Children's Residential Courses (9-13 years)*
CAE at Moreton Hall

Key Points

  • 2 or 4 week courses recommended for children aged 9 - 13
  • Residential accommodation
  • Secure rural environment with 24 hour supervision
  • Elementary level and above (no beginners)
  • 15 hours of lessons per week
  • Maximum 48 children, in classes of 12 students
  • Staff: student ratio of 1:6
  • No large groups from one country
  • Wide choice of afternoon sports and activities
  • Full programme of evening events and entertainment
  • Private tennis courts, sports hall, football pitches and outdoor heated swimming pool
  • Regular excursions
  • All costs included in course price
  • * In special circumstances, CAE reserves the right to accept students of minimum age 8

Course Structure

  • Students can enrol for 2 or 4 weeks
  • 15 full hours of lessons per week
  • An integrated programme of language lessons, afternoon activities, evening entertainment and visits
  • Learn the English you need by doing the things you like to do
  • Enjoy a full social programme in the afternoon and evening
  • Daily CAE Portfolio and Homework session
  • Regular weekly excursions. Children usually visit London and Cambridge as well as other local destinations

Academic Programme

  • Maximum class size of 12 students
  • All students are interviewed and tested on arrival
  • Classes are allocated by language level, nationality mix, age and gender
  • 15 full hours of lessons per week
  • Level based Project work classes give children a chance to practice all four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Excursion Classes (preparation and follow up) link up the classroom language to the English speaking environment
  • Daily Portfolio and Homework sessions give you time to review your progress, complete homework tasks and take part in Student Committee meetings
  • Free learning materials
  • Children prepare a special CAE Portfolio to take home as a record of their achievements on the course
  • Children receive an end of course report and CAE Course Certificate.

Social Programme

In the Afternoons

  • Choose a Daily Sign up Activity and do something different every day
  • and Sign up for a Weekly Activity - watch your progress and develop your skills

Moreton Hall has fantastic playing fields, an indoor sports hall and outdoor heated swimming pool. There is lots of space and there are so many things to do that you'll never be bored. Everyone will have favourites but we also encourage you to try something completely new!

  • Sports
    (Basketball, Tennis, Badminton, Rugby, Football, Cricket, Netball...)
  • Art and Crafts
    (Drawing, Face Painting, Card making, Jewellery design, T-shirt painting...)
  • Activities
    (Drama, Juggling, Music, Reading club, Cookery, Dance, Chess...)
  • Local visits
    (Bowling, Museum visits, Market surveys, Town trails...)

In the Evenings, join in the fun

  • Cinema visits
  • Discos and Karaoke
  • Theme parties
  • Quizzes
  • Team competitions

Excursions and Study visits

  • England is our classroom
  • Children get the chance to use their English in real situations
  • Children will visit London and Cambridge as well as other local destinations
  • Learn about the places you are visiting before the trip and talk or write about them when you get back to class.
  • Children are issued with a CAE Identity Card and must carry this card at all times.
  • Children are supervised at all times.


  • Moreton Hall is a private boarding school. In summer it becomes the centre for the CAE Children's residential course.
  • Moreton Hall is a short walk from the small friendly market town of Bury St Edmund's.
  • Bury St Edmunds is 40 minutes from Cambridge and conveniently located for Stansted Airport

Accommodation and Meals

  • Students sleep in shared dormitories (with 3 to 9 other children)
  • A broad mix of nationalities in each dormitory
  • Sleeping arrangements are made in advance. We encourage students to make new friends and speak English in the boarding houses
  • We do not allow siblings or friends travelling together to share rooms. They may be in rooms close by but will not be able to share.
  • Teachers sleep in staff bedrooms next to the student dormitories and members of staff are on duty throughout the night.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided in the school dining room. On excursion days students receive a packed lunch.


  • Students are escorted to and from Moreton Hall for all airport transfers
  • On the Sunday before the course starts, all students are met at the airport by a CAE representative
  • On the Saturday at the end of the course, students are taken back to the airport, and helped with their check-in. CAE staff will remain in the airport until the plane has departed.
  • There will be an additional charge for any arrivals, departures or extra nights outside our set days and times.
  • Children who are flying alone are advised to register with the airline's Unaccompanied Minor Service when booking flights.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the teachers like?
They are energetic, appropriately qualified and experienced in looking after children. They will not only teach English, but also sports and other activities.

What is the nationality mix?
Our students come from all over the world. In the past we have children from over 20 different countries enrolled on this course!

How much pocket money do students need?
Students only need enough money for sweets, souvenirs and presents. Everything else has already been paid for. The Course Director will keep students' money safe until they need it.

What happens if a student is ill?
We have staff with first aid training available at all times to deal with emergencies. All but the most minor problems are referred to the local doctor. In the most serious cases arrangements are made to fly the child home. Standard Personal Insurance is included in the course fees.

What's the food like?
All the meals are served in the school dining room. Children and teachers eat together. Breakfast usually includes cereal, toast and fruit juice. For lunch and dinner the menu is varied and includes meat, fish, cheese, potatoes, rice, pizza, fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian options are available. On excursions, everyone will have a packed lunch.

What happens if children feel homesick?
Feeling homesick is quite normal for the first day or so, especially if children have never been away from home before. Our staff are very experienced in dealing with homesickness and will help children through any difficult moments. A full and varied programme usually means that homesickness is quickly forgotten.

Can friends or siblings enrolling together sleep in the same bedroom?
We encourage students to use English on all our courses. For this reason, we decide who is going to sleep in which bedroom, so that everyone has a chance to make new friends and practise their English. This means that friends and siblings may sleep in rooms near each other, but not in the same room.

Do the children have their clothes washed?
Children's clothing and towels are washed at least once a week. Please do not bring any expensive or very delicate items. Bed linen is changed regularly.

Why is this course so special?
It gives children the opportunity to make friends from all over the world.