We are delighted to welcome you to the city of Bath and to our inspirational study venue on the prestigious Prior Park College.
The City of Bath
Bath is one of England’s most inspiring cities, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Bath is famous for its underground hot springs, and when the Romans came to Britain 2000 years ago they built baths and a temple in the town.
The beautiful city you see today was created around 200 years ago and the city became an image of England made famous around the world by the novels of Jane Austen. Bath has been a world heritage site since 1987 – the only city in the UK to be granted this honour.
Just ten miles away lies Bristol, one of the England’s biggest cities with one of the UK’s leading universities while Bath is also the home of two highly valued institutions, the University of Bath, whose focus lies in science and technology (and, at just 50 years old, is rated as one of the top 10 universities in the UK), and Bath Spa University.
Prior Park College
Students attending Bath Tutorial College’s Easter Revision Course will be studying at the prestigious Prior Park College. Prior Park College is an idyllic and motivational setting for both relaxing and studying.
Formerly the home of Ralph Allen (1693 – 1764), the beautiful Mansion is at the core of the Prior Park community. Set within a 57-acre site overlooking the World Heritage City of Bath, the view from the Mansion to the Palladian Bridge in the landscaped gardens below, is truly inspiring.
The Prior Park Estate was purchased in 1829 by Bishop Baines and in 1830 Prior Park College opened as a school for the first time. The school was originally run by the Clifton Diocese and then by the Christian Brothers but has been under lay management since 1980 and co-educational since 1982. Prior Park College is one of the most successful Catholic independent schools.
We are proud of our association with Prior Park College and the opportunity the college offers our students to work in such beautiful surroundings. The tranquil surroundings encourage students to concentrate and study effectively, as they make their vital final preparations for the demands of their A level and GCSE exams in the summer.
We know how hard you will study with us, so we want your free time to be as relaxing and comfortable as possible.
Host Family/’Homestay’ Accommodation
All students are placed with a host family. We work with the kindest and most caring hosts in Bath. They will provide you with comfortable, homely accommodation. They will welcome you into their home, share their lives with you and you will soon become a part of the family.
Before we place you, we will aim to find out about you and your interests, to place you with the most suitable host family in Bath, whose interests match yours as closely as possible.
Your accommodation package includes:
- home-cooked dinner every evening with your host family
- breakfast every morning
- packed lunch
Some host families will also bring you to the course each day and pick you up again in the evening to take you home – where this is not the case we will provide your transport.
We support you all the time you are with your host family and our guardianship hotline is open 24 hours a day so there is always someone to call should you need any advice.
If you are a student who normally lives overseas, homestay can be another important part of your English experience. Live with a local family whilst studying in Bath and you will benefit from a special insight into British home life and culture. We carefully select our host families to ensure the home environment will be comfortable, welcoming and safe, ensuring that you thoroughly enjoy your time in Bath. Dinner conversations every evening are an essential part of your time with the host family. They are a major part of your English speaking and listening practice and an invaluable addition to your lessons.
Some students will be making their own way to us each day from their family home in the Bath area and will want to make use of local bus services to Prior Park College.
Take the number 2 bus from Dorchester Street and hope off at Prior Park College bus stop. This is a 10 min journey.
In support of our non-residential students our guardianship service phone line is open 24 hours a day so there is always someone to call should you need any advice.