Alongside our team of Managers, Teachers and Activity Leaders – who all get involved in the life of our summer school programmes – we also have teams of House Parents or College Mentors (depending on age and school) who make sure to address any concerns students have, and are able to arrange medical help in the unlikely event that it is needed.
For many of the younger students on our SBC Summer School courses, this may be their first time staying away from home. Even for children who have attended an international summer school before, a different place filled with lots of new faces can be daunting. Our primary focus is always on the happiness and security of the children staying with us, and our staff are experienced and well-trained in dealing with issues of nerves or homesickness.
Some children adapt very quickly to summer school life, whereas others take a little longer or require a bit more support. Either way, our staff offer a friendly face and positive encouragement to ensure that each child has the best possible experience with us.
We keep in close contact with parents during each child’s stay and are always there to answer any questions, before and during the summer. We want every child to return home with increased confidence, happy memories and new friendships and we understand that each child will have different needs during their stay.
Students are supervised throughout the day, from wake-up through to lights-out, and staff are always close at hand to help. Our staff are residential at the school and there is always someone on duty throughout the night should the children need them. With 1 member of staff for every 5 children at Abberley Hall Summer School, and 1 member of staff to every 6 students at our other SBC Summer Schools, we are able to offer a very high standard of supervision.
For students on our SBC Summer College programmes, our Managers ensure that every aspect of the school runs smoothly, safely and offers every student the chance to participate fully. Our staff specialise in the pastoral care of older teenagers, and we offer a safe and secure environment that is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so that students always have access to a point of contact and support during their time with us.
College Mentors are key members of staff who support and assist our students within the college accommodation and throughout the Social Programme. Our team of College Mentors work with the Social Programme Manager in organising the school’s social events and excursions, as well as accompanying students on outings and day trips. They are approachable and friendly, ensuring that all students get involved in the summer school activities, while encouraging them to practise their English as much as possible.
Our Summer Staff are such a core part of ensuring every child has the summer of a lifetime, whether it is their first time away from home, or they are an experienced traveller. Our staff are dedicated to keeping our students entertained, conversational and happy in between lessons and activities. They encourage English speaking even during social time, as well as ensuring every student integrates and finds friends.