Academies and Multi-Activity Options

Hatherop Castle’s beautiful grounds, fantastic facilities and specialist staff allow us to offer up to 8 hours of professional tuition in a selection of high-quality Academy options. Students are joined by their UK host students, so as well as enjoying their chosen activity, there are plenty of opportunites for them to use and extend their English language skills.

All students can choose one Academy each week. Anybody who would prefer not to specialise can choose the Multi-Activity option. There will be between 2 and 4 activities per afternoon with an element of choice. Students who choose an Academy that doesn’t run each afternoon will join the Multi-Activity programme on those days.

Horse Riding

The Cotswolds is famous horse-riding country, and home to the internationally renowned Badminton
and Gatcombe Horse Trials. Students get the chance to develop their riding skills (walking, trotting and cantering), and enjoy a hack in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

Session length: 2 x 2-hour sessions per week (guaranteed 1 ½ hours riding in each session)

Equipment: Hats and body protectors are provided; students must bring riding boots and trousers

Cost: £250 per week

Performing Arts

Hatherop Castle has a great reputation for the performing arts and boasts a fantastic modern Performing Arts Centre. This Academy is a creative
combination of music, drama and dance, leading to a short performance at the Talent Show, using the school’s performing arts facilities and expert tuition.

Session length: 4 x 2-hour sessions per week

Equipment: No specialist equipment needed

Cost: £150 per week


Expert coaching for players of all abilities in this hugely popular sport, using Hatherop’s tennis courts. Students will learn all aspects of the sport, from understanding grip, forward and backhand strokes, serving, volleying, and court positioning.

Session length: 4 x 2-hour sessions per week

Equipment: Loan rackets are provided, but students are welcome to bring their own

Cost: £150 per week

Multi-Activity Option

Those students not wishing to specialise can take part in this Multi-Activity Programme, where they will have the chance to try different activities every afternoon. Students will enjoy up to two activities per day from the list below, with a choice of at least two. Options may include Fencing, Basketball, Football, Touch Rugby, Badminton, Kwik Cricket, Arts and Crafts, Softball, Rounders and Volleyball.

The Multi-Activity Programme is included in the standard package.

Evenings and weekends

Evenings and weekends at Hatherop are full of fun and entertainment, with lots of opportunities to build friendships, spend time with UK host students and put their English to good use.

  • Talent shows
  • Discos
  • Film nights
  • Capture the flag
  • Camp fire and marshmallows
  • Quiz night
  • Mini Olympics
  • Team Games

Every Wednesday and Saturday, all students take half-day excursions to Legoland, Cotswold Country Park and Beach, Bath, Cirencester and Burford.

Full day trips take place on Sundays, and include visiting the famous sites of London, exploring the historic city of Oxford and discovering the bustling Welsh Capital, Cardiff.