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It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with our school’s policies because they explain important things about how the school is organised and works e.g. the adult absence/lateness policy explains what to do if you are late, and what will happen if you are absent from school frequently.
The useful information helps you to prepare you for your trip to our school in Bournemouth, England. Our Frequently Asked Questions section (FAQ section) may help you but if your question is not answered, we are happy to answer it in an email. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do accept some students with disabilities – depending on type and severity of the disability.
Absence and lateness disrupts progress and learning of the student and others inthe class and leads to complaints from staff and students. Teachers report absence and lateness.
Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth welcomes students from different countries and cultures. We respect everybody from all cultures and strongly believe that the school should be a happy and tolerant place to learn. Students are expected to respect each other and all members of staff, showing tolerance of the differences in culture, belief and outlook. Any abusive behaviour, including harassment, bullying, actual or threatened violence, damage to personal property, and verbal or other abuse is not acceptable.
If you are a student and you are unhappy with the way somebody is behaving towards you or speaking to you, you must tell a member of staff immediately. Students may be expelled from school if they bully other students or staff.
If you are a member of staff, you must report any incidences to the Principal or Managing Director so that action can be taken quickly.
A child is defined as a person under the age of 18 (The Children Act 1989) The scope of this policy also covers vulnerable adults The following information applies to all students under the age of 18 years. Please remember that students aged 16+ study in General Classes and, therefore, the following information is applicable to them.
Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth recognises that:
Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth recognises that anyone may have the potential to abuse children in some way and that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure unsuitable people are prevented from working with children. Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth and its staff have a duty of care to safeguard all children studying at Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth and its residential centres from harm. All children have a right to protection, and the needs of disabled children and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth will ensure the safety and protection of all children studying at the school/residential centres through adherence to the Child Protection guidelines adopted by Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth.
All staff should be encouraged to demonstrate exemplary behaviour in order to protect themselves from false allegations. The following are common sense examples of how to create a positive culture and climate.
Good practice means:
Practices to avoid:
Practices never to be sanctioned
The following should never be sanctioned. You should never:
If any of the following occur you should report this immediately to the Principal or Accommodation and Welfare Officer who will record the incident.
Inappropriate pictures of children must never be taken and unsanctioned photos or film of children must not be taken or uploaded to the internet. Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth assures all staff that it will fully support and protect anyone who in good faith reports his/her concern that a colleague is, or may be, abusing a child. While a complaint is investigated, the member of staff will be removed from contact with children.
What is bullying? Bullying includes: name calling; taunting; mocking; making offensive comments; kicking; hitting; pushing; taking belongings; inappropriate text messaging and emailing; sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet; producing offensive graffiti; excluding people from groups; and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours i.e. gossiping. Although sometimes occurring between two individuals in isolation, it quite often takes place in the presence of others. People doing nasty or unkind things to you on purpose, more than once, which it is difficult to stop. (Anti-bullying Alliance) If bullying is suspected:
There is 1 designated Child Protection Officers at Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth: Kathryn Newman, Principal
Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth will oversee the implementation of the Child Protection Policy and take all necessary steps to ensure it is adhered to.
Disruptive students disrupt the progress and learning of the others in the class
Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth complies with relevant legislation for First Aid for its employees and students during normal working hours.
There are two qualified and appointed first aiders:
The first aiders are responsible for administering First Aid at Work in accordance with their training. They are also responsible for checking and ordering supplies for the first aid kits.
Appointed first aiders are able to apply a plaster and call an ambulance. No other first aid will be given.
First aid kits are located in The Academic Office and the Cafeteria
The accident book, for recording of accidents on site at Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth is in the Academic Office.
The first aiders will wear appropriate protection while dealing with blood or other bodily fluids (latex gloves).
In order for all students to have the same opportunity to practise their language skills, English must be spoken in class. Any student who does not speak English in class will be warned twice then excluded for the remainder of the lesson.
Students are made aware of this when they are welcomed on the first day!
There are designated L1 areas for break and lunchtimes where students can speak their own language if they need to.
N.B. It is not possible to exclude junior students during a lesson, unless the Principal is called to the classroom. Junior students in multi-lingual/monolingual classes need to see the Principal or Assistant Director of Studies if they speak their own language and disrupt the learning of other students.
If you have any problems with your course, you should speak to the Principal.
We have a students complaints policy in place so if you have any problems with your accommodation, you should speak to the Accommodation Officer.
We will always do our best to solve any problems as quickly as possible. If you are still not happy, please speak to the Managing Director or Executive Director.
In a situation where the problem is not resolved, please put your complaint in writing to Mr Paul Gallina. You can also contact English UK, 47 Brunswick Court, Tanner Street, London, SE1 3LH if your complaint cannot be resolved by the school.
We ask that students are dressed suitably for a learning environment. We also ask that students think about the international environment in school. Clothes which show large amounts of body e.g. number 6 below may be perfectly acceptable in some countries but will make students from other countries feel very uncomfortable.
* Dress code for Minors (students under 18 years old)
We understand that many of our students are ‘on holiday’. However, we are a school and we expect that our students are appropriately dressed for a learning environment. This also protects minors in a mixed adult/minor environment.
Minors need to follow the student dress code policy below:
What will happen if a minor student is not dressed appropriately for school
We recommend that students take out insurance before coming to Britain. Our fees don’t include personal or travel insurance. However, we can offer comprehensive medical and travel insurance. Please contact the School Reception to arrange insurance through us.
Student welfare is important to us. Our experienced and friendly staff are available at all times to help students with any problems. We also have a dedicated welfare officer who students can talk to during school hours.
We like our students to have a good time! Our reception can help you book tours and coaches, as well as give you lots of help and advice on things to do and see.
If you are from outside the EU, then you may need to apply for a visa.
Adult students will need either a Student Visitor visa or a General Student visa, but this depends on the course length. However, if you are under 17, you will usually only require a Child Visitor visa.