Junior Summer School
A one-week summer experience for bright thirteen- and fourteen-year-olds.
This course is designed to inspire exceptional young teenagers, challenging students beyond the school curriculum with world-class teachers in a fun environment in beautiful historical Normandy.
The course will cover Maths, History and French and will be taught in very small groups (maximum four students). Students will also be introduced to Philosophy and Economics by professors from the University of Oxford and from Ivy League Colleges in the United States. They will also participate in Politics workshops with our special guest, one of Britains most high-profile politicians. Finally, there will be training in critical thinking, a much-neglected and critically important element of any education.
There will be plenty of fun too! We have a lovely heated swimming pool (with lifeguard), five-a-side soccer, a barbecue night, a movie night, lunch in the medieval city of Bayeux, and a picnic at Omaha Beach.
Please read on for more details, below.
We will focus mostly on algebra, and how we can use it in decision-making. We will particularly focus on the algebra of business and economics, so that the students immediately see many interesting practical applications. The maths syllabus will include differential calculus. If any students haven't met this before they will be surprised how easy it is to begin using it to solve real problems.
We introduce the students to some of the questions that have occupied the greatest minds in human history. We encourage the students to explore (and challenge) their own intuitions about right and wrong, and about whether and what we can really know. We hope our students will develop the ability to think for themselves about many things we might otherwise take for granted.
We focus on how markets work, through the mechanism of prices. We consider how the freedom to pursue individual self-interest (within the rules of a system of private property) can produce a range of good and bad individual and systemic effects.
We cover two of the great episodes of world history connected with Normandy: the Norman Conquest of England, by William, Duke of Normandy in 1066, and D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in 1944. On one day we will visit the medieval city of Bayeux to see the eleventh century cathedral, Notre Dame de Bayeux, and to study the famous Bayeux Tapestry. On another day we will visit Omaha Beach, the American and British military cemeteries and memorials, and the Mulberry Harbour and museum at Arromanches-les-Bains.
We study British and American politics, comparing and contrasting the two political systems and considering the strengths and weaknesses of each. We look at how (and why) each system emerged and developed over time. We also contemplate the advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and think about what kind of system we might design if we were starting from scratch, and what goals and constraints - practical and moral - should have the highest priority.
We teach our students about careful reasoning, and how to recognise and avoid logical fallacies. This part of the course will have the broadest application to our students' future studies, and may be the most valuable piece of the curriculum.
This is optional, and is taught in pairs or triplets (or even individually), depending on the ability-level of each student.
This eight-day programme costs £965.30 and it includes all tuition, academic materials, meals and snacks, shared accommodation in our eighteen century château (with shared en-suite facilities), use of the château’s heated swimming pool, tennis court and other facilities, and excursions to Bayeux and Omaha Beach.
From Monday, 12th August to Monday, 19th August.