Bell The Leys

Studying at this prestigious boarding school will inspire your child to aim high, exceed their expectations and aspire for success.

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Block 2 (17 – 30 July 2024) now SOLD OUT!

Block 2 of Young Learner courses at Bell The Leys – Summer Explorer, Business Leadership Programme and University Preparation Programme – is now sold out.

Places still available for Block 1 and Block 2.

Welcome to Bell The Leys

However long you will be studying with us, we hope that Bell The Leys will inspire students to aim high as they learn the English language and develop essential skills for learning, life and work.

Historic location

Established in 1875, The Leys School is one of the most prestigious private schools in Cambridge, with many of their students progressing to world-class universities.

It is located in the heart of the city, close to the Fitzwilliam Museum and several of the University of Cambridge colleges, and has extensive grounds with contemporary residential accommodation, outstanding sports facilities and a modern teaching block.

Summer Explorer: Wednesday 3 July to Tuesday 13 August 2024
Business Leadership Programme: Wednesday 3 July to Tuesday 13 August 2024
University Preparation Programme: Wednesday 3 July to Tuesday 13 August 2024


A city-based school with beautiful grounds

The city of Cambridge offers so much opportunity to students, as England’s most historic and cultural cities and ranking among the best in the world for universities. This prestigious school is particularly ideal for students with high academic ambitions.

Unusually for a city school, it is situated within a leafy 50-acre campus, close to the banks of the River Cam, yet only a 10-minute walk from the buzz of the city centre.


Campus facilities:

  • Bright and spacious classrooms, many with interactive whiteboards
  • Dining hall and seating
  • Multiple activity rooms, including art and cookery rooms
  • Cafe serving drinks and snacks
  • Theatre and drama studio
  • Sports hall
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Synthetic football pitch
  • Free WiFi

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A full residential experience

We want to make sure your child has everything they need to succeed and reach their full potential while studying at Bell. Boys and girls have separate accommodation blocks on site, each with a dedicated houseparent to ensure 24/7 supervision and care throughout their time at Bell.

Accommodation blocks are separate for boys and girls. At Bell The Leys, there are single, twin and dormitory rooms available, including beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers and chairs. Where possible, we mix nationalities in bedrooms, so students are encouraged to practise their English and learn more about another culture.

Access to bathrooms are also separate for boys and girls, as well as for junior and senior courses. There are shared showers and toilet facilities, which are situated at strategic points throughout the accommodation.

Bedrooms and bathrooms are cleaned regularly, with fresh bed linen provided weekly. Students are responsible for making sure their room is tidy and will have regular room inspections. There is a free laundry service for machine washable clothes once a week.

Please note: towels and hair dryers are not provided.


To ensure the highest level of safeguarding, there is a dedicated houseparent for each accommodation block, who is responsible for the care and welfare of students outside of the classroom.

All students will attend a daily house meeting led by their houseparent where they will have the opportunity to discuss what they have achieved and share any concerns.

Nutritious meals

Students are offered a choice of nutritious food at each mealtime; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every menu includes a selection of hot and cold items including fresh fruit and vegetables. Packed lunches are provided on study tours.

Snacks are available during break times and at each evening house meeting. If your child has a dietary requirement associated to an allergy, please let us know so we can accommodate this.

Getting to and from Bell The Leys

To the highest standard, our care for your child starts from the moment they land in the UK. Our dedicated Young Learners team will oversee the coordination, liaison and supervision of your child on arrival and departure days. Of course, you may want to travel with your child and bring them directly to the school. We can also arrange for this with the school.

Free return transfers

Airport or station transfers are included in your course package fee, from designated airports (see right) and within scheduled arrival and departure times (depending on student travel requirements).

To guarantee your airport transfer, please submit our online travel form for each student at least 10 working days before the course start date. If you would like to make any changes to your departure date, please let us know at least 7 working days before your departure date.

Online Travel Form

Designated airports for Bell The Leys

London Heathrow 89 km
London Stansted 44 km

Out-of-hour prices

London Heathrow £205
London Stansted £105

Bell The Leys

  • Airport
  • Attraction
  • Campus
  • Train Station

Courses at Bell The Leys

Our courses support people at any age, language level and goal. With courses available throughout the year, we are confident we can support you to achieve success.

  • Summer Explorer

    Up to 11 weeks

    Bell St Albans:
    2 June - 17 August 2024 (weekly enrolment)

    Bell The Leys:
    3 July - 13 August 2024

    Bell Tudor Hall:
    10 July - 20 August 2024

    Bell Badminton School:
    7 July - 3 August 2024

  • University Preparation Programme

    2 weeks

    3 July - 16 July 2024

    17 July - 30 July 2024

    31 July - 13 August 2024

  • Business Leadership Programme

    2 weeks

    3 July - 16 July 2024

    17 July - 30 July 2024

    31 July - 13 August 2024