The Enrollment numbers for our Integration Programmes have increased considerably year on year. They are becoming extremely popular as they are a great opportunity to mix with British students and be thoroughly immersed in a British school environment. The programme enables students to attend a British school and ‘shadow’ a British counterpart through the school day.

WHEN?

integration1 We can offer integration stays at any time during the English School Academic Year.
Minimum stay is 2 weeks, maximum 7 weeks

Remember government run (state) schools in the UK do not finish their school year until mid/late July so the summer is a popular time to participate in these programmes
We recommend a weekend arrival in the UK so that students can start school on Monday morning.

WHERE?

In government schools, we offer a variety of areas for integration stays:

  • Devon (including Torquay, Exeter, Dartmouth)
  • South Wales (including Bridgend)
  • Guildford
  • Staffordshire (including Stafford)
  • Lancashire (including Blackpool, Preston and Lancaster)
  • London suburbs (Eltham, Kingston, Putney)
  • Dorset (including Bournemouth, Poole)

We have several schools in each area so can accommodate bigger groups.

integration2We also have some private boarding schools who can offer integration stays though numbers are more limited and space is strictly on request, mainly dependent on available boarding space for the period in question (gender & age are obviously key areas in determining availability). Schools are located in :

  • Somerset
  • Devon
  • Lancashire
  • Dorset
  • Midlands

WHO?

We welcome individuals as well as groups

ACCOMMODATION

On state school programmes, accommodation is in carefully chosen local families. Students are normally accommodated 2 per family. We have an on the spot local coordinator who inspects the families and is on hand to solve any issues. Breakfast & dinner are taken with the host families, whilst lunch (on weekdays) is taken at school.

On the Boarding School programme, students live on campus and all meals are taken in school.

AGE

We offer these stays in primary as well as secondary schools so can cater for the 8-18 year age range though we strongly suggest those under 11 years do not come without a group leader.

OTHER POINTS

integration3

  • Students are “buddied up” with a local student as soon as possible after arrival. This enables students to feel more “at home” when at school.
  • Excursions are organised at weekends for groups (of 10 or more) only. Often we can accommodate smaller groups, or even individuals, on excursions if we have bigger groups in the same area.
  • Group leaders are welcome but please be warned that NOT all schools allow adults in to school during the day (child protection issues).
  • Certificates of participation are presented at the conclusion of the stay.
  • We can organise arrival & departure transfers as well as London stays at the start or end of the programme.
  • Schools expect students to dress smartly and most schools ask students to wear clothing that AT LEAST resembles the school uniform.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation in host family
  • Full board (with lunch allowance or packed lunch)
  • Full school integration
  • School tie
  • 1 full day excursion
  • Support of local area coordinator

Further details on price, availability and schools used can be obtained from Head Office.

SAMPLE PROGRAMME

(Assuming Sunday arrival)

DAY TIMES DAILY PROGRAMME EVENING
SUNDAY Arrival Meet & greet at airport. Transfer to central meeting point in homestay area Settle in. Local orientation with family etc
MONDAY 0900
1000-1200
1200-1300
1300-1600
Arrive at school. Meet buddies
Full School Integration
Lunch
Full School Integration
Evening with host family OR evening group activity
TUESDAY 0900-1200
1200-1300
1300-1600
Full School Integration
Lunch
Full School Integration
Evening with host family OR evening group activity
WEDNESDAY 0900-1200
1200-1300
1300-1600
Full School Integration
Lunch
Full School Integration
Evening with host family OR group activity
THURSDAY 0900-1200
1200-1300
1300-1600
Full School Integration
Lunch
Full School Integration
Evening with host family OR group activity
THURSDAY 0900-1200
1200-1300
1300-1600
Full School Integration
Lunch
Full School Integration
Evening with host family OR evening group activity
FRIDAY 0900-1200
1200-1300
1300-1600
Full School Integration
Lunch
Full School Integration. Farewell to buddies.
Evening with host family OR evening group activity
SATURDAY 0900-1800 Full Day Excursion with entrance & escort Evening with host family
SUNDAY Departure transfer for airport or other destination

NOTES:
1. Timings vary from school to school.
2. Strictly a sample programme.
3. Evening activities are extra.

 

THE SCHOOL DAY

Most schools start the day with an assembly. This might be a year group assembly or a number of year groups together. Important announcements are given and sometimes there are class presentations.

Students then go, with their buddies to classes where they follow various subjects such as Maths, History, Science, Music, Art etc..

Lunch is served around midday and students can choose from a hot or cold option. They are normally given a lunch allowance by their family, otherwise a packed lunch.

After lunch there are afternoon classes which follows a similar pattern to the morning classes.

School ends around 1600 hours. Sometimes after school clubs are offered; otherwise students return home to their families.