New Sustainability Packages for teenagers

Hill End offers residential summer schools for 15-18 year olds on the topics of climate change and sustainability. We work with Oxford-based Social Enterprise Leadership in Global Change (LIGC) who are experts in running sustainability summer schools with the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. We provide 24 care so students can come alone or with friends.

For 2020 we have two one-week summer schools for you to choose from, or you can stay for two weeks and do both.

Food and Forests 

This is a great course for anyone considering a career in business, politics, economics, geography, science or the arts!

Why focus on food and forests? We use land for our resources, amenity, food, water, carbon absorption – and with a growing global population competition for space is fierce. Can we design a system where humans can have it all? No conflict, no hunger, a beautiful clean environment, a stable climate, and all the high-tech gadgets we want? That is a fascinating and engaging question and way to look at everything we do.

We will be looking at food from farm to supermarket, and land use from forest to farm, and looking for answers from farmers, business people, scientists and each other. We will be talking to Oxford University researchers in the beautiful Wytham Woods, and visiting local farms and food businesses, and improving our own cooking skills!


On this course we explore all the ways that we communicate around issues that are complex and people don’t understand or don’t agree on. These are ideas and skills that will be useful in any future role you play.

We are going to work with journalists, activists, artists, actors, digital-influencers, policy advisors, knowledge transfer experts, psychologists, and coaches. We are looking for the best way to communicate between groups of people with different knowledge, and different backgrounds and values, to find solutions to our challenges that we can all agree on.

This is a fantastic course for anyone seeking a career in any field from business, to policy advisor to marketing to health care. Open to students aged 15 – 18 years.

Social programme

In the evenings we will explore Oxford and the surrounding area and enjoy camp fire evenings at Hill End. If students are keen we will also go paddle boarding on the river.

Getting here

It is easy to reach Oxford from airports or anywhere within the UK, and we will collect students from central Oxford at 4pm on the Sunday afternoon of each week, and then return them to the station or bus station when they leave.

What you will need

You will need to bring some warm clothes in case of cool weather, long trousers for off-road adventures, and a waterproof jacket and some sturdy shoes or boots for exploring the woods. A rucksack and a torch are useful. Everything else is provided.

Don’t worry if you have never spent time in this kind of environment before. It’s easy and safe and there are lots of people to look after you and support you throughout. You will have a wonderful time!

Click here for more information and to apply on the LIGC website.