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Information about our English courses, Jersey and travel below

About the school

St Brelade’s College was established in 1978, so we have 40 years of experience in providing quality English programmes for young international students. We aim to provide a safe environment where young students can develop their English skills and make new friends from other countries.

St Brelade’s College is the only English language school in the Channel Islands accredited by the British Council. This means the school is regularly inspected across a wide range of criteria to ensure it meets the high standards both for the tuition and welfare of our students.

Jersey

Jersey is known to be a safe, clean and beautiful island. For our younger students we offer a range of exciting beach activities such as surfing, kayaking and banana rides. Teenagers can also participate in a range of evening activities in the summer such as the disco, cinema and sports evenings as well as our renowned weekly barbecue.

Accommodation

Homestay accommodation is intended to give students a taste of British life. They live with local people and take part in their daily lives. In this way, they have an opportunity to practise English and learn about British culture. However, you should also consider that they may not live in the same way as you do. Their customs, routines and eating habits may be completely different to your own. If you do not feel your child can easily adapt to this way of life, we suggest residential accommodation. We also recommend the residence for students who want to be guaranteed to be near St Helier.

Younger students generally share a room with students of different nationalities in their homestay accommodation, so that they can spend their free time together and communicate in English. Unless requested, we only place two students to a room, with a maximum of four students per homestay. Please note that outside summer, it is more likely that young students will be alone in the homestay, as there may not be any other nationalities in the school at that time.

Yes. Please write the name of the person they wish to share with on the application form.

We never place students of the same nationality together in a homestay unless they request it.

We have specially selected hosts for this age group. Nevertheless, younger students can be prone to home sickness, especially if it their first trip away from home alone. This is why we insist that students aged 12 and under stay in a homestay with a friend or older brother/sister.

Our hosts can cater for basic diet requirements such as a vegetarian diet at no extra cost. However more specific diets such as gluten-free may incur a surcharge of £20 per week to cover the cost of any specialised food. Please give as much information as possible to the office in order for the hosts to prepare for this.

Wherever possible we try to take into account students’ preferences. However we are unable to guarantee such requests, and students should be aware that during busy periods, it is more difficult to meet requests about homestay location. We recommend that students who want to be near St Helier should choose residential accommodation.

When you call the homestay, please try to avoid meal times – in the UK most families are finished eating by 8pm. It is best to ask the homestay when is the best time to call. Also, please consider that there may be other students or members of the home who need to use the phone so try not to spend too long when you call.

Wherever possible we try to take into account students’ preferences. However it is not always possible to meet these requirements, especially at peak periods. Please also consider that English teenagers, like all teenagers, can be very independent and may not necessarily wish to spend their free time with students.

Please read our terms and conditions for details on supervision for juniors.

St Brelade’s College has a duty of care to young people attending courses at the school and aims to ensure that staff, group leaders, accommodation providers and other suppliers help to keep them safe. Find out more by downloading our safeguarding policy for students.

Courses

Holiday courses include activities every afternoon, while the intensive course includes English lessons on three afternoons and activities on two afternoons. The minimum age for the intensive course is 16 years old, and we only recommend intensive courses for more serious and motivated students.

We now offer a semi intensive course which includes lessons on only two afternoons per week. The semi intensive course is available for students aged 14 years and above.

Jersey is an ideal destination for families and we have designed our programmes to take families into account. More information can be found in our family programme brochure.

During the summer, we have separate campuses for our young learners, teenagers & adults.

Our summer campus for holiday, semi intensive & semi combination course students aged 14-17 years is held at Highland’s College, the local college of further education close to St Helier. Here we have use of over 25 large classrooms, most of them equipped with interactive whiteboards. There is a canteen and outdoor areas where students can relax outside of class.

Teenage intensive course students (16 to 18 years) attend classes at the main school, along with the adults.

For young learners (10-13 years), St Peter’s Youth & Community Centre is used in June and the first half of July. There are 4 rooms plus recreational areas for students to use during breaks. St George’s Preparatory School is available in the latter half of July and August. This private school occupies a beautiful granite building with purpose built classrooms and spacious grounds. Both campuses are located around 10 minutes by bus from St Brelade’s College.

Outside of summer, all young students attend our main adult school where they can make use of a teenage student lounge along with a volleyball area outside.

During the summer, for students aged 14 and over, there are optional activities arranged for most evenings, plus a Sunday afternoon meeting on the beach. These are all supervised by St Brelade’s College staff.

Transport & arrival

Students of St Brelade’s College are entitled to a 10% discount with Condor Ferries when they book using our code: 109941. You can call Condor Ferries in France on +33 (0)825 135 135.

Children under 16 cannot travel alone with Condor Ferries. St Brelade’s College offers a chaperone service to Jersey. If you are interested in arranging this then please contact our office and we can provide you with more details.

We need accurate information concerning the date, time and place of arrival in Jersey at least four weeks before the start of the course. It is essential we have these details in time to inform the hosts so that they can make the necessary preparations ahead of your child’s stay.

No! Please ensure that the arrival details are provided directly to St Brelade’s College. It is our responsibility to be sure that all students are collected by their host when they arrive. For this reason we need to be sure that all the hosts have the correct arrival details for their student(s). However, this does not mean that you should not contact the host prior to arrival. In fact we encourage students to contact their host ahead of their stay.

If you are accompanying your child to Jersey we will organise a meeting time and place. This will usually be the harbour or the school, as it is easy to find.

In order to allow the host time to prepare for the arrival of their next students, we ask all students to try to arrive on Sunday and leave on Saturday. If they are unable to arrive on a Sunday, a Saturday arrival is accepted but we regret that Sunday departures are not usually possible.

The host or residence staff will meet your child at the harbour or airport when they arrive. They will be holding an arrival card with their name and the name of the school so that they can be easily recognised. They will also take your child back to the airport or harbour at the end of their stay. Please note that students staying in the residence may also be collected by a taxi driver.

What to bring

All lesson materials, such as books and photocopies, are provided so all students need to bring is a notebook and pen. An English dictionary is also useful. All linen and bath towels are provided in homestay and residence but please remember to pack swimwear and a beach towel. We also recommend that you pack sun cream and a mobile phone in case the host or the school need to make contact with your child during their stay.

All meals, transport and activities are included in the course price.

This includes bus fares in the summer for students in homestay and residence. Four evening activities are also included as part of the summer programme.

Outside of summer, students have to pay for any public bus fares (up to £2 each way) and evening activities, such as the cinema. Students also need to pay for any weekend activities and excursions with hosts.

Please note that on one afternoon, students go shopping in St Helier and may require spending money.

We normally recommend that students are given around £40 pocket money per week, depending on their age, to pay for extra refreshments, activities, bus fares and shopping.

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