Adult learning

ASL's adult learning program carries out the School's mission to encourage lifelong learning. We hope that parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of ASL will enjoy participating in the following educational opportunities:

Master classes with Alice Leader

A Caledonian Adventure 

(8 sessions, full course, with two-day trip)
The luxuriously refurbished Caledonian Sleeper trains are now on the rails, with attractive bedrooms, with en suite facilities, and cocktails and fine dining in the Club car. Join as we take the journey from London to Aberdeen! In class, we’ll read four of the best mystery novels set on British trains: The 39 Steps by John Buchan, 4:50 from Paddington by Agatha Christie, The Necropolis Railway by Andrew Martin, The Wheel Spins by Ethel White, (on which Hitchcock based The Lady Vanishes) and, in honor of our destination, Aberdeen*, A Scots Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. We travel on the night of Wednesday 23 October, enjoy a grand Thursday in Aberdeen, and return overnight, arriving back in London on Friday, 25 October. This will be an experience of a lifetime! Classes take place on Wednesdays, from 18 September until 30 October, at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, 10 am-12 noon. Course fee is £400; trip priced separately. 

*During the mid-18th to the mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen’s buildings were constructed of locally quarried granite, which sparkles like silver owing to its high mica content. Since the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s, Aberdeen, has been known as the offshore oil capital of Europe. The area around Aberdeen has been a settlement for at least 8,000 years. Aberdeen, the Granite City, received Royal Burgh status from David I of Scotland (1124-1153), transforming the city economically. The city is home to the beautiful University of Aberdeen, founded in 1495. 


Ancient Britons and Romans, 0-100AD

When the Romans came to Britain in 55AD, they encountered a sophisticated people, known variously as the Celts and ancient Britons. For 400 years, the two cultures rubbed shoulders on this small island. When the Romans departed, they left behind a lasting legacy, although historians disagree on the degree of their influence. Join us for this two-session course to discuss this fascinating subject. We’ll read Power and Stone, written by Alice Leader, (published by Penguin, and originally written for Grade 6 students at ASL!), and go on two trips: 26 September to St. Albans (Verulamium) and 7 November to Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire, an experimental archaeological site of an ancient Briton village. Course cost is £100 and classes take place on 31 October and 6 November, at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace, 10 am-12 noon. Trips will be charged separately.



Hadrian’s Wall

In 122AD, Emperor Hadrian ordered a wall built along what is now the border between England and Scotland: 73 miles long, more than 20 feet high, and 10 feet wide, with forts and milecastles every five miles. Hadrian’s Wall is the biggest and most complete remaining Roman monument in the world. Walking along the wall is magical, and gives stunning views of the surrounding rolling countryside. The trip to the Wall is the jewel in the crown. We tour three forts, hike one morning along the Wall, and end each day at the equivalent of the Roman baths, in the spa of our fine hotel. We’ll read parts of Roman Britain, a New History by Guy de la Bedoyere, and Power and Stone by Alice Leader, set around 122AD in fort Vercovicium (aka Housesteads), the central fort of the Wall. Classes take place on Thursdays, 3 and 10 October, with the trip taking place 17-19 October. Classes run 10 an-12 noon at St. Mark’s Church, Hamilton Terrace. Course fee is £100; trip priced separately.