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Handcross10-14 years

The Young Influencers programme develops 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking (the 4 Cs) using 21st tools and methods based on social media, technology and film and animation. Students participate in 16 hours per week of task-based projects that appeal to curious minds. Using English for real purposes, students learn in an active and practical way. Uniquely, this course offers an additional full-day excursion on Wednesdays. Handcross Park School, just a short drive from Gatwick Airport, is set in beautiful parkland, gardens and playing fields.

The Programme

21C Skills


21C Skills develop collaboration, teamwork, creativity, imagination, critical thinking and problem-solving using 21C methods and tools such as blogs, YouTube, video and animation. Learning is task-based and uses English for real purposes. Students are challenged, supported and stimulated.


  1. Develop soft skills such as collaboration, imagination and problem-solving.
  2. Increase awareness and knowlegde of 21C methods and tools to aid communication
  3. Improve students' general English skills
  4. Extend students' vocabulary especially in the areas of technology, computers and social media
  5. Build students' confidence to use the English they know in speaking situations.
  6. Train students to be effective learners.


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.


Benchball, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Football, Gymnastics, Handball, High 5’s Netball, Jewellery-Making, Martial Arts, Model-Making, Origami, Painting, Quicksticks Hockey, Rounders, Sand Painting, Stoolball, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Rugby.



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.

African Drumming, Disco, Fashion Show, Karaoke, Messy Games, Mini Olympics, Music Quiz, Pantomime, Talent Show, Treasure Hunt.




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 Country Park, Forest, Laser Zone, Museum, Pier, Pottery Painting, Indoor Rock Climbing, Trampolining.


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.

An alternative sightseeing tour of London will be available every Saturday.


Sunday excursions are often more relaxing trips to a local seaside town, such as Brighton or Portsmouth, 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

Horse Riding


Further Information

The Academies Programme is suitable for all abilites 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.

Dates & Fees

The centre is open for 5 weeks in total, from 11 July to 14 August 2021. 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.

The fully-inclusive course fee is £1,300 per week. This includes a return transfer from selected airports (any time of the day) and travel insurance. There is no supplement for collecting a UM.

The Course


Age range 10 to 14 yrs. Maximum 60 students per week from different countries. Limits for each nationality to ensure a good mix.


Excursion Schedule. here is a full programme of task-based projects, sports, activities, social events and excursions, all of which are mandatory and included in the fee.


There are 16 hours of 21C Skills per week. These are task-based projects that appeal to curious minds using 21C methods and tools such as Blogs, YouTube, Video and Animation. Maximum 14 students per group.


The minimum English level for this course is A2 (Pre-Intermediate). 21C Skills offer task-based learning that is arranged by topic. Some topics may be offered to students of a certain age / English level.


Academy Prospectus. Horse Riding and Tennis. Supplements are payable. Academies are subject to availability and a minimum number of enrolments.

The centre


Tennis courts, sports hall, swimming pool, 6-hole golf course, playing fields, drama theatre, common room, IT Suite.



Separate accommodation on campus for boys and girls. 3 to 6 beds per bedroom. Storage space is available. Bathrooms are shared. Students share their bedroom with children of a similar age and from different countries.


Bede's staff provide excellent care for students 24 hours a day and live in the same sleeping areas as the students.  Excellent staff:student ratios (typically 1:4). Individual attention provided. There is a surgery led by a qualified nurse several times a week and access to a doctor if required.



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.


Internet is available for students during their free time. Students can make and receive telephone calls. Skype is available. 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: 50 miles/81 km

LGW: 13 miles/21 km

LHR: 52 miles/84 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. Increase awareness and knowlegde of 21C methods and tools to aid communication
  6. Develop soft skills such as collaboration, imagination and problem-solving
  7. Develop personal and social skills
  8. Motivate students to continue learning English after they leave Bede's

Course Outcomes

Digital Attendance Certificate
Digital Course Folder
Digital Activities Diary
Any special digital Awards or Prizes
Nationality Mix at Bede's Handcross 2019
What Students Thought in 2019
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