435£580

Course fee includes:

• 20 lessons tuition each week

• Course materials

• End of course certificate

• Host family accommodation in

twin rooms on a bed, breakfast and dinner basis

• Cooked, hot lunch from school

• 5 afternoon activities each week

• 3 evening activities each week

• 6 weekend trips over 4 weeks

Optional Extras:

• Special diets (vegan, gluten or lactose free, halal) £20 per week

· Intensive English lessons (2 afternoons each week) £35 per week

· Evening minibus after the activities £25 per person per week

· Insurance (cancellation, curtailment, medical, belongings, personal injury) £5.79 per week

• Transfers: Gatwick £180 return Heathrow £250 return


Please visit our School Policies page to find out more about our Terms and Conditions.



Homestay Accommodation

All our hosts live within a 26 minute walk from school and they all live close to a bus stop.  At Loxdale we do a number of checks to make sure that our students will be happy and safe with our hosts.  These checks include taking references, police checks, gas safety checks, fire risk assessments and, of course, visiting them regularly. 

Students can walk to and from school if their parents allow it and show this on the Safeguarding Form.  If you prefer, you can book a daily transfer (extra cost) to take your child to and from school each day.

Normally there are two students sharing a room with their hosts.  The students will share their room with a student from a different country but similar age so that they have an ‘instant’ friend and will speak lots of English.  If you prefer a single room, please let us know at the time of booking.

Students have breakfast and dinner with their hosts and have lunch at school.

We recommend homestay host accommodation for this age group as they will get to know more about British life and have a little more independence in walking to and from school each day which is good for their self-confidence. 

For students aged 13-17 please see our Summer courses for teenagers.

Course Dates : Homestay Accommodation 03 Jan- 31 Jan 2021

Staff Activity Ratio : 1:15 On site & 1:15 Off site

Max classroom size: 16 students

Difficulty : All levels

20 lessons p/w (15 hours p/w)

20 English and British Culture lessons per week (15 hours p/w)

Teenagers aged 12-17 years, all nationalities
(Some 12 year olds may be able to join)

5 Afternoons & 3 evening activities

Non Teaching Days: There are no lessons on Saturdays & Sundays

6 Weekend Trips over 4 weeks

End of course certificate

School Holidays 2021

These are the dates when the school will be closed

Friday 29th March Easter holiday

Week of 5th April Easter Monday 

Monday 3rd May Bank holiday 

Monday 31st May Bank holiday 

Monday 30th August Bank holiday 

Monday 8th November  Holiday 

Monday 20th to 31st December Christmas 

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