Prior's Field School is located a few miles outside Guildford in Godalming, an ancient market and coaching town on the River Wey. It is 55 km to the southwest of London and an hour by road or rail from Heathrow and Gatwick.

This traditional market town offers interesting and historic architecture, unique shops, a leisure centre, a museum and the opportunity to take a boat ride along the River Wey. from the station you can get to Guildford in under 10 minutes or to London in less than an hour.

Our course is based at Prior's Field School, an independent girls' boarding and day school set in 42 acres of beautiful grounds. On site facilities include a sports hall, outdoor all weather pitches, a swimming pool and an indoor auditorium. We will also have British Friends at this location. These are school age children from the UK who join our course for lessons, activities and excursions and offer our students the chance to speak with native English speakers around their own age to find out what it is really like growing up in the UK.

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The majority of rooms are single or twin bedded rooms with shared bathroom facilities. All accommodation is in the main school building over two floors. Students will live as a part of the boarding community and have plenty of opportunities to make friends and use English outside of the classroom.

The majority of our welcoming hosts live within a twenty to thirty minute journey of the school You may stay in a neighbouring town, such as Farncombe or Guildford, within easy reach of the school.

You live as a member of the household during your stay and there is no other student with the same first language as you staying in the home (unless you particularly asked that you stay in the same home as one of your friends). Students are normally accommodated in twin rooms which they share with a student of a different nationality.

Our accommodation and welfare organiser is always available during the course and will be pleased to give you any help you may need. Find out more about a homestay.

If you are residential you are busily occupied on the course programme every day of the week. You will have English lessons 4 mornings and two afternoons per week and be out on excursions two days per week each full week you are with us and one day in your final week.

If you choose the homestay option you are occupied on 6 days each week and normally spend Sundays with your host. You will have lessons on four mornings and two afternoons each week, have 2 full day excursions each full week you are with us and one full day excursion in your final week. You will have leisure activities on two afternoons each week and also stay at school for the evening activity once per week. On that day you will have your dinner at school.

View a residential sample course programme.
View a homestay sample course programme.

Your course (twenty two forty-five-minute lessons each week) encourages you to make the most of your stay in England by concentrating on spoken English and it gives you maximum opportunity to practise both inside and outside the classroom. Morning lessons are topic based and all about life in the UK. You will also have Active English Practice sessions in the afternoons. These lessons are very communicative and you will be encouraged to improve you use of English through activities such as discussions, debates and role plays.

You learn through working in pairs and groups, acting out relevant real life situations, and through assignments or projects inside the teaching room or outside.

There is an excursion preparation lesson on the day before each full-day excursion and a follow-up lesson on the day after. You will want to improve your English as much as you can so that you will be able to talk in a more relaxed and easy manner with your teachers, your hosts ( if choosing the homestay option) and your new friends on the course! The common language will, of course, be English! You’ll need your English, too, when you are out on excursions and when you are doing your shopping!

You make use of the onsite sports facilities and could be swimming, playing volleyball, tennis, football or cricket. You might be doing a workshop with Chango Music or have the opportunity to go to Guildford for the afternoon. Residential students will also have a full programme of evening activities such as discos, sports tournaments, casino night, film nights or team games. Homestay students will stay at school one evening per week for a disco with the residential students.

You go on excursions to such interesting and well-known places as Brighton, Windsor and Oxford. There is always an excursion to London which includes an attraction such as a Blue Badge guided tour, the London Eye or a river boat trip.

Members of EJO staff accompany each activity and excursion.

  • Full-board accommodation either residential at the school or homestay with a homestay host. If homestay then no other guest with the same first language staying in the home at the same time (unless you have particularly asked otherwise). Students are normally accommodated in twin rooms which they share with a student of a different nationality.
  • 22 lessons of 45 minutes (15 hours) on 4 mornings and 2 afternoons per week; maximum 16 students per class
  • Loan of course materials
  • Personal file with course information and personal notes to take home
  • Full-day staff-accompanied and supervised excursions: two per full week and one in final week
  • staff-accompanied and supervised activities as per programme each week
  • Accommodation and welfare officer (local organiser) always available for homestay students
  • Individual course report and certificate of attendance
At extra cost:
  • Airport transfers / Local transport