What Makes Bucksmore Unique?
- Academic material updated every year to reflect the latest news and trends.
- Personalised certificate and report card for every student.
- Small class sizes: maximum of 6 students on Advanced Studies Program courses, and 11 on all other programmes.
- 20-28 hours of tuition each week.
- Majority of students travel alone, creating a truly international environment.
- Two excursions per week to famous destinations.
- Study-in-Action excursion days linked to the syllabus.
- 14 prestigious locations across the UK and USA.
- Unique social and academic a programme tailored to each centre.
- 98% of students were happy with their Bucksmore course in 2019, 80% said they were planning to come back next summer.
- Join 40 years of tradition and be part of the Bucksmore community.
- 93% of students would recommend Bucksmore to a friend.
- Meet students from over 75 countries.
- Full board and simple, all-inclusive pricing.
- Return every year to a different programme from the age of 10 to 18.
Safety & Welfare
We take great pride in the excellence of our academic content, the excitement of our social programme, and most importantly, the safety and wellbeing of all Bucksmore students.
Every Bucksmore location has a residential management team, and a minimum staff-student the ratio of 1:7. There is always a trained first aider on-site, and students are supervised 24 hours a day.
Bucksmore offers a mix of single, twin, and multi-bedded rooms. Male and female students are always located in separate areas, with staff in the same residence. All locations are secure, gated facilities with access only for our students and staff.
Bucksmore offers a complimentary airport transfer service on transfer days for flights arriving/ departing between 10:00 and 20:00. We can also provide an Unaccompanied Minor service for pick-up and drop-off. Students are looked after from when they land to when their flight departs.
Each location has a Centre Manager, Activity Manager and Director of Studies available for all students to approach with any problems. Bucksmore Counsellors are more than just teachers; they provide a high level of care and guidance for all students. All staff are background checked.
Activities & Excursions
Students are kept busy with a packed social programme when they aren’t in the classroom. Students will be given some free time if the excursion allows for it. During free time, students must be accompanied by one other student, and provide staff with their contact details.
High staff to student ratios ensure all students are looked after. Bucksmore summer schools strive to create a warm and welcoming “family atmosphere” where all students and Counsellors know each other well.
The History of Bucksmore Education
The story of Bucksmore Education begins in 1979 when British Educationalist Michael Reise founded a secondary school at Buckswood Grange. ‘Buckswood Summer Programmes’ was also established as a summer school for international students wanting to learn English.
The summer school was modelled on American summer camps, with ‘Counsellors’ who live with students, teach lessons and lead excursions and activities, providing a higher level of pastoral care, guidance and friendship – giving students more than just ‘teachers’ and ‘activity leaders’ at a summer school.
In 1999, the English language summer school for international students split away from Buckswood School for English students, and in 2003 became part of Oxford International Education Group (formerly known as ISIS Education and Travel).
Under the guidance of Rory Wilkinson, now our company chairman, who took over the management of Buckswood Summer Programmes, the company started in a new direction in 2007 and began to expand rapidly, running more courses in new locations across the country.
Recognising that high-achieving and well-motivated individual students wanted more from a UK summer school than just English language, excursions and afternoon activities, the company developed more challenging courses such as Young Leaders, World University Preparation, Arts Choice and Advanced Studies and located their courses for older students in many Oxford and Cambridge University colleges. The company further provided more choice, more activities, more lessons, more excursions, more ‘wow’ factor for its younger students.
In order to avoid confusion with the old Buckswood Grange School, the company rebranded to ‘Bucksmore Summer Programmes’ in 2009, and then to ‘Bucksmore Education’ in 2012. During this period the high standards, academic rigour, originality and fantastic locations of Bucksmore courses gave the brand a growing reputation as more and more students wanted to spend their summers on Bucksmore courses. With ‘first English Language experience abroad’ courses designed for 7 – 10 years to high-level leadership and advanced studies courses for 15-17-year-olds, students dedicated to Bucksmore could return each year on a different more challenging course.
In 2014, after acquiring Homelingua, a home tuition company based in Oxford, Bucksmore started to provide intensive home tuition in addition to its summer schools and year-round courses and formed ‘Bucksmore Homelingua’.
Bucksmore Education is full of history and tradition, but also of originality and challenge. With 40 years of experience to perfect and improve the quality of our prestigious summer schools, we are proud of the summer programmes we offer. It is our goal for each one of our courses to be the best course that our students have ever attended.
Oxford International Education Group
Bucksmore Education is a part of Oxford International Education Group, an accredited, private education provider that operates independent boarding schools, international colleges, educational tours and English language centres across the UK and North America to create life-enhancing experiences for students worldwide. Our courses help over 50,000 UK and international students achieve academic success every year. We have built strong relationships with education consultants around the world and pride ourselves on delivering the best programmes for their students.
Bucksmore Education is accredited by the British Council for the provision of English language programmes as an assurance of quality to international students who are taking or are planning to take an English language course in the UK.
The British Council inspects all areas of a summer school, including welfare, centre management, resources and teaching, resources and teaching English as a foreign language.
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