Giggleswick School
Giggleswick School

International welcome camp

This camp is designed for all our overseas students and is scheduled immediately ahead of the new academic year. Our aim is to give international students arriving at Giggleswick, either for the first time or after a long summer break, a chance to settle in, make or catch up with friends, and prepare for school life. The camp has proven to be a great opportunity to ensure a seamless transition into the new term and the students journey at Giggleswick.

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Friday 27 August to Monday 6 September 2021

This year the camp has been extended to 10 days (at no extra cost) to ensure provision throughout any UK Government quarantine requirements in place due to Covid-19. It is important to note, if the quarantine period remains at 10 days, students must arrive on Friday 27 August. Any arrivals after this time cannot be accommodated at Giggleswick for a 10 day quarantine period.

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What to expect

Students attending the International Welcome Camp will have full an exclusive use of the school's facilities and 215 acre campus, which is a great way to get to know, or re-familiarise, with the environment before school starts.  A fun packed and engaging itinerary of activities will enable students to get a head start with written and spoken English language skills as well as make friends with students in a similar situation.

Our team of welcoming staff are on hand to support and help students prepare throughout the week. For new students, there will be campus tours and activities around the school site to ensure students have a good knowledge of how to find the right classroom and building once lessons commence.

Staff will also help students ensure their device for learning is set up and ready for classes as well as guide students through the digital learning platform navigation and protocols.

There will be an opportunity to ensure all uniform, sports kit and required equipment is ready and organized, with the added benefit of being able to be fitted in person and also purchase any last minute or forgotten items. 

For our international students who already know their way around and have everything they need to start school, there are more activities to get involved in, as well as opportunities for supported or independent study.

English language support

All students, whether new or returning, will have access to a bespoke programme of English Language support each morning. EAL sessions are provided by our own highly experienced teaching staff who have years of experience in teaching English as a foreign language.

Programme of activities

The International Welcome Camp gives students the opportunity to take part in an extensive range of activities and full use of our outstanding campus facilities, including sports courts, fitness centre, swimming pool, climbing wall, dance studio, and state-of-the-art theatre. Students will be provided with a programme of optional activities ranging from sports, outdoor pursuits, and creative arts. 

Trips and excursions may also be an option depending on quarantine restrictions. 


Students will spend the camp together in one of our seven boarding houses, before moving to their allocated boarding house at the start of term. This provides students with the chance to socialise, get to know each other, and familiarise themselves with the school's boarding routines. An itinerary of evening entertainment and activities is also provided throughout the camp.

Dates & fees

Friday 27 August - Monday 6 September 2021

£750 (inclusive of all meals, activities, and accommodation). 


If Government guidance requires overseas students to quarantine on their arrival to the UK, the International Welcome Camp will enable the pupils to take part in a range of activities and enjoy all the facilities the campus has to offer, whilst quarantining on campus.

If the quarantine period remains at 10 days, students must arrive on Friday 27 August. Any arrivals after this time cannot be accommodated at Giggleswick for a 10 day quarantine period