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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!

Next event

Spring Flavours Cookery Workshop and Supper Club

The aim of this workshop is to give you ideas that will help you bring friends and family together to enjoy delicious food. Together, you and your fellow participants will learn how to prepare straightforward dishes rich in flavour using fresh, seasonal produce. The workshop culminates with an informal supper – why not bring a bottle of wine and make an evening of it?

On the menu are some seasonal salads using spring vegetables; a hearty, fragrant lamb ragout with cauliflower couscous; and a home-baked tart for pudding. If you have Instagram, you can discover tasters of Emma’s recipes at @emma_homemade

Should you wish to join your friends to enjoy the fruits of their labours, there is a dining-only Supper Club option.


Thursday 23 February
Workshop: 6.00pm to 9.00pm – adults £50
Supper Club: 8.00pm – dining only tickets £12 per person


What’s On: Summer Term 2017

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 OdysseusWednesday 3 May

Spring Flavours Workshops and Supper ClubWednesday 3 May, Thursday 25 May and Thursday 29 June

Festival of the Ancient WorldSunday 7 May

Discovery: The Unseen ObviousTuesday 13 June

Sounds of SuspenseTuesday 4 July

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

Human Figure
Portrait painting, starting with the essentials, with Brenda Holtam

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

Spring Flavours
Seasonal family 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 12 January

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 12 January

Creative arts evening CLASSES for adults

Human Figure: a course guiding you towards mastering the art of portraiture

This course is all about helping you master the art of portraiture in ten weeks, starting with the basics of drawing human forms with pencil and charcoal, right up to painting on canvas.

You will discover new materials, new techniques and, most importantly, new skills. The course is designed to unfold step-by-step; you will benefit from an expert guide to show you the way, and from a clothed live portrait model every week.

  • For adult students aged 16+
  • Thursdays 7.00pm to 8.30pm from 12 January

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 course of 10 lessons 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 8.30pm from 12 January


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 11 January
Write and make your own short film with a professional screenwriter

Write and make your own short film with a professional screenwriter

Try animation with a BAFTA-nominated film-maker

Try animation with a BAFTA-nominated film-maker

Learn street dance with a professional choreographer

Learn street dance with a professional choreographer

Make new friends and learn amazing creative skills

join one of our enriching, exciting after-school courses

Join us at Hampton Court House for inspiring, exciting after-school courses in creative writing, animation or dance. You don’t have to be a pupil at Hampton Court House to join in – all are welcome. Everyone in the group will be super keen so you can learn amazing creative skills fast and make new friends who share your interests.

Your tutors are practising professionals – learn script writing with an award-winning playwright and Channel 4 screenwriter, try animation with a BAFTA-nominated film-maker or street dance with a professional choreographer. They all love to share their expertise and inspire you with their passion.

If you decide, after the first session, that the course isn’t for you then we will give you a full refund, no quibble.


Screen Time: scriptwriting and film making

How do films get made? What makes them special? What is the secret magic that draws you in and keeps you hooked for two hours? 

This course looks at the basics of putting together a short film script. Beginning with classic films, you can watch, discuss, share ideas and write. As the course unfolds, you will receive mentoring from award-winning playwright and student of Channel 4 screenwriting, Joanne Richards, to help you develop your plot and your characters.

  • For 11-14 year olds (school Year 7 to Year 9)
  • Thursdays 5.30 to 6.30pm, from 12 January


Adventures in Motion: an introduction to animation

A magical journey where you can discover the possibilities of animation, led by BAFTA-nominated film maker and artist Eve Blackwood, using techniques from the birth of film to the present day.

Hone your creative storytelling skills as you plan and storyboard for your project.

Use a range of exciting technology to achieve dynamic storytelling through the universal language of moving image.

Discover where your film making strengths lie as we work together in all the roles involved in constructing a film – script writing, directing, sound design, editing, visual effects, and voice acting, to name but a few. This part of the course will run in collaboration with Screen Time.

  • For 11-16 year olds (school Year 7 to Year 11)
  • Thursdays 5.30 to 6.30pm, from 12 January


Street Dance

Learn street dance with our expert choregrapher and Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher Lauren Haith. In this course you will learn a fusion of commercial jazz dance, hip-hop and street, taking inspiration from current RnB and hip-hop music.

Each week, you will discover new steps and combinations, which you will be able to piece together into longer, more complex routines.

No previous experience is required. Male and female students welcome!

  • For 11-16 year olds (school Year 7 to Year 11)
  • Wednesdays 5.30 to 6.30pm, from 11 January