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 first week of our course takes place at the Millmead Centre in Guildford. It moves to Prior's Field School at the beginning of the second week.

Botao, Chinese Student, 27th July 2013 Botao, Chinese Student

Our hosts are most carefully chosen for the students on this course. They all adopt a most friendly, caring approach. They understand the difficulties of leaving home, especially if this is the first time. They know how to help with possible homesickness and do everything they can to help you to settle down and make the most of your stay.  

In many instances, we find that those who are the most anxious at the beginning of the stay are the ones who are the most sad to be leaving to go home at the end!

There is no other student with the same first language staying in the home (unless you particularly ask for a different arrangement). Students are normally accommodated in twin rooms which they share with a student of a different nationality.

You are closely supervised and obviously never go out unless you are accompanied by your hosts.

For maximum safety, you are collected from your home by minibus every programme morning (Monday to Saturday) and taken back at the end of the day. Find out more about a homestay.

You are fully occupied and closely supervised on the course on six full days (Monday to Saturday) each week. 

You usually have English lessons (twenty lessons per week) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings and on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. There are leisure activities on Monday and Friday afternoons, and full-day excursions on Wednesdays and Saturdays, except for the Saturday at the end of the course.

You spend Sunday with your hosts. View a sample course programme here.

The English lessons are lively, interesting and fun. This is an action-based course. You may be working to improve your skills in English grammar, increasing your vocabulary or simply learning to be more confident in speaking and listening. As a result, you communicate in a more relaxed manner with your teachers, your hosts and your friends. You learn through working in pairs and groups, acting out relevant, real life situations, working on projects inside the teaching room or outside, or playing games with language learning goals.

There is an excursion preparation lesson on the day before each full-day excursion and a follow-up lesson on the day after.

Whatever you are doing, it is rewarding to see the extent to which your confidence and abilities develop as the course progresses.

Among the many activities specially selected for the course are art and craft workshops, t-shirt painting, team games and a talk on local wildlife with a chance to see some live wild animals.

On the sporting side, you may take part in indoor and outdoor sports such as football, tennis, team competitions and swimming, all organised and supervised by our staff. There are usually afternoon visits to Haslemere and to Guildford with the Spectrum Leisure Centre.

The exciting and enjoyable programme of full-day excursions may include Legoland Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures and a day in the popular south coast seaside resort of Brighton. 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.

During local activity afternoons and on excursion days, you are of course talking to your teachers and your friends, and developing further your skills in using English.

  • Full-board homestay accommodation (packed lunches on programme days Monday to Saturday)
  • 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.
  • 20 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: one mid-week and one on Saturday (except departure Saturday)
  • 2 staff-accompanied and supervised afternoon activities per week
  • Accommodation and welfare officer (local organiser) always available
  • Individual course report and certificate of attendance
At extra cost:
  • Airport transfers / Local transport
  • Minibus transport between home and course on each course day