Why choose Oyster?
Booking a course with Oyster is not like booking a holiday. For many students it becomes the start of a journey which may take years. It is a commitment to a professional relationship where the student’s needs are met at every stage. This begins with learning English. It continues with mathematics and the sciences, then exam preparation, interviews for university and IELTS preparation. Beyond university, we carry on with business and scientific English and adult education.
Our philosophy is simple: we only select proven, experienced teachers. We then occupy our students all day, morning lessons followed by healthy lunches and then either further tuition or outstanding outdoor activities.
We don’t use the word ‘outstanding’ lightly. Our outdoor activities really do stand out and are the essence of Oyster. Book a course with us and you won’t just need some pens. You will need old beach clothes and a strong arm; you’re going to get wet!
What do Oyster offer?
And for adults:
Oyster Education is more than a language school. We teach students from all over the world and offer a full service to prepare students for university.
History and Ethos
Oyster Education was formed in 2012. The first student is now at university in Geneva and her family have since sent us students on three occasions.
From the outset, the company had the aim of providing top quality education meeting the needs of the student, not the needs of the company. Oyster is a small, specialist company, not just another coastal school of English. The director, Neil Cleminson, teaches some of the most able students in the world and has done so for many years and with great success.
Class sizes must be small.
This means small enough for individual attention, just large enough for the mixing of ideas and sense of fun only a group can provide. This equates to class sizes of six on our teenage and adult courses, 9 on our Spring revision courses.
Tuition must be of the highest standards.
Tutors must be well educated and experienced both in the classroom and in life. Lessons must be relevant. There is no point travelling to England only to study from a text book used around the world. Make the lessons intriguing and the use of English becomes an unconscious process.
Activities must be as important as the lessons.
Long after a lesson has been absorbed, or forgotten, the participation in fantastic activities will remain with the student. We learn when we do, we learn when it hurts, we learn when we fail. Central to the Oyster philosophy is that our activities are the ultimate learning tools. We do not offer frisbee in the park.
When you join one of our courses you have to keep an eye on the weather and the tides. Oyster activities are real: we offer primary experience and we show our students that doing is what matters.
Here are just some of the activities students experience on our summer courses:
- London: a guided tour
- Raft-building and racing
- Whizzbangs! (chemistry practicals)
- Shore Fishing
- Visits to historical sites
- Overnight survival
- Shopping trips to Bluewater and Canterbury
- Boat handling
- Collecting cockles and oysters
- Navigation on land
- Kite flying
- Shrimping and crabbing
- Seafood meals from the sea to the table
- Physics challenge
- Seal watching
- Lobster potting
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