Murray Edwards College has a long history of working with summer schools, indeed our longest client relationship is with American organisation Summer Discovery (read their case study here). We understand that working with a group of children or young adults has it’s joys and challenges.
We work closely with organisers to plan a safe, well-organised, enjoyable time for students’ that fits with the College, which remains a working environment year-round.
Students can enjoy the full Cambridge experience, ensconced in our peaceful location at the top of Castle Hill; the oldest part of Cambridge.
For the purposes of this page, a summer school is an organisation which arranges and facilitates supervised educational courses (at any time of year) for children or young adults.
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Murray Edwards College is a welcoming and contemporary setting – in many ways perfect for introducing the social and developmental characteristics of ‘pre-university’ living. It means that we can interact, engage and participate in activities that in other settings may be more restrictive. This gives us the flexibility to allow our students to be both youthful in their actions while also recognising the need to be adult in their surroundings.
Over the years the team at Murray Edwards has played a major part in helping us to run our program successfully and enabled us to give thousands of high school students the skills they will need for the next stage in their lives.
As well as providing excellent space for teaching, Murray Edwards College is able to offer buildings and grounds that are well suited to summer school groups. Students may walk on the grass and relax in our informal but pretty gardens and supervisors can organise outdoor teaching sessions, activities and BBQs.
Our art collection, the largest of it’s kind in Europe, surrounds your students in all corners of the College and provides a unique and inspirational environment.
The College is well located for exploring the rest of Cambridge but enjoys a peaceful location on the edge of the city centre atop Castle Hill (which is the oldest part of Cambridge). From here it is just a 5-10 minute walk to Quayside where there are shops, restaurants and a punting station. A little further and you will reach the very centre of the city, Market Square and the oldest Cambridge Colleges.
We are a flexible team at Murray Edwards and, if we have advance notice, we will consider any requests. So if you wish to organise a pizza and film night for example, we would be delighted to accommodate the group in an auditorium for the proper cinema experience and students can enjoy pizza and soft drinks in a nearby catering space.
Standard bedrooms (with shared bathroom facilities) are often the top choice for summer school groups. Our standard rooms are located in the heart of the College and many have views of our gardens. En suite bedrooms are also available.
Accommodation can be allocated with different genders on different floors. We always request that there is at least one supervisor room on each floor. Bedrooms have free Wi-Fi and bedding is changed twice a week with bedrooms and bathrooms checked daily Monday-Friday.
We have a variety of rooms available of varying sizes, so there will be the ideal space for your group.
Top of the list for summer schools are our College rooms, which are flat-floored and can be set up in your preferred style. Rooms contain free Wi-Fi and A.V. facilities such as projectors and screens, flipcharts and microphones. Break out rooms are available close by.
Our stunning Dome dining hall is where breakfast and cafeteria lunch and dinner are served and where our own students and Fellows dine during term. Breakfast is full-English, with some continental items, cereal and yogurt.
If your group has particular requirements, we can work with you to accommodate them. We advise students to choose a balanced, healthy meal within their package rate and this may include soup, a main course, salad and water. Additional items such as chocolate bars and canned soft drinks are available at an additional charge.
Many groups like to organise one or two formal meals, often at the start and close of the summer school. Large groups can dine in the Dome with a disco and dance floor and smaller groups may choose from our more intimate dining rooms.
The College bar only serves drinks if it is booked for a private event and has snack and cold drink vending machines and is a great place for students to meet and relax. The bar has a flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, comfortable sofas and overlooks Fountain Court.