English Summer SchoolEnglish Summer School
English Summer School based near London. Learn English with our high quality lessons and activities. Unforgettable experience for international students.
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Children in classroom at English summer school

Essential XUK English Information

Dates

Arrivals:
Sunday
9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th July and 6th & 13th August

Departures:
Sunday 16th, 23rd & 30th July and 6th & 13th & Saturday 19th August

Rules

It is vital that our students are aware of our rules at XUK English. These are in place to ensure that every student is happy, healthy and most importantly safe during their stay with us. Please go through the 'XUK Way' with your children before their stay.

Baggage

Please fit all luggage into one suitcase. Here is our kit list. When your child arrives, please ensure that they have the following items ready to hand in:

  • Medication in a named and sealed bag/container
  • Money in a clearly marked envelope for our staff to put in our Camp Bank for safekeeping. Campers will have access to this money at set times.
  • Passports & tickets. We keep these for safekeeping.
  • EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for EU citizens only

Arriving and departing modes

Unless you book the Airport/St Pancras transport we will assume you are coming directly to XUK English. Seats on our transport runs are guaranteed only on full payment.

Students on a sightseeing study trip to London
Students on a sightseeing study trip to London

Airport/Eurostar Service:

It is vital that we know the following information as early as possible for both inbound and outbound flights:

  • Airport (origin & destination)
  • Flight number
  • Airline
  • Arrival & Departure times

If the airline asks you to provide information about who will be collecting your child, please give them the following information:

  • Richard Bernstein, St Joseph's College, Belstead Road, Ipswich, IP2 9AX
  • +44(0)1473 694 592

Please look at 'Getting to XUK English' for information about flight/train times and the airports/station we pick up/drop off your children.

Students on a sightseeing study trip to London
Girl shooting a rifle at residential English summer school
Girl shooting a rifle at residential English summer school

Travelling directly to/from XUK English:

Our address is - St Joseph's College, Mews entrance, Belstead Road, Ipswich, IP2 9AX

  • Arrival day: Check-in is between 15:30 and 16:30 Please do not arrive before 15:30. To ensure that the camp is at its best, we will not check in your child before that time
  • Departure day: Children must be collected between 10:00 and 11:00. Please arrive on time to collect your child

Our address is - St Joseph's College, Mews entrance, Belstead Road, Ipswich, IP2 9AX.

Girl shooting a rifle at residential English summer school

Lessons

At the beginning of each week we will give all children a test to assess their standard of English. We will assign them a group accordingly. On five mornings every week children will have English lessons. Other times will be taken up by activities, meals, trips and free time. Please ensure your child is ready to learn English and that they understand what they are coming to us for.

They should all come with a dictionary, notebook, pen, pencil, rubber and ruler

It is also a good idea for you and your child to decide in advance if there is anything particular they wish to work on.

Group of friends having fun at the disco
Group of friends having fun at the disco

Optional Afternoon Lessons

If you’d like to book afternoon lessons, please let us know before camp starts. These are booked on a first come first served basis. There are limited places on all options. Please note that days and details of lessons are subject to change.

Group of friends having fun at the disco

Trips & Optional Extras

Each week we will go on a trips to London, Colchester, Cambridge, Ipswich, the sea side and/or Bury St Edmunds.

There is also the option to go on a Karting and Horse Riding trip.

If we believe a child’s behaviour may put their, another child, or a member of staff’s safety at risk we reserve the right not to take them on trips.

Dates & Venues of all trips are subject to change

16 & 17 year olds

For our trips (not including London trip) we give parents of 16 and 17 year olds the option to let them go around town in small groups without being accompanied by our staff. In order to opt in to this, parents must complete the letter emailed to the prior to XUK English starting.

Student and teacher during English lesson
Student and teacher during English lesson

Contact with your children

Phone:

Head office (09:00 – 16:30): 020 8922 9739

XUK English camp office: 01473 694 592 (during XUK ONLY)

If we cannot answer please leave a detailed message. We will call you as soon as we can. Please be aware that our camp phone is not manned all the time (and will not be manned at all during trips).

