Teenage Residential (12-15)

CAE OBH @ Bedford School

This is the ideal teenage residential (12-15) summer course. When you breathe in the fresh air and see all the beautiful nature at Bedford School, you know this is a wonderful place for a summer adventure of learning and discovering new activities and sports. The school has its own tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, gym and facilities for theatre and creative arts. There’s a really varied programme with lots of highlights throughout each week.

  • Bedford School is a private boarding school in Bedford town centre. In summer it becomes the centre for our CAE children’s and teenage residential courses.
  • The school is a beautiful building set in a secure site, and is surrounded by its own large playing fields.
  • Bedford School is in a secure leafy residential location to the north of the town centre. It is less than an hour by road from Cambridge and an hour and a half from London.
  • 2 or 4 week courses, recommended for teenagers aged 12 -15 *
  • Residential accommodation
  • Secure environment with 24-hour supervision
  • Elementary to Advanced levels (no beginners)
  • 15 hours of lessons per week
  • Maximum class size is 12 students
  • Excellent mixture of nationalities
  • Wide choice of afternoon sports and activities
  • Full evening entertainment programme
  • Tennis courts, sports hall, pitches and indoor swimming pool
  • Regular weekly excursions
  • All costs included in course price
  • * In special circumstances, CAE reserves the right to accept students of minimum age 11; maximum age 16
  • Students can enrol for 2 or 4 weeks
  • 15 full hours of lessons per week
  • An integrated programme of language lessons, afternoon activities, evening entertainment and visits
  • Learn the English you need by doing the things you like to do
  • Enjoy a full social programme in the afternoon and evening
  • Daily CAE Portfolio and Homework session
  • All meals provided at the school
  • Regular weekly excursions. Students usually visit London and Cambridge as well as other local destinations.
  • Maximum class size of 12 students
  • All students are interviewed and tested on arrival
  • Classes are allocated by language level, nationality mix, age and gender
  • 15 full hours of lessons per week
  • Level-based Project work classes give students a chance to practise all four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Excursion Classes (preparation and follow up) link up the classroom language to the English-speaking environment
  • Daily Portfolio and Homework sessions give you time to review your progress, complete homework tasks and take part in Student Committee meetings
  • Free learning materials
  • Teenagers prepare a special CAE Portfolio to take home as a record of their achievements on the course
  • Students receive an end of course report and CAE Course Certificate.

In the Afternoons

  • Choose a Daily Sign up Activity – do something different every day
  • and Sign up for a Weekly Activity – watch your progress and develop your skills

CAE OBH @ Bedford School offers you some great activities and sport every weekday afternoon. There’s a fully equipped gym, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, playing fields, cricket pitches and a large sports hall. In additon to music rooms, an arts centre and a theatre. Everyone will have favourites but we also encourage you to try something completely new!

  • Sports
    ( Swimming Basketball, Tennis, Squash, Rugby, Football, Cricket, Netball…)
  • Art and Crafts
    (Drawing, Face Painting, Card making, Jewellery design, T-shirt painting…)
  • Activities
    (Drama, Juggling, Music, Reading club, Cookery, Dance, Chess…)
  • Local visits
    (Bowling, Museum visits, Market surveys, Town trails…)

In the Evenings, join in the fun

  • Cinema visits
  • Discos and Karaoke
  • Theme parties
  • Quizzes
  • Team competitions


England is our classroom!

  • Students get the chance to use their English in real situations
  • Students will most likely visit London and Cambridge as well as other local destinations
  • Learn about the places you are visiting before the trip and talk or write about them when you get back to class.
  • Students are issued with a CAE Identity Card. You must carry this card at all times.
  • Students are supervised at all times. Older students may be allowed a short period of free time for souvenir shopping.


