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Classes in English language and literature, and in drama, take place in a partly
When our Oxford courses began, in 1979, our fees for three weeks were less than £200.
Ever higher prices in England and the rising cost of renting premises at Oxford University
and Winchester College now compel us to charge between £2000 and £3000. Not everyone
with a talent for languages and the arts can afford these fees. The Summer School
at Charlieu offers the essential elements of the Oxford course -
Charlieu is at the heart of Europe, eighty kilometres north-
William of Wykeham's aim in founding his two educational establishments in the late fourteenth century was to instruct 'seventy poor and needy scholars in the study of letters and the art of grammar'. The annual fees for his school today are in the region of £30,000, more than many parents earn in a year. The creation of the Summer School at Charlieu and the School on tour represent a return towards William of Wykeham's principle, even if few students in the West today are as economically disadvantaged as the scholars of more than six hundred years ago.
The poor and needy of our own times live in Africa, Asia and Latin America; an average of 30 per cent of any profit made from our courses is used to finance sustainable development projects in those parts of the world.
English and Arts Courses
The European School of Arts and Languages at Oxford
The Summer School at Charlieu: