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Colwyn Bay
Rydal Penrhos School

2 or more weeks / July-August / residential
Start dates 7/7, 8/7, 20/7, 21/7

Colwyn Bay is a breath-taking seaside town just as popular today as it was during the Victorian period.
Known as a coastal retreat, Colwyn Bay is located in North Wales and the town overlooks the Irish sea and the bay of Liverpool. Our centre, Rydal Penrhos, is a beautiful boarding school overlooking the sea yet located in the centre of the town of Colwyn Bay. The remarkable style is one typical of a grand boarding school with facilities to match including a sports hall, dance studio, tennis courts, a football field and wide green spaces. The accommodation is in boarding houses, in single, double, triple and quadruple rooms with a spacious common room where students can relax and socialize during their free time.


Full board standard accommodation in single/ twin/triple/quadruple rooms with shared facilities 1:5

Top Nationalities

• Italy
• Spain
• Ukraine
• France
• Russia
• Portugal

  • 2 Full-day Excursions
  • 5 Half-day Excursions
  • 4 Entrances
  • British Experience: The Lord of the Rings Experience
  • 40 English lessons: 30 hours of classroom instruction
  • Online placement test
  • MLA Taskbooks: five student books designed for the needs of learners of all levels of English
  • MLA Portfolio: learning resources, daily evaluation and attendance record, day by day topics, tasks completed and material used
  • E-board: a record of the learning progress by monitoring the students’ attendance, the content developed in class, the topics and teaching aids used during the lessons
  • Certificate of attendance
  • End of course report
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Chit Chat Club: speak and practice the language with our MLA Team

Top Plus Programme1. MLA British Experience:

  1. MLA British Experience:
    • MLA Summer Song
    • The Lord of the Rings Experience
  2. MLA Combo Meal:
    • Two English breakfasts
    • Four additional afternoon/evening snacks
    • MLA Prepaid Meal Card on excursions
  3. Two full-day excursions by private bus and support of mother tongue staff:
    • Liverpool with The Beatles Story (admission included)
    • Manchester with Museum of Science & Industry
  4. Two half-day excursions to Colwyn Bay and support of mother tongue staff:
    • Walking Tour
    • Colwyn Bay Beach
    5. Three half-day excursions by private bus and support of mother tongue staff:
    • Chester with Chester Cathedral (admission included)
    • Conwy Castle (admission included)
    • Welsh Mountain Zoo (admission included)
  5. Sport and leisure activities:
    • Support of mother tongue staff

This is a sample of a 2 weeks Top Plus programme. Bespoke programmes for more than 2 weeks are available.

Many MLA centres operate a zig-zag format, with either morning lessons and afternoon activities, or morning activities and afternoon lessons. During the second week, the schedule will swap to the opposite format. Below there is a sample timetable. In many programmes in the United States and in some in the UK – where the excursion programme is rich – we use full-day lessons (mornings and afternoons) in order to allow for additional full-day excursions.

Simple Programme


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