Where people and ideas meet

Inspirational Talks, courses, WORKSHOPS AND concerts at hampton court housE


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.


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.


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

    Video Games: A Journey Beyond the Screen
    Wednesday 18 May, 7.30pm

    Intimate Moments concert – Friday 15 April

    Intimate Moments concert – Friday 15 April

    Ten Tips For Falling In Love
    Thursday 9 June, 7.30pm

    Super Mile: SUP World Record Attempt
    Saturday 18 June, 11.00am to 4.00pm
    at Queen Mary Sailing Club, TW15 1UA

    An Introduction to Photoshop
    Wednesday 22 June, 6.00pm

    Jungle Books: Kipling and Curry
    Monday 27 June, 7.30pm

    Noye's Fludde
    Wednesday 6 July, 6.00pm
    and Thursday 7 July, 2.00pm and 6.00pm

    Noye's Fludde – Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July. Image: Noah's Ark by Edward Hicks (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

    Noye's Fludde – Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July. Image: Noah's Ark by Edward Hicks (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

    Château de Clérac, Form Seven's summer base in France

    Château de Clérac, Form Seven's summer base in France

    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:

    Expert tutors

    Your tutors are practising professionals who love to share their expertise and inspire you with their passion.

    Stunning setting

    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.


    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

    The Louvre, Paris

    The Louvre, Paris

    The Guilin Hills in China

    The Guilin Hills in China

    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


    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