Alongside this profusion of dramatic activity there will be daily opportunities for worship ranging from quiet reflection to the the exuberant and the plain wacky. For many, a highlight of the Summer School is the Sunday morning communion service, with its unique blend of theatre, sacrament and creative prayer. The worship is often cited by many students as a particularly valued part of their week and although the Summer Theatre School becomes a wonderfully supportive community, the Riding Lights chaplain, Rev'd Ian Birkinshaw, will also be on hand to chat through any personal issues and, if you want, to pray with you.

is a boarding school located in the beautiful surroundings of Escrick Park near York. The school provides excellent accommodation, working spaces, landscaped grounds, two swimming pools (the use of the outdoor one will be dependent on weather!), social facilities and a purpose-built theatre.

Most bedrooms are twins although some larger rooms are also available. We endeavour to offer single rooms to participants over 18 years old wherever possible. The accommodation is very well maintained and there are plenty of baths and showers in each house as well as comfortable common rooms for evening relaxation. Kitchen areas are also available in each house. There is a small convenience store in Escrick village, a couple of minutes walk from the school. A bar will be open at the school in the evenings for the sale of drinks and confectionery.

Meals are provided by the school kitchens and are of a high standard. You will get dinner on the first day and then three meals each day until the following Saturday when the last meal is lunch. Once we have received your booking form we will contact you to find out if you have any food allergies or intolerances. We aim to meet all medically required special dietary requirements - but if there is any food you simply dislike, we're afraid you'll have to work around it!

By Car: Queen Margaret's School lies 6 miles south of York, just off the A19. It is easily accessible via the A1 from the north and the M62, and M1 from other directions. There is plenty of free parking available at the school.

By Rail: The nearest station is York which is on the main railway line from Kings Cross to Edinburgh. Leeds / Bradford and Manchester airports are one hour and two hours away respectively. Riding Lights will provide a coach from York Station to the school at 3pm on Saturday 21 July and on Saturday 28 July at 2pm from Queen Margaret's to York Station. The coach journey takes about twenty minutes.

If you wish to participate in the Summer School and have a disability or additional needs, we will strive to accommodate you, and provide relevant support wherever possible. However, this is of course subject to our own resources and the facilities on offer at Queen Margaret's School. For example, there is wheelchair access to most parts of the school buildings and there are some adapted accommodation facilities, however there are some areas on site where wheelchair-users would be likely to require assistance. Please contact the Summer School Secretary, on 01904 655317 or via email (summerschool@rltc.org) and we will be happy to discuss any particular needs you may have.

Riding Lights is committed to ensuring the welfare of all staff and participants on the Summer School and operates a rigorous health and safety policy. All participants are required to sign a simple code of conduct which outlines their responsibilities in contributing to the health, welfare and smooth-running of the week. The well-being of the young people in our care for the week is of paramount importance and two youth workers join the company for the week to ensure that there is dedicated pastoral oversight.

We would really love to make the Summer School available to anyone, irrespective of price, but the reality is that we have to charge a fee and we have to cover the costs of using the school buildings and accommodation, feeding everyone, providing a professional staff team and facilities and, very importantly, having some fun. We try and keep all our costs to a minimum so that we can make the fee as low as possible and we certainly deliver great value! The cost for the Summer School in 2012 is £445 to include all your accommodation, meals and tuition. A deposit of £50 needs to be paid when you send in your booking form.

Inevitably the cost for the week will be too expensive for some people and there are a number of ways in which you can reduce or spread the cost.

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT Book by 31 January and benefit from a 10% discount taking the cost down to just 400.

PAY BY INSTALMENT We are very happy for you to divide up the total amount due and send it to us in instalments provided the total amount is paid at least two weeks before the Summer School begins.

BURSARIES of up to 160 (including any early booking discount) are available on application to those who cannot afford the full cost. Bursaries will be distributed as fairly as possible between those who apply by 1st May 2012. After that time, applications for bursaries can still be made but priority will be given to those applying by 1st May. Here's a bit more information about bursaries:
  • Before applying for a bursary, please consider whether your church, or any other organisation that may benefit from your skills, might be able to offer you financial support.
  • Enclose a short letter with your Summer School Booking Form telling us the reasons for your application for a bursary (eg. student, unemployed, low income etc). Indicate in your letter the amount, up to a maximum of 160 (including any early booking discount), which would enable you to attend. We won't' make intrusive enquiries about your financial circumstances and we therefore trust that the amount that you are applying for will really make the difference for you to be able to attend.
  • All applications for bursaries must also be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from a referee. No applications can be considered without a supporting letter.
  • Unfortunately we can't add early booking discounts and bursaries together! The maximum amount we can reduce the cost by is 160.
  1. Riding Lights reserves the right to remove any course owing to circumstances beyond its control, and to offer places on alternative courses.
  2. Each successful applicant will be asked to agree to abide by a simple code of conduct to ensure the safety and well-being of all and the smooth running of the whole school.
  3. If you wish to cancel your place then you should do so in writing. Cancellation will take effect from the date we receive such notice. If a participant fails to attend or a place is cancelled 30 days or less before the start of STS12, there will be no refund of fees. A full refund of fees, less the deposit, will be given if cancellation is made more than 30 days before the start of the course.

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