Parent Information | Summer School

Parent Information | Summer School 2018

Dear Parents,

Firstly, a huge thank you for booking with ELH for your summer programme. We hope that your children will enjoy their time with us and hopefully will want to return the following year. 

At ELH, we take the safety of all our students very seriously and would like to inform you of a few things we do on arrival.

First morning


The students are taken to the general meeting point by the Host Family. They are also collected in the evening, again by the host family. This is to ensure that your child knows the way to and from the house to the school. They will show them the nearest 700 bus stop to use from day 2 if required. If not, they will walk with another student to the daily meeting point.

For our part, on the first morning we carry out orientation and give a safety talk. This safety talk ensures they remember that in England the traffic flow is the other way and to look both ways before crossing. We insist they always cross at designated areas e.g. traffic lights, pedestrian crossings etc… 

We also suggest that when in a group, it would be sensible to remove their earphones, in case they miss important instructions.

Free Time


There will be occasional free time during the students stay here. At lunch time between 13:00 and 14:00pm, the students can visit the shops or relax before we meet them again for afternoon activities. The same on day trips. Whilst we supervise the journey to the venue and during the excursion visit, we also allow them some limited free time to relax or explore the local area. We always meet them again at a designated time and ensure they can keep in touch via WhatsApp +447522283121. Each student must have WhatsApp on their phone and download it ready for the start of their time here. This is to keep in constant contact with the leaders.

Welfare Officer


Our Welfare Officer is available each morning from 08.30hrs at the daily meeting point because occasionally there may be some problems that the student entails. We will try to deal with any issues as quickly as possible. They are there to ensure that all students are happy and will be available until the start of school. If the problem cannot be solved immediately, they will keep in touch during the day. This also means that if the student has any worries and cannot tell their host family, we are here to help!

Free Time


There will be occasional free time during the students stay here. At lunch time between 13:00 and 14:00pm, the students can visit the shops or relax before we meet them again for afternoon activities. The same on day trips. Whilst we supervise the journey to the venue and during the excursion visit, we also allow them some limited free time to relax or explore the local area. We always meet them again at a designated time and ensure they can keep in touch via WhatsApp  +447522283121. Each student must have WhatsApp on their phone and download it ready for the start of their time here. This is to keep in constant contact with the leaders. 

Safety


All students will be given a wrist band which they must always wear. This band has our Emergency Number on so that if they get lost or in trouble, they can instantly call the number. It is mandatory that this is worn during their stay for safety purposes.

Identification on excursion days


Also, for excursions each student will get given a bag, the colour will depend on the programme. Please make sure the students wear this bag for all excursions, so we can easily spot them in a crowd. The Emergency number is manned 24-hours a day. Should a student get lost they should not panic! They can call their host family, one of the group leaders or again the Emergency number +447930805196 and we will help them. If they want to get a taxi, always use a reputable company in Shoreham-by-Sea call +441273 454454, if they are in Brighton look for the green and white taxis.

They (and you) will be told this number but it is at the top of this Memo should you wish to note it. Additionally, students will have access to our WhatsApp phone, which tells them about any changes to excursions; changes to excursions and reminds them of things we are doing. It’s a good way for them to keep in touch.

Drink; Drugs; Smoking


We have a Zero tolerance on all of these. The legal age for any of this in the UK is 18+. Any Students found to be abusing this policy will be spoken to and if necessary, required to stay home after dinner. We ask for your support on this. If anyone is found with banned substances on them, they will be expatriated immediately without any refund of programme fees.

Disco Nights


Students are escorted home on the bus with normally 2 or 3 leaders. We ask Host Families to meet them at a central point near the return bus stop. We never allow any student to walk home alone after the Disco.

Curfew


The curfew is different for each age group – without exception. 

Age 13 and below is 20:00hrs

Age 13/14 – 20:30 hrs

Age 15 – 21:00 hrs

Age 16 – 21:30 hrs 

16 and over – 22:00 hrs 

This is for the safety of the student as well as the convenience of host families who may have to get up early to work the next day.

Our dedicated Welfare officer


Lois Gilbert

Lois is one of our “ Go To” Girls!  Always up for a challenge and finding enough beds in our larger Centres is usually that!  She can be found meeting coaches; lining up the kids for Summer School ; counting heads for the weekly Disco or unloading coaches during the week.  Lois is also our dedicated Welfare officer and is seen each morning welcoming the summer school students before they start school.  Therefore, always on hand to deal with any small student cares or worries they may have during their time with us.    Add to that her expertise in placing groups at three of our Brighton Centres and you have a great colleague for Sacha.    If you want to know anything about Scones; Goulash or Prosecco Jelly, then Lois is the girl you should have on speed dial!

operations@englishlanguagehomestays.co.uk

And finally,


We ask that you confirm that you are happy for us to forward your child’s application form to any prospective host family with regards to their placement. Following the introduction of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) we are required to seek your consent for us to send on these details. Additionally, we do take photographs of students in Summer School for marketing and placement on our website. Should you not wish your child to be included in this please let us know.

I would like to thank you for taking your time to read this information carefully. If you can please write to confirm your acceptance of these conditions? 

Jackie VERRALL

jackie@englishlanguagehomestays.co.uk

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