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?

For our courses at Wellington School and Lord Wandsworth College we offer a free transfer service from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports to the schools on the first day of our published course dates. Time restrictions apply and further information is shown in our Travel Information sheet.
For our courses at Badminton School we offer a free transfer service from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Bristol airports to the school on the first day of our published course dates. Time restrictions apply and further information is shown on our Travel Information sheet.
If you are coming to our schools independently, please make sure that you come to the correct school - our schools are a long way from each other! Please contact our Travel Co-ordinator for directions and refer to our Travel Information sheet for more information.
The Etherton Education transfer service operates for arrivals at the airports from 06:00 to 17:00 and only on the days and from the airport locations stated above. If you arrive at other times or to different airports, we can arrange transport for you at additional cost.

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; Pre-Three Year A-Level; Fast Track Pre-GCSE
Minimum age 15 years at the start of the course
Maximum age 17 years as on 01 September 2019

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Pre-GCSE
Minimum age 13 years at the start of the course
Maximum age 15 years as on 01 September 2019

Location - Wellington School, Somerset
Course - Junior Academic
Minimum age 10 years at the start of the course
Maximum age 12 years as on 01 September 2019

Location - Badminton School, Bristol
Course - Introduction to British Boarding at Badminton School
Minimum age 10 years at the start of the course
Maximum age 15 years as on 01 September 2019

WHAT LEVEL OF ENGLISH IS NECESSARY?

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

Location - Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire
Course - Pre-Three Year A-Level
Minimum: A2/IELTS 3.5

Location - Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire
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

Location - Badminton School, Bristol
Course - Introduction to British Boarding at Badminton School
Minimum: B1/IELTS 4.5

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 accommodation on the campus of the school where their courses are held. 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 three 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 and Badminton 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. The schools provide good quality meals with a choice of healthy main dishes and a salad bar. For day trips students are provided with a packed lunch. At Wellington School and Lord Wandsworth College 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 nearly 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. All of the schools have grass playing fields, Astro pitches, tennis courts, sports halls and heated swimming pools.

WHAT IS THE LEISURE PROGRAMME?

At Wellington School and Lord Wandsworth College, 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.

At Badminton School there will be a full programme of innovative social activities and sports every evening and at weekends. Many of the activities will be linked to the theme each week. These will include: a visit to "We the Curious" (Bristol's Science Museum) and a workshop on the Bloodhound, a supersonic car, with students making their own working models; a guided tour of the Clifton Suspension Bridge; fashion show; singing and drama evenings; Speed-Chatting; formal dinners including one in the middle of Bristol Zoo and one on the terrace of the Avon Gorge Hotel, overlooking the floodlit Clifton Suspension Bridge; making model hot-air balloons and medieval trebuchets; attending a water-sports camp; cinema and theatre visits; camping in the grounds of Badminton School; a weekend away on Dartmoor; a model making workshop supervised by a top model-maker from Aardman Animations, the Oscar-winning animation studio based in Bristol; a visit to the studios of the BBC in Bristol; and many more exciting activities.

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 for machine washable clothes
• 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 for our courses at Wellington School and Lord Wandsworth College to and from London Heathrow and London 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
• Arrival and departure transfers for our courses at Badminton School to and from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Bristol 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 on the last day of our published courses but please note there are time restrictions and the service only operates to certain airports. Please see our Travel Information sheet for more information. 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.