Frequently asked questions
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 year-round 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 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.
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. Specific dietary requirements, catering for intolerances, allergies or religious restrictions may incur an additional charge of £20 per week if staying in homestay or residence. 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.
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.
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.
Lessons take place every morning, Monday to Friday on all junior English courses, with lessons some afternoons on the more intensive English courses.
All junior courses out of summer and summer intensive courses have morning classes at the below times. Please note: morning lessons at the teenage summer school start 30 minutes later.
- 9:00 – 10:30
- 11:00 – 12:30
Morning lessons at the young learner summer school take place at:
- 9:30 – 10:30
- 10:45 – 11:45
- 12:00 – 13:00
On the semi intensive courses, students also study on two afternoons from 13:30 – 15:45 (2 hours of lessons with 15 minutes break). On the intensive course, students study on three or four afternoons, depending on the season.
During the summer, we have separate schools for our young learners, teenagers & adults.
Our summer school 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.
For young learners (10-13 years), St Peter’s 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 are located 15 minutes by bus from St Brelade’s College.
Young adults (17 – 24 years) attend classes at the main school, along with the adults.
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. Young learners can also participate in weekend beach games during the summer, as well as 1 or 2 evening activities. Outside of summer there is a weekly evening BBQ for all juniors. These are all supervised by St Brelade’s College staff.
Young adults can take part in the adult evening programme, although if they are under 18 years they cannot join the welcome drinks at a local pub.
Jersey is an ideal destination for families and we have designed our programmes to take families into account. At our adult student residence in St Aubin, a number of twin rooms are available for single parents sharing with one child and we offer a sea view suite which is suitable for couples with one younger child (under 14 years). More information can be found in our family programme brochure.
Transport & arrival
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.