Junior English Courses - Frequently Asked Questions
What are the courses like?
Young children can learn very quickly but the courses must be fun and enjoyable. We do all we can to channel the youthful energy and enthusiasm of younger children in to meaningful language learning through a wide range of different classroom activities. But the learning does not stop when the classes finish. Children are encouraged to use their English with their new friends from all over the world.
What is the programme like?
The programme is very full. Children are kept occupied from breakfast to bedtime.
For most students this is their first time away from home and we are aware that at the beginning of their course some can be homesick. However, experience has shown that keeping children busy and active does much to overcome this problem.
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What is the campus like?
As well as the four residential houses and classrooms the campus has a restaurant, a theatre, an arts
and crafts centre, an indoor swimming pool , a gymnasium, and playing fields with tennis
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What is the accommodation like?
The accommodation is in 2 to 5 bedded rooms. Students of similar ages share rooms. There are two houses for 6 to 11 year-olds and one house for 11 to 12 year-olds. Girls are always on a separate floor to boys. Staff live on the same floors as the children.
What is the food like?
The School provides a healthy and well balanced diet. There is always a choice of main meals.
At breakfast there is a choice of breakfast cereals and toast. There is a cooked lunch each day Monday to Friday. At weekends, when children go on excursions, they take with them packed lunches which have been prepared by the School chef.
Every day there is a two course dinner with a vegetarian option for those who prefer this.
One thing which School staff are particularly mindful of is that young children often avoid food which they need for a balanced diet! Fruit, salads and vegetables are available at all main meals and we encourage children to eat them. Staff sit and have their meals with the children to monitor their diets.
Who looks after the children? All of the English staff working in the Centre have to provide a certificate issued by the Criminal Records Bureau that there is no reason that they should not be permitted to work with children.
As well as each student having a tutor who takes special care of his or her tutorial group, there are two school welfare officers. Part of their job is to monitor student hygiene and health.
The welfare staff also are responsible for ensuring that students laundry is done each week by the School laundry service.
Can the school help with transport to and from airports? In the summer period, at each weekend there are School couriers at Heathrow or Gatwick Airports to meet students and help them to get to Salisbury. This service is available from 09:00 until 18:00. This is the School's "courier service". The service includes meeting students and making travel arrangements for them to get to Salisbury under supervision. There is a similar service to get students back to the airport to catch flights.
There is an extra charge for this service which includes the cost of transport. Private transfers can be arranged at any time. Airlines
now charge for children to travel as "unaccompanied minors". Please check
with your travel agent that this fee has been paid in advance so that there
are no difficultics at the airport in your country and the UK.
What happens if a student is ill? If a student is staying at the residential centre one of the School Welfare Officers will take care of the student and decide if a doctor should be called. We do ask parents to sign a form giving the School permission to make decisions about any medication in the event of a child being taken ill.
Can families come to the school together? In January, February, and during the summer months, arrangements can be made for whole families to study at the Salisbury Centre. Courses for parents can be arranged on an individual or group basis and lessons for children of 6 and above in the summer and 13 and above in January and February, on appropriate courses for Juniors or Teenagers.
What about the pocket money? The School has a banking system whereby students deposit their pocket money with the Course Director and withdraw amounts weekly as required.
We suggest that students have between £35 and £50 pocket money per week for buying presents, souvenirs and paying for optional horse riding, which is not included in the fees.
Do students get a certificate at the end of their course? At the end of their course all students are given a written evaluation of their ability in the five skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and pronunciation. This is the Skills Assessment.