Frequently
asked questions

WHEN SHOULD STUDENTS ARRIVE?

In 2017 our summer courses begin on Monday 10 July. After that, our Arrival / Departure days are on SUNDAYS for the rest of the summer. Please check the course dates very carefully. Contact our Travel Co-ordinator on info@ethertoneducation.com or +44 (0)1823 672388 for details.

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 05:00hrs and 17:00hrs. Our staff will travel with them, by coach, minibus or taxi, to our schools. If you arrive at other times or airports, we can arrange the transport but there will be an additional cost. Please see our Travel Information sheet for full details. If you are coming by road, please contact us for directions and make sure you come to the correct school – they are 120 miles apart!

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 12-13 students. For some lectures and workshops there will be bigger groups.

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 04 September 2017.

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Pre-GCSE
Minimum age 13 years at the start of the course.
Maximum age 15 years as on 04 September 2017.

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Junior Academic
Minimum age 10 years at the start of the course.
Maximum age 12 years as on 04 September 2017.

WHAT LEVEL OF ENGLISH IS NECESSARY?

We recommend that a level of B1 or IELTS 4.0 is the minimum level for the Pre-GCSE and Junior Academic Courses, and a level of B2 or IELTS 5.0 is the minimum level for the Pre-A-Level and Pre-IB Courses. Most students every year do have levels higher than these. Our courses are not suitable for beginners.

WHERE DO STUDENTS LIVE?

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

WHAT ABOUT LAUNDRY?

A basic laundry service is provided once a week. Students should make sure they have enough changes of clothes, and please label all clothes with your name.

WHERE DO STUDENTS EAT?

Students eat all their main meals in the schools’ dining rooms. Students are provided with three meals a day at Wellington School. At Lord Wandsworth College there are also three meals a day except on Sundays, when students are able to sleep in later and get up for a mid-morning brunch, and then evening dinner. Both schools provide good quality meals and a choice of several different healthy main dishes, and salad bars. On days when we have a full-day trip, students are provided with a packed lunch. At both schools Etherton Education runs a not-for-profit tuck shop selling snacks and soft drinks.

WHAT CLOTHES DO I NEED TO 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 one or two formal events so boys should bring a suit if possible, and a white shirt and tie and dark shoes. Girls need to have one or two formal dresses. Bed linen and duvets are provided, but students need to bring towels.

WHAT IS THE SPORTS PROGRAMME?

There are two parts to the sports programme. First, we have timetabled sports lessons every teaching day as part of the teaching programme. For students who are going on to boarding schools, it is important to have a basic understanding of British sports. After classes and on non-teaching days there are plenty of 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 a week there are major social activities for all students. These include things such as the Business Game, the Fashion Show, Casino Night, a Murder Mystery, the Auction Game, Speed-Chatting, the Drama Show, and the Formal Dinner and Dance. All student 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 in the past have included Team Building Games, Cooking, Walking with Dogs, Art, Craft, Singing, Farm Visit, Church Visit, Jewellery Making, Animation, Making Model Planes, 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 fees, other than the air tickets and pocket money. Here is a summary.
• Accommodation in a residential boarding house, and weekly laundry
• All teaching, textbooks, 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 download our Travel Information sheet before you book your travel.
• A basic insurance policy - click here to find summary details

HOW CAN WE PAY?

You can download our Application Form and Application Procedure from our website. You can also download our Terms and Conditions, which contains full details of our refunds and cancellations policy.

WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS ARE SICK?

Many of our staff have First Aid qualifications. If students have minor problems, our House 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?