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

UK Programme

14 – 22 August 2021

Step 1 – Explore the Brochure

Step 2 – Sign up to a Zoom Presentation


Who is this for?

Our new summer camp is designed exclusively for Year 7 and Year 8 pupils who live in the UK.

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 UK 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 UK unique?

At ISCA, our teachers bring history to life in a fun and interactive way. 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.

We believe in experiential learning. Not only do we explore lots of different sights, but we also provide each ISCA student 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.

Meet new friends

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


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

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

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


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.

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 students throughout the programme. Naturally, all of our staff are background checked.

ISCA On Campus

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

39 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 3-week summer camp and also for a 10-day trip to Scotland over Hogmanay.


The cost of the ISCA UK summer camp is £1,450 per person.

This includes 8 nights’ accommodation at Charterhouse School; entrance fees to each place we visit; all sports and activities on campus; all transport during the programme; staffing at a ratio of 1:5; breakfast and dinner each day and lunch for 7 of the days.

Step 1 – Sign up to attend one of our Zoom Presentations

Step 2 – Parents / Carers can confirm their child’s place by registering online and paying a £500 deposit.

Step 3 – Pay the 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.

Our Covid-19 Refund Promise guarantees that you can cancel your booking for any reason and receive a full refund of all fees paid if cancelling before Monday 3rd May 2021. In addition to this, ISCA guarantees you will receive a full refund of all fees paid if UK government guidelines mean we have to cancel the course this summer.

Click here to read our full COVID-19 policy.

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