Group Leader's View
I can't thank you enough for this summer's English summer camp. My students and I were there for two weeks, and I regret not staying longer.
I can't get over how inclusive the staff and teachers were, they showed a knack for working with kids of all ages and really put their hearts into their work. I am especially grateful for your including me in activities, such as baking, sports and art class.
The food was incredible! The variety and international flavors made every meal a treat. I remember one of my students who never ate breakfast at home, discovered a liking for morning sausages and potato scones.
The excursions were well organized and diverse. With a wide range of sites mixed in with shopping and fun.
Thank you again, for all your hard work and I look forward to next summer!
Thank you so much for the organisation. We felt that our daughter was being well taken care of in Kilgraston. She gained in confidence during the camp speaking to all her new friends in English which has helped her improve a lot.
Also, I especially want to thank you personally, Suzanne, for the recommendation you gave our daughter for her placement at Kilgraston school. She has been accepted and will go to school for a year in 2019. She is really excited to have this wonderful opportunity to go to school in Scotland!
Our son Teo spent one week non residentially.
He truly enjoyed it very much, so much that he is now asking that we repeat next year, this time around as residential. Everything went very well, thanks to the warm welcome and hosting, great premises, a large choice of side activities, all in all in a wonderful environment. We are all now looking forward 2018!
Our daughter (10) came back very confident: I asked her how much she now understood English and she answered "Mama, ich versteh alles“ (Mom, I understand everything).
She enjoyed the activities, the trips and especially the riding.
She now wants to spend an academic year at Kilgraston.
My daughter really enjoyed Kilgraston from the very first day.
English classes are attractive, and the different activities are very well organized and with an excellent quality, given the extraordinary facilities the school offers.
The staff procures a safe and inclusive environment where kids feel comfortable and open, which facilitates the learning experience.
I would recommend this program without doubt.
From our 2017 Survey:
Q: What does Kilgraston do really well?
A: Customer Care
A: their organization of activities, sports, outings and lesson plans and meals. their staff are professional yet fun and entertaining. They had a way with making all the kids and leaders feel a part of the camp.
A: The organisation and the choice of activities
A: They do everything well
From our 2016 Survey:
Q: What does Kilgraston do really well?
A: Create a fun, safe and progressive environment that allows for progression.
A: Attention, the programme and joyfulness of the students.
A: The people in Kilgraston embraced each and everyone of those who joined the camp from around the world with real interest and have assisted greatly in the cultivation of the spirit of team work and strong bonds of friendship.
A: The leaders really try so we learn and that we speak English and not other languages.
A: Discovery was absolutely excellent.
We are so thankful to you for all your efforts. Nastia's English teacher noticed that she made a great jump in English after this summer (2016).
This year our daughter (12) spent her holidays in Kilgraston Summer School with her friend. It was her first time away alone, but she was just so delighted.
Everything was just perfect there!! the service started with the very prompt and very kind reply to all questions. The whole organization is absolutely perfect.
Suzanne took all our fears and doubts away in her warm way, so we, as parents, felt very happy about our decision of choosing Kilgraston Summer School.
The children enjoyed their stay very much. The daily program was so varied and interesting for them and there was no time to be bored or homesick!
Our girls chose the Discovery Program which had great excursions in the first week and the second week they played tennis and went horse riding.
That was all great! The staff took care of the kids' needs all day, in the evening and through the night.
Also, the meals were delicious and they catered for all sorts of individuals. The rooms were all clean and comfortable. We'd like to give strong praise about that!!
The beautiful surrounding area was one highlight for our daughter. She loves nature and so she enjoyed a walk in the great park every day.
Of course both girls improved their English through the lessons and by talking with the other boys and girls all day and into the evenings.
Finally we would like to say: Thank you for everything! It was an excellent, brilliant, great stay in Kilgraston and our daughter will be back next year!
Our four daughters Olivia, Fiona, Donna, Katrina and son David, shared Kilgraston summer camp 2015.
They had a great experience at Kilgraston, from the start they felt absolutely at home due to the hospitality they found as well as the deatil of the organisation. The kids felt welcome from arrival. They really enjoyed all the sports activities, especially hockey and tennis. David and Katrina also enjoyed swimming very much!! Donna had a great experience on the Discovery program where she was able to appreciate some amazing places and learned about Scotland. We chose Kilgraston because of the full program they have mixing the language school with sports and adventure activities. It is a great experience to meet new friends from different countries and cultures! I must also take this opportunity to remark that they have continued chatting in English with the friends they met at Kilgraston!
