“Bath Academy has its origins in a small establishment called ‘Bridge Tutors’, housed briefly in Oxford House on Lansdown in Bath. A quarter of a century ago in 1997 - under the impetus given by a London tutor, David Game, it took on a life of its own in its own home: Bath Academy in Queen Square.
A Mathematician from New College, Oxford, David started his first tutorial college in London in 1974, using five rooms in the basement of a building in West Kensington. Since then he has been involved in founding 13 colleges in England as well as 3 schools and a university abroad.
Tutorial colleges had begun in the 1930s providing private tutoring for Oxford and Cambridge entrance and Colonial Service entrance examinations. Known as ‘crammers’ – they often specialized in providing last minute revision courses for those who had not adequately prepared for their university entrance. However, by the 1960s even The Royal Society recognised the need for small colleges bridging the gap between the rote learning at traditional schools and the guided self-tuition at university level. The Society called for a ‘competing alternative to remaining at school’ to be established with the aim of ‘re-conditioning’ students to develop the ‘internally motivated enquiring attitude’ to ensure success at university. Tutorial colleges were admirably suited to provide this kind of small-scale, supportive and challenging, personalized learning.
Bath Academy has a variety of English Language Courses to suit every type of student, from Beginner to Advanced Levels. Our wide range of courses are the perfect choice for those who wish to improve their English for study or work, for those who wish to take the IELTS exam, or international academic students who would like more intensive English language development to prepare them for higher education in the UK.
At Bath Academy, their A-Level courses provide students with the opportunity to specialise in the subjects of their choice before university. the academy rank highly for A level students for value-added progress in Bath and Northeast Somerset in 2017, and aim to maintain these high achievements going forward.Standard Two-year Course, 18 Month Course, One-year Intensive Course, Sixth-month Intensive Resit Course available.
STUDENT RESIDENTIAL HOUSE: Their accommodation for long-term students consists of a charming, Georgian residential house set in the heart of the city. At Oxford house they offer full board accommodation for students who are 14+ years of age. Residence staff members are always present to ensure students’ safety, happiness and progress.
Oxford House has both single and shared rooms which are allocated on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis. The bedrooms are well furnished, centrally heated and are cleaned each week, including new bed linen. All houses are non-smoking.
HOMESTAY: Bath Academy arranges accommodation in Bath with caring and responsible homestay providers. Living in homestay accommodation, students are able to learn more about British customs and traditions and gain additional conversational practice. Hosts treat the students as full members of the household, eating together and sharing the common living areas. All homestays are visited personally and interviewed in order to ensure they satisfy their criteria.
Pastoral care at Bath Academy is of the highest priority to ensure our students’ happiness and fulfilled ambitions. To effectively meet the personal, academic, and social wellbeing of students and staff is paramount to the framework of their college.
They want their students and staff to feel secure in the knowledge that they are valued members of a community that participates in giving and receiving encouragement, guidance and support.
At Bath Academy, they believe that quality pastoral care focuses on the whole student (personal, social, and academic) by engaging all members of the school community as providers of pastoral care. They promote open lines of communication between staff, teachers, tutors and students to ensure every possibility of student concerns are covered.