Marlborough College’s Summer School, a key feature of the town’s annual calendar won’t take place this year. “In the interests of the wellbeing of our guests, staff and the local community, it is with a heavy heart that the decision has been taken to cancel this year’s Summer School and School of English and Culture.” explained Summer School Director, John Blake earlier this afternoon (Wednesday 14 May).
But for Summer School 2020 read Summer School 2021. Just about all tutors and entertainers have agreed to return in next year to provide the same courses and entertainments that were scheduled for this summer, so what was planned will still take place, albeit twelve months later.
John added: “It is felt that we could not make either event work this year if we are restricted by social distancing measures. Also, with more than 50% of our Summer School customers aged over 60, it would be irresponsible of us to gather so many potentially vulnerable customers together in one place; be it a classroom, Norwood Hall, marquee or our entertainment venues.
Much thought has been given to offering an online Summer School. However, the feeling is that this would go against the interactive and immersive nature of our courses and customers would miss out on the very things that make MCSS and MCSEC what it is, and we work so hard to retain, i.e. a chance to learn new skills in a friendly, cooperative, engaging and joyous atmosphere. However, we will be offering a free online enrichment programme for our past and present School of English and Culture students.”
All bookings made for this year’s Summer School have been automatically carried over to next year, but if anyone is unable to attend or wishes to obtain a refund that will be possible. For details of this, and for any further information visit the Summer School website which includes a comprehensive FAQ (frequently asked questions) section.
The provisional dates for Summer School 2021 are 11 July to 7 August, and tickets are planned to be on sale as from 1 September.