Our students attend school here at our school in Bicclescombe park Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. They have three scheduled evening activities a week and if they have come as part of a large group, they will occasionally go for an extra day trip on a Saturday with their group leaders. Students age from 6-17; you can specify the age range and gender that suits you and your family. Students arrive on a Saturday and are invited to a welcome talk at the school on a Sunday morning at 11:30 AM. Their time here range from one week – four weeks, with a minimum of two weeks in July and August.
Weekends are the time to spend with your student and make them feel like one of your family. We refer to Sunday as a “family day” and we expect students to spend this day with their hosts. Whatever you would usually do on a Sunday, we ask you include your students. I.e., going for a dog walk, family movie time/board games etc. You don’t have to do anything special, just as long as they are included. Students will have their own spending money.
DBS Checks & Home Safety
All permanent residents and those residing in the property over any hosting period of the homestay household will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with a satisfactory outcome. For additional safeguarding, you will require to provide the names of two referees who can fill out a short form for your suitability to host students.
To check the initial and continued suitability of the accommodation, the Accommodation Manager will visit the home when a new host is recruited and then every two years. Assessments will be recorded, and action taken on any concerns identified. Hosts will be required to provide a gas safety certificate that has been renewed annually.
Payments by bank transfer are made by the end of the first week of student arrival. Usually, money should have reached your account by the Friday of the first week.
if your student stays for more than 4 weeks, payments are done every two weeks.
Hosts can have a maximum of four students at one time. Some students have specific dietary needs and allergies. You can also decide if you wish to cater for these or not. If you do then you will receive an extra payment to compensate for needing to buy special food/ingredients.