Frequently
asked questions

WHEN SHOULD STUDENTS ARRIVE AND DEPART?

Our first arrival day every summer is a Monday. After that, our Arrival/Departure days are on certain SUNDAYS for the rest of the summer. Please check the start and end dates of your course very carefully. You will find these on the Application Form. Contact our Travel Co-ordinator on +44 (0) 1823 672388 or at info@ethertoneducation.com if you have any queries or require further information.

HOW DO STUDENTS GET TO THE SCHOOLS?

We meet students arriving at London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on the first days of our published course dates between 06:00hrs and 17:00hrs and arrange free transport to our schools. If you arrive at other times or different airports, we can arrange transport for you at an additional cost. If you are coming by road, please contact our Travel Co-ordinator for directions and make sure you come to the correct school - our schools are 120 miles apart! Please see our Travel Information sheet for further details.

HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE THERE IN A CLASS?

The maximum class size is 16, but in the last few years the average class size has been around 12 to 13 students. For some lectures and workshops there will be larger groups.

WHAT IS THE STAFF-STUDENT RATIO?

The overall ratio is around 1:3. That is, one member of staff to each three students. We have very high levels of individual care. There are always plenty of staff around to look after our students.

HOW OLD ARE THE STUDENTS?

Location - Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire
Course - Pre-A-Level/Pre-IB
Minimum age 15 years at the start of the course
Maximum age 17 years as on 03 September 2018

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Fast Track Pre-GCSE
Minimum age 15 years at the start of the course
Maximum age 16 years as on 03 September 2018

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Pre-GCSE
Minimum age 13 years at the start of the course
Maximum age 15 years as on 03 September 2018

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Junior Academic
Minimum age 10 years at the start of the course
Maximum age 12 years as on 03 September 2018

WHAT LEVEL OF ENGLISH IS NECESSARY?

Location - Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire
Course - Pre-A-Level/Pre-IB
Minimum: B2 / IELTS 5.0

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Fast Track Pre-GCSE
Minimum: B1+ / IELTS 4.5

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Pre-GCSE
Minimum: B1 / IELTS 4.0

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Junior Academic
Minimum: B1 / IELTS 4.0

We will look at each application individually and may require students to complete written or online tests before confirming an offer of a place. Note that our courses are not suitable for complete beginners.

WHERE DO STUDENTS LIVE?

All of our students on our courses live in single-sex boarding houses on the campuses of Lord Wandsworth College and Wellington School. House staff live in the boarding houses and look after the students. All of the boarding houses have WiFi. Most of the rooms contain two beds, but there are some larger rooms containing four to six beds. The boarding houses contain comfortable lounges with television and games.

WHAT ABOUT LAUNDRY?

A basic laundry service for machine-washable clothes is provided once per week. Students should ensure they have enough changes of clothes and all items of clothing must be clearly labelled with the student's name.

WHERE DO STUDENTS EAT?

Students eat all of their meals in the school dining rooms. Students are provided with three meals per day at Wellington School. At Lord Wandsworth College there are also three meals per day except on Sundays when students are able to get up later for a mid-morning brunch, and then evening dinner. Both schools provide good quality meals with a choice of several different healthy main dishes, and a salad bar. For day trips students are provided with a packed lunch. At both schools Etherton Education runs a not-for-profit shop selling snacks and soft drinks. Please note that our host schools will not accept students with certain food requirements such as an extreme vegan diet.

WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?

We do not have a school uniform during the summer course. Students will need casual clothes for everyday use and plenty of sports clothes. There will be formal events so boys should bring a suit if possible, and a white shirt, tie and dark shoes. Girls should have one or two formal dresses. Bed linen and duvets are provided, but students need to bring towels.

WHAT IS THE SPORTS PROGRAMME?

We have timetabled sports lessons every teaching day. For students going to UK boarding schools, it is important to have a basic understanding of British sports. After classes and on non-teaching days there are further opportunities to spend more time playing sports with our Student Hosts. Both schools have grass playing fields, Astro pitches, tennis courts, sports halls and heated swimming pools.

WHAT IS THE LEISURE PROGRAMME?

Twice per week there are major social activities for all students. These activities include such things as the Business Game, the Fashion Show, Casino Night, a Murder Mystery, the Auction Game, Speed-Chatting, the Drama Show, and a Formal Dinner and Dance. All students must join in these activities, many of which help students to practise their English and develop their confidence. On Sundays students choose a club to join. Sunday clubs have included Team Building Games, Cooking, Dog walking, Art, Craft, Singing, visits to a farm or church, Jewellery Making, Animation, Zumba, Boxercise and many more. There are also informal social activities on other evenings, based in the boarding houses.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE FEES?

We try to make sure that almost everything is included in the course fees, other than visa costs, air tickets and pocket money. Here is a summary.
• Accommodation in a residential boarding house, meals and weekly laundry
• All teaching, text books, basic stationery materials and sports coaching
• Social activities, Sunday Clubs, and all trips including transport and entrance fees
• Arrival and departure transfers to and from London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports on the first and last days of our published course dates. There are time restrictions on this so please refer to our Travel Information sheet before you book your travel
• A basic insurance policy - click here to find summary details

HOW CAN WE PAY?

Please see our Terms & Conditions which contain information about how to pay and also details of our refunds and cancellations policy.

DO STUDENTS GET A CERTIFICATE AND REPORT?

Yes, all students will receive a certificate and a report. For students attending the 4, 6 or 8-week courses, they will receive a detailed report on their work in each subject. Students on the 2-week taster courses receive a short-form report.

WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS ARE SICK?

Many of our staff have First Aid qualifications. If students have minor problems, our staff will look after them. If we have any concerns, we will take them to a medical centre near the school, or to hospital. We strongly advise that all students have comprehensive private insurance including medical cover.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF EACH COURSE?

Students are required to leave our schools by 11:00hrs on the last day of their course. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of parents or guardians. We provide a free transfer service to London Heathrow and Gatwick airports on the last day of our published courses but please note there are time restrictions. Please see our Travel Information sheet for more details. Our course fees do not include transfer from the schools to other destinations but we are able to arrange transport at an additional cost.

A FINAL NOTE:

The information on this website and brochure have been prepared carefully and in good faith. However, our courses are flexible and we are continually trying to improve them. We reserve the right to make changes to our courses at any time. We reserve the right to change our trip destinations due to weather, traffic or security concerns. The information does not, constitute in whole or in part any kind of contract between Etherton Education Ltd. and students, parents, guardians or agents. Please read our Terms and Conditions.