  • Bedford School is a private boarding school. In summer it becomes the centre for our CAE residential courses.
  • The school is a beautiful and safe site, and is surrounded by its own large park and gardens.
  • Bedford School is in a secure leafy residential area near the town centre. It is less than an hour by road from Cambridge and an hour and a half from London. It is home to all three of our summer residential young learner courses.
  • Students sleep in dormitories of up to 5 students.
  • There are also some single and twin rooms.
  • There is a mix of nationalities in each bedroom
  • Sleeping arrangements are made in advance and we encourage students to make new friends and speak English in the boarding houses
  • Friends or siblings travelling together may not share rooms. They may be in rooms near to each other but not in the same room.
  • Teachers sleep in staff bedrooms next to the student dormitories and members of staff are on duty throughout the night.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided in the school dining room. On excursion days students receive a packed lunch.
  • Students are escorted to and from Bedford School for all airport transfers.
  • On the Sunday before the course begins, all students are met at the airport by a CAE representative.
  • On the Saturday at the end of the course, students are taken back to the airport, and helped with their check-in. CAE representatives will remain in the airport until the plane has departed.
  • There will be an additional charge for any arrivals, departures or extra nights outside our set days and times.
  • Teenage students who are flying alone are encouraged to register with the airline’s Unaccompanied Minor Service when booking their flight.

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A Typical CAE Summer Course Day at Bedford School


7.30 Get up “Good morning!”
8.45 Morning assembly
9.00 English classes: language and vocabulary
10.00 BREAK
10.15 English classes: develop your skills: reading and writing
11.15 BREAK
11.30 English classes: excursion work: prepare to visit London!
12.30 LUNCH and free time


13.30 Afternoon meeting
13.45 Afternoon Activities:
sign up daily for – tennis, swimming, music, art activities, badminton
15.45 Activities Classes: your weekly choice: golf, photography, team sports, jewellery design
17.15 Free time
18.00 CAE Portfolios/ Computer access/ Student committee


18.30 Dinner
19.30 Mini Olympics: An evening of fun and games – “Go for Gold.”
21.30 House meeting: time to relax, read & write a diary
22.00 Bedtime “Goodnight! Sweet dreams.”

Please note this is a sample timetable. Exact timings are subject to change.

A typical weeks study during the Summer term:

07.30 Wake up – Good Morning!
Morning Assembly and meetings for staff and students
09.00 Project review Looking back – looking forward Language focus LATE BREAKFAST Project work
10.00 BREAK
10.15 Language Focus Skills work Half day Excursion:

VISIT Cambridge

picnic lunch


St Mary’s Church climb

Market survey

Souvenir shopping

Weekly Review
11.15 BREAK
11.30 Excursion work: Report writing Out & About: Life in Britain Out & About:

Asking politely

Prepare to:

VISIT Lavenham

Prepare to:

VISIT Cambridge

Excursion follow up
12.30 LUNCH AND FREE TIME ‘All day breakfast’ lunch
13.45 Daily Activity Options

(with tennis & swimming)

Tennis, swimming,

Dance, Crafts, volleyball

Art, ping-pong,
football, netball, swimming
Local excursion:

VISIT Lavenham

Town trail

Interviewing in market square

English cream teas

Volleyball, Art, drama, gymnastics, NetQuest Swimming, tennis, cooking, jewellery, circus skills
15.15 Afternoon tea and cakes Tea & cakes Tea & cakes
15.45 Weekly Activity Class OBH magazine, Golf British Sports, Art, Drama Magazine, crafts touch rugby, golf, Music Magazine, cricket, art, golf, dance Weekly Activity class
18.00 Portfolio work/Homework/Computer access.
Student Committee meetings
Portfolios/ Computer access/ meetings Portfolios/ Computer access/ meetings
18.30 DINNER
19.30 Welcome Party  “Bin Bag Ball” Grand Quiz Night Sports Evening Karaoke Disco Film Night Talent Show Preparation
21.00 Girls’ and Boys’ HOUSE MEETINGS
22.00 Bedtime. Lights out. Good night!