How long are residential placements?
The length of the placement varies according to the school you have selected, and can last from a minimum of one week to an entire academic year. The academic year in England is divided into three trimesters, just like in France. We call them ‘terms’ and they are organised accordingly:
1st term: September to January
2nd term: January to March
3rd term: April to July
What are the registration deadlines?
These dates are flexible. They can be fixed according to your schedule, at any time during the academic year. The holiday calendar in England is different from that in France. This means that your child can attend a placement during his or her school holidays, and still follow a normal course programme with English pupils. He or she will join a class appropriate to his or her age, and study alongside British fellow-students.
Will my child have the same schedule as the other children?
Your child will spend the day with their class attending all lessons. They can also participate in the wide array of extracurricular activities on offer, which are inclusive and part of the DNA of each establishment. There is even the possibility of joining a team, and defending the school’s colours in athletic competitions!
What subjects will they study?
According to their age and academic level your child will study literature, history, geography, and science, as well as more specific subjects like technology and biology, and artistic pursuits like drawing and music.
Is a particular level of English required?
There is no minimum level required by the establishments themselves. That said, some boarding schools ask for a certificate and/or a level test in order to place children into the classes that are best suited to their abilities. All the schools we have selected offer pedagogical resources adapted to children with an elementary level of English. Each new arrival is mentored by a student at the school, who provides friendship and guidance during their stay. For children who wish to refine their English, some of our establishments offer specific classes in English reinforcement for non-bilinguals, so that they can progress more rapidly.
Will my child receive a level certificate at the end of their placement?
All children who meet the age requirement can take the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). This level test, recognized all over the world, is valid for a two-year period. This can be especially useful if your child wishes to pursue their studies in England later on.
What are the means of transport for arriving at the school?
You can ask Little British Schools to help coordinate the journey to the school. The schools are easily accessible from the Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds Bradford airports, as well as by regional trains. Whether your child travels alone or with you, and whatever your means of transport, each school will offer you the best possible welcome by designating an official from the school to pick up your child from the station or the airport.
Do I need to purchase health insurance for my child?
Each school has an infirmary on site, and they all have basic medical facilities. However, it is required that your child be protected by a valid health insurance policy whose coverage includes overseas visits.
How can I receive regular updates on my child?
The educational directors attach the greatest importance to the well-being of each child, and make sure that they thrive in the school. All the students have telephones and computers that the children can use during their free time. During your child’s placement, I will also be in frequent contact with the school to ensure that all is going well with their immersion.
Is it possible to visit the schools before enrolling my child?
Yes, absolutely – you are welcome to visit the site before enrolling! Boarding schools take great pleasure in inviting potential students and their parents to explore their grounds. These visits are generally guided by the academic director and current students.
What is the next step?
If you’d like further information, you can contact us by email or by telephone. I’m available to respond to all your questions. We can also schedule a meeting to chat face to face. Once your decision is made, you need only provide the dates that suit you best and I will take care of organising the entire placement.