About usDelivering high-quality English language and academic summer courses to young learners and high school students.
Experio Summer is part of the Experio Life group of companies. Experio Life Limited was founded by Tony Evans and Rob Moss in 2000. In 2001 we operated a Summer School at Clifton College in Bristol on a ‘dry hire’ basis. We worked closely with Richard Avery, who was the Commercial Manager at Clifton College, and it became apparent to each of us that there was mutual benefit in a closer collaborative working arrangement. So, in 2005 we took the step to deliver the summer programme as a Clifton College branded international summer school.
This collaboration developed further in 2006 to include a direct role for Experio to promote the College overseas and to recruit international boarders through its marketing activities.
This approach was so successful that we attracted the attention of Bromsgrove School near Birmingham who asked us to establish a similar model for them, which we did in 2013.
Our current model
The Covid pandemic forced a re-appraisal of our operations and led to a new agreement with Bishop’s Stortford College in Hertfordshire. It is a smaller venue than Clifton College and Bromsgrove School but the needs and opportunities are just the same.
Richard Avery joined Tony and Rob to establish a new operation with its first year of operations in 2022. It is quite clear that the smaller numbers mean we can produce a very high-quality product that is now in demand from discerning agents and overseas schools.
Within a very short timeframe we now have demand exceeding capacity and we are open to new partnerships that follow the same format:
- Mid-sized student numbers i.e. about 1200 student weeks = around 200 – 250 beds across a 6-week summer period
- A boarding school that wants its own branded summer programme that will support its wider promotional objectives for international markets
- A boarding school that can demonstrate quality educational achievements
- A boarding school with a sensible and realistic attitude to growth and profitability
- A boarding school genuinely interested in a mutually beneficial long-term partnership
– increased international profile
– summer school taster experience
– pre-sessional option for international boarders
– long-term planning (min. 5-yr contract)
– modest investment
All partners, agents and suppliers are carefully selected for the quality of the services that they provide as well as their reliability, integrity and professionalism.
Bishop’s Stortford College is a leading UK independent boarding school ideally located between London and Cambridge. Experio Summer in partnership with EngXcel Cambridge launched a new international summer school for young learners (8-12) and teenagers (13-17) on the College’s wonderful campus in 2022.
In 2022 just over 250 students from 10 different countries attended the inaugural BSC International Summer School and in 2023 there were 500 students from 22 different countries…we must be doing something right?!
Meet the team
Tony Evans, Sales & Marketing Director
After graduating in Modern European Studies in 1984, Tony embarked on a career in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) which spanned six years and took him to Germany, Italy and France. He then moved into Summer School Operations Management (staff recruitment, programming and troubleshooting) before taking on roles in Sales and Marketing with a number of leading organisations in the international education sector. In 2000, he set up Experio Life Ltd., a successful educational travel consultancy business and in June of 2019 he co-founded Bristol International College.
With more than 35 years experience in the international education sector, Tony is a well-known and highly regarded professional with an extensive network of contacts.
Rob Moss, Finance Director
Rob started working with small and medium sized enterprises when he joined Business Link, the UK Government’s enterprise support agency, as one of their youngest business advisers. He went on to restructure business support and economic development services in Essex before joining the University of East London in the early stages of its knowledge transfer development programme in 2001.
Since leaving the University, Rob has continued his international enterprise development work with the establishment of NovaCapita Ltd., alongside continuing his other business, Experio Life Ltd., which he co-founded in 2000. He has extensive experience of developing international linkages between innovative businesses and connecting with new entrepreneurial talent from within the EU and increasingly across continents.
Richard Avery, Operations Director
Richard completed a degree in Leisure Management at the University of Exeter before embarking on a 25-year career within the commercial development and operations wing of a leading UK independent boarding school.
As part of his role, Richard had overall responsibility for a range of holiday courses which included a very successful international summer school, managed directly by him and his team. He has a wealth of experience in overseeing the preparations and managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations, ensuring that the highest standards are always met and that customer satisfaction is guaranteed.