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Learning for all

Inspirational COURSES, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
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Form Seven at Hampton Court House: where people and ideas meet

Form Seven is a community of people of all ages – adults and children – who love to ask questions, dedicated to enriching their knowledge and learning new skills. 

Join us to explore new perspectives and meet new people at Hampton Court House, our beautiful Georgian school overlooking Bushy Park in London. Our aim is to create experiences where people and ideas can meet.

CONNECTING PEOPLE AND IDEAS

You will meet new people on the same wavelength as you. Our brilliant courses, workshops and events will allow you to dive into a whole world of new ideas and skills: history, languages, music, science and creative arts. There is food for any curious mind. 

Why Form Seven?

The last two years of school are traditionally known as the sixth form. We want to offer people of all ages the opportunity to pursue the adventure of learning – why should school finish at 18? Therefore it made sense that our community learning programme should be a “seventh form” – regardless of whether you are 18 or 80!

Revolution 1917-2017: the idea that changed the world

AUTUMN LEARNING EVENTS

In 1917 communists seized power in Russia. These events changed the course of history for ever; the conflict between communism and capitalism would dominate the twentieth century.

Join us this autumn at Hampton Court House as we commemorate a hundred years since Red October with a season of fascinating talks and recitals that will bring the events and ideas of the Revolution to life – explore new perspectives on history, politics, art, language and music.

All are welcome. 

What’s on

The Story of Russia through Song
18 September, 7.00pm

Bolsheviks in the Bookstacks
3 October, 7.00pm

Time and Memory in Russian Art
10 October, 7.00pm

Shostakovich: A Musical Revolutionary
14 November, 7.00pm

Narratives: How Ordinary People Deal With Extraordinary Events
22 November, 7.00pm

Learn a new skill and meet new people on your wavelength: join a Form Seven course

Brilliant courses for everyone
Join us each week at Hampton Court House for inspiring courses. Each has a relaxed atmosphere in a stunning Georgian setting.

Learn with expert tutors
Your tutors are native speakers or practising creative professionals who love to share their expertise and inspire you with their passion.

Try it for free!
The first session is a complimentary taster. If you decide that the class isn't for you, we will give you a full refund, no quibble.

Kickstart your French
Build your confidence in French with this fun beginners’ course, led by Aurore Duvollet

Accelerate your French
Intermediate French speakers can accelerate their skills towards fluency with Manon Tournier

Spanish from Scratch
Learn to speak, read and write basic Spanish in just 10 weeks, led by Rebeca Lopez Pernas

Mandarin Chinese for Beginners
Quickly learn to communicate with confidence in Mandarin Chinese: it’s easier than you think!

The Sketchbook Club
A space for artists of any level to experiment with techniques and materials with expert guidance

Sew It Yourself
An introduction to sewing with Martine Fiaux Porchet – design your own clothes or accessories

Ballet for Adults
A weekly class incorporating barre work with Royal Academy of Dance teacher Lauren Haith

Cookbook Club
Workshops to help you discover new recipes and teach you new cookery techniques

 

LANGUAGE EVENING CLASSES FOR ADULTS

French for all at our renowned bilingual school

Head back to school with these two fast-paced language courses for beginners or intermediate French speakers. With both courses, you have the opportunity to gain the internationally-recognised DELF or DALF qualifications, created by the French Ministry of Education.

Kickstart your French: a course for beginners

The focus of this course, led by Aurore Duvollet is building your confidence, enabling you to communicate in French without worrying about the odd mistake.

You will develop your vocabulary by using and manipulating the French language in a wide variety of scenarios. You will practise speaking and listening, reading and writing. Your tutor is a passionate advocate of French culture, including theatre and film.

  • For adult students aged 16+
  • Thursdays, 7.00 to 8.30pm from 14 September

Accelerate your French: develop your skills towards fluency

With this intellectually stimulating language course, intermediate French speakers can learn how to communicate fluently. You will discover the rich culture of the French-speaking world through literature, politics, film, food and the arts.

