The Sunny Hill Language School (SHLS) is part of Bruton School for Girls, a private day and boarding school in Somerset. Our English Language School welcomes both boys and girls from Europe for a one-week fully-immersive stay with their teachers during term-time, with the opportunity to interact with the school’s pupils.
Answers to our most frequently asked questions are outlined below. However, should you have any questions or queries which are not answered below, feel free to get in touch with us.
The cost of a five-night stay is £455 all-inclusive per pupil, except for transport to the UK. At an exchange rate of 88p, this equates to €518 (please check the current exchange rate for an exact conversion). Please note that some luxury packages and day trips incur a surcharge. Pupils may wish to bring some pocket money for souvenirs.
You will be responsible for travel arrangements from your country. The easiest way is to fly into Bristol Airport, and we will collect you and transport you to Bruton. Any local transport required during the week will be met by us, using a local coach company (at no extra cost). Alternatively, you may bring your own coach, which you will use for outings too, but accommodating the coach driver in a local B&B will be at your expense.
Activities are run in a beautiful, safe environment by trained and vetted native speakers of English. All lessons are planned and delivered by qualified teachers who hold a TEFL qualification and/or are experts in their subject (science, drama, music, food technology etc.).
We offer a full-immersion programme which puts English language and culture at the heart of all activities. The vocabulary which is taught in the morning lessons is used and applied throughout the day. During your stay, your pupils will have the opportunity to speak to shopkeepers or café staff as well as to our own Bruton School for Girls’ pupils and will therefore hear only authentic spoken English as their model. Our aim is also to boost linguistic confidence and awaken an awareness and appreciation of all things English. During the trips and activities, the pupils will experience a variety of British cultural activities, depending on which day packages you have chosen.
All lessons are taught in English and all activities are instructed in English. Our staff will speak English at all times (including in the Dining Hall) and your pupils will be encouraged to interact with Bruton School for Girls’ pupils, most of whom have English as their first (and often only!) language. We offer you exclusive use of the Language School during your stay.
Visiting staff will be responsible for organising transport to Bruton (if travelling by coach) or to Bristol Airport and for supervising their pupils when travelling. They will also supervise their group at break times, meal times and overnight (including personal care, such as getting ready, showering, first-aid, dispensing medicine, etc). Your staff will resume overall responsibility for the behaviour and safety of their pupils throughout their stay although all trips and activities are led by our experienced staff and excursions are supervised well beyond the national UK guidelines of pupil to adult ratios.
Yes! Our catering team prepare home-cooked meals using locally sourced meat and vegetables where possible. We offer a range of tasty and nutritious menus and there is a variety of hot and cold options. Healthy eating is actively promoted and the school can accommodate vegetarians, coeliacs, allergies and other dietary requirements.
We aim to be fully inclusive but due to the nature and age of the buildings, we regret that we are unable to accommodate wheel-chair users. For health and safety reasons, we would also advise against bringing pupils who need crutches or have other severe mobility restrictions. Our staff have extensive experience in providing high-quality education for pupils with a hearing impairment or who have mild or severe learning difficulties, including those on the autistic spectrum. In all cases, your visiting staff assume overall responsibility for the behaviour and safety of pupils, including dispensing medication.
The visiting teachers are responsible for the supervision of their group at break times, meal times and overnight (including personal care, such as getting ready, showering, first-aid, dispensing medicine, etc.). In addition, there are qualified first-aiders on site during the day-time. Our site meets all UK Health & Safety requirements but in the unlikely event of an accident , there is a doctor’s surgery in the town centre and the closest hospital Accident & Emergency department is only a 30-minute drive.
Bruton is a small Saxon town in rural Somerset with a population of around 2500 and an extremely low crime rate. The Sunny Hill Language School campus lies in idyllic surroundings with iconic views over the legendary Glastonbury Tor. Your pupils will only have to cross one road (with a 20 mph speed limit) to go between the boarding house and the main school site where the Dining Hall is located. To do so, they will use a pedestrian crossing under supervision of your staff. There are no factories or industrial sites in this farm-dominated area and the air quality is outstanding.
The Sunny Hill Language School is based at Old Vicarage, a stand-alone boarding house situated on the Bruton School for Girls campus. Your pupils will sleep in two to six bed single-sex dormitories. Pupils have a single bed and a storage space for their clothes. There are separate washing facilities for boys and girls.
Visiting staff will have their own room and bathroom facilities separate from the children but situated in the same boarding house building. They will have access to a kitchenette with coffee & tea making facilities, a fridge, a kitchen sink and a microwave oven.
The visiting teachers from your school have ultimate responsibility for safety and the children’s behaviour but we all trips and activities are led by our experienced staff. All excursions are supervised well beyond the national UK guidelines of pupil to adult ratios.
The safety of your pupils is our primary concern on all outings and we will only use reputable and fully insured local coach companies. You will be responsible for ensuring that your pupils wear their seat belts as this is compulsory on all coach trips in the UK. If you have come to Bruton in your own coach and this coach is used for trips and excursions during your stay, your coach driver will be responsible for the safety of all passengers.
You will be responsible for organising and paying for a local B&B for your coach driver. For reasons of safeguarding, non-educational staff cannot reside on the school campus.