Students Welfare

The Summer School Guide To Students’ Welfare in the UK

We are incredibly passionate about our students’ learning and personal growth, but first and foremost, the safety and wellbeing of our students is paramount. Amongst a thriving residential environment that enables students to shine in their academic ability; their physical, mental and environmental needs are at the forefront of our professional care.

Read on to find out about students welfare and how we create a safe, understanding, caring and supportive environment for our students across four different Summer Schools.


Students Welfare

Venturing abroad to immerse yourself in a whole new environment at Summer Boarding Courses to accelerate your English learning is a real adventure. For some students, this may be their first time ever in the UK! We are so proud of our students and understand just how difficult it can be to arrive at a residential Summer School.

Studying English abroad can be a mixture of excitement, worry, anticipation and many changes. You may have never been away from home for more than 2 weeks. You may be worried about the food, whether you will make friends and whether you’re going to like the activities and subjects you’ve signed up for.

This is how we make the experience as smooth as possible for you whilst taking care of students welfare and wellbeing…

Arriving at the airport for your Summer Boarding Courses Summer School

Stepping off the plane from your home country can be an exciting yet unknown experience. Summer Boarding Courses will be ready and waiting for you at the airport to welcome you, reassure you and ensure you are supported and accompanied.

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Our staff

We want to ensure that our students are encouraged, supported, heard, energised and inspired by our staff. We seek out staff that are passionate about our students’ progress and wellbeing, who are going to be excellent role models and leaders throughout SBC Summer School.

All our staff are professionally DBS checked and receive training in student welfare and safeguarding. Summer Boarding Courses asks for a minimum of 2 references from staff applying to be part of our team, and every one of our Summer Schools have staff trained in First Aid.

We ensure that our students are supervised following the Department for Education and Science recommended ratio of adults to students. For ages 8 to 10 it is 1:10-15 and for 11+, 1:15-20.

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College mentors play Capture the Flag with Oxford College Summer School students
Student Welfare

Medical Staff

We also have our own nurse on site who will be able to assist students immediately if they are feeling unwell by checking their temperature, supplying essential medicine and first aid. Medical treatment is also available via the National Health Service if necessary.

Understanding our students’ welfare

Coming to Summer School means a lot of changes for our students and we do our best to help prepare them for their time in Britain.

Students are understandably going to experience a change of diet, time zone, climate, sleeping arrangement and friendship circle. All these changes can naturally make a student feel tired and it can take time to adjust.

An SBC activity leader helps a student with her artwork


Homesickness is very common for our young students. To support students with this, we approach homesickness in several helpful ways.

Staff are trained to notice homesickness such as the student being withdrawn, crying at night, not wanting to engage in activities or interact with other students. We encourage students to understand that homesickness is normal, and we empower them to overcome it.

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Student Council

We encourage our students at Oxford College to have their say about how Summer School is run and raise any questions, queries or concerns they have with their Student Council. Members are elected by the colleges and meet every couple of days to discuss what has been brought forward to them. We then try our best to act upon to these points to continually build and improve Summer Boarding Courses for years to come!

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