Form Seven at Hampton Court House: a place where people and ideas meet
Form Seven is a community of people who love to ask questions, dedicated to enriching their knowledge of the arts and sciences, languages and books. Join us to explore new perspectives and meet new people.
CONNECTING PEOPLE AND IDEAS
You will meet new people on the same wavelength as you. Our brilliant talks, courses, workshops and concerts will allow you to dive into a whole world of new ideas and skills: history, languages, literature, sciences and creative arts. There is food for any curious mind.
Why Form Seven?
The last two years of school are usually known as the sixth form. We want to offer people of all ages the opportunity to continue the adventure of learning, so it made sense that our new community should be a "seventh form". Join us at Hampton Court House, our beautiful school overlooking Bushy Park in London, or this summer at Château de Clérac, our peaceful French retreat near Bordeaux.
SUMMER TERM: APRIL TO JULY 2016
What's on this season: events at a glance
Intimate Moments – The Otvor Duo
Friday 15 April, 7.30pm
Paper Aeroplanes (and the Joy of Being Wrong)
Thursday 28 April, 7.30pm
Master Digital Photography
Sunday 8 May, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Jungle Books: Kipling and Curry
Wednesday 11 May, 7.30pm
Video Games: A Journey Beyond the Screen
Wednesday 18 May, 7.30pm
Active Retreats in France
This summer holiday, Form Seven will travel to Château de Clérac, near Bordeaux. Reserve your place today on an Active Retreat, a holiday course with the perfect blend of learning and leisure. On the menu are film-making, photography, art, history, literature, dance, wellbeing, food and wine. You can enjoy fascinating courses with inspirational tutors.
Learn a new skill and meet new people on your wavelength: join a Form Seven course
Three reasons why Form Seven courses are utterly brilliant:
Your tutors are practising professionals who love to share their expertise and inspire you with their passion.
Learning is a pleasure in the beautiful Georgian rooms and exquisite landscaped grounds of Hampton Court House.
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.
CREATIVE ARTS EVENING CLASSES
The Sketchbook Club: a home for any aspiring artist to play with ideas
Have you ever wanted to learn to draw, but are overwhelmed by the tyranny of the blank page? Brenda Holtam will show you how you can use a sketchbook as a portable stepping stone to where your ideas might lead you.
Behind the setting up of this course is a strong belief in the value of drawing as the fundamental skill that opens up almost any genre of art.
Over the course of ten sessions you will experience introductions to the work and methods of a variety of artists, practical work, and demonstrations of materials and techniques. There is emphatically no showcase or exhibition. This course is a friendly environment where you can experiment without anyone judging you.
Thursdays 7.30-9.00pm from 14 April 2016
Weekly language courses
French with Panache: learn to speak, read and write French confidently
A rigorous weekly course for beginners and improvers that aims to have you speaking, reading and writing French with confidence, not just parroting sentences cribbed from a phrasebook.
You will quickly build up your vocabulary and knowledge of grammar systematically, with the help of Eliana Houstoun-Boswall, Hampton Court House’s bilingual founder.
Those with rusty French from school who want to re-build their knowledge are equally welcome. À bientôt!
Thursdays 2.30 to 3.30pm (improvers) or Fridays 2.15 to 3.30pm (beginners) from 14/15 April 2016
Nihau! Learn the language and culture of China, a country with 5000 years of history
A fast-paced course for beginners that aims to have you quickly communicating with confidence in Mandarin Chinese. Nihao, China! is tailored for adult learners with no previous experience of studying Mandarin.
Phonetics, vocabulary, grammar and Chinese characters will all be covered. Alongside intensive work on the language, your tutor, Coco Cuiping, will share her passion for Chinese culture – history, philosophy, art and food.
Thursdays 7.30-9.00pm from 14 April 2016
HEALTH & WELLBEING COURSES
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.
Thursdays 6.00-7.00pm from 14 April 2016