We felt very confident to leave the kids at Kilgraston in an English environment, with sports and outdoors activities, enjoying the experience!
When they came back to School here in Uruguay, teachers were surprised with the improvement in their English speaking!
Thanks Kilgraston for the fantastic experience!
We have an excellent partnership; very efficient and a very positive relationship with Suzanne!
Some of my students wanted to go to a language school in Scotland and they found Kilgraston on the Internet.
They asked what I thought about it and I was really surprised, because they had chosen a school that I'd actually been to several years before! That was my first trip to the UK as a group leader in 2010. I liked the school a lot, as it was a cozy, friendly place, where all the students and the staff were like one big family. After that I visited some other schools in England, but I always remember Kilgraston as something special; the special atmosphere of a good company, language school, beautiful nature and Scottish culture.
The students also enjoyed the school and they have now been to Kilgraston two years in a row! They were treated like members of one big family. If they did have any problems, Suzanne did her best to settle everything down (many thanks to her!!!).
They found the classes, activities and excursions very interesting.
Now, I'm happy that amongst a great number of language schools I know of a place, which I can recommend with confidence to my students and their parents.
Every summer we send at least 3 students to Kilgraston. We have one girl and this year will be her 3rd summer at Kilgraston doing horse riding with Charlie - her favorite horse at the school.
The school has such a homely, caring atmosphere where every child is treated like an individual. Children returning home happy! And it's always a pleasure working with Suzanne!
Last Summer, our daughter Alessandra and a friend attended Summer School at Kilgraston for one week.
She felt absolutely at home due to the fantastic staff. Her English has very much improved and she also enjoyed the sports activities during the afternoon, especially horse riding. The week at Kilgraston was a great preparation for Alessandra as she visited Kilgraston school for the following Autumn Term. When she arrived again she felt confident and didn't take long for her to get settled in.
We would like to thank Suzanne for the great organization and would always recommend Kilgraston Language School!
My son, Nikos, is dyslexic and the normal teaching of English at school or at English language schools in Greece was totally inefficient; what was more Nikos felt totally disheartened and thought that he could never speak the language, so he wouldn't make any effort anyway.
Trying to find alternative ways for him to learn English I looked for a Summer English School in Great Britain, hoping to find something suitable. I asked around (The British Dyslexia Association and various specialists who have published academic works on English as a second language for dyslexic kids) and was pointed towards a number of summer schools. None of them were specializing in teaching English to foreign dyslexic kids, but several were willing to accept Nikos and give it a try. Kilgraston was one of those schools.
I chose Kilgraston over the others because its program was heavy on sports and outdoors fun activities such as trips and parties, thinking that even if Nikos wouldn’t; learn any English in class he would at least have a good time and an opportunity to pick up elements of the language when he was having fun making friends and had his guard lowered.
Discussing the issue with Suzanne Littlejohn, the program Director I felt more confident that this would be a good choice, as she appeared to be fully aware of the benefits of learning English by immersing yourself in an English speaking environment, and she assured me that this principle was behind the school’s curriculum.
Nikos arrived at Kilgraston without speaking any English and without knowing anyone there. It was not the first time he was away form home and family, but he had never been alone in such an alien environment. He stayed for three weeks and apart from the difficult first two days, he had great fun there.
He made friends and what is really amazing is that at the end of the first week he started chatting to other kids in English. By the end of third week he could easily communicate to the point of making jokes and he could even write in English. I read the diary the kids kept in class where they were describing their daily activities. Nikos went from a single line in Greek in the first day, to a full paragraph in English in the last day. And the English in this paragraph were more than half correct.
I visited the school in the first week during an afternoon and realized what a benefit the sports activities really are. The tennis lesson I attended was in essence an English lesson, where the instructor spoke to the kids in English, used a blackboard to illustrate his words and made sure that everyone understood before and after they practiced his instructions. All that happened in a spirit of a cool fun team activity. The sense of fun was something I received not only that afternoon at school but also from Nikos every day over the phone.
As a mother I was also very relieved to find out that when a crisis appeared on the second day of Nikos’s stay at Kilgraston, when he felt alone and homesick, the staff did their very best to have him included in team activities and to keep an eye on him preventing any more such occurrences. They also kept in touch with me, even afterwards, informing me on what was going on. I felt I could trust the school to take good care of Nikos.
In short, although Kilgraston Summer English school is not specializing in teaching English to foreign dyslexic kids, it is however very dyslexic friendly. The beautiful surroundings, the friendly and very capable staff and the fun curriculum made it a perfect choice for us.