Dicker centre is situated in the rural village of Upper Dicker in the heart of the Sussex countryside, close to the seaside town of Eastbourne. The school is based on a former country estate with grounds extending over 80 acres / 32 hectares and has a unique, homely feel, ideal for teenagers.
Dates & Fees
The centre is open for 7 weeks in total, from 2 July to 19 August 2017. Students can arrive on any Sunday and depart on any Saturday.
The recommended minimum stay is two weeks. To maximize the benefit of your experience, you should consider a 3 or 4 week course.
A 10% discount is available on the weekly package price on stays of 5 weeks or longer.
The fully-inclusive course fee is £1,075 per week.
Age range 12 to 17 yrs. Where students turn the minimum age during the course, consideration will be given on a case by case basis. Maximum 250 students per week from different countries. Limits for each nationality to ensure a good mix.
There is a full programme of lessons, sports, activities, social events and excursions, all of which are mandatory and included in the fee. See our Excursion Schedule.
There are 22½ hours of lessons per week (see Timetable) including English Skills, Enrichment and Research Project. Maximum 14 students per class. Weekly progress checks to monitor students' performance.
6 levels are available from Elementary (A1-A2) to Proficiency (C2). Entry test on Monday with a speaking, grammar and writing component. Complete beginners are not accepted.
The Cambridge PET exam is available. 17.5 hours of dedicated exam preparation in place of English Skills and Enrichment. Minimum 2 week course. Exam on Tues 25 July 2017. Exam takes place at Dicker centre. Confirmation of a place on an Exam Course is subject to availability and to a satisfactory online placement test.
Available in Ceramics/Pottery, Commercial Pop Dance, Football, Golf, Guitar, Horse Riding, Photography, Piano, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Scuba Diving & Open Water, Tennis and Windsurfing. Supplements are payable. Academies are subject to availability and a minimum number of enrolments; if an Academy is cancelled, the Parent will be offered a full refund of the Academy only. See our Academy Prospectus.
For more helpful information please see our Student Handbook.
Please see our School Rules and Sanctions Poster.
Tennis courts, sports hall, swimming pool, gym, squash courts, astro-turf, playing fields, drama theatre, dance studios, small golf course, IT suites, art studios.
Separate accommodation on campus for boys and girls. Bedrooms with 2 to 6 beds. Some single bedrooms are available. Storage space is available. Bathrooms are shared. Students share their bedroom with children of a similar age and from different countries. Every boarding house has its own communal space for students to relax. See our Accommodation Flyer and Accommodation Policy.
Bede’s staff provide excellent care for students 24 hours a day and live in the same sleeping areas as the students. Dedicated House Parents look after the students in each boarding house. Excellent staff:student ratios (typically 1:5). Individual attention provided. There is a surgery led by a qualified nurse several times a week and access to a doctor if required. See our Welfare Policy.
Healthy meals with a mix of English and international dishes served in the Dining Room. Vegetarian options are always available. Special dietary requirements are accommodated. See our Meals at Bede's Flyer.
Internet is available and an extensive Wi-Fi network across the campus. Skype is available. Students can make and receive telephone calls. Bede's Shop and a Village Shop for refreshments and snacks. Laundry is done for students at least twice a week. 24 hour emergency contact service for Parents.
Transfers from/to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports and Ashford Train Station are included in the fees at any time of the day. Students are met by Bede's Staff and Bede's Airport Coordinators provide extra care.