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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.


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 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 8, 18 or 80!

Summer Term 2017 LEARNING EVENTS

The Joy of Discovery

As the days grow longer and the leaves on the trees unfurl to catch the sunshine, embrace the joy of discovery: you are invited to join us at Hampton Court House for inspiring events led by expert speakers and tutors. Learn new skills, explore new perspectives. Revel in the joy of discovery!


Footsteps of Odysseus

Wednesday 3 May, 7.00pm

Re-trace the end of Homer’s epic The Odyssey in an enchanting illustrated talk that will combine serious intellectual study of ancient texts with amusing anecdotes about the trials and tribulations of sailing.

Festival of the Ancient World

Sunday 7 May, from 10.00am

Travel back in time with this day-long celebration of classics. Learn some Latin, discover the richness of classical culture, sample ancient Roman food, be moved by Greek tragedy and much more.

Cookery School and Supper Club

Wednesday 3 May, Thursday 8 June and Thursday 29 June

These three informal cookery workshops will give you confidence and ideas that will help you bring friends and family together to enjoy delicious food. 

Discovery: The Unseen Obvious

Tuesday 13 June

An interactive evening where you can seek out your inner scientist. Form Seven favourite Dr Edmond Hui will attempt to prove that anyone is able to make discoveries, as long as they have curiosity, passion and perseverance.

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 practising 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.

Nihao! China
Conversational Mandarin for beginners with native speaker Coco Gu

French with Panache
An improvers’ course in French with bilingual expert Eliana Houstoun-Boswall

Summer Studio
A supportive art class with lessons on colour harmony from portrait painter Brenda Holtam

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

Cookery School
Fresh, seasonal cooking workshops with Emmanuelle Liebert

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

Parent and Child Ballet
A weekly session for parents to dance with their little ones aged 18 months to 3 years


Nihao! Learn the language of China, a country with 5000 years of history

A fast-paced course for beginners that aims to have you 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 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 27 April

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!

  • For adult students aged 16+
  • Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 27 April

Creative arts evening CLASSES for adults

Summer Studio: a course helping you develop your drawing and painting

This course is all about helping you master the principles of colour and tone in your art, with lessons on colour harmony and personal mentoring from your tutor, portrait painter Brenda Holtam.

You will discover how to make the most of well-known artist's materials, learn new techniques and, most importantly, develop your skills, whatever whether you are a beginner or improver. The course is designed to unfold step-by-step; you will benefit from an expert guide to show you the way and an informal, supportive environment where you can take risks and join like-minded fellow artists to develop your skills together.

  • For adult students aged 16+
  • Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 27 April

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

Sew It Yourself is the perfect course for beginners in sewing and design. Over the term you will learn different sewing techniques and understand basic patterns by making your own clothing and accessories.

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 27 April


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.


Parent and Child Ballet: learn to dance with your little one

In this specially-designed class for adults and toddlers together, you can learn the basics of ballet with our Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher. Your little one will improve their co-ordination, attention span, musicality and flexibility, while you can spend time with them watching them learn and grow in the beautiful surroundings of our Georgian house. Mums, dads and grandparents are all welcome to join this enchanting course. 

  • For adults with children aged 18 months to 3 years
  • Wednesdays 10.30am to 11.15am from 26 April