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Dicker12-17 years

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.

The Programme

English Skills

English Skills focus on developing students' general knowledge in English and ability to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday situations and different contexts. Students will be tested, challenged, supported and stimulated.


  1. Improve students' receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) English skills.
  2. Extend students' knowledge and range of vocabulary.
  3. Deepen students' understanding of grammatical concepts in English.
  4. Build students' confidence to use the English they know in speaking situations.
  5. Improve students' pronunciation.
  6. Train students to be effective learners.

Enrichment Lessons expose students to authentic learning materials and language and challenge them to interact naturally in English while enhancing their language skills.


  1. Familiarise students with authentic learning materials (leaflets, magazines, adverts, films, TV).
  2. Improve students' awareness of English as a "real" means of interaction and sharing information among people.
  3. Enhance students' knowledge of both national and international current affairs.
  4. Increase the sense of learning for communication.
  5. Develop students' self-learning skills.
  6. Develop students productive (speaking, writing) and receptive (listening, reading) skills in English.
Research Project

Research Projects get students involved in their own learning, allowing them to choose a project that interests them which they will research, plan, implement and evaluate, working as part of a team.


  1. Enhance students' negotiating and decision-making skills.
  2. Develop students' research, planning and organisation skills.
  3. Encourage active student participation within the context of a group, fostering teamwork and collaboration.
  4. Enhance students' ability to process information in English from a range of different sources.
  5. Develop students spoken fluency in English.

After lessons, students participate in a range of sports and recreational activities. This provides the opportunity to carry on learning outside the classroom in small, supervised groups at the same time as having some fun. Sometimes, students will be able to choose their preferred sport or activity.


  1. Enhance students' fluency in English.
  2. Awaken students' curiosity by explore new sports, activities and games.
  3. Enhance students' skills and technique in sports.
  4. Encourage participation and self-confidence.
  5. Teach students new vocabulary related to sports, games and popular leisure activities.


Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Bootcamp, Card Games, Chess, Circuit Training, Cricket, Dance, Dodgeball, Drama, Fashion Design, Football, Model-Making, Netball, Painting, Rounders, Rugby, Set Design, Singing, Squash, Stoolball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Yoga, Zumba.


A full programme of organised and supervised social events is offered every evening to encourage students to make new friends and develop their social skills. By actively encouraging the mixing of nationalities, we are helping to create a harmonious international community in which students can live, study in a safe and comfortable environment and enjoy themselves.


  1. Promote students' relaxation and enjoyment.
  2. Explore some typically English social events, games and activities.
  3. Nurture social skills in an environment of different cultural traditions.
  4. Use English in natural real-life speaking situations.
  5. Forge new friendships.

Bede’s Got Talent, Disco, House Competitions, Fashion Show, Formal Dinner & Dance, Karaoke, Messy Games, Music Quiz, Musical Workshop, Pool Party, Soft Ball Sports, Tennis, Tournaments.


Excursions are a mandatory part of the programme. We offer students the opportunity to visit places of cultural and historical interest, as well as the chance for sightseeing, shopping and amusement.


  1. Deepen students' cultural experiences.
  2. Create opportunities for interaction with the real world in fun, relaxed and genuinely interesting ways.
  3. Enhance their knowledge of England and the UK.


Wednesday trips are a half-day afternoon/evening visit and may involve visiting a local place of interest in a nearby town or an off-site activity, such as Adventure Golf, Beach Volleyball, Castle, Country Park, Indoor Rock Climbing, Museum, Pier, Skating, Street Markets.


Saturday excursions are a full day trip and include a cultural, touristic or recreational visit to London or another place of interest such as British Museum, Buckingham Palace, London Dungeon, London Eye, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Thorpe Park, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey. Sometimes, students will be able to choose their preferred place of interest to visit. See our Excursion Schedule.


Sunday excursions are often more relaxing trips to a local seaside town, such as Brighton, Chichester, Eastbourne, Hastings or Worthing, where students can stroll along the beach, have lunch in the park or do some shopping. Sometimes students will partake in off-site activities.


Our Academies Programme offers expert instruction to students looking to develop their skills, technique and confidence in certain sports and leisure activities.


  1. Increase students' competencies and technique in the sport/activity.
  2. Offer inspiring coaching and instruction to motivate students to practise sport.
  3. Learn specific vocabulary relating to the sport/activity.

Academies Available

Adventure Sports (Weeks 3 & 5)

Commercial Pop Dance (Weeks 3 & 6)

Drumming (Weeks 1 & 5)

Film & Animation (Weeks 2 & 6)

Football (Weeks 2, 4 & 6)

Golf (Weeks 1, 3, 5 & 7)

Horse Riding (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 6 & 7)

Photography (Weeks 1, 3 & 5)

Scuba Diving Beginners (Week 2)

Scuba Diving & Open Water (Weeks 2 + 3)

Singing (Individual) (Weeks 2, 4 & 7)

Tennis (All Weeks)

Windsurfing (Weeks 2 & 6)

Further Information

The Academies Programme is suitable for all abilities from beginner to advanced level.

Instruction is given by qualified Bede's or external sports' coaches.

Students can choose 1 Academy option per week.

Academies take place instead of the regular afternoon Sports & Activities.

See our Academy Prospectus 2018.

Dates & Fees

The centre is open for 7 weeks in total, from 1 July to 18 August 2018. 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 £1,125 per week.

The Course


Age range 12 to 17 yrs. 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.


8 levels are available from Complete Beginners (A0) 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. Dedicated exam preparation in place of English Skills and Enrichment. Minimum 2 week course. Exam on Tues 24 July 2018. 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.

Academic Academies

Students may choose to study a subject instead of the daily Sports & Activities (6 hrs per week). Subjects available: English Literature, HistoryITManagement, Maths and Science. Each subject running for 3 hours per week. 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 2018.


Available in Adventure SportsCommercial Pop Dance, Drumming, Film & AnimationFootballGolfHorse Riding, PhotographyScuba Diving Beginners, Scuba Diving & Open Water, Singing (Individual)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 2018.

Student Handbook

For more helpful information please see our Student Handbook.

School Rules

The centre


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.

Transfer Service
Transfer Service

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.



London: 68 miles/109 km

LGW: 44 miles/70 km

LHR: 82 miles/133 km

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Course Aims

  1. Improve all language skills in English
  2. Build confidence to speak English more fluently
  3. Have a better understanding of the British way of life
  4. Earn respect for other people and different cultures
  5. Develop personal and social skills
  6. Motivate students to continue learning English after they leave Bede's

Course Outcomes

Attendance Certificate
Academic Report
Course Folder
Activities Diary
Any special Awards or Prizes
Nationality Mix at Bede's Dicker
What Students Thought in 2017
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