British Academy Summer School

The British Academy Summer School is a fantastic two week, annual event for young people from around the world! It’s a chance to learn together, share experiences about life and spirituality and…have fun! A place where lasting friendships have been made, BASS is much loved by those who have attended over it’s long history.

Another successful BASS, hosted by the Purley Chase Centre in Warwickshire, ended in July 2016 and BASS 2017 is booked for Sunday 16th July to Saturday 29th July.

For more details please contact:

Rev. Howard A. Thompson
Colchester New Church
175-181 Maldon Road
Colchester, Essex

Check here for further information about the venue.

Students & Staff At British Academy Summer School 2016


Experiences from BASS

‘To anyone considering attending BASS, keep in mind that you seriously do make what you want of it. With the right attitude it can become an amazing, beautiful and unique time that you will never forget. The friends you will make there will carry on being your friends across the seas and forever if you put the work in. True friendships are not determined by where you live, but by the love you share for one another. I was blessed to have gotten the chance to attend British Academy Summer School this past summer, I will never forget it.’ J.R. 2016

‘All-in-all, BASS was an incredible experience. I never would have imagined that so much spiritual growth could fit in two short weeks. It always feels like a huge privilege to be offered opportunities to connect with people in a New Church environment, but the mash-up of  cultures, languages and countries-of-origin at BASS made it extraordinary, and many of us are hoping that the
opportunity to go back will present itself soon.’ R.M.R

‘BASS is a place where not only do you meet new people, but you grow spiritually. Young people get together and with guidance, have the freedom to question and pursue their faith, in a safe, exciting environment. The friendships here are everlasting and the questions asked are impacting.
What an amazing place to spend two weeks of my life. I feel truly blessed.
Thank you.’ R.N

‘I have been to BASS five times so far and I keep going back because, honestly, I can’t compare the experience to anything else. The amazing things I learn and the amazing people I meet make it truly an unforgettable experience every year.’ S.W