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IS HAILEYBURY SAFE? Haileybury is a small, self-contained campus, located in the village of Hertford Heath - a very safe environment for young people. There is a shop on site, so students can buy most of what they need without leaving the school. At night, the school is protected by a security patrol, and all gates are locked at 2300 hours. All of our staff live on site so there are always people around to help if you have a problem.

IS THE FOOD GOOD — AND IS THERE ENOUGH OF IT? The catering at Haileybury is particularly varied and of good quality — remember, Haileybury is a prestigious private school all year round, with students from many different countries and cultures living here. There are 3 well-balanced meals a day, with healthy options at each meal, and a light supper before you go to bed. Students need to play their part too, by being open to new tastes and dishes. This is all part of getting the most from the Haileybury experience.

HOW WILL I IMPROVE MY ENGLISH? Apart from the 20 lessons of formal classes each week, which focus strongly on spoken English, you will be mixing with students from other countries as well as your own. You will communicate with your new friends in English, as you play sport and go on trips with them, and also when you work together to produce an end-ofcourse project show for your international team. Most students find their confidence in English improves considerably during the stay. We usually have 18 different nationalities represented in the school so it is important that you arrive with an open mind, make friends with other nationalities and practice your English as much as possible.

WHAT WILL MY ACCOMMODATION BE LIKE? Each boarding house at Haileybury has a mixture of rooms, including multi-bedded dormitories, and single and double rooms. Younger students enjoy more companionship in the dormitories, whilst older students are allocated single or double rooms. There are also a limited number of 3 or 4-bedded rooms in some houses. Each house has modern bathroom and shower facilities, which are shared by all the students, and are available for use throughout the day. A number of staff live in each house with the students. We have separate houses for girls and boys. Students are allowed to visit each thers common rooms but not bedrooms.

WHAT INTERESTING PLACES WILL I SEE? Our 3-week programme includes 3 full-day trips to London, involving visits to the wonderful Science and British Museums, many places of interest, and enough supervised free time for present-shopping. There are also full-day visits to Cambridge and Windsor and half-day visits to St Albans and Hertford, with optional days out at extra charge to Brighton, Warwick, London again and Thorpe Park amusement park.

WILL MY VALUABLES BE SAFE? When you arrive at the school you must give us your passport, tickets and pocket money. We put them in the school safe and you can have access to your pocket money each day. Student rooms at Haileybury are not lockable, but many students bring a lockable suitcase with them. You are strongly advised not to bring valuables with you as ISC will not take responsibility for them, unless you leave them in our safe keeping.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I BREAK ANY SCHOOL RULES? Students are asked to sign a student agreement upon enrolment, agreeing to behave properly during the course. There are few rules at Haileybury and all are commonsense, such as no bullying or anti-social behaviour, no drugs, alcohol, smoking on site. Students who break these rules may be sent home at their parents’ expense. Similarly, we will not tolerate verbal or physical abuse of Haileybury staff, our staff or other students. Part of our responsibility for the safety of each student involves ensuring that every student is treated well and fairly by everyone else attending or connected with the school. If you damage any property, you will be asked to pay for the repair before you leave. We require a damages deposit of £20 from you on arrival. This will be returned at the end of the course if there is no damage.

WILL I BE MET AT THE AIRPORT ON ARRIVAL? A member of staff or one of our drivers will be waiting for you in the Arrivals lounge, holding an ISC sign. They will accompany you to the school or put you with other students to travel with them. On departure, we will take you to the airport terminal. Alternatively, we offer a ‘check in service’ or ‘unaccompanied minors service’ at extra cost, which must be booked in advance.

WHAT ABOUT MY LAUNDRY? There is also a laundry service for personal washing during the second and third weeks of the course, for a small extra charge. Bed linen is changed once a week (included in cost). Please note you should bring your own towels for showering and swimming – these are not provided by the school.

HOW CAN I BE SURE OF THE QUALITY OF ISC COURSES? ISC is accredited by the British Council and is inspected regularly. The BC Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare. Accredited organisations have to meet the overall standard in each aspect of what they offer. We are also members of EnglishUK, the world's leading language teaching association and this provides you with a further guarantee of high quality and good service. In fact, students can appeal to English UK if they are dissatisfied with the way a school deals with a complaint.

The British Council inspected and accredited International Student Club in August 2012. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected.

Strengths were noted in the areas of staff management, quality assurance, premises and facilities, course design, care of students, accommodation, leisure opportunities and care of under-18s.

We have also been given the ‘Centre of Excellence’ award by the EL Gazette who have published articles assessing schools inspected to the new British Council criteria. ISC appears in the top 10% of all UK schools.