In fast-paced lessons you will be presented with real-life situations that will challenge you. Your native French-speaking tutor, Manon Tournier, will help you develop your skills with systematic teaching of grammar and vocabulary.

  • For adult students aged 16+ with intermediate French
  • Thursdays, 7.00 to 8.30pm from 14 September
 

Learn a new language

Learn one of the world’s most spoken languages – Mandarin Chinese or Spanish – with one of our fun, fast-paced yet rigorous language courses. Hampton Court House is famous for systematic language teaching, with our approach being validated by UNESCO and The Good Schools Guide.

Nihao! Learn Mandarin Chinese

A fast-paced course for beginners that aims to have you communicating with confidence in Mandarin Chinese. The course is tailored for adult learners with no previous experience of studying Mandarin. It’s easier than you think: give it a go!

Phonetics, vocabulary, grammar and Chinese characters will all be covered. Alongside intensive work on the language, your tutor, Coco Gu, will share her passion for Chinese culture – history, philosophy, art and food.

  • For adult students aged 16+
  • Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 14 September

Spanish from Scratch

Spanish, with over 400 million speakers, is now second only to Chinese as the most spoken language on the planet. An understanding of Spanish opens up diverse and beautiful travel destinations in Spain and Latin America. Spain also has an incredibly rich literary heritage.

This course will help you become a confident speaker, reader and writer in Spanish. It is tailored for adult learners with no previous experience of the language. Your tutor, Rebeca Lopez Pernas, is a native Spanish speaker who loves sharing Spanish culture.

  • For adult students aged 16+
  • Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 14 September
 

Creative arts evening CLASSES for adults

The Sketchbook Club: develop your drawing skills with help from the world’s greatest artists

The Sketchbook Club is a space where artists of any level – absolute beginner or experienced alike – can practise using different techniques and materials. This inspiring art course is all about playing, experimenting, having the freedom to “see what happens if...”

    Each week, your tutor, Brenda Holtam, will present different techniques from art history with examples of artists’ work. Brenda is passionate about drawing, as a skill and as a tool. She believes that drawing takes as many forms as there are artists; it is a personal language that develops through use. This is why sketchbooks are such a crucial tool for artists.

    • For adult students aged 16+
    • Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 14 September

    Sew It Yourself: design and make your own bespoke clothing or accessories

    Sew It Yourself is the perfect course for beginners or improvers in sewing and design. Over the term you will learn different sewing techniques and understand basic patterns by making your own clothing and accessories under the watchful guidance of Martine Fiaux Porchet.

    You will be taught how to cut fabric properly, which fabric best suits your project, how to use a sewing machine, how to make a neat hem, how to sew a buttonhole and zip, how to place a pocket, where to make darts and much more besides!

    • For adult students aged 16+
    • Thursdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm from 14 September
     

    DANCE CLASSES FOR ADULTS – IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH, FITNESS AND WELLBEING

    Ballet for Adults: a unique, sociable fitness experience

    The BBC, Telegraph and Guardian have all featured the benefits of ballet as an all-round workout: core strength, posture, muscle sculpting and flexibility. Lauren Haith has developed this course starting at the barre and moving on to more expressive dance. All are welcome for a unique, sociable fitness experience.

    • For adult students aged 16+
    • Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 14 September
     

    Cookery WORKSHOPS – discover new recipes and learn new techniques

    The Cookbook Club

    Join The Cookbook Club at Hampton Court House: breathe life into your old cookbooks, discover new recipes for your family table and learn new techniques to help you in the kitchen. In our busy lives, we often think that preparing tasty meals takes too much time and requires “Masterchef level” talents but it cannot be further from the truth.

    Together, you and your fellow participants will learn how to prepare straightforward dishes rich in flavour using fresh, seasonal produce. Each workshop culminates in dinner, where you are warmly invited to bring family and friends to share in the fruits of your labours. 

    • For adult students aged 16+
    • Thursday 21 September, 12 October, 9 November and 7 December, 6.00 to 9.00pm