I am 16, should I choose the Summer Course for Teenagers (SCT) or General English (GE)?
The Summer Course for Teenagers is a vacation course with lessons in the mornings and activities & excursions in the afternoons and weekends. You study in a separate centre with students aged 12 to 16. General English is a more intensive course, with lessons all day (except for Friday afternoons) at our adult centre. We recommend this course if academic development is a priority for you.
When does the Summer Course for Teenagers (SCT) start?
In 2023 our Summer Course for Teenagers runs between 26 June and 11 August. 13 to 16 year olds can book a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks. If you are 16 years of age or older you can also book our General English 16+ Course.
On excursions, will my son or daughter have free time to explore?
This is actually something you can decide with your son or daughter. Generally on each organised excursion, e.g. to Cambridge or London, there will be some free time during the trip where students are invited to go and explore (usually within a designated area of the city).
My son/daughter is 16/17, so they’re not actually an adult yet. How do you manage that if there are also older students on the course?
We seek to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students. We do have a special responsibility for students aged 16 and 17 and vulnerable adults. In British law, 16 & 17 year-olds are children so various laws apply to ensure that they are protected whilst in the UK. As a parent or guardian, you do need to be comfortable with your son or daughter mixing with older students.
What does my child do in the evenings?
As the parent or guardian of older teenagers, you will need to decide if you are going to allow your teenager to go out from their homestay in the evenings. This is something you can discuss together and tell us what you would like to happen.
Are the activities safe?
All aspects of your child’s experience in the UK has been analysed in advance, and elements like the activities and excursions we offer are carefully risk-assessed. We have many years of practice in making sure activities and excursions in particular are very well organised. We have procedures and processes in place to ensure we anticipate and avoid problems before they arise, but also, if something does happen, we have agreed plans and actions to take to keep everyone as safe as possible.
My child needs to take medication. Can you help with that?
Yes we can. You will need to sign a Safeguarding Form to allow us to give your child medication as necessary.
Does my child need to be back home after classes by a certain time?
Yes, they need to be home for dinner by 6pm, Mondays to Fridays.
Are there progress checks? We want them to learn even though they’re on an English summer camp.
Yes, your child will meet us on a formal basis once a week to go through their progress and to make sure everything is going well for them in their English classes. We are available for them informally as well, Monday to Friday, to check their welfare.
How do we get in touch with the summer camp in case of emergency?
You will be given three different emergency contact numbers – our accommodation officer, welfare officer as well as the school principal, so can contact us if it is an emergency and you are worried about your child.
What’s the closest airport to ELC in Chester?
Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport are the closest to Chester, at 45 and 35 minutes’ drive respectively. We can organise an airport transfer for you from these airports to your accommodation in Chester. Or alternatively you can use public transport. Some students also choose to travel to Heathrow Airport in London. This is only recommended for experienced travellers as you will then have to take the Underground to central London and then a direct train to Chester (CTR).
What transfer do I book for my under-18 child if they are studying in Chester?
If you are sending your under-18 child or children to study English with us in Chester, and they are flying into Manchester or Liverpool airport, the meet and greet airport transfer option is compulsory for under-16s travelling independently, and it is strongly recommended for 16- and 17-year-olds when they arrive and leave England. This ensures they will be collected from arrivals by the driver for added safety.
What if my child has an accident whilst in the UK, or if there are activities we don’t want our child to participate in?
In the rare event that your child has an accident or is taken ill, we’ll use the information you provide in the Safeguarding Form to allow us to get emergency access (e.g. dental or medical and surgical treatment) as considered necessary by the medical authorities present. The same form also tells us which activities your son or daughter can or cannot take part in.
Is there a curfew?
A curfew is an agreed time by which your child should be back home in their chosen accommodation. As parent/guardian it is for you to agree on a curfew time with your child. The School recommends 10pm as a good time to be back home, but you can set your own, but no later than 11.30pm.
What happens if my child breaks the rules?
We will talk to your son/daughter on arrival and go through the policies we have so they know what rules we have. We will also inform their host of what has been agreed. If there is a problem with your child breaking any major rules or regularly not following the agreed terms, we will contact you so that you know and to discuss a solution.