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International Relations, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Career Planning and Linguistics

Our Academic Academies are up to 4.5 hours each week. 3 x 1.5 hour sessions.

Each Academy has one instructor per 12 students. For our Academic Academies, a minimum English level of B1 (intermediate) is required and are aimed at our senior girls of 13 +. Students who are deemed not to be at the correct English level having initially signed up for an Academic Academy, will join our Multi Sports and Activities Academy

There are a couple of academic academies held each week.

International Relations Academy

Week 1 and week 3 (£ Included)

To introduce students to the key themes and concepts at the heart of International Relations. To develop an understanding of key terms and concepts through specific and tailored modules.

Module 1: Governing the global system 

Explore how states, institutions, NGOs, MNCs, and civil society shape policy in response to globalisation:

Module 2: Globalisation 

Discover the origins of globalisation and trace how its various dimensions have evolved and impacted the world throughout history. 

Module 3: Contesting Globalisation 

Explore how populism and other forces are contesting globalisation and unsettling the current world order.

Creative Writing Academy

Week 1, Week 3 and Week 5 (£ Included)

To help students to explore, experiment, and find their writing voice. A key element of the syllabus is to ask the students to write in different genres. The course introduces students to the different writing genres, fiction and non-fiction, exploring the form and writing in some of the genres including


Stories composed in verse or prose, usually for theatrical performance, where conflicts and emotion are expressed through dialogue and action.


Narrative literary works whose content is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily based on fact.


Verse and rhythmic writing with imagery that creates emotional responses.


Narrative of a person’s life, a true story about a real person.

Critical Essay

A short literary composition that reflects the author’s outlook or point.

Narrative Nonfiction

Factual information presented in a format which tells a story. 


Informational text dealing with an actual, real-life subject.


Public address or discourse.

Public Speaking and Presenting Academy

Week 2 and Week 5 (£ Included)

To learn how to develop methods in structure and style of speaking and presenting. Build confidence and understand how to engage an audience.

Students have access to key facilities and will be able to build on their own experiences in this increasingly important and versatile skill.

Linguistics Academy

Week 2 and Week 4 (£ Included)

Over the three sessions students choosing Linguistics will study various topics of discussion and exploration. In particular;


How we produce and hear speech sounds, what tools we can use to study them and why that might be important.

Words and Grammar

How do we decide what words mean? Where do dictionaries come from and what are they useful for? How do we keep track of how meanings change over time?

Language in context

Focuses on how language changes depending on when and where we use it.

Preparation for the workplace and career planning

Week 4 – 3 x 2hours (£ Included)

Developing the key skills to prepare you for the challenges that lie ahead when considering careers and the workplace in general.

This academy delves into key areas of essential planning and looks into strategies and tools to assist your next move, during and beyond your studies in higher education.

What the parents say

Your esteemed school is a melting pot that gathers different nationalities and backgrounds to teach them new skills and empower them with a better use of the English language.

Tamara - Jordan

It was another great year! The first thing our daughter said when she arrived in Japan and saw her family was, ‘I had a great time and I want to go again!’

Akiko - Japan

We would like to thank Heathfield, for the language and cultural experience, and for the comfortable and homely atmosphere our daughter has been enjoying so much!

Irina - Russia

It has been for her an excellent experience both personally and from an academic point of view. She really enjoyed learning and practising English, meeting friends from other countries as well as all activities, especially Kayaking!

Teresa - France

The course was so good for my daughter. She enjoyed the style of teaching that is so different from home. Most important was 'English with Style' – she tried so many new things and learned so much English Culture.

Lee - China

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