Whilst many parents and children will arrange their own apartments or stay in hotels, for those looking to stay with a home stay, this can be arranged. Accommodation will be in shared rooms and normally in zones 2 and 3 (i.e. between 45 and 60 minutes travelling time from the school). Accommodation will provide breakfast and dinner every day and full board at the weekend. Parents will need to provide their own weekday lunches whilst children will have lunch at the school. Parents are responsible for their own children outside school hours.
Homestay accommodation is also avaialble for unaccompanied children (12+ years). Accommodation is arranged by an accommodation agency on behalf of our school.
The minimum age for unaccompanied children in homestay is 12 years old. All our homestay hosts are selected by partner accommodation agencies specialised in providing suitable and appropriate accommodation for children. Hosts are chosen only after a strict application process, inspection and police checks. A safe, caring and clean home is more important than a location close to the schools. Generally homes are in London travel zones 2 and 3, with an average journey of 30- 45 minutes to school on public transport, which can be up to 60 minutes in busy periods. Unaccompanied children younger than 14 years must use the school bus service.
Hosts speak English in the home. Hosts can be born in any country or be of any ethnic origin. Junior homestay accommodation includes breakfast and evening meal every day and lunch or packed lunch at weekends. Weekday lunches are included in course fees and provided at school.
Welfare in Homestay Accommodation. The students and their welfare are our main priority. We maintain very close supervision of students at all times, to ensure their safety and well-being and that they obtain the maximum benefit from their course.
Parents, children and hosts are provided with 24 hour contact telephone numbers for the accommodation agencies and the school. We have a dedicated staff member to assist you or your child with any problems or questions regarding accommodation. Children are asked regularly during their stay about their accommodation, the food and their happiness with the arrangements. All their feedback is read and followed up if necessary and feedback on hosts is recorded and monitored.
Accommodation fees are for 7 nights with a minimum 2 week booking. Fees are for single or shared rooms with breakfast and dinner daily. In addition, children will have their lunch at the school Monday to Friday. Shared room prices are only available for two students enrolling and travelling together.
We can arrange airport transfers from/to all London airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and City for up to 3 people per taxi travelling to or from one London address. We need flight details 2 weeks before arrival at the latest. 24-hour emergency telephone numbers are issued to students and their parents.
A member of staff can be contacted at any time should students encounter any problem or difficulty. Medical support is always available. We maintain very close Student Supervision at all times, to ensure their safety and well-being and that they derive the maximum benefit from their course. Students are given an introduction on their first morning and are expected to follow the school rules.