Do not be alarmed if you do not get a call from your child. The probability is that you were engaged, out or your child is having too much fun!

Children can only use the office phone to call home once a week during their stay. This is because:

  • There is limited time during the day when children are not in lessons, activities, eating or sleeping
  • We need to keep our lines free for emergencies
  • Children will not call home on trip days or Sundays
  • It is vital if children have a problem they talk to us first so we can help them
Student and teacher during English lesson

Mobiles phones:

Children may bring a phone if they wish. We take no responsibility for its loss or damage. Phones may not be used during lessons, activity sessions, meetings or meal times.

Students smiling at XUK English
Students smiling at XUK English

Writing emails and letters:

Delivery of the post is very exciting for those who receive letters. The address is ‘XUK English, c/o ‘St Joseph's College’, Belstead Road, Ipswich, IP2 9DR' .

Any food sent (or brought to camp) may be checked. This is for the health and safety of all children and staff, some of whom have very specific allergies.

You can also send emails to your children to xukenglish@hotmail.com. These are handed out at the next available meal time.

Students smiling at XUK English

Sun cream and first aid

By sending your child to XUK you are permitting staff to administer sun cream, painkillers, insect repellents, antihistamines, skin healing cream, plasters, throat soothers, heat rub, ice spray, diarrhoea relief, anti-inflammatories and rehydration salts as required.

If your child has any allergies or you do not wish your child to be given any medication please let us know urgently by telling us in writing immediately.

Medication

If your child needs to bring medication with them to camp you will need to complete and return our Medication Form.

We will not administer medication without the electronic form being completed.

By sending your child to XUK you are permitting staff to administer sun cream, painkillers, insect repellents, antihistamines, skin healing cream, plasters, throat soothers, heat rub, ice spray, diarrhoea relief, anti-inflammatories and rehydration salts as required.

If your child has any allergies or you do not wish your child to be given any particular medication please let us know urgently by telling us in writing immediately.

Girl playing piano at English summer school
Girl playing piano at English summer school

Dormitories

Please let us know in advance if your child would like to share a room with a friend.

While every possible step is taken to accommodate dorm/room requests, circumstances can occasionally mean not everyone's wishes can be met. We are unable to take requests for room sizes. All rooms are allocated in advance.

Girl playing piano at English summer school

Settling in

Please help us help your child by telling them before and during camp to always talk to staff if they have any problems or concerns.

We understand that that this may be a new, and difficult, experience and it is crucial our staff are the first point of contact for your child to make their stay as fun and easy as possible.

If you (the parent) have any concerns, we also urge you to contact us and we can discuss anything relating to your child.

Laundry

Children staying for longer than one week who require laundry may pay for this service on site. There is a charge for this (£6 per bag - this can be shared among friends in a dorm) and will be taken off their pocket money.

This service is NOT SUITABLE FOR DELICATE OR EXPENSIVE CLOTHES, which should be washed by hand or not brought at all. We advise all children to bring a net laundry bag!!

Clothes that are not clearly labelled with your child’s name will be at risk of being lost if they are washed. This is your and your child’s responsibility.

Students on trip to Cambridge
Students on trip to Cambridge

Pocket money

We advise approx £35 - £40 per week, which should be sufficient.

Please allow for a Damage Levy of £5.00 per week. This will act as a deposit and may have a percentage, or the full amount, deducted if any damage is caused. Further details can be found in our Terms and Conditions.

Students on trip to Cambridge

XUK Star Student award

Each week at camp we present the ‘XUK Star Student award’. This will be given to the best ‘Student’ at camp, who our teachers and leaders decide best sums up what’s good about XUK – a sense of humour, friendship, and a desire to make the most of camp. There will be a presentation each week and each winner will be offered a free week at one of our camps next year!