Independent Schools Cultural Alliance - ISCA – Summer Programs in the UK


13 – 21 August 2022

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Who is this for?

To celebrate our 40th year, we have designed a new summer camp exclusively for Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils (ages 11-14) who live in the UK and Europe.

Pupils have missed out on schooling this year. They have not only missed academic learning experiences but also daily social interactions that are a key foundation in childhood development. ISCA will provide a fun experiential learning experience for each pupil, as well as facilitating the inter-personal connections they have lacked, and so desperately craved, over the past year.

Why is ISCA unique?

At ISCA, our teachers bring history to life in a fun and interactive way, giving our pupils a transformational, educational experience. During our one-week programme, we explore over 15 historic and cultural sites which complement the KS3 History Curriculum, encouraging our pupils to gain a greater understanding of the topics they study at school. For our European students these sites will showcase the most important events in British history.

We believe in experiential learning. Not only do we explore lots of different sights, but we also provide each pupil with an activity booklet to complete during the week; we stimulate learning through collaborative working in interactive workshops; and we give everyone our ISCA Explorer course book, which contains a detailed history of every place we visit.


During the programme, students will visit sights which they will study in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9.

Year 7

  • The Norman Conquest: Tower of London, River Thames, Windsor Castle
  • Struggle between Church and Crown: Canterbury
  • Magna Carta and Parliament: Runnymede, Houses of Parliament
  • Society, Economy & Culture in the Middle Ages: Canterbury

Year 8

  • The English Reformation: Hampton Court Palace
  • The Civil Wars: Arundel Castle
  • The Restoration: Houses of Parliament
  • Society, Economy & Culture: Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Globe Theatre
  • Witchcraft in Early Modern Britain: Canterbury
  • Civil Rights and the Abolition of the Slave Trade: HMS Victory

Year 9

  • Britain’s Transatlantic Slave Trade: Its Effects and Its Eventual Abolition: HMS Victory
  • Women’s Suffrage: London Walks, Parliament Square
  • Party Politics, Extension of the Franchise and Social Reform: Houses of Parliament
  • The First & Second World Wars: London Walks, Cenotaph & Cabinet War Rooms
  • William Shakespeare*: Stratford-upon-Avon, the Globe Theatre (*KS3 English Curriculum)

Check out The ISCA Explorer for a detailed look at the history of the sights we visit.

Meet new friends

The programme is not just about exploring new places, but also about meeting new friends. Our campus environment is intentionally designed to encourage pupils to mix with their contemporaries and form lasting friendships.

Thank you for giving my son the adventure of a lifetime!

Our Campus

Our summer camp is based at one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country, Charterhouse School. Charterhouse School is renowned for its historic buildings but equally for its fantastic modern facilities, making it an ideal place for pupils to have a brilliant summer camp experience.

Our countryside location, 35 miles south-west of London, gives us quick and easy access to many of the UK’s best historic and cultural sights.

On-Campus Activities

Our campus environment gives the pupils a break from touring and allows them to take part in sports and activities, facilitating new friendships at all times. Sports include cricket, football, netball, hockey, swimming, art, squash, fives, tennis, drama and rounders.

The ISCA Team

Our ISCA staff are chosen based on their experience working with this specific age group and on residential programmes. We have 1 teacher for every 5 pupils throughout the programme. Naturally, all of our staff are background checked and are given Safeguarding Training before the beginning of the summer camp.

40 Years’ Experience

Since 1982, ISCA has run residential camps for pupils aged 11 to 15-years-old. ISCA works with 32 schools from around the world who join us every July for a three-week summer camp and also for a ten-day trip to Scotland over Hogmanay.

Probably the best cultural experience a middle schooler can have

More than a summer camp

ISCA run optional online courses throughout the year. These are included for pupils who are signed up to our summer camp.

Online courses
  • The Great ISCA Bake OffJanuary 2022 – June 2022
  • The ISCA Travel Club – January 2022 to June 2022


The cost of the ISCA Summer Camp is £1,450 per person. This does not include travel to or from the campus.

This includes 8 nights’ accommodation at Charterhouse School; entrance fees to each place we visit; a ticket to a West End Show; all sports and activities on campus; all transport during the programme; staffing at a ratio of 1:5; breakfast and dinner each day; lunch for 7 of the days; an ISCA T-Shirt; and and ISCA Explorer course book and activity booklet.

To become part of ISCA you would typically follow this process:

  1. Sign up to a 1-to-1 Zoom call with our ISCA Director, Luke Liddle. This is your chance to ask questions and find out more about the programme.
  2. Parents / Carers can confirm their child’s place by registering online and paying a £500 deposit. (Please note registration opens on 1 January 2022 and closes on 31 March 2022. Places are limited and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.)
  3. By 30 June 2022, pay the remaining balance.

To register your interest, please click here.


To provide you with peace of mind, we have put together a package of measures to give families security when booking with ISCA. This series of measures will ensure that the course can take place under existing regulations in the UK. Should restrictions be further eased by next summer we will update our measures, and inform you and your family of any changes.

Click here to read our full COVID-19 policy.

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